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Looking of Cold Weather Undershirt Recommednations

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by bigzebra, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. bigzebra


    Oct 14, 2005
    As the title says I'm looking winterish long-sleeved undershirts.

    I've never had Under Armour Coldgear stuff, but I'd imagine that's what I'm looking for.

    Currently I have some cheap UA knock-off from target which I really like. The problem is that the bottom (waist) part is not long enough. They won't stay tucked in and it really frustrates me.

    The other part is I am an avid cyclist and I've been recently running more. I would also like to use these products as a base layer for these activities. Again these shirts would work, but they're much too short and won't stay down.

    What say you CT? I like the specs of UA on paper, but they seem rather expensive at ~$50 apiece.

    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011
  2. You already know the answer. UA is the best I've found.

  3. Long sleeve cotton turtleneck...UA will make you sweat and feel swampy, even in cold weather.
  4. bigzebra


    Oct 14, 2005
    I should have mentioned- I have eczema on my back. If I wear ANYTHING cotton under a vest I get it. BAD. I HAVE to wear a synthetic (I haven't tried smart wool) garmet under the ol' vest.

    I also now wear synthetic as an undershirt almost all of the time even off duty. I also don't wear cotton socks anymore either.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011


    Dec 31, 2000
    I like my cold gear from UA.
  6. I work in a pretty cold environment, lows in the single digits tonight. I like the Under Armour stuff, but it seems to run pretty small. For serious cold weather I break out my north face fleece lined stuff, but it's not cheap. The under armour 3.0 stuff is pretty warm.
  7. UA Cold Gear for me. Cotton is horrible under a vest, IMO. Bunches up, holds sweat, and freezes you to death. YMMV, but I'm a big UA fan.
  8. I have underamour ColdGear and it works pretty well but I would say it's not the warmest out there because I have worn it in temperate/warm weather and it doesn't overheat me like true long johns would... or maybe that is a testament to how well it breathes... but for light cold weather like in SoCal when it goes to like the 40s, it would work fine.


    Sep 29, 2005
    It's 20 deg. here right now and I'm still rocking short sleeves (Under light jacket) but when it gets colder I'll wear the UA Cold gear stuff. Not the warmest stuff ever but it's decent. If you're really getting cold go to an outdoor shop like REI and look at some of the base layers they have for winter Hiking/Mountaineering. Just FYI that stuff isn't cheap but you'll be nice and warm in the coldest of weather.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  10. bigzebra


    Oct 14, 2005
    Thanks all for your replies.

    Any ideas on where the most reasonable place to get UA stuff is?
  11. socalchuckster


    Nov 15, 2004
    Stuck in WA
    I know LAPolicegear just had a sale on their UA coldgear stuff, $10 off if I remember. Sucks for me as I had just bought some from them last month. They seem to always have good prices on stuff like that and usually always have deals on free shipping or other free stuff.
  12. Dinky

    Dinky Numpty

    May 22, 2003

    Only because it keeps you warm, while Patricia shovels the drive :wavey:
  13. OXCOPS


    Dec 31, 2000
    I know how to delegate. I'm ready to be a chief.
  14. Newcop761

    Newcop761 CLM

    Jan 29, 2001
    In Existential Crisis
    Have you looked at any of the deals on ?

    Under Armour isn't listed but there are other options:

    Minus 33
    Redram MSRP = $57 LE price $29
    I/O Merino = expensive
  15. Hollywood D

    Hollywood D

    Jun 10, 2006
    I don't care for the regular UA either. It does the same thing to me. I have to get the 'fitted' ones or 'metal'. Something about the material on them is different and my back doesn't sweat like a pig. I hate the regular ones.
  16. PuroMexicano

    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

    Jan 28, 2004
    Monterrey, Mexico
    I like the Target UA knockoffs you talk about, I don't have the untucking problem you say.
  17. Ethereal Killer

    Ethereal Killer

    Aug 24, 2011
    Smartwool is my new hands down favorite for cold weather undergarments. the mid weight will serve well and not get too hot or wear too quickly.

    I dont have any experience with it under body armor, but I do remember wearing polypro under body armor and it was too much.

    bonus is you dont get the polypro funk.

    for the record I do wear and love the polypro,underarmor synthetics and love them, but they dont breathe as well as the smartwool.

    you get what you pay for here.
  18. I used to wear long johns or polypro or that silk under garment stuff... but they all were more bulky and tended to bind on the uniform material. Nothing beats UA and similar items for being nicer to move around in without binding on the armor and uniform pants, especially.