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Advise on size, odor, and care
on July 19, 2012
Because cotton is so bad for holding odor and moisture (which causes chaffing), I had switched to UnderArmor. Wow, that didn't help the odor. Don't believe their no odor claim! UA holds odor that you can't even wash out. When I found out about merino wool, I thought, "that's too good to be true". I looked at the reviews on Amazon and it seemed that everyone agreed.
I decided to do a "ugly" test on these merino wool underwear; I wore them for several days. I was amazed when (on the last day) I went to use the restroom and I did not even have an odor on my skin; and no, I would not be use to it. The UA underwear would just about knock me out when I used the restroom. Then recently, I wore them in mid 90's temperature's, making new steps for my walkway. It was an all day job and when I completed, my clothes were soaked. I was wearing my merino wool underwear and a merino wool short sleeve base layer top (and jeans of course or I'd be arrested) and none of my clothes had an odor... NONE. It is obvious that the odor from the underwear is the majority of the odor that transfers to the outer layer worn (jeans, etc). This product is well worth the cost for everyone.
I read the reviews on the sizing and made my choice from there. I'm 6'4" at about 190 pounds. I hike regularly and lift weights occasionally. At 190, I'm not a particularly large man but rather have an athletic build. This is important for your info trust me. One concern I had was constricting around the legs as many people complained about, and too tight elsewhere. One thing we must understand, people like to wear different types of underwear so this is important. I prefer the snug, athletic support, fit. I wear a 30 - 31 waist and ordered a medium because people said they were sized small. I messed up and threw the boxes away. While the fit was ok for some people, I like mine a bit snugger; thus I had to take up the waist and tighten the legs just a tad to get the fit I like.
I also ordered a small to see how that size fit. The small fit just like I like, except they were a bit tight on the legs. The problems comes in the design. The waist has elastic but the legs do not; therefore while the waist will stretch out for that nice snug fit that some like, the legs do not. I've yet to wear them for any length of time to see if the material itself will stretch; but will update when I do.
UPDATE: It's now Feb 7,13, and the undies are going strong. The legs on the smalls stretched a bit and I can not tell when I put on the small vs the mediums that I ended up tailoring. As far as durability, I've owned these shorts for just over 6 months now. I've got quite a few of these shorts. Depending on rotation (which I don't keep track of) a pair may get warn a couple days a week. I've seen no signs of wear on any of the shorts, even my tailored ones.
While I have not notices a "cooling" feel in this heat, I have also not noticed any warmer a sensation with this heat either. They seem to make no difference (in hot temperatures) from my cotton or UA synthetic underwear; which is still a plus.
I have a number of wool clothing and know a shop owner who specializes in wool. Typically wool has to be cared for in a more delicate manner when washing. Reviewing claims made by merino wool manufacturers I see the most realistic claim is you can machine wash and dry on low with LITTLE concern or issue. So, here's a piece of advice for wool owner no matter the type of wool you have. DO NOT dry clean your wool. Dry cleaning shortens the life of the wool. NO NOT use woolite detergent; which shortens the life more than dry cleaning. Wash all your wool on the gentile cycle using shampoo. Wool is hair and shampoo is a gentile soap designed for hair. Don't dry the wool. As a hair dryer damages the hair on your head, the dryer will damage the hair of your garment. The light weight wool garments will dry in a couple hours of hanging, and a little longer laying them on a towel. My friend has been doing this and has some old style wool shirts that are more than 20 years old; though I don't expect these light weight fabrics to last nearly that long.
I've discarded my UA undies and wear my merino full time; and now my wife is making the switch also. I'm currently buying more merino wool shirts. The odor control far outweighs the price.