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Old 10-15-2013, 07:56 PM   #31
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I have issues with non natural fibers too. I go with coconut, merino, or cotton, depending on the length of ride. The merino is the best though.

Originally Posted by cug View Post
He's certainly not the only one. I can't stand them. In warm weather they are completely unbearable. The silicone in the legs irritates my skin, the material feels really cheap and unnatural, they are incredibly uncomfortable for me.

I use Icebreaker underwear pretty much exclusively for riding.

Edit: "feels cheap" is the wrong wording. It's good for non-natural material, but I dislike it anyways. It just feels like I pull on a piece of plastic.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #32
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:28 AM   #33
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I use these $10 and they work great for the "first" layer, hot or cold days.

I wash them every day, I carry two tops and two bottoms. They will, in a pinch dry over night if you use the roll up in a dry towel method. But that's why I carry two sets.

I like em
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:38 PM   #34
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I've used mine on a couple of 12 hr. rides including one Kentucky to Florida in late July...temps in the upper 90's. Best thing I've ever tried for sure. I do launder them at the end of the day in the sink & they are pretty dry the next morning. I like 'em a lot...worth the money to me.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:38 PM   #35
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A friend alerted me to this thread and I thought I might add some points. Many answers to the original poster are spot on and I appreciate the accuracy portrayed by the experienced riders. The LDComfort garments are designed specifically for the long distance rider. Seam placement is vital to avoiding discomfort and even damage to tender seating areas. Fabric choice is just as important to arrest moisture damage to skin in enclosed areas. There is no fabric on the market that will keep skin dryer than that which is used in the LDComfort riding garments. The dual layer fabric is DIFFERENT than "wicking" fabric. (See the video here: ) No matter how much a person will sweat, the inside of the fabric will stay dry. You will not find that in single layer "wicking" fabric. That being said; You must wear the garment correctly. Pull each leg up all the way to make sure you do not have areas not covered in fabric. It is the fabric that keeps the skin dry. The use of powders to absorb moisture comes from a habit of wearing garments that do not keep the skin dry. Please allow the fabric to do its job without adding powders to plug the fabric. Also; the garments are easily washed and dried using the towel method. Once the garment is washed and initially wrung to remove the excess water, the inside will be dry. You dry the outside with the towel trick and put them back on. While there may be a cooling feeling the inside will be dry. Remember; "IT" doesn't dry. You dry "IT." I have ridden a trip of 10,000 miles with just one pair of LDComfort and simply washed them and dried them each evening or morning. (Takes 5 minutes) Another problem that can happen to some people is to use a fabric softener that stays in the fabric. Fabric softeners contain chemicals, oils and perfumes that can be harmful to the skin. Keep your garment clean with a mild soap or detergent. I use Johnson's baby wash as it is most cost effective.
In the summer issue of the Iron Butt Magazine a writer comments that he has worn his LDComfort for over 300,000 miles and they still work as well as day one. With proper care you will NOT wear them out. If you do a little math, you will find LDComfort undergarments to be the most cost effective garment available. The purpose of the garment is to provide comfort for the long distance rider and skin protection is essential to achieving that goal. As one respondent mentioned the record for wearing LDComfort is over 11 days with no skin problems. Even though this is possible, I recommend washing each day. (Yes...I have pushed it to three day with no trouble.)
I hope I have helped answer some questions and cleaned up a few issues. I want you all to enjoy every mile. Best regards, Mario
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:58 AM   #36
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New Underwear option

My name is Shawn Lupcho. Just launched this product couple weeks ago at the American International Motorcycle Expo.
Had very positive reception. I've spent over two years developing our patent pending shorts. Since this is a new product thought I'd spread the word. Hoping to have a special offer for inmates and list in the vendor's section.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:32 PM   #37
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Powders are no help

Powders to "dry" the skin are not the best solution. Fabric softeners are also impurities that can bother the skin. "Mositure wicking" is a buzz phrase to sell fabric. A paper towel is moisture wicking. Cotton is moisture wicking. It is not enough to use "moisture wicking" fabrics and believe you have something that keeps the skin dry. Research in extreme climates and conditions since 1972 have proven answers to the problem of seating comfort. Many millions of miles of testing have led to the answers for the long distance. Read this notice printed on the inside cover of the "Iron Butt Magazine" :
See also this video for a demonstration on fabric:

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Old 02-20-2014, 06:13 PM   #38
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That's just as much marketing as saying "moisture wicking".

I have never been in more pain than when I was riding with the LD Comfort shorts I bought for my ride last summer. Interesting enough the pain wasn't just the (for me) uncomfortable fabric, that was just as uncomfortable as most other "wicking" fabrics, but the way the shorts try to maintain stable on the body with the silicon (or whatever it is on the inside of the thigh "cuffs"). It ripped hair from the follicle and I got inflamed spots in that area. Took nearly a week for the multiple spots to heal properly.

Went back to Merino and all is well.

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Old 02-20-2014, 08:12 PM   #39
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Lots and lots of miles wearing LD comfort in high heat and cold - and comfortable all day long. Works for me.

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Old 02-20-2014, 09:43 PM   #40
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Hope I didn't miss this if it was posted before, but, it is possible that you do have " crotch rot". A fungal infection that amplifies odor and discomfort and not just localized irritation of the skin. See a dermatologist to rule this out because it takes proper medication to eliminate it. And it can be a persistent bugger.

I have the LD Comfort shorts also, both long and short versions. I rate them not any worse or better than Aerostitch stuff I have. But I do make it a point to wash shorts and tops at the end of every day of riding or have a fresh change available. That being said, having tried everything available, I'm going back more and more to Merino wool and Icebreaker stuff. It's just hands down the best. Seam placement never really bothered me so the appeal of LD gear was kind of moot but I wanted to try them anyway.

Good luck, man. Hope you get it sorted out and keep on enjoying the ride.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:45 PM   #41
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:13 AM   #42
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Lots and lots of miles wearing LD comfort in high heat and cold - and comfortable all day long. Works for me.

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+1, ditched all my synthetic crap for real fabric. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:27 AM   #43
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:06 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by bigphish View Post
How do I put this discreetly?? Well I can't so does anyone besides me experience a bad case of crotch rot, stinky crotch, bad sweaty balls and rash after a few days in these things?? I love them but.......... It takes a few days, copius baby powder and a good dose of Tinactin to make things right after a tour of more than three days. I am not affected by any other undergarments.

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Old 02-21-2014, 10:57 AM   #45
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Nothing works for everyone. The biggest mistake people make with LDComfort or similar fabrics is to use powder too. The idea of the powder is to dry you out, but it clogs your pores and the fabric, reducing your body's ability to 'breathe' as well as the fabric's ability to keep your skin dry.

A lot is going to depend on how long you ride too. I know guys that take multi day trips in nothing more than jeans and cotton boxers and are happy and have no issues. But they only ride for a hour at a time, max, before taking a stop to poke around, look at stuff or just light a cig. No harm there, but they rarely are on the bike long enough to really break a good sweat, then get off and air out by their current riding style, so it works for them when not for others.
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