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Rec.Bicycles Frequently Asked Questions Posting Part 2/5
Section - 7.5 Clothing materials

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[Ed note: From a summary Jim posted]

Polarlite
  Fluffy, fleecy stuff also called Polarplus and Synchilla.  Comfortable.
  Incredibly warm, especially under something that breaks the wind. 
  Doesn't wick moisture out very well.  Breathes very well.  

Supplex (nylon)
  Comfortable.  It is breathable and water repellent (but NOT water proof).  
  Seems to absorb a small amount of water if it is really getting drenched
  
Merino (wool)
  From a "breed of fine-wooled white sheep originating in Spain and producing
  a heavy fleece of exceptional quality."  I guess you could treat this as
  normal 100% wool.
  
Thermax
  An improvement on Polypro.  The big advantage is heat resistance so 
  you can put it in the dryer.  Balance that against the extra cost.
  
CoolMax
  This stuff seems more like a plastic bag than the revolutionary wicking
  material it is advertised as.
  
Dacron
  Trademark name for Dupont polyester.  Woven fabric made from dacron is 
  similar to nylon ripstop or taffeta, but not as stretchy.  Many of the
  better clothing insulations are made from dacron.  They are usually refered
  to by more specific trademark names, like quallofil, hollofil, polarguard,
  and dacron-88.
  
Lycra
  Used for its stretch, mostly a warm weather (>65 degrees) thing.

GoreTex
  A teflon based membrane with microscopic holes.  Gortex's claim to
  fame is that it will let water vapor (from perspiration) through, but
  not liquid water (rain).  It blocks wind fairly well too.  The
  membrane is delicate, so it always comes laminated between 2 layers of
  other material.  It does not breathe enough.  There are less expensive
  alternatives. 
  
Polypropylene
  Does not wick very well.  Can be uncomfortable.  Troublesome to 
  care for (e.g. can pill badly)  Will keep you fairly warm if soaked.  
  Not very wind resistant.  Melts in the dryer.
  
Capilene
  Wicks moisture away.  Very comfortable.  Comes in different weights
  for more/less warmth.  [lots of favorable things about it... only
  really unfavorable thing is the co$t]
  
60/40 cloth -  
  This is a cloth with nylon threads running one direction, cotton in
  the other. It was the standard wind parka material before Goretex came
  along, and is considerably less expensive.  Good wind resistance,
  fairly breathable.  Somewhat water resistant, especially if you spray
  it with Scotchguard, but won't hold up to a heavy rain. 
  

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