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Merino or Synthetic base layer..?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by pegasusSki, May 22, 2020 at 5:11 PM.

  1. pegasusSki

    pegasusSki Addicted

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  2. Interruptedbyfireworks

    Interruptedbyfireworks One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I've been leaning this way as well. My merino base layers retain moisture for so long (especially on my back when wearing a backpack) and this year I'm trialling a synthetic base layer instead. I hate that cold wet clammy feeling
     
  3. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I use both synthetic (capilene) and wool base layers.

    Maybe things are different on Everest, but I’ve never noticed a difference in performance.
     
  4. pegasusSki

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    Will defo try plastic+merino base - in the snow this year..
     
  5. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I love wool but I don't wear it as a base layer because if its water holding characteristics. For the same reason I would never wear cotton as a base layer. IMO synthetics that wick moisture away are best.
     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Synthetic all the way. Superior wicking.
     
  8. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Mostly synthetic now. I still have some wool but synthetic feels better against the skin, doesn't get eaten by moths and silverfish and does the job.