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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 3:24 pm 
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There is a nice looking long-sleeve silk turtleneck at the thrift store right now for 8 bucks. I've never used silk before how does it perform as a base layer


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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 3:50 pm 
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Well I bought it - still looking for input on whether or not it is useful.


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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 4:45 pm 
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Well it's yours now and for you to see if it works for you. I never use silk.. It makes me feel cold and clammy. I prefer light merino wool.
Everyone is different and if silk does not work for you it is not a budget breaker!


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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 5:53 pm 
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Regardless of comfort, a silk shirt will be very useful if someone tries to shoot you with arrows. Happens to me all the time in the backcountry, I can't imagine why.

The silk will prevent the arrow from breaking into pieces. It will not tear, and will penetrate with the arrow. This will make removal of the arrow much easier. Of course, if it's a lung shot you need to be prepared to deal with a pneumothorax upon removal of arrow. But that's a minor point.

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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 8:58 pm 
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Try it out. Silk is popular for sleeping bag liners, which is similar to base and mid layers.

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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 9:11 pm 
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Paddle Power wrote:
Try it out. Silk is popular for sleeping bag liners, which is similar to base and mid layers.


If it doesn't work well as a base layer, you can use it as part of a sleeping-bag liner ensemble. MEC used to sell silk long underwear intended for just that purpose.


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PostPosted: August 16th, 2018, 9:16 pm 
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Yeah I just picked up a silk sleeping bag liner to try too. Could not resist for 60 bucks


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PostPosted: August 17th, 2018, 2:16 am 
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Prospector16 wrote:
Yeah I just picked up a silk sleeping bag liner to try too. Could not resist for 60 bucks

Don't know about silk clothing, but I do have a silk sleeping bag liner that I like in the winter -- if my sleeping bag is more than warm enough I prefer cotton though.

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