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Cheap but Good: Bamboo Base layers

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by currystomper, 1 Jan 2017.

  1. currystomper

    currystomper Senior Member

    Merino Wool is probably the best base layer that you can use - but I don't have the money to try that out. I have used what is meant to be the best alternative: bamboo. For me it has work well and I use it when cycling and when hill walking

    I bought my first bamboo base layer from Aldi's in one of their cycling sale events and it worked very well, however it was still quite expensive. Later on I noticed that they had a hill walking event - the base layers layers where quite a lot cheaper ( so look out for these events at Aldi.) I have some and they work just as well as the cycling specific ones.

    However I've just noticed that Screwfix have "Site base layer" for £10. The detailed description says that this is a bamboo base layer, I haven't got one yet, but it will be where I will be getting my next set of base layer from!!

    ( I still can't got over the fact that bamboo works so well)

    Ps it is very soft if you are worried about that!!

    Happy New Year
    Last edited: 1 Jan 2017
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  2. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman

    I have some bamboo stuff got reduced in Aldi, it's very soft and moisture absorbent.
  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    I've one of the Polaris ones and tbh I've not been impressed. It doesn't hold the heat as I'd expected and hasn't kept the shape well.
  4. Tenacious Sloth

    Tenacious Sloth Über Member

    Huntingdon, UK
    I can't believe I've made it to my mid-50s without having ever heard of base layers made from bamboo.

    Astonishing waste of a material that should be used to make split cane fly fishing rods.


    P.S. Can't see past Helly Henson Lifa myself
  5. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    Alpaca is 3 times warmer than merino wool ... I'm looking at getting a pair of Alpaca gloves soon
  6. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    which end do you put your hand in?
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  7. mythste

    mythste Über Member

    Hmm, I have a bamboo Tee shirt that has become very "lifeless" after a few washes. I wonder if thats a trait of the material, or I've just got a cheap tee!
  8. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I prefer bamboo socks over any other materials.
  9. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    Well I cant wear them and I've tried because I've spent £40.00 on an Icebreaker and It just brings me out in a rash.
    Not worth it for those with sensitive skins.
  10. OP

    currystomper Senior Member

    I've not had a problem with my Tee's (from Aldi) and I've been using them for a year - they just get washed in the normal 40 Deg wash with all the other sweaty cycling stuff!! ^_^
  11. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    I've got thermal tops (long sleeved), and thermal long johns ... got them as a prezzie from my daugher

    very good and I should have got some last year. I always dress warm, and even wear a jersey with all the other stuff such as t-shirt, track suit etc etc if it's a cold day

    This year, (so far), my hands are getting cold and we have still not had very cold weather. I'm using the same gloves as last year, but for some or other reason, my hands are a lot colder now than last year?

    I'm looking at buying either Alpaca wool gloves or motorcycle gloves ( I used to ride a motorcycle, and I had cheapish motorcycle gloves which were much warmer than my current cycling gloves
  12. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    I'd be worried about being followed by a giant panda.
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  13. Stephen Piper

    Stephen Piper Senior Member

    Romney Marsh, Kent
    I have found T.K. Maxx a good source of bamboo base layers and socks. I have used Surfanic base tops and Green Treat socks for a few years. There are claims the material has anti bacterial properties, it seems, at least, to have deodorant properties.
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