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    Touring Underwear

    I've seen ads for undershirts, socks and skivs purporting to wick away perspiration and resist odors better than cotton, which should make them good for motorcycle touring. Has anyone tried these? Do they live up to the hype?

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    What, me worry? GILLY's Avatar
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    Probably belongs in the "gear" section.
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    Registered User dancogan's Avatar
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    I bought some shorts from LD Comfort at the rally in TN and found them very comfortable for a long day on the bike.

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    Geeser mcover's Avatar
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    +1 for LD Comfort shorts

    and for DeFeet socks and Under Armour t shirts
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    As above, I've heard good things about the LD comfort.

    I almost always wear a compression shirt under anything year 'round when riding. I have the super thin type which are great for wicking moisture and they make a real difference on hot days. I have the waffle type for colder weather which blocks the wind and makes a great base layer. I also wear compression shorts under my gear occasionally too, and it definitely helps to prevent hot spots and monkey butt during long days in the saddle. It all can be washed out in a sink and is ready to go the next morning.

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    I am a big fan of the gel-padded bicycle shorts from REI, they do a great job wicking moisture away and just being very comfortable. My best luck touring with them has been to bring two or three pairs along and wash them (in the sink, they dry out fast) each night.
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    Another fan of bicycle riding shorts and Gold Bond powder. You have a selection of padding as well as gel, which I find hot, just me. Also some with antimicrobial fabric or chamois (I have never tried it) There are some stores such as Academy Sports and Outdoors that sell them very inexpensively ($25.00 to $30.00) for those of us that are frugal


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    motorcycle cowboy Tennessean's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan View Post
    I bought some shorts from LD Comfort at the rally in TN and found them very comfortable for a long day on the bike.
    Especially the "roo" pocket.
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    You stupid, fix it! r11rs94's Avatar
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    Wear Underwear???
    The thing about traveling is, you never want it to end and you can't wait to get home.
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    More comments on this subject, including thoughts on the LD Comfort Dry-Line shorts, can be found on the Horizons Unlimited website -

    Here is a link to the LD Comfort website -

    At the Johnson City Rally last summer I looked at the LD Comfort dry-line shorts. As I recall the price was in the $40 - $50 range. The shorts looked quite similar to some compression shorts that I purchased at Walmart for $10. I've ridden all day using the compression shorts beneath mesh pants and been comfortable in the hot humid summer.

    More on the compression shorts, available at Walmart, here -

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    Quote Originally Posted by r11rs94 View Post
    Wear Underwear???
    No, not in bed where I have always been a "naturist"? On a bike , yes for certain-don't you sweat?

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    LD shorts & SmartWool socks.
    Don't leave home without them!

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    God? What god? roborider's Avatar
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    Additionally, after the towel, place them on a chair back in the stream of the airflow from the HVAC unit. The airflow (whether AC or heat) will help dry things, including socks, fast!
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    100,000+ miler 32232's Avatar
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    Tilley, who make the travel clothing, have items that are great for motorcycle touring.

    The coolmax briefs wick moisture and will be dry by morning if you wash them in the sink at night.

    These socks work the same way:

    This stuff is great as you can take a long trip with only one change of underwear and socks, washing and switching it out each day. Saves a lot of space.

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    Registered User amiles's Avatar
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    Two years ago I bought two pairs of the LD shorts and two similar type of shirts from Wal-mart. I wear these under a First Gear Meshtex outfit. I was very satisfied with the combo.

    I wore only one pair of the shorts washing them out in the sink at night & doing what I had to to get them into the airflow of the motel HVAC to dry. Typically they were not totally dry until i drove off & the airflow did the rest without any discomfort.

    I'd recommend one pair of the shorts and one pair of the ankle length tights over my choice of two pair of shorts.

    Ill bet that one of those H2W open mesh bags would be just the ticket for alternating days with these garments.

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