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    Technical t shirts

    Now we've hit 2020 I'm considering purchasing some technical t shirts for summer use. Is this an area I can get away with cheaper brands say North Ridge or Craghoppers rather than Patagucci ?

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    Helly hansen is a sure bet

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    What constitutes a "technical " shirt??

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    This thread needs jimp for technical advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie747 View Post
    This thread needs jimp for technical advice
    Tactical, Reggie. Tactical.

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    I use technical T-shirts for work and have found Helly Hansen to be the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    What constitutes a "technical " shirt??
    and can you get matching tecnical underkeks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Kenney View Post
    Tactical, Reggie. Tactical.
    Sorry.......technical, tactical advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie747 View Post
    Sorry.......technical, tactical advice
    Testical?
    When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks long into you.........

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    Tactile?

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    Warm ones or cool ones?

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    I always find they smell no matter what. Have considered a merino base layer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodder View Post
    I always find they smell no matter what. Have considered a merino base layer.
    On your testicles? I just use talc

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    Icebreaker make great T shirts.

    I donít know if they are tactical or technical but they are T shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Icebreaker make great T shirts.

    I donít know if they are tactical or technical but they are T shirts.
    They use Marino but are massively over priced

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodder View Post
    They use Marino but are massively over priced
    What's Josť got to do with this?


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    Under Armour has a large collection.

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    Berghaus argentium t shirts and tops..

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    What constitutes a "technical " shirt??
    ... and where and why would you need one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    ... and where and why would you need one?
    It lets sweat evaporate away quickly and keeps you cooler rather than the clammy feel you get with cotton t shirts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodder View Post
    They use Marino but are massively over priced
    I have a fair few merino base layers from various brands. The Icebreaker ones really last well, Iíve got one that I refuse to chuck out despite having used it maybe twice a week for well over ten years.

    Smart wool is also good, as is dhb from Wiggle, but the weave of the Icebreaker seems better. Sports Pursuit often have sales to make the cost palatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    What constitutes a "technical " shirt??
    + 1

    Do they come with instruction books?

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    Mine are fromEDZ layering,not bad for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxboy View Post
    It lets sweat evaporate away quickly and keeps you cooler rather than the clammy feel you get with cotton t shirts

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    "sweat" ? How un-gentlemanly....

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    "sweat" ? How un-gentlemanly....
    I know ..... very trade

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    I have a few of these from Asos, great for active wear and warm holidays.

    https://www.asos.com/asos-4505/asos-...=4505%20tshirt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasdairmc View Post
    I have a fair few merino base layers from various brands. The Icebreaker ones really last well, Iíve got one that I refuse to chuck out despite having used it maybe twice a week for well over ten years.

    Smart wool is also good, as is dhb from Wiggle, but the weave of the Icebreaker seems better. Sports Pursuit often have sales to make the cost palatable.
    Thatís interesting , they do look good quality. Iíve got quite a few from howies and theyíre really good value; and theyíre in a sale regularly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxboy View Post
    I know ..... very trade

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    Tradesman?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/DEWALT-DST1.../dp/B00WRKBWX0

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    You can get them from FieldandTrek part of the Sports Direct group. Usually on offer.

    https://www.fieldandtrek.com/Mens/T-...BRA%5EKarrimor

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    Depends what you want for them.

    Merino is nice, comfy, ethical, can be blagged for daily wear, (though still looks different to a cotton T-shirt- has a bit of a sheen) but also expensive, and better for lower intensity stuff (walking or climbing for me). Not great for running as not as breathable as synthetics.

    Cheaper synthetic ďtechnicalĒ stuff is fine for running and stuff, does a good job of wicking, but looks like what it is, and stinks once itís got some sweat in.

    Bamboo is similar to the synthetic stuff but far comfier (think more like a cotton T-shirt).

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    Looking at some OMM tís the other day which contained bamboo, felt real nice and sensible prices

    For skiing and walking I have merino (Ortovox) great quality but not cheap and as ej86 says, for running not an ideal material choice

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    Try Rohan, very good.

