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What type of undershirt with vest?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by neby98, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. neby98


    Aug 7, 2006
    The last few years I've been wearing under armor heat gear under my vest. Now that it's getting colder out, I was thinking there might be a warmer alternative to the tshirt heat gear stuff I'm wearing. The catch is I don't want to spend 50 bucks for cold weather under armor.

    What do you guys and gals wear?
  2. unit 900

    unit 900

    Sep 3, 2000
    Baltimore, Md
    I've had good luck with merino wool long sleeve base layers ( a little pricey). Also happy with merino/poly mix. The link that follows is for a "Wickers' brand LS poly shirt. I've used them before; quality is good, made for cold weather and price is right. Color choices still available as of now. Stay warm and dry out there.

  3. nitesite10mm

    nitesite10mm Dog Lover

    Jun 9, 2006
    North Alabama
    JC Penney sells their store brand St Johns Bay navy blue mock turtleneck for around $7~$8. They are cotton/poly blend and are pretty heavy thick fabric and they're pretty warm and comfortable. They have other colors as well. I bought two a couple years ago and they're still fine. The collars and wrists are still like new, and the collar height is just about right for an open collar (we're allowed to wear long sleeve Class B uniform shirts without a necktie for general patrol duties). The fabric dosn't pill like a 100% cotton shirt and the poly blend holds its color very well. I continue to wear a thin polyester/spandex cool-max type undershirt under the mock-T and it's all good.

    I need to get a couple more and put them back for a couple years down the road.|71077
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  4. Where you're at, how cold does it get?

    I remember as a rookie, first time on patrol, at night on a foot post, and the temp was around 25 degrees. I was wearing a cotton T-shirt. A few minutes after a short foot chase ended (and the vest trapping the sweat), I began to freeze and shiver.

    After that, I only wore sweat wisking poly-something-or-other winter gear that kept warmth even when it was wet. The stuff I wore was purchased from the Sportsman Guide. But I'm sure there's other stuff just as good, if not better.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  5. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    As above. I would rather just have a thin wicking undershirt. Nothing is worse than briefly sweating in cold weather in a cotton shirt. You will freeze after that because the shirt will hold onto the moisture.
  6. Under Armour heat gear during the summer and cold gear during the winter. Yea, UA is a little pricey, but it works and keeps me comfortable. To me the price is worth it considering that you spend a majority of your time in battle rattle. I'm tight as the bark on a tree, but I've found that cheaping out usually jsut cost more in the end and leaves me uncomfortable. YMMV, of course!
  7. AngryBassets

    AngryBassets Jagenden Übel

    I've worn nothing but the UnderArmor that feels like thin cotton for the past 6-7 years. Cotton is awful, the tight stuff is very uncomfortable and the off brands just aren't as good. Plus, the UA stuff lasts forever.

    sent from Outdoor Hub while tearing through traffic and drinking coffee.
  8. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

    Aug 22, 2003
    I wear an old blown out Patagonia midweight capilene L/S henly shirt with a 5/11 t shirt over it (for the collar mostly). Usually a wife beater under all of it. Works fine for me.

  9. neby98


    Aug 7, 2006
    Idaho, so temps will mostly be low 20s. I'm thinking those wickers shirts look pretty good. I'll probably give them a try.
  10. efman


    May 22, 2005
    Nike pro fit no matter what.
  11. Pepper45


    Jun 15, 2006
    Heat Gear under a thermal top, under a long full cotton/poly turtle neck, if it's really cold, a commando sweater over the uniform shirt.
  12. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I broke down and bought the UA cold gear shirt. I have one of them, and it has lasted 4 years so far and is still in good shape.

    It doesn't absorb sweat or odor so I can usually wear it for my 4 day work week without it being gross.

    It is much comfortable than a cotton thermal or turtle neck, and most importantly to me the sleeves and mock turtle neck fit tight and hold their shape.

    I think its worth the money.
  13. x_out86


    Feb 19, 2007
    Like has already been said, UA Cold Gear is the best bet. I wear it religiously during the long cold Wisconsin Winters.

    It does get expensive, but its like buying cheap boots. Your going to wear them twice, then ask yourself why you wasted your money. Do yourself a favor and spend the little extra money.
  14. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    Under armour tnp t

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  15. Hollywood D

    Hollywood D

    Jun 10, 2006
    I only wear the UA fitted stuff. I found that the fabric is a little nicer and breathes more. I don't like their regular cold gear, its itchy and I sweat too much in it.
  16. neby98


    Aug 7, 2006
    I ended up ordering Terramar helix shirt and 2 wickers shirts. I have a sierra trading post locally so I check them out ahead of time. I'll post back after I wear them awhile.