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oh yes and btw ... thanks for that Crazy shirts link Dave. Not that I'm a fan of printed tees but they have a nice line in light weight twill pants which I've been having trouble locating since my old supplier went bust. I do not like wearing jeans on board cos they always feel damp but cotton twill pants do the trick and can (at a push) double as shore going clothes.
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I have few of them. They are really comfortable as are the shorts. On Ohau they have a factory outlet where everything is 50%. They make great quality stuff. Unique presents.

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Denise,

I often see you lamenting the hot, humid days of summer. Dressing properly can go a long way towards making the heat more tolerable, which in turn, allows you to make more use of your boat.

Cotton is rotten. The high-tech, wicking clothing that people are referring to, really is the way to go. Under Armour started it, but they're quite expensive. Numerous knock-offs followed, some are quite good, some are absolutely horrible, and are merely shiny, double-knit polyester shirts that trap the heat and moisture.

If you have Khol's stores anywhere near you, go to their athletics section and buy the FILA brand, or Nike brand wicking shirts. They work, and are less expensive than Under Armour. You mentioned "stretchy" shirts. You don't need to buy them skin-tight in order for them to be effective. Just buy them in whatever size and comfortable fit that you normally buy for cotton T's.

Another product I advocate, is Columbia's safari pants. These are a light, durable, pair of pants with zip-off leggings that convert into shorts. These pull the moisture away from your skin, but also block the wind at night when the temperature drops.

I used to turn my nose up at this stuff, calling my friends "gear snobs", but after trying some of it, I'm impressed. More importantly, I'm dry and comfortable.

While we're on the subject of sailing apparel, I advise you to visit Annapolis during the fall boat show and pick up a good foulie jacket while they're on sale. I picked up a Helly Hansen Tactician's jacket for 50% off. It's my favorite piece of sailing clothing.

Like the Swedes say: "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing."
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Yes thanks BH, I was into back packing for a more then a few years I'm aware of hi (and lo) tech clothing. Just for everyday I like cotton Tees

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I buy all my 'hi-tech' sailing shirts at Goodwill and other thrift stores. If they don't work right I just donate them back. In hot weather a cotton t-shirt is comfortable for a total of 2 minutes.

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Denise,

I often see you lamenting the hot, humid days of summer. Dressing properly can go a long way towards making the heat more tolerable, which in turn, allows you to make more use of your boat.

Cotton is rotten. The high-tech, wicking clothing that people are referring to, really is the way to go. Under Armour started it, but they're quite expensive. Numerous knock-offs followed, some are quite good, some are absolutely horrible, and are merely shiny, double-knit polyester shirts that trap the heat and moisture.

If you have Khol's stores anywhere near you, go to their athletics section and buy the FILA brand, or Nike brand wicking shirts. They work, and are less expensive than Under Armour. You mentioned "stretchy" shirts. You don't need to buy them skin-tight in order for them to be effective. Just buy them in whatever size and comfortable fit that you normally buy for cotton T's.

Another product I advocate, is Columbia's safari pants. These are a light, durable, pair of pants with zip-off leggings that convert into shorts. These pull the moisture away from your skin, but also block the wind at night when the temperature drops.

I used to turn my nose up at this stuff, calling my friends "gear snobs", but after trying some of it, I'm impressed. More importantly, I'm dry and comfortable.

While we're on the subject of sailing apparel, I advise you to visit Annapolis during the fall boat show and pick up a good foulie jacket while they're on sale. I picked up a Helly Hansen Tactician's jacket for 50% off. It's my favorite piece of sailing clothing.

Like the Swedes say: "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing."
Yes I will not buy cotton shirts anymore for outdoor use at all. Now at my over air conditioned work I do have some for warmth. I have to say Kohls is good, they have some house brand golf shirts (not a t-shirt though) that are excellent and are often on sale for around $10-15. EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) has a really nice selection of "tech wick" that is amazing but a bit pricy but much less than expensive than Under Armour. (have to say in full disclosure that both EMS and Under Armour are customers of the company I work for but I gain nothing from there success they happen to use our cash register software) I will say Champion branded "high tech" fabric stuff (from Target) is just awful and wicks about as well as a plastic bag. Good for loosing some water weight though.

Synthetic is the way to go these days, you wont feel like you have a wet shirt on and will fee much cooler. But you do have to be careful about brand. I will have to try the Fila brand, though I do prefer a shirt with a collar so I can wear therm to work too. (business casual) I may try to make it to Annapolis show one of these days.
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Re: T shirts, 100% cotton a must (and wet T contests)

"Under Armour started it, but they're quite expensive."
They're just johnny-come-lately who have done a huge job of marketing as a Brand Name. Patagonia and others were selling wicking clothes 20+ years ago, it was just a hard thing to find any of it.
LandsEnd also was selling silk turtlenecks (very light weight, lighter than t-shirting) at least back into the 80's. Inexpensive, great wicking if you're wearing it as an undershirt.
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I keep thinking Under Armor really should be selling kevlar undies...
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Re: T shirts, 100% cotton a must (and wet T contests)

I fully realise that cotton traps moisture though from personal observation only, I find some cottons less troublesome than others. Denim as I said before seems one of the worst.

Nonetheless I simply do not like wearing synthetics all the time, nor do I like synthetics against my skin. In cold weather I wear a base layer of silk. Tried this out for the first time last winter and was pretty much impressed. Over that, whatever seems appropriate though top quality wet weather gear does keep out the chill wind.

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Linen is the way to go but some of the high tech stuff is pretty amazing. I picked up a bunch of the Under Armor Heat Gear shirts, freaking awesome! (They have them in women cut and colors too ) They wash up and dry easily too.

BTW, the best cotton T shirts I have ever worn are the Costco Kirkland brand!

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