LD Comfort Beat the Heat

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Gear junkie, May 13, 2010.

  1. KMmoto1

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    I think his point is that when wearing mesh gear in dry/arid regions, your sweat will evaporate more quickly. Over an extended period of time this can lead to dehydration. By wearing material like the LD comfort, the material is creating the cooler atmosphere where you will be less likely to perspire and you can easily "recharge" it by soaking it in water again. Wearing a mesh jacket over the LD comfort will also cause the moisture in the material to evaporate more quickly than if you were wearing a full textile jacket that has less breathability.
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  2. chokozip

    chokozip Been here awhile

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    I have been useing the LD shorts for 3 years now.
    Before I got them 150miles ws killing me.These shots took me out to 650+ a day and ready to get back on the bike the next day.
    These shorts made a huge diffrence in my riding comfort.No seams to rub you raw.
    If I had to guess the LD material is at the minimun of twice as thick as all the other shorts you find.Very heavy weight and keeps you from vibrating around.

    Just my 2 cents but some of the best money I have ever spent.

    Sean
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  3. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...best part of LD shorts in my liking is they have a handy dandy pouch fly that makes accessability through riding trousers easy...
    There are no sports or other riding undies, (even from Aerostich though they do sell some good briefs) that have a fly at all. Just B.S. cycle shorts sold as moto-wear.
    What's up with that? Did anyone even think of you may want to stop and take a leak? Yeah, that's what I wanna do...stop and un-snap, un-zip, and pull my trousers down to my knees so I can un-leash. NOT!
    Reminds me of a certain Men's Room in Burbank airport....:pierce
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  4. Boondox

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    I never did like the fly on my LDComfort shorts. The opening is pretty narrow and it half chokes off the flow so those last drops dribble down my leg. :huh
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  5. Gizmo

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    I to am a big fan of LD Comfort, works great in the heat and cold.
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  6. UncleHowie

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    Just be glad they're made out of a "wicking" fabric!:clap

    Worn with mesh gear, you'll be dry in a couple of miles...:lol3
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  7. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...well, point is there is a fly, as compared to motocross or other spandexy riding shorts. I guess they are made for young dudes who just hold water longer...:lol3

    Me, I like the pouch fly. Not so many right angles to snake through, less pinching and zipper abrasions...o.k., too much information. :ricky
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  8. NWBoarder

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    I recently spent some time riding in the deserts of So Cal. I am now reviewing my kit, assessing the importance of each item; I thought that I would share my love of LDComfort undergarments.

    When you spend 12 days riding through all sorts of climates, several things come to light as important or unimportant. My LDComfort shirt and shorts (or long johns) were in use every day of the ride, and in one case I didn’t take them off for three days straight due to below freezing conditions. I now consider LDComfort gear essential to every ride.

    The LDComfort tights are designed to keep you warm, similar to any other set of long johns. It is clear a lot of thought has been put into the construction of the bottoms. The seams are placed well away from your “seating area” to reduce chaffing, which is very important on long rides. They also provide a very nice barrier if you use knee braces. I did not experience “monkey butt” or chaffing on the trip, this is due to the superior dual layer material that stays dry on the inside.

    The Dual Layer Fabric
    “Many factors can cause rider discomfort. Moisture retention can create an environment that softens skin and promotes bacteria growth. Any irritation added to soft skin like seams or chemicals can cause abrasions and rashes. Any of these situations can lead to ending your ride due to pain.” – LDComfort

    The long sleeve shirt is the crown jewel of the LDComfort product line. It keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s HOT. Spring time in the desert; mid morning temperatures creep into the 80’s and 90’s in the afternoons. The trick to staying cool in HOT weather is to pour water into your sleeves and around your collar. The next trick is to CLOSE your vents and OPEN the cuffs of your jacket. This sounds counter intuitive when you are in hot weather, but it works! Air entering your cuffs flows across the moisture on the surface of the dual layer LDComfort shirt and cools your body. It is truly amazing. If you open all your vents or use a mesh jacket, your shirt will dry out too quickly and you loose the cool micro climate inside your jacket.

    I have been wearing LDComfort shorts for a few years now on adventure rides, as well as trail rides and enduros. I am very excited to add the tights and long sleeve shirt to my permanent kit.

    You won’t regret adding LDComfort to your kit.

    http://ldcomfort.com/
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  9. Vulfy

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    This is why I absolutely love this forum, I always find stuff that I had no clue even existed.

    This is now definitely on a list of things to get for summer commuting. I do have a question though, if the outer layer is wet, does it wet insides of your gear (jacket / pants)?

    I'm planning to wear a leather suit, and don't know how well it will take up to being wet from inside. I figure that in a leather suit I'll be sweating like a pig anyhow. Still, does anybody wear leathers with this undergarment? I plan to get the shorts, long sleeve, and sleeves for just commuting.
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  10. steve112z

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    If you have a question about the size you might wear, BE CAREFUL. They have a exchange policy - If you opem the package for any reason and need to exchange they jack you a 15% fee.:huh:huh..And the shorts never touched my skin. Their exchange policy - having my own business for 25 yrs - customers aren't treated that way. Unless you want NO return customers. And this is one![​IMG] There are more company's that make these, if not better quality.
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  11. LoFlow

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    Well yeah. That's just good advice for ordering any garment over the internet. I just matched my measurements to there sizing chart. Maybe I was lucky but the process worked for me.

