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

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

  1. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    Who's gonna want to buy them now, knowing he has crotch rot? :eek1
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  2. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    When you put it like that... :huh
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  3. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    OK, maybe crotch rot was a bit over the top. I have two pair and did wash them after only one days use. Experienced 30 to 100 degree temps on a month long tour this year and temps did not make a diff. I think it is just the material. Gore tex riding pants, I do not have this issue wearing my long under armour wind breakers.
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  4. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    if you had 1 bad moment, the bacterias causing odors stayed.
    at home, machine wash in hottest water, bacterias survive hand wash otherwise. also soak in salted water overnight. should all come back to normal.
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  5. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    You know, someone else just mentioned the salt water treatment as well. Will try today and see what happens
    Thanks for the tip
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  6. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Do you soak the shorts in salt water overnight...or your crotch?
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  7. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    2 pages in to the thread before the first smart ass comment. Boondox you win.
    I do like to soak my balls in salt water though. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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  8. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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    Not sure what's up with the OP's issue. We all sweat, LDComfort gear is not intended to make you sweat any less. Some people will sweat more with it on, as a simple issue of heavier fabric and more coverage than what they might otherwise wear. LDComfort is extremely wicking fabric, that's why it works well for most people.

    FWIW, they used to offer a different fabric that was no where near as wicking as the current drymax (?). They always offered the drymax, but for a while offered both that and a lesser wicking fabric, IIRC. You might check your labels.

    When was the last time you washed your riding pants? Goretex needs to be washed now and then to renew it, otherwise the pores get clogged and it doesn't breath. And even with Goretex, if you don't have any venting, it's going to be hot and uncomfortable.

    For this year's IBR, I wore the same pair of LDComfort shorts and top for the entire 11 days and over 10k miles. I washed them twice during the rally and experienced zero monkey butt or rashes, etc. They did get stinky, which is what made me wash them when I had the time. I simply get in the shower with them on, soap them up, remove and rinse them in the shower and complete my shower. Then after drying myself, I roll the LDComfort in a dry towel or the same one I dried with if no dry towel available. A good tight roll up in the towel will remove most of the water from the fabric, but it will still be damp.

    In the morning they are usually not completely dry, but I was only sleeping for 4 hours too. However, it is important to understand that while they feel cool for a few minutes after putting them on this way, the moisture is not against your skin and once your body warms them up, most people will be comfortable wearing them.

    I have a zip neck top with long sleeves. I don't care for the mock turtle neck top w/o the zipper and once made the mistake of getting it a size smaller than I should have. That did drive me nuts and I had to take it off mid ride and put a tee shirt on. If the shorts are too tight, I could see that bugging the OP too.

    In normal wear, I'm pretty much a minimalist on the underwear zone, so LDComfort shorts are a lot more material than I usually wear, but I don't find them uncomfortable at all for riding. Part of that is that no seams bug me while seated on the bike for hours on end. The normal underwear will start to cut in at the seams after a few hours, especially when it's hot. Cotton is not a great choice for a sweaty butt inside riding gear!

    All this said, no product will suit 100% of the customers.

    I was wearing Olympia MotoX pants which have a huge vent panel on the front of each leg. LDComfort and venting is great on hot days, for me.
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  9. Boondox

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    Sorry, it was just too good an opening to pass!
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  10. chokozip

    chokozip Been here awhile

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    I have 40k miles in mine and am a big fan.
    They make they day.
    I use monkey butt powder with them and have no issues.
    Dust them balls,taint and crack and go get some miles.

    Sean
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  11. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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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.

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  12. HaChayalBoded

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    Perhaps you should not pick up chicks in bars after 8 beers. :1drink :freaky
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  13. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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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 :deal
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  14. WaywardSon

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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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  15. mariowink

    mariowink Comfort Rider

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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: http://www.ldcomfort.com/productdescription.htm ) 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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  16. Tuff Tunica

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    My name is Shawn Lupcho. Just launched this product couple weeks ago at the American International Motorcycle Expo. www.motoskiveez.com
    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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  17. mariowink

    mariowink Comfort Rider

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    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" : http://www.ldcomfort.com/pdf/LDComfortOnePageAd2011.pdf
    See also this video for a demonstration on fabric: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R6ddbtX868

    Enjoy every mile. Mario
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  18. cug

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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.

    There plain is no recipe that works for everybody.
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  19. advmgm

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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.

    Sent from The Edge
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  20. ramjet

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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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