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Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways
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just Justin Whitson
Re: Dang you Justin! Why must you torment me and hurt my feelings?!?! Why!?!! on 04/11/2013 22:36:05 MDT Print View

To be honest, i'm pretty behind that curve too compared to a lot of people here, which is why i tend to ask a lot of questions, or often say things in a more questioning manner. The only thing i know pretty well is fabrics, because i have a particularly strong interest and experiment basse in same. But for a lot of other things, i'm more or less a newbie and i'm sure you have a lot more experience than moi in a lot of areas and i appreciate you sharing your experiences with polypro (& other things too).

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways on 04/12/2013 00:44:44 MDT Print View

I used polypro for over 20 years. Yeah, it smelled some but what doesn't when you're perspiring? I still have one pair left. I mostly use capilene now since it lasts a lot longer and does shrink and pile like polypro.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways on 04/12/2013 00:58:08 MDT Print View

What with fancy dancy, high efficiency front loading washers today, combined with gentle soaps, and hanging to dry in closet, i bet some of that could be remedied quite well. Some might call some of that "work", and think it's a hassle, but i already do some of that for other fabrics like merino--so i'm used to it. Again, it's a shame there aren't more polypro blends make, also could help a lot. 25% nylon, 10% spandex, etc. included can do wonders.

"Yeah, it smelled some but what doesn't when you're perspiring?"

Gorgeous run way models wearing the newest super duper antiperspirants, or so "they" would have you believe? But, i never really fully trusted or listened to "them" anyways.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Re: Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways on 04/12/2013 01:21:18 MDT Print View

Also, if you don't use the polypro as a baselayer, but as a midlayer, you won't have to wash it as much, which also will extend the (quality) life of the garment.

;) ;)

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Re: Re: Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways on 04/12/2013 01:32:45 MDT Print View

Ooh, ooh, polypro wet dream!

Just wish it was larger... (that's what "she" said?)

Jon Hancock

Locale: Northwest England
Re: Re: polypro on 04/14/2013 08:03:14 MDT Print View

"...kind of makes me wonder why more manufactures don't blend it with other fibers. For example, Polypro with some polyester, and/or a little spandex should help some of those issues. The only blend that i've heard about is a Merino and Polypro blend, but it seems pretty uncommon."

New Zealand manufacturer Macpac used to make an excellent line of undies under the name Geothermals (there's a Geothermal line in the current catalogue, but it appears to be completely unrelated to the originals and made of polyester). There were two weights, along with some garments using panels of Geothermal and panels of light fleece. Geothermals were a polypro/acrylic blend, noted in the ad copy of the time as being a solution to the long term comfort issues of pure polypro.

Light, warm, wonderfully wicking; and I still use some that I bought fifteen years ago. It's such a shame that they don't make them any more. I never found a particular problem with odour over the course of a few days, although like many synthetics they seemed to suddenly tip over the edge and absolutely reek if you didn't wash them after that. Certainly, compared to the "smelly Hellys" of the time I thought the blend worked well. That said, modern versions of Lifa appear to be just as good in the odour management department as most decent brand name synthetics these days. The only time I've noticed the dreaded pong of yesteryear resurface has been when I've bought cheap polyester undershirts.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Re: Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways on 04/14/2013 08:39:01 MDT Print View

"How stinky does the polypro get, and how fast does it get that way?"

Everything I wear on my upper body gets stinky...usually within an hour.

"have you tried using it by itself, without foam, during cold and wet conditions, and if so, did it wet through?"

Within an hour, sometimes sooner, it will be as wet as it would be if I dunked it in a bucket of water. I sweat a lot.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Re: Re: Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways on 04/14/2013 23:06:51 MDT Print View

Thank you for the further info John and Daryl. Daryl, i think i'm finally getting an accurate picture of just how much you sweat. I don't think i quite understood the degree before.

Sounds like you could benefit from a Dune, Freeman still suit to stay better hydrated.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Military polypro on 04/15/2013 00:57:12 MDT Print View

"Back in teh day" I was a first adopter of polypro. My wife once shrunk a pair in the drier to the size of a dwarf! (This after I specifically told her NOT to put them in the drier. Non compus mentus.) I went through many pairs of polypro as an XC patroller and racer. Literally wore them out.

Even had a top stolen right out of the drier (set on low) when I was patrolling Nordic events at Lake P{lacid during the 1979 World Cup. Stolen by Euro-trash.

I now own only the military top and bottom but seldom wear it B/C it is never cold enough to warrant it. (I need temps in the 10 F. or lower range)

P.S. I never had the "stink" problem with any brand of polypro and I think it may be an exaggerated issue. Either that or my body chemistry is different.

Edited by Danepacker on 04/15/2013 00:59:25 MDT.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Military polypro on 04/15/2013 10:20:31 MDT Print View

Ah wives..and they have the audacity to so often say that we're the ones who don't listen...

Thanks for the further information Eric. Yeah, stink may be quite relative and individual (personally i think diet and stress or lack of same can really powerfully affect it). However, i will note that not only is stink relative, but so isn't degree of sense of smell.