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  • Backpacking - What Should I Wear

    Posted on May 11, 2006 by Justin

    Main Clothing- If you are looking to just get away from everything for a few days, or even just overnight, backpacking is the way to go. Peace, quiet, and tranquility are all provided compliments of Mother Nature. If you are new to backpacking, you'll want to know some important dress rules that will keep your clothing from being a major distraction on your trip.

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    It is first necessary to assess the type of backpacking trip that you will be taking: What will your elevation be (high elevation=cold/snow)? What time of the year will you be going? What is the weather forecast? That last question can be a bugger. There are always those rare occasions when an unforcasted storm can roll through, but as a general rule, you can get prepared for a trip based on the immediate forecast. Later on I'll mention some items that are handy to have along for those surprise storms. Now that you know what to expect from the elements, you can dress based on whether you trip will be a cold one, a hot one, or a little of both.

    Cold weather backpacking trips require a developed clothing system known as "layering." You can check my articles section out for more in depth info on layering. Layering is just that. You layer your clothes, typically 3 layers, so that you can better manage your body's heating and cooling system. Your first layer should almost always be a long, thin, synthetic layer. Synthetic materials wick or pull moisture away from your body to keep your skin warm and dry. Polypropylene works great as it is typically the least expensive and dries faster than any other material. Leave the cotton at home. Cotton gets wet and stays wet. The middle layer should be an insulating layer. Synthetic or wool (especially merino wool) works great here. In general, the more air your clothing traps inside the warmer it will be. Finally, the outer layer should be windproof and breathable. It should also be waterproof and breathable if you are expecting some rain. In some follow ups to this post, I will list some great layering systems including brands that I would recommend. So, this will pretty much cover you for a cold weather trip. See future posts below for Accessories to wear such as socks, hats, gloves, etc.

     

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    Now, if you are planning on hot weather, you can skip the long underwear layer. If you're a lady, you'll need to look into a nice wicking sports bra that breathes well. There are assortments of them nowadays since there has been such a push for athletic clothing manufacturers to make athletic clothing that actually fits a woman. Women no longer have to improvise with men's stuff that altogether fits wrong. Synthetic, wicking briefs are a must for men. There is nothing as uncomfortable as cotton briefs that stay wet your whole trip. Some men and women, for that matter, prefer boxer style briefs. I personally don't like them due to the tendency for them to ride or bunch up. But, that's just my own preference. Not too long ago, Patagonia started
    producing their capilene material in the form of a thong for those ladies who like to floss. Anyway, the point is, wear as little as possible against your skin, and what you do wear should wick well and dry quickly.

    The next layer should be light weight and breathable. A nice athletic t-shirt made of polyester works great. If you prefer to stay out of the sun, loose fitting long sleeve shirts are also available in polyester or similar synthetic fabrics. I can't stress enough just how important fast drying, synthetic fabrics are for outdoor activities. When you finish hiking and start making camp, the last thing you want is the discomfort of all that cold wet cotton garbage clinging too you. Trust me on this one. In fact, one way to tell if fellow packers are newbies is by their apparel. Cotton = Newbie, Synthetic = Veteran (or well informed newbie cloaked as a veteran). You get my point. For hot weather, your pants can vary. There are so many products out there that you really just need to stick to lightweight and breathable and you'll be fine. By this time, I no longer need to add "quick drying" and "synthetic" to the description. Shorts work great for backpacking, but you might prefer long pants to save your legs from scratchy brush. I always were a pair of zip-off long pants so that I can make that decision on the trail.

    You're all set! Stick to these basics and you'll be a happy backpacker. I'll get some more posts on here about backpacking accessories as soon as I get a chance. The good thing about most of this gear is that it is interchangable with other outdoor activities. So, once you buy your backpacking thermals, you also have your ski thermals, your snowshoeing thermals, your snow camping thermals, and so on. The key is just to get them in the right materials. Please post comments if you think I left something out that you feel is vital or otherwise important. Also, I guess I forgot to mention the handy extras to take along "just in case," so I'll add those in another post.


    This post was posted in Backpack, Clothing Layers, Hiking, Socks, Thermal Underwear

  • Great Sources for Backpacking Information

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    How often do you go backpacking? Once a year? Once a month? Once a week? If you are going as often as once a week or even once a month, then you probably know a thing or two about backpacking. Even so, there are always new techniques being developed and new things you can learn that can make a big difference on your next adventure. If you only go once a year, then you can likely learn a thing or two from the experts that will save you a lot of grief on your next backpacking trip.

