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Old April 23rd, 2018, 06:52 AM   #1
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Default Props for nylon skate wear

Iím a strong guyÖand by ďstrongĒ I mean strong smelling. Also sweaty. I have a ton of good qualities that offset these drawbacks, but thatís another story. Iím talking skate clothes. Me: outdoor skater, So Cal resident and, of course, strong and sweaty. So Cal: 284 days of sun, avg. temp 72⁰, and punishing summer heat. This is a recipe for grossness.

I try to wear as little clothing as possible when I skate. Perspiration is an effective coolant and I don't want to restrict it with clothing. I wear a t-shirt/muscle shirt, shorts, no-show socks, straw hat/sun visor. Skating in cotton clothing is good because it is soft and it breathes, at least until it gets sweat-soaked. Cotton is a bit cooler when soaked, but itís heavy and clings to your body, thereby losing its comfort. Polyester is thinner than cotton and wicks away perspiration. Not really an improvement over cotton because itís so damn hot. It like wearing a space blanket. Better used for cold temperatures than hot ones. For stench retention, cotton is worse than poly.

So last year I switched to nylon shirts, shorts and socks. This was a big improvement. Itís breathable, cool, lightweight, strong, abrasion resistant (for body slams on concrete), doesnít shrink, doesnít hold moisture, soft, smooth, resists mildew, blocks ultraviolet rays (not to be confused with ultra violent Ray the drunkard who hangs out at Jumboís Clown Room), fairly stretchy, thin, and quick drying. Itís the perfect fabric when you are dripping with sweat. Less body odor, too. The only negative seems to be the strange colors that are available. They are either pale, sickly-looking shades or bright fluorescent colors. Then again, maybe these are the designerís idea of fashion statements, I dunno.

Anyway, I would like hear your thoughts on this. I am behind the times on most things, so if you know of something better let me know.
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Old April 23rd, 2018, 12:13 PM   #2
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Lived in LA late 70's, know exactly what yer talkin bout.

My solution....I skated at night, lost to much weight skating in the sun.
Rode my road bike days, skated at night.

Today, for both, I wear hi-tech breathing clothing.
Ultra thin wool socks with a smear of body oil on the bottom of my feet.(best for circulation, avoiding blisters)
I avoid direct sun, hat, helmet, shirt and sun screen.
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Old April 23rd, 2018, 11:12 PM   #3
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Jeez- the easy cure is just don't wear clothes......
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Old April 24th, 2018, 03:53 PM   #4
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Lived in LA late 70's, know exactly what yer talkin bout.

My solution....I skated at night, lost to much weight skating in the sun.
Rode my road bike days, skated at night.

Today, for both, I wear hi-tech breathing clothing.
Ultra thin wool socks with a smear of body oil on the bottom of my feet.(best for circulation, avoiding blisters)
I avoid direct sun, hat, helmet, shirt and sun screen.
pretty much my solution. I burn really easy and work in a windowless office during the day (and I like that). I go out after sunset and skate the waterfront (that's also when most other folks are out of my way). once the temperature drops and you have the wind off the water, you can (and have to) go as fast as you like without overheating.
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Old April 26th, 2018, 09:52 PM   #5
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Excellent topic, but I don't even know where to look for nylon clothes. Not much shows up in a search, other than the long sleeve button down olive drab type shirts, any recommendations?

My use is only indoor rink skating. I have been buying polyester for some time, as it is much better than cotton. Rink rash is another topic, since it kind of "melts" itself into the brush burn.
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Old April 27th, 2018, 06:12 AM   #6
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where to look for nylon clothes
Yep, they are a little hard to find, especially in 100% nylon. They are more commonly offered in poly-nylon blends and nylon-spandex blends.

I got my shorts at Samís Club. Last year they had them in the Field & Stream brand. This year they have almost identical shorts under the Coleman label. Amazon sells similar shorts under the Wrangler and Nike labels. Both of those are reasonably priced at $18 - $25.

Got my t-shirts from Amazon under the Players label. I think they were only $8 - $10. Champion, Nike, Eddie Bauer, and Columbia also have them, but you have to search a bit to find the nylon ones. Nike has stylish shirts, but are expensive, like $40 or more. Same with REI Sporting Goods - $$$$.

The only place that has nylon (97%) no-show socks is Skechers, and you have to order them directly from their online store. They are $12 for a 3-pack.
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Old April 29th, 2018, 12:37 PM   #7
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Left cotton a long time ago. I use Wigwam triathlon socks, much better for my feet. All the rest is great for cooling.
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Old May 13th, 2018, 09:33 PM   #8
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Anyway, I would like hear your thoughts on this. I am behind the times on most things, so if you know of something better let me know.
You are on the right track. Take a cue from Mountain bikers. Nylon, or sometimes, nylon cotton blends. It is really good for temp fluctuations, and or occasional showers. (Rain might stop you skating, but is ok by a mountain biker. ) If you don't like the styles you see at Target or a sporting goods store, check out some bike stuff.

You especially might like the baggier fitting shorts with a liner inside that prevents chaffing. You'll get a few handy pockets out of the deal as well as a bit of modesty from not showing the exact curve of your bum to everyone.
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Old May 23rd, 2018, 05:39 AM   #9
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Thanks rufusprime99. I feel like a dummy head because I do a lot of mountain and urban biking, and have bought jerseys and performance shorts in the past (though not lately). Iím sure they were poly blends back then, not nylon. So yeah, thanks for the tip. I prolly need to bump up my budget. As I recall, anything labeled ďcycle clothesĒ carries a 400% mark-up.

Itís nice to know that you are with me on nylon or nylon-cotton blends and how cool they feel, but I was hoping to find some science to back it up. I have searched for thermal conductivity studies showing which fabrics and weaves allow heat and sweat to pass more easily from your body to help keep you cool. Considering the amount of money in sports clothing, there must be dozens or hundreds of studies like this, I just canít find them, at least any that are written in layman ís terms. Could it be a trade secret? Maybe someone else in SLF knows the answer.
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