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    Wool or synthetic long underwear

    I've got military issue cotton and polypropylene so far.

    I'm looking for something light-weight to replace the cotton for wear on a daily basis in the mountains that won't lose it's insulation properties if it gets wet.

    I started out last week with just pants and layering on top (t-shirt, polypro shirt and flannel shirt or insulated jacket), that normally works just fine for me at lower elevations until it gets into the 30s.

    I was up at 8600' - 9500', it was in the 50s-60s during the day, but I started realizing that it was a bit damp, the kind of stuff where hypothermia creeps up on you.

    Next year, I'm going to need to wear underwear from day 1.

    Any preferences/suggestions?
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    Merino wool from any manufacturer that makes it 100% merino wool. I prefer redram because of price. Any will do though. I will never wear another underwear again.

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    Hands down merino wool. I just started wearing it this year and I like it alot better than any of the synthetic I have worn in the past.

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    I've been using UA longies for the past couple years. I tend to sweat a lot when I move, even mid-winter. It does a good job drying out. Never tired the merino products (except socks), but I picked up a pair of redram on sale over the summer, and am looking forward to trying them out when it gets cold.

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    I go UA on the bottoms and Merino on top. UA bottoms mainly because I have them and they work real well with wool pants over top. I don't know about Merino wool Chonies though, just sounds like a bad idea although they say it's o.k.

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    Poly works fine until the temps get and stay warm. They then will have a tougher time drying out quickly and will cause some "butt itch"....it is quit annoying.

    I went to wool and there is no "butt itch".......but if your always hunting in the cooler temps you could probably go either way and be fine.

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    You can wear marino wool for a week and it wont stink, 1 day of synthetic and it smells like mudd butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNDEER View Post
    Poly works fine until the temps get and stay warm. They then will have a tougher time drying out quickly and will cause some "butt itch"....it is quit annoying.

    I went to wool and there is no "butt itch".......but if your always hunting in the cooler temps you could probably go either way and be fine.
    So I'm not the only one - the smell gets pretty rank with any synthetics I wear. The polypro pants also cause itching and some other ugly side effects, so I won't wear them as a base layer.

    The redram look pretty nice and are significantly cheaper than the Kuiu - I can get 3 pairs of the redrams for the price of 2 pairs of the Kuius.
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    I get more itch from polypro Underarmour than I do from wool.

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    I really like my first lite merino wool!!

 

 

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