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    One site that I have found to provide trustworthy information on the latest backpacking equipment, gear, and techniques is from Backpacker Magazine. They have been around much longer than most of the other sites out there and so their information comes from a long history of experience in the outdoors and particularly in backpacking. They have a vast archive of information relating to backpacking destinations, backpacking gear, and helpful backpacking techniques for the beginner as well as the grizzled veteran. They also have a community with a vast membership that allows the members to discuss any outdoor related subject. Their forum is one of the most helpful backpacking forums I’ve found for sourcing helpful information on my backpacking woes.

    The next site on the list is The Backpacker. Most of the reviews and information on this site come from everyday visitors like yourself, who have had personal experience with a particular piece of gear or a specific trail. The writers of The Backpacker also provide handy tips and how-tos as well as other interesting articles relating to backpacking. The site is really designed as one big backpacking community aimed at bringing all backpackers to a common goal of enjoying the great outdoors.

    One last notable resource is a great review site for backpacking and other outdoor gear. Gear Review was started by a group of outdoor enthusiasts who spent lots of time doing what they love outdoors. They began testing gear and writing reviews on the stuff that they used in an effort to educate fellow enthusiasts on what types of gear really works and what gear doesn’t measure up. Their reviews are some of the most objective you will find on the net. Unlike the visitor reviews you find on The Backpacker, the writers for Gear Review are very professional and over time have developed a detailed and systematic way for reviewing gear which really gives you a great overall view of each product.

    Keep in mind that there are many other resources out there for backpacking information. The three that I’ve highlighted here have offered a wealth of great information that has really helped me avoid many of the pitfalls made by beginners. Things like: the types of clothing materials to wear. How your pack should fit on your back. Who makes the best lightweight backpack. So, if you’re just getting started, these sites should be your first step in preparing for your trip. If you have been at it for some time now, you will want to stay up to date on the latest gear and techniques. And if I’ve left a great resource off that you feel needs to be mentioned, please add it to the post in a comment.


    This post was posted in Backpack, Hiking

  • Jump On It!

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    Do you have a trampoline in the back yard for your kids to jump on? Well, after reading this article, you might find yourself competing with the kids for some jump time of your own. As an outdoor enthusiast, you are always looking to increase your stamina, strengthen your muscles, joints, and tendons, and get your heart into better shape.

    The problem is, unless you are able to get out everyday to participate in your favorite outdoor activity, it is difficult to have the level of health you need when the time does arrive. Jumping on a trampoline, also known in the health world as "rebounding," can be a solution as it is quite beneficial to your overall health.

    Jumping on a trampoline involves using every part of your body. As a result, it is a much more efficient source of exercise. It also involves much less shock than other aerobic activities and so it is easier on your joints. Now, most of the benefits from jumping on a trampoline are obvious the first time you land after your first jump. At the bottom of your bounce, you body weight is double by the G-force caused by your weight being forced down by gravity. This helps to strengthen the muscles and tendons in your arms, legs, neck, etc. You can also do specific bounces that will actually help increase your flexibility. After bouncing for just a few minutes, your heart rate increases significantly and you begin to breathe harder. These are just some of the possible health benefits you'll realize from hopping on the trampoline just one time.

    Now, for the interesting and useful health benefits of rebounding that are not so apparent. First off, your lymphatic system, the system which provides your body with immunities and helps distribute nutrients, requires the physical movement of the body, mostly through skeletal muscles, in order to work effectively. Rebounding involves the movement and use of your entire body, which aids your body in the release of toxins as well as the production of energy. Routine workouts on the trampoline will also provide an increase in balance and stability, an essential to almost any outdoor sport. One other benefit to mention is a result of up and down movement from jumping. The G-force involved here helps to stimulate your internal organs. This stimulation helps your internal organs, specifically your digestive system, to function more efficiently.

    I’m not suggesting by presenting this article that everyone should run out and purchase a trampoline so that they can train for an upcoming event. What I am suggesting, however, is that regular use of a trampoline can be a good "fill in" between your other activities. Besides the health benefits involved, jumping on the trampoline can also be a lot of fun. After all, that's why you bought one for your kids, right? If you would like more information on this topic, visit this site.


