Here’s an email from a reader who offered up a suggestion for sweat control that I had never thought of before! (and it’s a damn good suggestion if you ask me)
I’ve recently found out about your site and I have to say that I’m impressed with the sheer volume of information you’ve compiled. I’ll be looking into some of your top picks.
I wanted to write you because I did not see my specific strategy on your site. I wear multiple undershirts. I saw that you did not like sweat wicking undershirts because they get your outer clothes wet, however have you ever tried wearing a tight-fitting second-skin-like sweat wicking shirt with a semi loose fitting 100% cotton undershirt over top, then your main shirt?
This is the strategy I use and it rarely if ever fails to keep my outer clothes nice and dry. My logic: The tight fitting sweat wicking layer pulls the moisture from your skin keeping your skin comfortably dry.
The 100% cotton layer collects any sweat coming from the sweat wicking layer. The air pocket in between the wicking shirt and the cotton shirt provides an air buffer to keep you cooler. The wicking shirt helps in this matter because it’s functioning much as your skin does to cool your body down by using your own perspiration.
Specifically, I wear Underarmour Heat Gear Shirts, with regular Hanes 100% cotton undershirts. Now that I’ve seen how you rate the bamboo fiber undershirts with double under-arm and back layers this strategy may be even better! I’m excited to try new combinations.
Lastly I want to say thank you, TUG, for bringing Undershirt awareness to the masses.
Thanks for writing in and for the compliments! I really do appreciate it.
Although I’ve never considered doubling up on undershirts like you have recommended below, I think it’s a really good suggestion that I will share with my readers.
The key to making that work, as you have suggested, is to wear a very thin, second skin-like undershirt as your first layer, such as the ones from UnderArmour. By doing this, you would minimize the chance of being too warm by wearing two layers of undershirts.
I have also seen some other “cool” second-skin type of performance shirts other than UnderArmour, although I don’t recall their names off the top of my head.
If you do wind up trying out those bamboo undershirts, please be sure to email me back to let me know what you think!
Thanks again for taking the time to write in.