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Old 11-13-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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One pair of underwear.....5 days.

Well, I broke down and paid the $25 for a pair of Exofficio boxer briefs. Tried them out on my 5 day Texas trip. The wife thought I was kidding and just laughed when I told her I was gonna wear them for 5 days. I actually also took 2 regular pair in case things didnt go well. After 5 days they still had life left in them. They were not funky and were still comfortable. I also wore the same pair of jeans for 5 days. Socks were worn 2 days each pair and I wore the same t-shirt for two days at a time.
So now, I am getting another pair of the Exofficio's and that will be all the underwear I need. I just need to find a good pair of socks now.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:43 PM   #2
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I just need to find a good pair of socks now.
Wool is an amazing material - hydrophobic and doesn't retain funk. Buy socks with the highest wool content possible.

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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I've got 4 pairs of ExOfficio boxer briefs. When I'm traveling, I try to rotate them a bit, wash them in sinks, or wherever I find water. They really are pretty great. I've got a couple of the T shirts as well, same material.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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I like to cycle thru my 2 pairs of exofficio on longer trips. Worked great for 6 months of hiking (washed them whenever I went to town.) After a while the stink drives away all the critters trying to steal your food.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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Wool is an amazing material - hydrophobic and doesn't retain funk. Buy socks with the highest wool content as possible.
Awsome info. I will start a search for the ultimate socks!
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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I like to cycle thru my 2 pairs of exofficio on longer trips. Worked great for 6 months of hiking (washed them whenever I went to town.) After a while the stink drives away all the critters trying to steal your food.
Thats my plan. Cycle thru 2 pair. Wash when the opportunity arises. Anything that saves room in the panniers is well worth it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #7
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From the last time we had this thread I went and ordered bamboo briefs straight from China (through e-bay). They ended up being "Liuao" brand briefs, and they work just as well at not getting funky.

They seem the same in cuts and stitching as what is currently offered, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Men-Loose-br...item4608a500ee , but with a more toned-down look to them

I'm impressed.

If I had my choice, I'd go with wool for cooler weather, and the silk-like bamboo for summer weather.

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:34 AM   #8
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Yep, you can travel indefinitely with 2 pairs of those boxers. They pack down to nothing, too.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:52 AM   #9
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I've got two pairs of ExOfficio shorts, they work well.

For those who have a Marshalls or TJ Max in the area, I got a set of UnderArmor boxers that fit me better and are more comfortable / supportive on the bike, and dry just as quickly.

$9 (IIRC) compared to the $26 the Ex Officios cost locally leaves my wallet a bit heavier, so maybe not as weight saving

For further weight savings, here in SE Asia I've switched to mostly technical wear like EMS Techwick lightweight short and long sleeve Ts. These roll up into very small packages, maybe twice the size of the boxers, and don't take much longer to dry.
For shorts I also use EMS hiking / all purpose shorts. One set in particular is very lightweight, and can be worn without briefs as they have a built in liner. Also dry very quickly, maybe just a bit longer than the briefs.
All this stuff breathes very well, and moves sweat from the skin well.

I just returned from a trip of several days using just my laptop backpack as luggage. I doubt my clothing took up more space than a loaf of bread, and I had a fair bit of clothing: two shorts, 3 boxers, 3 or 4 shirts, and I could have done with much less if on a bike tour.
Only shoes were a pair of Teva Fi 3s, that get used for running, walking, riding the rental bike, swimming (coral and sea urchins necessitate footwear), eating out and the rest.

I caught a ferry to the island, rented a bike for $6/day there, and rode around in shorts, sandals and tshirt for a few days. Helmet plus strap sandals = island ATGATT...

Similar gear can be found in the action wear sections of TJ Max and Marshalls, and I tend to buy stuff at the local Eastern Mountain Sports when they have a sale on.

Of course I have the advantage of riding in an area where temperatures vary from about 70 to 90 or so, and very seldom either side of that even at night, so warm clothing is not a priority.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:09 AM   #10
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WARNING THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS EITHER LEGEND, FOLKLORE OR SCIENCE!

Re the socks stinking to high heaven, I understand that if you seal your used socks in a plastic bag for 48 hrs after use, the bacteria that causes them to smell will also work with you by digesting the said nasties (in essence self cannibalizing) while in the sealed bag leaving them fresh for re use.

I've never tried this myself, but would be interested to hear if it is legend or actual science?
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:15 AM   #11
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Awsome info. I will start a search for the ultimate socks!
I have three pairs of Darn Tough Over-The-Calf Ultra-Light socks that are basically the only socks I've ridden with for the past two years. I've worn them for a week straight in Costa Rica, with temps up around 100F and numerous water crossings. They're probably good to about 40F under Sidi On-Road Gore-Tex boots.

I also do the two pairs of shorts (LD Comfort), alternating one day on and one day off and (hopefully) getting a good rinse in the evenings. If it's not raining, I'll put yesterdays items under the cargo net on the top of my MotoFizz bag to air out for a day.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:25 AM   #12
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For those who have a Marshalls or TJ Max in the area, I got a set of UnderArmor boxers that fit me better and are more comfortable / supportive on the bike, and dry just as quickly.

$9 (IIRC) compared to the $26 the Ex Officios cost locally leaves my wallet a bit heavier, so maybe not as weight saving
And you find the UnderArmor boxers to have the same multi-day bacterial/stink fighting quality? What are they made of?

I own UnderArmor shirts and they get rank. That's just not what these guys are looking for.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:56 AM   #13
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Fox Racing Coolmax Thick Socks

These are the most comfortable socks I have ever worn, and they're long enough for tall boots:



Currently on sale for $10
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:28 AM   #14
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WARNING THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS EITHER LEGEND, FOLKLORE OR SCIENCE!

Re the socks stinking to high heaven, I understand that if you seal your used socks in a plastic bag for 48 hrs after use, the bacteria that causes them to smell will also work with you by digesting the said nasties (in essence self cannibalizing) while in the sealed bag leaving them fresh for re use.

I've never tried this myself, but would be interested to hear if it is legend or actual science?
Oooooo! Yuck! Don't know if I want to try that one.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:29 AM   #15
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These are the most comfortable socks I have ever worn, and they're long enough for tall boots:



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Thanks. I will see what material they use.
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