    This post was posted in Exercise

  • First Comes Love, Next Comes Marriage, Then Comes . . . An End to Outdoor Fun?

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    Have you recently been introduced to the wonderful world of sleepless nights tending to a newborn? If your newborn is several months old, you’re probably thinking that your whole life has been turned upside down. Gone are the days of fun and adventure with just you and your spouse. The baby gets all of the attention and all you can do is find ways to keep the baby from crying, right? That’s exactly the way I felt a few months after our daughter was born. Don’t get me wrong. I loved everything about our new addition to the family. But, I was starting to wonder if things would ever get back to normal. Not long before the baby, my wife and I were enjoying almost daily hikes through the mountains, campouts in the great outdoors, and a number of other outdoor activities that we both loved. Would the new baby mean an end to all of the outdoor fun?

    Lucky for me the answer was a definite no! After my wife recovered from the trauma of the whole hospital scene and she was tired of being stuck in the house all of the time, we discussed the possibility of our first adventure outdoors with the little one. I realize here that many parents would call me crazy for even mentioning the idea, but just hear me out on this one. With a little planning and the right preparation, you won’t have to say goodbye to all of the fun outdoor activities you used to enjoy.At two weeks old, my wife and I decided that our daughter was ready for a little nature walk. We stopped by a local outdoor store and picked up one of those big wheeled rigs called a “jogging stroller.” Heading up into one of the local canyons, we found a fairly wide hiking trail that wound up through a majestic forest of tall pines and beautiful aspens. While we were not able to hike too far on this first trip, we realized that there were probably plenty more outdoor activities that we could take our daughter on.

    As our daughter became old enough to hold her head up really well on her own, we invested a new kid carrier. A kid carrier is like a backpack that you put your little one in. The one we bought has a nice canopy over the top to protect the child from the sun. This new advancement in outdoor gear really allowed us to get outdoors with a little one. We took on several lighter hikes to test


    This post was posted in Exercise, Outdoor Gear

  • Trekking Poles: How useful can they be?

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    If you've been on a hike recently, you probably noticed some of your fellow hikers trekking along with what looks like ski poles in their hands. The first time I passed a fellow hiker on the trail in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, I commented to my wife how silly it looked "Why would you need to carry along two poles on a hike. It seems like they would only get in the way. How silly!" I said. Over time, I began seeing more and more hikers and backpackers carrying those useless poles. On rocky hikes, I could hear them coming down the trail before I could even see them. Well, that was one piece of gear that I was sure I would never purchase.

    That same winter, I was getting ready for a snowshoeing trip and I purchased 2 sets of telescoping poles made by MSR for my wife and I. I used them a few times for snowshoeing that winter and then put them away. When spring came, my wife and I geared up for the first hike of the season. I had just purchased some ankle gaiters to keep the dust and debris out of my shoes and I was excited to test them out. As I was digging through the rest of my gear I saw the poles and thought, "why not just take them along and see what all the fuss is about." So I tossed them into the back of the car and off we went. At the trailhead, I handed my wife a pair of poles which she blatantly refused. Off we went. I must admit that I felt a little funny hiking along a the flat part of the trail swinging those poles along. They weren't helping me at all. Things changed when we hit a sudden slope. The kind that make your legs swell with blood and burn by the time you reach the top. Now, I am in better shape than my wife, but I made it to the top without even slowing down. She had to stop for a breather before reaching the top. Somewhat convinced of their effectiveness, she took the poles from me on the next hill to give them a try. I didn't get the poles back after that. Needless to say, after just one hike with trekking poles, we were sold on trekking poles. I later bought some Lekisport Absorbers that have a nice cork grip and a built in shock absorber that both dampens the blow of planting the pole and quiets some of the noise that most trekking poles make.

    So, let's look at all of the benefits of hiking with trekking poles. First of all, as I mentioned earlier, you can hike up hills much easier. They help you do this by allowing you to use your arms as another set of legs to thrust you up the hill. Your posture also benefits from trekking poles as you are more inclined to hike standing up straighter rather than bending forward. This ability to use your arms to hike being able stand more upright puts less stress on the legs and, more notably, the knees each time you hike uphill leaving your legs with more energy to hike greater distances without feeling fatigued. While this may seem like the single greatest advantage from using trekking poles, the next benefit can be a real life saver.

