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Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
silkweight baselayers on 07/14/2013 15:22:39 MDT Print View

Where can I buy a great set of silkweight baselayers. I see REI has them, is that my only choice?

Hoot Filsinger
(filsinger) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: silkweight baselayers on 07/14/2013 16:33:04 MDT Print View

6pm may have what you want for cheap.

Jeffrey McConnell
Winter silks on 07/14/2013 19:24:06 MDT Print View

I got some from winter silks. I like them so far.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: silkweight baselayers on 07/14/2013 19:35:05 MDT Print View

Are you looking for silk baselayers or silkweight synthetic baselayers?

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

I know what I want on 07/14/2013 19:37:53 MDT Print View

I'd be interested in silk, specifically, if anyone has more choices

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
regarding silk or silkweight on 07/15/2013 07:05:26 MDT Print View

Good question? Which one would be the better option?

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: regarding silk or silkweight on 07/15/2013 07:37:19 MDT Print View

One of the problems with silk stiff is that it will wear out after a few years. This seems like a huge investment when prorated over that time. I have found that for long john bottoms, womens nylon stockings work as well and are far less expensive. You might feel a bit embarrased about checking them out in the store isle.

Eric Brigman
(engine386) - F - M

Locale: Central Florida
Stockings on 07/15/2013 08:04:46 MDT Print View

But will the nylon stockings be enough to keep your bag clean from dirty legs/ feet etc?

Desert Dweller

Locale: Wild Wild West
Nylons on 07/15/2013 12:22:30 MDT Print View

Tights might work but the minute you snag them they are basically goners.
Silk requires care in use and washing, shouldn't just throw any fine silk in the washing machine and dryer if you want it to last. Winter silks are expensive work great but cannot take the abuse of backpacking for long unless you are prepared to care for them. I use the silk cashmere combination long underwear but they are delicate.
REI silk underwear has good ratings and can be machine washed and dried. And the prices are reasonable.

Edited by Drusilla on 07/15/2013 12:25:31 MDT.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Perfect timing.. on 07/15/2013 12:35:46 MDT Print View

..for this thread as I'm in the market. Sounds like REI is the best bet for me based on what I've read here.

Thanks all for the input.

Edit so not to bump: Thanks Barry! That's a great price.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 07/15/2013 14:52:05 MDT.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: regarding silk or silkweight on 07/15/2013 14:08:57 MDT Print View

Silk or synthetic?

Like others noted, my synthetic way outlasted my silk--- is cheaper, warmer, dries faster, lighter, and smells less after a week. I use Terramar. The bottom is 3.9oz

And the top is 3.9oz

Good luck in the base layer,
-The mountains were made for Tevas

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: regarding silk or silkweight on 07/20/2013 22:43:08 MDT Print View

I would like to try a blend of silk and poly or nylon. Something like 60% silk to 40% synthetic.

Barry, i can believe all of the above except that i have a hard time believing that the synthetics smelled less than the silk. I don't have a lot of experience with silk, but my general experience is that natural fibers tend to inhibit bad smell much better than synthetics.