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Backpacking Gear & Tips : Base Layer Clothing for Camping & Backpacking


I’d like to talk a little bit now about clothing.
And the first piece of clothing I’d like to talk about is the base layer. A lot of people
call it long underwear. But the first thing I want you to remember is “no cotton.” When
I talk about clothing with customers of Bill Jackson’s, almost always the first thing I
say, “no cotton.” Cotton’s a great fiber for absorbing moisture, but it’s not so good at
drying. And so, if you have a base layer, which is this, this is the piece of clothing
in cold weather that goes right next to your skin. What it’s designed to do is to wick
moisture away from your body. Cotton will do that, but it’ll soak it up, hold onto it,
and keep it next to your skin. And that won’t keep you dry. Since this dries faster than
cotton, this will keep you dry. And that’s what long underwear does: not so much keeps
you warm, but it keeps you dry. And in keeping you dry, it keeps you warm. So, remember,
“no cotton.”

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