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Favorite Things – Heat Out Base Layer
Cycle Gear Heat Out Bottoms
I spend a lot of time in my riding gear. A typical day in Baja might see me suited up for 12 hours or so. Being comfortable is absolutely at the top of my priority list.
For the past three years, I have not spent a single day in gear without wearing my Heat Out base layer bottoms from Cycle Gear. I have not seen a single product that would compare to these for comfort, hot or cold.
As the name implies, they are designed to keep you comfortable in hot weather. They do, it is almost like wearing nothing. They also keep you pretty warm in cold weather. I know is seems like a contradiction, but somehow it works.
They are light weight, stretch in every direction and don’t bind anywhere. There is no traditional waist band, so nothing to dig in under pants and fanny pack. They can go days on end without developing too much odor. On my typical trip, I wear them for four days. They are durable when treated well. I just threw away a pair that were three years old, one of my very first pair. The key is to just be gentle when putting them on. Bunch up the leg and slip them on like a pair of nylons, don’t pull too hard.
Finally, and perhaps most important, they are the best solution for knee braces that I have ever found. My POD braces stay in place and don’t chafe against the skin at all. Because these are a full length, I typically just wear a short hiking sock in conjunction with them, not a tall moto sock. The wool blend hiking socks stay dry and comfy for multiple days too.
List price at Cycle Gear is $34, but they regularly go on sale for $10-$15. They are a great value and you should try them.