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Are you a zombie?

Postby sirlight » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:01 am

...you sure smell like one!

I really like the cost, durability and coolness of synthetic shirts. They do have one major drawback and that is the stink. It seems like after only a few hours of hiking they start to smell. Has anybody had luck with the new "stink-free" shirts? Though expensive, maybe wool would might be a better option.



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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby maverick » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:28 am

Some companies are now offering poly-wool blends that offer the best properties
of both, and look interesting.
I have been wearing Ibex shirts as my base layer for several years now, and am very
happy with them, except for price and some minor piling early on, they have
preformed as advertised. http://www.ibexwear.com/shop/index.php
An extra plus is they are made here in the US, if that matter to you.
I have some Icebreakers shirts that are made in New Zealand that I use for workout
and they are very good to. http://www.icebreaker.com/site/index.html
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby sparky » Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:55 pm

Yup.....permanent stink. I don't mind, and I prefer the performance of synthetics in my shirts, and wool for pants.

A friend wears the silverthread fabrics, and he likes it, he says they do work, but after a season they start to stink up. I honestly don't know much about it though.

I am totally open to try a synthetic/wool blend, but being that you can get a synthetic longsleeve for 5$, I doubt I will ever make the switch.

That smell has good memories though, and after 5 minutes I don't smell it anymore.
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby hikerduane » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:10 pm

One of the young gear testers I associate with recommended Ice Breakers, she says they don't get stinky after numerous days of use. I have a few pieces so far, kinda expensive so I've only gotten a couple shirts, one for winter use and only one for the summer which I have yet to use it then as I have a few shirts treated with permethrin that I'm trying to use first and they should be more bug repellant. Another older guy from our crowd also spoke highly of Ice Breakers for winter use on snow trips.
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:39 pm

I wash synthetics with white vinegar and detergent. Takes the majority of the funk out of them.

Six months ago I picked up a couple of Stoic merino wool short sleeve shirts - awesome shirts. Even when it's hot, they are comfy, and when it's cool they are just warm enough. No funk at all so far.
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby rlown » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:55 pm

sirlight wrote:...you sure smell like one!

I really like the cost, durability and coolness of synthetic shirts. They do have one major drawback and that is the stink. It seems like after only a few hours of hiking they start to smell. Has anybody had luck with the new "stink-free" shirts? Though expensive, maybe wool would might be a better option.


Umm. the stink is what your body gives off, and not the shirt. I do wear synthetic baseware, and when it stinks, it gets to go in the lake or stream. "stink-free" sounds like a marketing ploy to me. I carry a cotton shirt for most hiking. If I layer up either when it's cold or there are skeeters, the synth goes on first, then cotton, then everything else. If I think I stink (shirt tells), it gets washed, and me and then clean stuff goes on.
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby whrdafamI? » Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:30 am

For me the Arcteryx "Ether Crew" shirts are the bomb. They weigh next to nothing and when wet dry in minutes. Only draw back is the price. $50 for a T shirt is rather high but you look good. A trade off.
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby oldranger » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:46 am

I generally hike in longsleeves to minimize exposure to the sun and minimize use of sunblock. Then, if it is hot, every time I pass a watersource I dip the arms and top two thirds of the shirt into the water. Almost as refreshing as a full dip and rinses out most of the stink on a regular basis. If I get to camp by 3 I can set up take a dip with my clothes on, wring out the shirt and by 6 or 7 it will be dry and ready to layer on as the evening cools. Since I started doing this several years ago I haven't noticed the build up of "stink" as in the past. Then again maybe my nose ain't what it used to be!

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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby quentinc » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:00 am

I don't expect to smell like the cologne section of a department store when I hike. I'm content with my $3.99 polyester Campmor t-shirts. If the trip is longer than 2 days, I'll bring an extra and, like Rlown, take turns rinsing them out in a stream or lake.

For me, socks are a much bigger problem. I take the same approach as for shirts, but usually wish I had rinsed them out every day (but I'm just too lazy to do it).
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby AlmostThere » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:18 am

Stink free isn't marketing hype with wool, rlown. It's truth. You won't be odorless but it won't be nearly as funky as a synethetic.

some synthetics won't wash free of funk even if you rinse them a lot on the trail. Some will even hold onto the funk no matter what you wash it in, so there is ever a lingering light funk if you hold it up to your nose, and the minute you're sweating in it, the funk blossoms to full stench. Depends on the synthetic in question. Wool has come clean every time so far.
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby rlown » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:27 am

quentinc wrote:For me, socks are a much bigger problem. I take the same approach as for shirts, but usually wish I had rinsed them out every day (but I'm just too lazy to do it).


l love it when you remove your socks and they almost retain the shape of your foot. :)

Same deal.. two pair, rotate and clean. All synthetic.. dropped the wool outer there as well.

AT, still not convinced.. Good thing we all can get what works for us. Yes, I have wool stuff, even knickers for xc, as they were really comfortable at one time. For me, wool is great for really cold wet work. Not so much in July or Sept. just me. Everyone tests and tries stuff, and comes to an opinion.
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Re: Are you a zombie?

Postby AlmostThere » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:41 am

I don't say anything unless I've experienced it first hand. There is a whole list of gear I wouldn't trust based on the number of times I've had to loan a filter or boil water for someone else.

I thought wool would be too hot for summer, turns out the light stuff they make now is excellent - you can hold it up to a light and almost see through it, yet it's durable and wicks well, and manages to be a little warm in shoulder seasons as well.
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