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#93758 - 04/06/08 09:38 AM So, what are you wearing?
knight_time Offline
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Registered: 03/08/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Monterey, California.

Greetings everyone,

I have never worn long underwear. Is it a necessity on a backpacing trip? Will I freeze without them?

I'll be backpacking in the Sierras in July. I've camped up there, but that was around a big fire. What are the best deals? Thanks.

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#93759 - 04/06/08 12:30 PM Re: So, what are you wearing? [Re: knight_time]
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It really depends upon what else you are taking and wearing.

I typically bring polypro long underwear or tights to act as a a thermal base layer when it's cold. I most often do not wear them during the day.

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#93760 - 04/06/08 02:34 PM Re: So, what are you wearing? [Re: knight_time]
Jimshaw Offline
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Knight

I have found that long underwear is really nice to have in the sierras. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />For one thing you can sit around in it and mosquitos have a tough time biting through it. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />Its way soft and flexible and after a long days hike its a luxery. Pull anything on over it and your warmer than you would be without it. AND Its the nicest thing to sleep in. I leave a lot at home, but I always take long underwear. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

The point is - no you don't need it - or any gear at all, but your comfort will suffer. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />
Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
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#93761 - 04/07/08 06:49 AM Re: So, what are you wearing? [Re: knight_time]
jaiden Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
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Be sure you do not wear ANY cotton. Read all your labels!

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#93762 - 04/07/08 11:12 PM Re: So, what are you wearing? [Re: knight_time]
Wolfeye Offline
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Registered: 01/11/07
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Loc: Seattle, WA
Almost all the hikers I know of use long underwear. It's a practicality thing; they make you warmer without adding much bulk, so they fit easily under clothes & raingear. I usually end up wearing them at night and in the early mornging when it's chilly out. I'd recommend midweight ones for general use, but in summer you can sometimes get away with silkweight ones. My dad even knew a guy who liked to use pantyhose. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

To keep warm while on the move it's easier to use a warm hat and vest, otherwise you end up changing clothes every time you stop.

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#93763 - 04/08/08 09:41 AM Re: So, what are you wearing? [Re: knight_time]
mockturtle Offline
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Registered: 06/06/07
Posts: 251
Loc: WA
Since nights are never warm where I camp, long underwear is de rigeur for me. Make sure they are the synthetic, quick-drying variety. They also make a good emergency outfit when your clothes get wet and you're trying to dry them on a rock somewhere.


Edited by mockturtle (04/08/08 09:42 AM)

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#93764 - 04/08/08 10:18 AM Re: So, what are you wearing? [Re: knight_time]
Berserker Offline
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Registered: 05/10/04
Posts: 493
Loc: Lynchburg, VA
Yeah, long underwear is nice for sitting around in the cold. I carry synthetic filled pants (BPL Cocoon) in lieu of long underwear most of the time though cause they weigh about the same, but are much warmer. I also use them in to add warmth in my sleeping bag so that I can carry a lighter bag.

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#93765 - 04/13/08 04:55 PM Re: So, what are you wearing? [Re: phat]
knight_time Offline
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Registered: 03/08/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Monterey, California.
Thank you for all of the responses. I think I will err on the side of caution and get some long underwear. Rather be too warm than too cold.

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