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CoolMax/Wick Dry Clothing Any Good?

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CoolMax/Wick Dry Clothing Any Good?

Anybody wore 'CoolMax/Wick Dry' clothing (namely T-shirts) whilst out in the searing heat on a typical excursion?

I ask because i find cotton t-shirts very uncomfortable and 'heavy' when it gets saturated with sweat (which doesn't take long for me!) if i'm in the heat with little shade all day. It also takes ages to dry so am looking for alternatives.

I bought one when I got back from Rome last year (North Face make) but haven't had chance to use it yet and am planning to go to Egypt in the summer which is a lot hotter and probably less shade.

I did a day in the ruins in Ostia (nr Rome) which had little shade and swore i'd never were cotton again if i was to go an excursion like this as I was just soaked all day!

I know they say natural fibres is best but are any of these modern synthetice materials from the likes of Columbia/North Faces/Beghaus etc with all their fancy science labels attached any good?

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1. Re: CoolMax/Wick Dry Clothing Any Good?

My husband sweats a lot, and he LOVES the CoolMax type of shirts. That's all he wears while traveling in hot areas.

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2. Re: CoolMax/Wick Dry Clothing Any Good?

Try Declathlon in Stockport, they have an enormous store there (by the Pyrarmid if you know it?). I sail and windsurf and use them all the time for water gear. From wetsuits to sailing smocks. They have a whole range of quick drying tops that also give UV protection. They have their own range called Tribord. I still use well known names, Gull, Gill, Henry Lloyd etc, for specialist stuff but but I have a whole load of Tribord gear for beach wear because the prices are so low. Their not very well known in the UK but they are huge in France and Europe.

They have a website if you Google Decathlon.

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3. Re: CoolMax/Wick Dry Clothing Any Good?

Thanks

Yes I know Decathlon in Stockport very well, i'll have a look in there at the weekend but it may be a bit early for T-Shirts (i know Blacks don't have many out yet and Ellis Bingham's have none at all, just ski gear at the mo!).

I've tried a Peter Storm one but it's full of pulls from my camera strap after wearing it just the once so i'll avoid this make in future.

I also have a North Face one which cost me £18 and have only had one chance to use it last summer and that was in Wales, not exactly the hottest climate in the world. But it was on along bike ride and I was impressed how comfy and dry it was throughout and not much more smelly than cotton at the end of the ride.

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4. Re: CoolMax/Wick Dry Clothing Any Good?

I was in there yesterday and they have loads of summer stuff in. I'm working as an sailing instructor on The Aegan over the summer so went in to stock up. They had plenty of the type it sounds like you're looking for. Look for the Profilter shirts. They're like rash vests and great under a wettie but I also use them to keep the sun or wind chill off and they dry really quickly. A bargain at £5.50 each.

Good Luck.

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