    I'm with NWBoarder here. I've worn my tights/long sleeve combo for the past 5 years thru rain, cold, heat, dirt and street riding and it's performed as advertised.

    And for your comment " There are more company's that make these, if not better quality." Instead of just flaming this one because it's not like your 25 year business model. Share with us the positives (or negatives) of these other company's products so we all can learn and have another choice if we feel the need.
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  12. RydRy

    RydRy Been here awhile

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    who is the other company that makes better?
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  13. MZ5

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    I commute in the general Phoenix area on a sport bike, and I wear a heavy leather jacket (textile pants, though). I wear my long-sleeve LD Comfort shirt absolutely soaking under it when I ride home. My jacket is perforated, and flows a LOT of air. Yes, the leather gets damp inside. Not _wet_ really, but certainly damp. I have not had any trouble as a result of this, but I've only done it for one year thus far. I do clean and condition my jacket with Lexol's cleaner and then their conditioner/preservative/stuff.

    The LD Comfort shirt keeps me very comfortable so long as I'm moving, and while it's not bone dry by the end of my ~~40 mile commute on freeways and highways, it's nearly there and I'm definitely a lot warmer than when I started out.
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  14. steve112z

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    Check the post and they are $29.95
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  15. JRWooden

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    I'm heading to the tropics for a July trip ... yeah if I had picked the dates I might have chosen differently but ... :deal
    Anyway I'm looking for advice!

    It will be HOT ~100F and HUMID 90%+ humidity,
    and we will encounter a fair amount of stop and go and moderate speed travel ....

    What are peoples experience in this kind of weather?


    My current summer jacket is a Olympia Bushwacker which as mesh front, mesh on inner arms, and partial mesh on the back. While I understand the concept that a textile/non-mesh jacket allows you to control air flow and prolong the "cooling power" of evaporative cooling ... I'm not going to be blasting down the highway at 80mph I'll be lucky to average 55mph ... also given that the humidity will be high this to limit the rate of evaporation somewhat..
    I'll have ready access to water with which to recharge my clothing and I don't mind stopping say every hour?
    Is mesh still a crappy idea?

    Thanks folks!
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  16. honda_silver

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  17. JRWooden

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    Thanks!

    Probably stopping every hour or two is a good idea to recharge ME as well :D

    I've heard mixed reviews on the cooling vests, but likely will try one along with the "sleeves" from LDComfort.
    The local CycleGear store has them on sale, and has 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee...
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  18. Hikertrash

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    Wow,

    Now it's a 25% restocking fee. Taking measurements don't always guarantee correct fit. Very few online retailers charge a restocking fee these days and those that do, I avoid doing business with them.
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  19. ssevy

    ssevy retired and riding the backroads

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    I bought the tights and the long sleeve shirt, and have done some 300+ mile days in mild weather, which previously would have had my butt in agony. This past weekend I did some hot weather riding, and I added an Alaska Sheepskin pad, after hearing how great they are. Well, the LD tights, with my Motoport stretch Kevlar over the top apparently keep me too warm on the sheepskin, as my old nemesis monkey butt returned in full force. About halfway through day 1 I finally took the sheepskin off, and while it felt better, once the monkey butt had started, it wasn't about to clear up while still riding the bike. I think the LD tights would have been okay on their own, but the sheepskin was just too restrictive of airflow.
    I didn't take my LD long sleeve shirt with me, and I experimented with several different synthetic short sleeved shirts, soaking them in a sink and then wearing them wet inside my stretch Kevlar jacket, with only the arm vents zipped open. All of the ones I tried dried out within about 45-60 minutes, and I was sorry that I had not taken the LD long sleeved top along to compare. I'll do that on the next hot ride.
    Soaking the front of my thighs in the tights didn't seem to do much cooling, but I am used to wearing Bohn Armor tights prior to getting my Motoport overpants, so I can tolerate some heat in my legs, as long as I can keep my torso and core cool on top.
    While I need to do some more experimenting, I am convinced that the soaking/evaporative cooling trick really works.
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  20. ssevy

    ssevy retired and riding the backroads

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    I just picked up a pair of Under Armor heatgear briefs (boxer/briefs?), and while I didn't ride the bike with them, they kept me dry in very hot weather just working around the house. I had purchased some Ex Officio boxer/briefs earlier, based upon the many positive reviews here, and they did not move the sweat, but kept me pretty wet in the crotch. I just received two pairs of the LD shorts, and will give them a go. My buddy and I have a two week trip coming up at the end of July, and I need to get my monkey butt issues resolved before then. I decided the tights were too warm, and because my stretch kevlar pants don't pass much air due to the armor, I'm hoping the shorts will be a better solution. I'll post an update once I have a chance to do some riding with the LD shorts, and with the UA as well.
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