    Have you ever been hiking along and stepped on a rock, only to have the rock move causing you to sprain your ankle? Spraining your ankle is like getting a flat tire on your car and not having a spare. You can't just "shake it off" and keep going. If the injury is bad enough, you may require emergency help to get you off the trail. Ankle sprains and fractures as well as knee strains are some of the most common injuries related to hiking and backpacking. More ankle and knee injuries occur during backpacking due to the extra displaced weight being carried. Trekking poles, when used properly, can almost completely alleviate the menace of ankle and knee injuries. With a pole planted firmly on the ground, if you do happen to slip or roll on a rock, you can shift the support of your weight to your arms to prevent a potentially dangerous injury.

    Now that we've discussed the major reasons to use trekking poles, let's talk about some of the little bonuses that you can also enjoy. Have you ever crossed a creek, balancing on rocks or a log as you go? How easy is it to loose your balance and slip in? With trekking poles, you are sure to keep your balance the whole way. Have you ever had some sort of varmint come after you? Trekking Poles can become your first line of defense against these critters. I personally haven't experienced this bonus, but I feel a little more secure having something in my hand to swat at an unwanted guest rather than just my hand. Now, I'm sure that with a little more thought, we could come up with a larger list of additional uses for trekking poles. But we'll pretty much end with one last area of use. In the last few years, there have been many advancements in hiking and backpacking products to make them lighter, thus allowing hikers and backpackers to lighten their overall load. A lighter load means less aches and pains when all is said and done. A lighter load on your back can allow you to wear lighter shoes that do not have as much ankle support. I personally wear some low top nikes that weigh ounces instead of pounds. The use of trekking poles pretty much assures me that I won't sprain an ankle. Wearing lightweight shoes to hike in is like taking five or more pounds off your back. Here again, you will be able to hike farther with less stress on your body. There are also several companies that make tents to utilize your trekking poles as tent poles. As a result, instead of carrying a 5-10lb tent, you can carry a sil-nylon tent that only weights a few ounces and your trekking poles double as your tent poles. This lightens load significantly.

    Are you convinced now? If not, just go to this hiking and backpacking forum on Backpacker.com and type in trekking poles. You'll find countless testimonies from experienced hikers and backpackers on how much they love their trekking poles. So do your legs and ankles a favor and get some trekking poles for your next hike or backpacking trip. If you are still unsure or just don't want to invest a lot of money in some yet, visit a local thrift store. Many thrift stores like salvation army or goodwill carry old ski poles that you can buy for just a few bucks and use them for a test run. Your knees and ankles really will thank you.


    This post was posted in Hiking, Outdoor Gear

  • Layering for Cold Weather Activities

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    For many, when the trees shed their leaves, the grass stops growing, and winter sets in, the human hibernation begins. It’s time to crawl into a centrally heated cave, and wait out the cold winter months. After all, without a natural fur coat, humans were never meant to brave temperatures below 65 degrees right? Their adaptation comes in the form of a small remote that controls the garage door allowing an uninterrupted climate change from the car to the house. However, with the advent of the outdoor retail trade, the idea of turning otherwise harsh winter conditions into a recreational adventure is proving to be contagious. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, major Outdoor Chains combined with Specialty Stores had an estimated $12.3 billion in sales for 2004 with winter sales up 8.5%.

    Snowshoeing Woman snowshoeing --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

    Now, if you’re a part of that group chipping in to boost winter sales for the Outdoor Retailers, you’re probably spending your hard earned money on gear to help make up where Mother Nature left off. And, when it comes to cold weather, Mother Nature left everything OFF! The problem is, if you’re new to dressing for cold weather activities, knowing what to shop for is only half the battle. Winter gear represents a very diverse portion of that $12.3 billion spent in 2004. This article will help you understand the basics of winter dress and guide you in your selection of the proper attire for cold weather activities.

    First of all, the key to dressing for any winter or cold weather sport is LAYERING. Your body has its own heating and cooling system. Layering is a way of maximizing the efficiency of your body’s system. Layering also allows you to adjust to various levels of exertion so that you can maintain a desired comfort range. Layering isn’t a new technique. As far back as the early 80’s the company Patagonia was instructing the outdoor industry about layering through a series of essays presented in their product catalogs. To begin, there are three main parts to layering. The first part is called the base layer which you will also hear referenced as the “next-to-skin” layer. The second layer is going to be your insulating layer. And your third layer is going to be your outer layer or shell.

