Originally Posted by 86304
i've always been a polypro base layer kind of guy in the duckie and raft and it's worked out well.
with all the merino wool stuff out these days, i was wondering how well it works for a 'gonnna' get wet' base layer in the boats. it won't dry fast like a polypro but will still keep you warm when wet. wicking propeties?
was hoping someone would chime in with their experiences and opinions.
I presume you're talking under gear like a dry top or splash top? I use wool almost exclusively under everything from skiing to paddling (I have an nrs top I'll use under my dry top sometimes). Wool doesn't really wick so much as breathes. It does dry slower if it gets drenched though the properties of wool are such that you have to have a good bit of water to get it water logged as wool is naturally slightly hydrophobic. I wear a thin layer under my dry top for cooler runs if I need a layer, and I have various weights the colder it gets. I'll take wool any day over synthetic. The major bonus is that it doesn't retain body odor anything like synthetics.
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