I have lived and worked in the East and South East Asian tropics for the past eleven years.For the past three I
have been riding bicycles and commute each day, 24km round trip. I sweat...a lot.In this climate most
people sweat, particularly westerners. I have found the wicking jerseys from companies like J&G,Primal
and Nalini are ok, and they all feel good on your skin however after 1 hour of heavy perspiration they smell
and hold the smell until washed, thoroughly.This is not good if you are in them for a full day,it can be
embarrassing to be in close quarters with people when you can smell yourself ! In the last twelve months I
have purchased UPF treated long sleave shirts from both The North Face and Ex Officio. Both of the products
are exceptional and feel just as good or better than the jersey material, whilst having all the wicking
properties, plus a generous array of pockets on th
e chest, velcro closures so they can be opened and closed whilst riding and quicker
drying properties than all the jerseys I own.I also have a pair of trousers from The North Face with zip off
legs, made of the same material, for the times when you simply must wear long pants, to a restaurant etc.
Both The North Face and Ex Officio gear are not cheap, but the extra comfort in this environment is worth it, IMHO.
They don't stick to you when they are wet, which is the greatest bugbear when you are wearing them every day,
year in year out.
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