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Why are cotton/poly blend shirts undesirable?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hobo, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. davesmith

    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    This is true!! anyone else find they get an itchy neck?? the best thing i did was switch to 100% cotton shirts
     
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    Klobber Senior member

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    Cant talk about the Poly Cotton mixes particularly for a low % of Poly, but once upon a time ago I did own a lot of 100% Poly shirts and they all made my neck itch. Also, the armpits for some reason would form a kind of hardened leathery substance (armpit leather).
     
  3. woolnotmutton

    woolnotmutton Senior member

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    On a related note, the U.S. Military is telling soldiers not to wear Under Armour shirts out in combat because if a soldier gets hit with an explosive or is shot, the poly makes the wound a big mess and makes it tough for the doctors to work quickly.

    I've found any kind of shirts with poly or wrinkle-free anything to be crap and hot as hell.



    That is nice to know, if you have seen the newest fast and furious movie you can see the UA being worn by mercenaries/soldiers.


    for workout purposes though, I wear Nike Dry fit, adidas climacool etc. They really do make a difference when you are doing 40+ min of cardio.

    would be interested in merino workout shirts.. but I bet those don't come cheap :p
     
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  4. comrade

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    Huevos asados?
     
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    tobiasj Senior member

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    They're not THAT expensive: check out the New Zealand brand Icebreaker. Very popular among outdoorsy exercisers...
     
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    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    I have some icebreaker and smartwool shirts. I love them when it's cold but wouldn't wear them in a warm gym. For that, I love old poly/cotton tees to be honest, the kind I was issued for PE or sports in high school and college. My favorites for hot, sticky weather are Patagonia silkweight capilene. I love the t-shirts but hate the boxers.

    Strangely, I like poly-cotton dress shirts in really hot, humid weather or really cold temps. They don't stick to my body as much as pure cotton does in the heat. But the weave needs to be open. They're also great for travel, due to the wrinkle-resistance and short drying time. I don't have many of these kind of shirts, but I like to have a few for such purposes. I've never had a problem with their odor, not for dress shirts nor workout clothes.

    Cotton is probably best overall and linen is probably my favorite for the heat. I have a linen-cotton blend shirt on order and am interested to see how that compares.
     
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    Bowtiedlad93 Senior member

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    Polyester is a cheap fabric and not the best for good quality mens clothing.
     
  8. jamesny

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    Basically the cotton/ploy blend can't stand high temperatures. You'd be sweating in no time when you wear a blend like that. On the plus side, I think the blend prevents the clothes from shrinking too much thus making it more durable.
     
  9. 1905

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    Hi!
    Does someone know where can I buy cotton/poly blend fabric for t-shirts??
    I'm looking for a 80-20 blend.
     
  10. revjrg

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    Psalms also says: "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."
    Try using a little common sense when you quote scripture!
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  12. duggyald

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    Polyester helps the fabric last longer but the bad thing is it can be environmentally hazardous since it hardly erodes.
     
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    +1, plastic micro fibres end up in the food chain via laundry, waistwater, oceans
     
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    God himself may frown upon thy insolence but do not to worry, for Moses will not judge thee for wearing the blended cloths from hell. You may find that the book of Leviticus does indeed hold very profound wisdom. The chapter in question referred to in this thread > http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+19&version=NIV
     
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  15. spicey

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    Polyester enhances disgusting body odour by about 100%, do not sit next to anyone on public transport who wears this material, it is fine for ropes and making tarpaulins and nothing else. It should be banned from comming into contact with human skin. 100 % Cotton every time, feels better and is heigenic.
     
  16. D3FiANC3

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    Yes, 100% poly clothing does hold odor; I typically have to Mirazyme my hiking clothing. However, I have not found that be an issue with blended clothing. I exclusively wear 60/40 poly/cotton blend t-shirts and have had no odor issues. I think people who wear 100% cotton t-shirts for any type of strenuous activity are insane. They get soaked and don't dry, which is not only unpleasant, but also a health concern when hiking. Try hiking in a 100% cotton t-shirt that is drenched by the end of the day and then sleeping in that still-wet shirt when the temp drops to 40F at night.
     
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    For that reason wool undershirts and longjohns are far more comfortable and better at wicking moisture away from the skin.
     
  18. pluran

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    Pro athletes often wear close to 100% poly.
     
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    It can be undesirable when worn during warm, humid weather as polyester is a not a natural fiber unlike the cool cotton. Having said that, the cotton/poly blend retains its form with hardly any wrinkling.
     
  20. roseyoungstewar

    roseyoungstewar New Member

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    leviticus 19:19 says do not wear linen and woolen mixed together it is a old orthodox jewish law meaning that Linen which is a plant made from flax and wool is from an animal are not to be mixed together because simply stated it isnt Kosher. same as not cooking any milk products with non milk/nonkosher products. Wear whatever you like if you are not orthodox Jew. if you are then dont wear the Wool with Linen ... you cannot allow law that are thousands of years old to rule your life if you are not of the Jewish orthodox religion.Remember the Bible... king james version was written but copied by monks inn long hand then guttenbery came along one day and he invented the printing press. When he did he also copied down the writings as he was able to understand them to me the Bible ought to be the Guttenberg Bible since it is his interpretation.
     

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