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Summer base layer under suit? - April 27, 2016, 06:27 PM

Picked up a race suit and tried it out this Sunday at Shenandoah. It's great, and my UA Cold Gear compression pants and shirt were perfect when the temps were still in the 50s.

Obviously most track days will be north of 80, and I sweat like a whore in church so I need all the help I can get. When I had a two piece last year, I wore an adidas climacool shirt and just underwear, nothing else under the leather. I've read a couple internets and some people also do pants or a full suit made of wicking material. Sometimes this is a compression fit. What do you use? If your suit has a removable mesh liner like mine does, do you take that out and just leave the leather if you wear a base layer?
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I use whatever wicking apparel is on sale at the local sports store. To be honest, it doesn't do you any good at keeping you dry. You are, after all, wearing a cow while sitting on an engine in the sun. The key is that it makes it easier to get in and out of the leathers. When it's 95* getting out (or in) can be like donning a moist wetsuit. Yummy.
So something like long cool gear bottoms and a long sleeve top. Compression type help keep it from bunching up and twisting.


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Good to know I don't need to drop serious coin. Do you retain the liner in your suit in addition to the base layer?
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Oh yeah. Absolutely. Every so often I wash it. Sometimes.


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I hate to plug Cycle Gear but their line of HeatOut base layers actually helped me a lot. I was very impressed with how cool they got under a breeze. Admittedly, there's only so much air flow getting in with your suit zipped up but they definitely sped up the cooling down process for me after a session. They're cheap too, like $30-40 for the set.


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I read a couple more internets last night and saw that a lot of people recommend PsycleSKins from STG. Reasonably priced @ $60, it's a one-piece as opposed to two pieces. I found myself adjusting my Under Armour cold gear and bringing it back down several times during the day, maybe because I'm too fat. Any issues with the two piece separating? Both CG and STG have good return policies, though CG is only 10 minutes from my house and is $20 cheaper.

Wish someone sold them in white. Seems like it would feel cooler in the pits than black.
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I had a PsycleSkin that I purchased years ago only wore twice. I found I really prefer a two piece and wear under armor compression heat gear now. Buy black or grey as the white starts looking nasty after a while.

For cold track day mornings, I wear medium weight MTS (essentially REI brand) base layers.


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What did you prefer on the two piece vs the one piece? Just easier to get your junk out when you need to?
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I hate to plug Cycle Gear but their line of HeatOut base layers actually helped me a lot. I was very impressed with how cool they got under a breeze. Admittedly, there's only so much air flow getting in with your suit zipped up but they definitely sped up the cooling down process for me after a session. They're cheap too, like $30-40 for the set.
Heat out stuff are LEGIT! Like you said, they are cheap and does the job well!

edit: seriously dont even bother with Nikes or Under Armour ones which go for $50-60 per top. With Heat out, you get the whole under suit for $50 or less.


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How about those skull caps for under your helmet? Worth it or waste?
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What did you prefer on the two piece vs the one piece? Just easier to get your junk out when you need to?
Easier to put on / off. Easier to go to the bathroom. On really hot days sometimes I put on a fresh top at lunch. If you are considering doing back to back track days, buy a second set for that after you have found what you like.


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How about those skull caps for under your helmet? Worth it or waste?
I have one. Don't use it unless it is super hot. Really only helps keep sweat from rolling into my eyes. I am a nasty sweat machine.

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Heat out stuff are LEGIT! Like you said, they are cheap and does the job well!

edit: seriously dont even bother with Nikes or Under Armour ones which go for $50-60 per top. With Heat out, you get the whole under suit for $50 or less.
I wasn't impressed with the Heat Out. Not for hot weather anyway. I do use it as a base for snowboarding or MX in the winter though.
For UA, ya have to buy at the end of season. Last fall I got 2 pants and 2 tops (compression) at Sports Authority for $70 total. Got some socks too. Horrible colored socks, but they are UA wicking, mid calf and I don't care what color they are.
Actually, I think the tops are Champion and the bottoms are UA.


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What didn't you like about the Heat Out stuff? Not wicking enough? Fit? Cheap construction?

I wonder if the UA "outlet" at Potomac Mills would have lower prices on UA stuff.
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