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    Merino for me. Can be worn for a few days at a time when required. Not cheap but I have one which is 10 years old & still looks half decent. Quality does vary though.

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    I have worn a merino t-shirt for 8 consecutive days without washing it in the height of summer as a test to see how long it would take to smell. It was still fresh after this. My merino has black marks under the armpits from antiperspirant. Merino is great at keeping you warm in the cold and cool in the warm, but the latter to a certain point only, which for me is 20 degrees. The cheap - £17 for two - long sleeve t-shirts that I buy from FieldandTrek seem to do a really good job, although they have a tendency to snag on Velcro.

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    Make sure if you choose merino not to be the cheapest available. They tend to itch

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    I have merino for snowboarding and mountain biking. Icebreaker mid-weight 260ís. As mentioned above, not cheap, but very good quality, they last for years and donít smell. I also have a couple from Howies.

    For running I have Under Armour and Nike products. The UA stuff is well priced and better quality fabric IMO.

    For walking / trekking I have some Patagonia Capilene Cool long sleeves. Superlight, lovely fabric, well made.

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    Try Pro Skins. Been using their kit as a base layer for motorcycling during the summer, very good. Helly Hanson Merino for Winter

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    Hello

    Armadillo do some nice stuff not bad if you get it in the sale or when there are multi offers on.

    Very hard wearing, very comfortable, washes well, prefer it to Icebreaker. I feel the quality has dropped with Icebreaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnside View Post
    Armadillo do some nice stuff not bad if you get it in the sale or when there are multi offers on.

    Very hard wearing, very comfortable, washes well, prefer it to Icebreaker. I feel the quality has dropped with Icebreaker.
    I bought some icebreaker kit 20 years ago on a trip to NZ. It lasted really well. The current stuff isnít the same quality but I still buy it.

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    As a serial acquirer of this kind of kit I would say Alpkit has the best cost/performance ratio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    I bought some icebreaker kit 20 years ago on a trip to NZ. It lasted really well. The current stuff isnít the same quality but I still buy it.
    I tried Icebreaker base layers for running a couple years ago, bought 3no and used them in rotation. Didnít really feel comfortable on the skin for me and quality deteriorated quite quickly, they werenít cheap either

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    If you want the best (IMHO) check out Sunspel.

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    Sunspel don't do technical tshirts, just the regular kind, albeit at ridiculously high prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bondurant View Post
    Sunspel don't do technical tshirts, just the regular kind, albeit at ridiculously high prices.

    They do wool baselayers, which are excellent, but if these are not "tactical" enough, then fair enough.

    Perhaps the OP should be looking for something like Nomex or Kevlar to be really tactical
    Last edited by Andyg; 16th February 2020 at 12:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bondurant View Post
    Sunspel don't do technical tshirts, just the regular kind, albeit at ridiculously high prices.
    Might not call them technical but what magically makes one shirt technical and another not?
    All fabrics will wick to some extent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ej86 View Post

    Bamboo is similar to the synthetic stuff but far comfier (think more like a cotton T-shirt).

    Another vote for bamboo, I use bamboo baselayers and t-shirts as well as thicker layers too. Much more comfortable than merino and keep you warm but not too hot. Can't comment on wicking as I tend not sweat that much but I've never felt damp when exercising. The only potential disadvantage is that, if they get properly wet (caught out in a downpour with no waterproof) then they take a while to dry, especially the thicker items.

    I get my stuff from here:

    https://bambooclothing.co.uk/

    Still have a t-shirt I bought from them 10 years ago although it is looking a bit tatty it is still usable. Difficult to fault them really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Might not call them technical but what magically makes one shirt technical and another not?
    All fabrics will wick to some extent.
    Cotton doesn't wick well at all, also takes ages to dry. Nothing magical involved.

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    Forclaz affordable merino at Decathlon: Iíve got a long sleeve t which is great for subzero temps
    Icebreaker is fab but pricier (though Cotswold have good sales)

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    I confess that I pick stuff like this up from TK maxx by simply feeling any stuff thatís my size and reduced. If it feels nice and fits nicely I buy it. Iím not overly sentimental about base layers.

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