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Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat on 05/23/2013 00:14:34 MDT Print View

My 150 g/m2 merino tee shirt is too warm for summer days. It is far warmer (and substantially heavier) than my Duofold coolmax tee shirt, but the coolmax starts to smell fairly offensive after a few days on the trail. Are cool, ultra thin and breathable synthetics with truly effective odor control still a fantasy? Has anyone had any particularly good (low-odor) experiences with superlight synthetic tee shirts?

Edited by ckrusor on 05/23/2013 00:16:11 MDT.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat on 05/23/2013 00:35:28 MDT Print View

I don't have a conclusive answer for you.

It varies based on many factors:
- dry arid weather areas such as South West, sweat is dry quickly. the smell doesn't last.

- In wet and damp weather, dark, high moisture and little sun makes anything smell of decay.

- what you eat is what you sweat. Garlic, spicy and curry foods. Your pores will sweat the stink for days. It isn't the clothes to blame. You will stink even naked.

Edited by RogerDodger on 05/23/2013 00:36:21 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat on 05/23/2013 00:44:29 MDT Print View

Cotton.
Seriously.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat on 05/23/2013 01:21:13 MDT Print View

"Cotton"

I agree. You can get all sorts of different thickness and weights. I use it a lot.

The least stinky and most breathable synthetic I have is a Rail Riders Eco-T. I use it a lot too.

John Almond
(FLRider) - F

Locale: The Southeast
Oddly Enough... on 05/23/2013 05:34:11 MDT Print View

...I have one Starter athletic shirt from WallyWorld that doesn't stink. I have no idea why; the other two I have in the same polyester jersey material most definitely do after a day or two of use. Maybe it's the white color (the other two are blue)? I got nothing. Regardless, it doesn't get that "synthetic funk" that kills skunks at fifty paces, even after being used a couple of days in a row in FL summers. And at ~$10, it might be worth checking out, even if it doesn't wind up working for you (even if it doesn't work for the trail, you just got a PT shirt, so not an entirely bad deal).

It's the DryStar line of polyester jersey material (the one with the really loose weave), in a very light grey/off-white color. Hope it helps!

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat on 05/23/2013 06:56:24 MDT Print View

Like Nick, I find the Rail Riders shirts(mine an eco-mesh) to be less stinky than any other synthetic shirts I own.
That may be because of the loose fit and highly ventilated design?

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat on 05/23/2013 09:08:27 MDT Print View

First questions... are you sure you shirt is 150 g/m2 and what color is it? I ask because my 150 g/m2 is as light (weight wise) as any of my synthetic tech-tees, and I find it almost as cool wearing when compared to the synthetics in the same color / UV level protection. If the shirt isn't white, you might think about a color change rather than a material chance.

As to synthetics that don't stink... nothing matches wool.

There has been a suggestion of Eco-Mesh. I use an Eco-Mesh (actually their Adventure Shirt which is the same except button rather than velco closure) when I am facing heavy bug situation. It is less stinky than some tech-tees, but it doesn't match wool (or the best tech-tees I have found). For me, it gets stinky after a 2-3 of days. It also is a lot less air permeable than a traditional tech-tee, so I find it hotter wearing it than a tech-tee.

The best options I have found so far don't seem to be made anymore, shirts using x-static or VisaEndurance with >=8% silver. Unfortunately most use on 4% silver which isn't' effective enough for me. I have heard good reports about ArcTeryx Motus, but haven't tried it myself.

--Mark

Edited by verber on 05/23/2013 09:09:50 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RR Eco Speed T on 05/23/2013 10:12:57 MDT Print View

Just want to clarify my earlier post. It is the Eco Speed T Shirt. Much different than the Rail Riders shirt most are used to.

http://www.railriders.com/men-eco-speed-p-839.html

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
Material on 05/23/2013 10:43:57 MDT Print View

Thanks for the input. To clarify, my merino tee is definitely 150 gsm. It is labelled as such and I was selective when I bought it. It weighs 5.4 oz. My coolmax polyester tee (which I bought in about 1998) weighs 3.6 oz, and the material is much thinner. In summer I rapidly overheat in the wool tee. I can't wear it when I go running, for example. It is light green in color, and the coolmax tee is a dark forest green.

I'd like to find something like the old coolmax tee I have, but with x-static fibers, or some other silver/quaternary ammonium treatment that controls odor. I don't expect any polyester to stink as little as wool after a couple of days, but I was hoping that advances in technology in the past fifteen years had produced something substantially better than the old-fashioned coolmax.

Thanks for the suggestions to look at the Railriders shirts. I think I'm looking for something more like an athletic tee, though (light knits worn by runners, etc.).

Edited by ckrusor on 05/23/2013 10:46:55 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Material on 05/23/2013 13:30:50 MDT Print View

Colin,

Are you getting PMs? Sent you one.

Doug

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
tee on 05/23/2013 18:37:46 MDT Print View

I have the lightweight Nike shirt that runs 3.7 oz in large. Its the lightest shirt I can find from Nike.

I have worn it 9 days straight without taking it off, sweating heavily every day,.
It doesnt smell (to me).

I have wondered it perhaps permethrin has something to do with it.

I have some golite wildwood Ts coming that are 2.5-3 oz. Will find out this weekend how they fare.

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Lightest tee on 05/23/2013 18:56:46 MDT Print View

They aren't synthetic, but check out the Rab Meco shirts. They have a 120 gsm weight which is significantly cooler than my 150 gsm merino shirts. The cocona content makes it pretty durable too- moreso than even 150 gsm merino which can be quite delicate. I wore one for 12 days in a row and while I didn't smell like roses, it was way better than with any synthetic I've ever used.

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear)
Re: Re: Lightest tee on 05/23/2013 19:44:11 MDT Print View

"As to synthetics that don't stink... nothing matches wool."

100% Linen does. Based on a combo of both experience and research.

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Rab Meco on 05/23/2013 22:39:33 MDT Print View

I second Andrew's recommendation. Try out the Rab Meco 120 t shirt. I have one and it is fantastic. I have used their meco line extensively and it is far, far more durable than merino wool, yet has the same odor-fighting abilities.

The meco t-shirt is a snug fit, so if you want it for really hot weather, consider sizing up for a looser fit.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: tee on 05/23/2013 23:37:57 MDT Print View

> I have the lightweight Nike shirt that runs 3.7 oz

hmm... we must have different body chemistry or maybe I just too sensitive. I can get maybe 2 days with my Nike running shirt before my noise starts to get offended.

--Mark