    Your next-to-skin layer is just what it sounds like, an underwear or undergarment that will actually be touching you. This is probably the most critical layer in moderate to high endurance winter activities. As you begin to exert yourself, you sweat. Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself. Cooling is just fine during warm summer sports, but in cold weather it can actually work against you. Your next-to-skin layer should be made of a material that will pull the sweat from your body keeping your skin dry and comfortable. The process of pulling sweat from your skin is often referred to in the outdoor world as “wicking.” Underwear designed for wicking come in an array of materials, some natural and some synthetic. The first rule of thumb when choosing a next-to-skin layer is to wear anything but cotton. Cotton wicks sweat, but retains it and takes way too long to dry, which keeps your skin wet and cold. 100% polypropylene is probably the best material for the money. Polypropylene underwear does not absorb any water so it dries very quickly. Polypropylene also has a lower thermal conductivity rate than other fabrics, which means that heat is slow to leave the material. Now, there really are too many fabrics and materials to list. If you are really serious about finding out what will work the best for you, I would suggest getting into some forums and researching what other enthusiasts have experienced and what they recommend. Otherwise, just start with the polypropylene. Polypropylene underwear costs much less than other high tech thermals.

    Next is your insulating layer. With this layer, you first have to determine how active you will be versus how cold your surrounding temperatures will be. For instance, if you will be snowshoeing(very high intensity) on a cold blustery day, you would probably just want a thin insulating layer just to keep the chill off. But, if you are going to be ice fishing(low or no intensity) all day in below freezing temperatures, you would need a much thicker insulating layer. It is important here to note that the more air a material traps inside of it, the warmer it will be. For this reason, a nice thick fleece top and bottom works very well. Polyester or polypropylene fleece will help sweat move from your next-to-skin layer toward your outer layer. Fleece is also very light weight and because of the design of the fleece fibers it traps a lot of air in the material itself. As a general rule, the thicker insulating layer, the warmer it will be.

    Finally, your third and outer layer will provide you with a waterproof, windproof barrier. This layer is referred to in the outdoor industry as your “shell” layer. Like your second layer, the functionality of your shell will depend on what you are doing. If it’s going to be snowing hard on you or if there is a chance that you could get wet, then you would want to have a waterproof shell. If a material is waterproof, then it will also be windproof. One of the problems with most waterproof materials is a lack of breathability. Gore-Tex® and eVent® fabrics are popular waterproof/breathable materials used in high quality shells. While these fabrics are breathable, the breathability is still somewhat limited. These fabrics perform very well during lower endurance activities while performance is moderate at high activity.If you don’t think that there’s a chance of getting wet, then you might opt for the popular “soft shell,” a stretchy windproof fleece shell that is often treated with a water resistant coating to provide additional protection. One of the primary benefits of the soft shell is increased flexibility as well as breathability.

    The layering techniques presented here are really meant to provide an awareness of the proper dress system for cold weather. It is important to adapt these ideas to your particular need. Emerging fabric technology is constantly changing the way we dress. You might be surprised to know that many of the fabrics used to make high fashion dress today originated in the outdoor industry. Now, don’t hibernate this winter. Find an opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors. If you dress properly, you will stay warm and enjoy yourself no matter what the activity.


    This post was posted in Base Layer, Clothing Layers, Fabric Types, Thermal Underwear

  • Florida Residents Buying Thermal Underwear in the Spring!

