LD Comfort and..........WTF??

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by bigphish, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    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.

    Insert jokes here, but hopefully some insight as well.
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  2. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    Do you wash them everyday? Mine will stink after riding in them all day, but I hand wash them in a motel at the end of the day whenever I can and they haven't bothered me yet.
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  3. JR356

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    Nope,do not have that issue with my LD gear,this includes many 90-100 plus degree days.

    You are not supposed to use any powder while using the LDComfort gear,it ruins the breathability/function per the website and per Mario's postings on this site.
    I think you say you are only putting on the powders afterwards,correct?

    How breathable is your outer layer?,maybe a change to get more airflow to the area will help.

    Like Hikertrash,I at least rinse out,if not sink launder mine when I motel it.

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  4. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Could the "bad case of crotch rot, stinky crotch, bad sweaty balls and rash" be at least in part a preexisting condition? Afterall, a healthy crotch is a happy crotch, and an unhealthy crotch is not something you want to sit on for several days.

    Just sayin'
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Other than sweating my balls off in them, I'm not affected by what you describe at all. Glad I'm not the only one that drank the KoolAid and didn't have a great experience with them. I love them in the cold, but in warm weather, I sweat just as much as with anything else.
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  6. Wistrick

    Wistrick Been here awhile

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    cool weather good +80 not so much....

    Dan
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  7. kkm

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    For craps sake, go ask your mom.

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  8. cug

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    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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  9. EKinOR

    EKinOR Been here awhile

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    Simple answer - Smartwool!
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  10. andrewhtf

    andrewhtf Been here awhile

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    I would usually put on some talcum powder, then wear inner coolmax tights and then only the hot waterproof pants. Hot tropical country. But have never stretched beyond a full day's ride though.
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  11. kencc

    kencc Been here awhile

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    +1 on that I only use them in the cool weather also
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  12. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    They wick very nicely if your gear provides a bit of air flow. Last summer (108F in Missouri) and 8800 miles VT to OR and back this summer (103F in Idaho) wearing moistened LDC tights and a mock turtleneck under my gear let me travel in total comfort. The only time I have comfort issues is in extremely high humuggity.
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  13. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    $45 underwear :eek1 I've had success with cheap very lightweight runner shorts, mesh or light nylon built in underwear, very breathable
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  14. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Best thing LD Comfort does is seam placement imho. I haven't found anything with seams in all the wrong places. Have you?
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  15. roadking

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    Do the LD shorts dry overnight in the hotel room? They look pretty thick.
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  16. JustinP

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    I've worn them riding over 2100 miles in 30 hours, and never had a problem. I know another guy that wore the same pair the whole 11 days of the iron butt rally. Yeah, they stuck to heaven, but no crotch rot. I suspect you may be allergic to something in them, or were dirty before you put them on. Personally, I'm a huge LD Comfort fan.
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  17. Hikertrash

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    Yes they're practically dry after you wring them out.
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  18. dddd

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    no, unless you rolled them in thick and dry towels and squeezed them hard (I step on them).

    In warm mornings if they are still moist is ok, but on cold morning, or rainy day, the hotel room hairdrier session is required to avoid a miserable start of day.

    Sometimes I manage to setup hangers, chairs or lamps to hang in front of the AC, fan or heater. the warm back of big ugly CRT TVs in cheap motels is fine too!. always bring a rope for clothesline if you can improvise.

    Otherwise, suspend as high as possible to exploit warmer air,but not on shower pole, the air is too humid after the shower.

    or you can even put them on until bed time (especially you you are alone and have a spare bed to use as a sponge while watching tv! LOL)

    ok, I'm out of ideas...

    no BO issues after 130`000km with the same shirt/short. wash with shampoo (cleaner, not revitaliser crap), or simply dishes soap. I carry my own tiny bottle for the number of wash in expect to do (hence, using the shampoo is simpler. room shampoo is not just a mere cleaner.)
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  19. t6pilot

    t6pilot Been here awhile

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    Wash them every day, some folks carry small packets of laundry soap, shorts,socks and Tshirts get this treatment upon arriving at hotel, by morning they are dry for another day. You can buy small packets of Woolite, about the size of shampoo packets, or use a 4oz plastic bottle you fill yourself
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  20. Mr. B

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    When riding and camping I've had to go a couple days in a row without a shower or washing my LD stuff. I didnt feel "fresh", but I didnt suffer from "crotch-rot," either.

    Here's my thoughts: Just like some guys like boxers and some guys like "tighty-whiteys" some of us are not going to like the LD stuff. My buddy swears by them, but I think they are only marginally better than stuff that is way cheaper. You could always sell them--yes underwear--in the FM. There are many true believers that would buy LD stuff.

    Also, they are good long underwear for winters here in MN. I may as well get as much use as possible for such expensive stuff!
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