A small cult following kept telling me to make sure I tried Uniqlo HEATTECH undershirts. Now, I’ve already spent a lot of money testing these out (and am still in the middle of returning the wool shirts that didn’t work). But much to my surprise Uniqlo shirts are $12.90 a pop, so I ordered two.
They arrived in no time flat, and I think I’ve found the perfect compromise of warm, yet second-skin feeling (silk was my favorite fabric for the feels). I ordered a Uniqlo v-neck large and crew neck medium because they were out of larges when I checked in.
The shirt is, as advertised, warm. It’s very comparable to the Capilene 2, I think. Capilene might be just slightly warmer, but the days have been anything from 50 to 10 degrees Farenheit over the last week and a half of testing, and it’s really hard to baseline anything other than… what the fuck, Ohio?
Usually a medium is too short to remain tucked in, Uniqlo does that just fine. In a rare moment of weirdness, I actually prefer the crew neck to the V. The material of the Uniqlo is form-hugging, and the reason I hate crew is the slipping of the shirt to pull against my neck, the Uniqlo doesn’t.
The medium is a touch tight for me under the arms, so I’m going to be sitting and waiting for a large crew to reappear and order some. It will be the base of my new wardrobe I’m building up, along with the Patagonias. I’ll keep the silk ones until they degrade, as I’m curious to see what they’re like in the summer compared to these others.
I haven’t tested out how well the anti-microbial features work, but after hanging them up each night after use they’re still ready to be used again after 2 days (with two miles of walking each day). At the very least they seem to be holding up better than the Patagonias.
Short of it: $13 a pop, warm, comfortable, great base-layer. I’m a fan.
Next steps will be continuing to rotate the shirts and and see how they do in warming weather come spring, and how they operate in summer. I have friends who wear thermals in summer due to their moisture wicking keeping them cooled down. This is interesting to me.
I’m also interested in continuing to evaluate which shirt does better in handling transitions from really cold weather to warm interiors (which usually start to make me sweat).
But now at the very least I’m now able to live in a house with the thermostat set at 72 easily, and will be considering lowering the temperatures. I won’t be making people who visit my house uncomfortably warm due to my tropical preferences (my instinct to turn the thermometer up to 76). In fact, I can comfortably enjoy 70 degrees or so without chills. To handle that I would need fingerless gloves while typing, not sure if I’m on board there yet. We shall see.
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