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

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    It doesn't make sense to many people when I tell them that around 70% of our online sales for thermal underwear during the months of March thru June come from Florida and other southern states. So why would so many people from the warmest states want thermal underwear in the spring and summer? I was curious too at first After our first few seasons in business, I noticed this trend. So, I decided to start asking customers who were from the south each time an order was placed over the phone. The answer? Travel. When things start warming up in the south, many residents escape the heat by traveling to areas that are know for beautiful scenery and COOLER WEATHER. For many, the preferred destination is Alaska. Some of the best times of the year to visit Alaska are from May to July. Alaska is a vast region containing some 85% of Americas national wildlife refuge lands. Also within Alaska are most of the Americas national parks, wetlands, and the tallest mountain in North America. For those who like it a little cooler, Antarctica is another popular destination with the prime temperatures ranging from May to August. The scenery here is in many ways similar to Alaska, and you may need an extra layer or two of thermal underwear, but the experience is what some would call one of the world's best kept secrets. For more information on Antarctica, take a look at Quark Expedition's site .Now, if you're looking to escape the heat to visit a place like Alaska or Antarctica, the decision to take the trip can be an easy choice. Deciding what you want to do when you get there rivals an choosing from an all you can eat buffet menu. Travel experiences range from taking a cruise around the regions, deep sea fishing, mountaineering the highest peaks, to taking a closer look at each area through guided photography tours that allow you to capture the beauty and the experience of each region. About .com has some helpful Alaska Reviews that detail what reviewers liked about their trips to Alaska. For more information on Antarctica, take a look at Real Travel's website for a few travelers' reviews and Polar Cruises for more traveler reviews and information on Antarctica tours of the area.So, if you live in the south and the heat gets to be too much, or if you just want a place to get away to, go where your neighbors have been vacationing on a trip to Alaska or Antarctica and have the experience of a lifetime. And don't feel too out of place buying polypropylene thermal underwear in the spring time. A growing number of Floridians are doing it too.


    This post was posted in Clothing, Thermal Underwear

  • 100% COTTON-COMFORT ENEMY #1

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    How can such a soft, snuggly, comfortable fabric like cotton be so hated among veterans of the high activity sports world? In this post, we'll cover the basics of why cotton is a definite no-no when putting together your wardrobe for any outdoor or otherwise high intensity sports activity.


    Sweaty Cotton Shirt

    The first part of the dilemma with cotton doesn't necessarily have to do with cotton. It has to do with you. Your body has a built in cooling system that tells itself to produce sweat when it gets hot. While sweat is great for cooling your body down, it can also cause extreme discomfort if it is able to remain against your skin through the duration of your activity and long after you have finished. And this is where cotton comes in. Cotton has the ability to absorb larger amounts of water than other fibers acting as a sponge when you sweat. This sponge-like feature of cotton does not allow your sweat to dry very quickly. So, after just a short while of hiking up that steep mountain, playing a friendly game of tag football at the park, or even just rowing your canoe across the lake, your cotton clothing will begin to get wet with sweat, soggy and very uncomfortable. If your activity lasts for an extended period, then the problem doesn't stop there. Remember when you were little and you would play around in the pool long after your mom told you to get out and your hands and feet would start looking like prunes? That very same thing happens within your cotton socks and clothing often causing chaffing and more discomfort.

    Now, let's say that you are finished with whatever sport it was that caused you to sweat so profusely. Let's also suppose you don't have a locker room to change in and going home is not an option either. Your cotton underwear, cotton shorts, cotton socks and cotton shirt are no longer the warm, cuddly garments they used to be. Cotton is not able to retain heat very well when wet. You're now stuck in wet clothing with a drying out time ranging from hours to possibly days. For you, this might only mean a short period of discomfort. However, if you are going to be somewhere overnight or even for a few hours where the temperatures are around 50 degrees or lower, your wet clothing can become a killer. Many hypothermia deaths are caused by wet clothing in mild to cold temperatures. Your body just can't warm itself quicker than your wet cotton clothing cools you in colder temperatures. That's almost a tongue twister.

    Until fabric companies really started digging into the whole science of fabrics, there really weren't many options. So the outdoor sports participants, team sports players, joggers, and anyone else who sweats just had to suffer through all of the downsides that cotton has to offer.

    Summary:

    Cotton retains water, dries slowly, and does not keep you warm when wet so it is not ideal for high endurance activities that involve sweating.

    Tips:

    1. Take all of your 100% cotton clothing that is supposedly for outdoor sports or athletic activities and donate it to your local charity.
    2. When you're at the meeting for your first winter klondike receiving instructions on the dangers of such an activity, don't raise your hand and ask how many pairs of COTTON thermals they would recommend you bring along.
    3. If you have an annoying inlaw that is really into hiking, backpacking, outdoor sports, etc., make sure that the clothing you give them is 100% cotton and tell them it is for their next trip.

    This post was posted in 100% Cotton, Clothing, Fabric Types

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