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djcha  [Member]
6/2/2007 5:46:57 PM
I just got issued my body armor, what do you guys wear underneath it? I was told most just wear a white tee, but it's so warm wouldn't a shirt that pulls the sweat from the body be better?
Bohr_Adam  [Team Member]
6/2/2007 5:51:58 PM

Originally Posted By djcha:
I just got issued my body armor, what do you guys wear underneath it? I was told most just wear a white tee, but it's so warm wouldn't a shirt that pulls the sweat from the body be better?


They make plenty of white T's that aren't 100% cotton and can wick sweat. Just go to your local Target or such.

Jace  [Member]
6/2/2007 5:57:23 PM
Under Armour....good stuff!! Been wearing it ever since my high school football days!
GruntPL  [Member]
6/2/2007 6:29:00 PM


I think the 5.11 Muscle Mapping shirt is pretty nice.

It pulls the sweat away and it's a little thicker then a t-shirt which helps to keep the rubbing/chaffing down from the vest.

Little pricey but if you find the right place it can be about the same price as Under Armour.

5.11 Tactical Muscle Mapping Shirt
TENN  [Member]
6/2/2007 6:29:48 PM
I wear the Wal-Mart brand knock-off equivilent to
Underarmor under my vest. They cost about $11 each vs. $50 for Underarmor.
They wick moisture and let the vest glide over your torso, instead of bunching up your t-shirt. I used to wear 100% cotton t-shirts. Now I wear the 100% synthetic stuff. For me, most of the reason that concealable armor was uncomfortable to wear and to get used to was because of the chaffing were it would twist your undershirt with it when you moved and the cotton soaks up the sweat and helps to make you smell like crap at the end of your shift. By the way, buy moisture wicking synthetic socks like Underarmor or Puma. They keep your feet from getting and/or staying sweaty in your leather boots. Hope this helps. It works for me anyway.
Bucky145  [Team Member]
6/2/2007 10:25:44 PM
Underarmor loose gear. The kind that feel like cotton. $20.00 each. I just bought some 5.11 white Ts that I'm going to try. I tried the ones from Walmart but did not like them.

If this is the first time you have worn a vest they never are really that comfortable. I wear an exterior vest cover to increase comfort but not looks.

Bucky145
LPD111  [Member]
6/3/2007 2:36:34 AM

Originally Posted By djcha:
I just got issued my body armor, what do you guys wear underneath it? I was told most just wear a white tee, but it's so warm wouldn't a shirt that pulls the sweat from the body be better?


Under my body armor is my duty shirt, and then an Under Armor shirt.

Yes, I wear my body armor outside of my uniform shirt, in an outside vest carrier.

Very comfortable and easy to take on and off.

The outside vest carrier looks identical to a uniform shirt.

I am shocked more officers do not go this route (or that more departments to not let their officers wear outside carriers)
Mattl  [Member]
6/3/2007 2:52:37 AM
Do the under armor shirts help any with chafing or rubbing versus just a T-shirt?
OKLAHOMA_LAWMAN  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 3:19:35 AM

Originally Posted By TENN:
I wear the Wal-Mart brand knock-off equivilent to
Underarmor under my vest. They cost about $11 each vs. $50 for Underarmor.
They wick moisture and let the vest glide over your torso, instead of bunching up your t-shirt. I used to wear 100% cotton t-shirts. Now I wear the 100% synthetic stuff. For me, most of the reason that concealable armor was uncomfortable to wear and to get used to was because of the chaffing were it would twist your undershirt with it when you moved and the cotton soaks up the sweat and helps to make you smell like crap at the end of your shift. By the way, buy moisture wicking synthetic socks like Underarmor or Puma. They keep your feet from getting and/or staying sweaty in your leather boots. Hope this helps. It works for me anyway.



+1
K9Dude124  [Member]
6/3/2007 10:53:03 AM
I agree with Tenn. I am a dual purpose dog handler and after a long track in 90 degree heat you get really wet. I have some underarmor and have bought the knock-off brand of U-Armor which works just as well, and a lot cheaper. I want to try out the 5.11 shirts - their fatigues and socks are great so I bet the undershirts will be too.
glenn_r  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 11:30:55 AM

Originally Posted By TENN:
I wear the Wal-Mart brand knock-off equivilent to
Underarmor under my vest. They cost about $11 each vs. $50 for Underarmor.
They wick moisture and let the vest glide over your torso, instead of bunching up your t-shirt.


+1
WA_PeaceOfcr  [Member]
6/3/2007 11:45:09 AM

Originally Posted By LPD111:

Originally Posted By djcha:
I just got issued my body armor, what do you guys wear underneath it? I was told most just wear a white tee, but it's so warm wouldn't a shirt that pulls the sweat from the body be better?


Under my body armor is my duty shirt, and then an Under Armor shirt.

Yes, I wear my body armor outside of my uniform shirt, in an outside vest carrier.

Very comfortable and easy to take on and off.

The outside vest carrier looks identical to a uniform shirt.

I am shocked more officers do not go this route (or that more departments to not let their officers wear outside carriers)


LPD, any chance you could put a photo up of what this all looks like? It sounds comfy as hell!
NorCal_LEO  [Moderator]
6/3/2007 12:14:16 PM
I have a mix of Underarmor, Magnum and 5.11 shirts. They are invaluble in the heat and help with chafing. They are all basically the same to me.

I was a cotton hold out (read: cheapskate) for years until I started on bikes. Now I dont even bother with cotton. Do yourself a favor and invest in some.
HKocher  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 12:27:10 PM

Originally Posted By TENN:
I wear the Wal-Mart brand knock-off equivilent to
Underarmor under my vest. They cost about $11 each vs. $50 for Underarmor.


Me too. They've held up well for me.
zdauexs  [Member]
6/3/2007 12:54:42 PM
Walmart under armour knock-off in the summer time, cotton t's in the winter time.

My moisture wicking shirts will actually make my skin 'shiver' if the outside temperature isn't warm enough so I wear cotton t's during that time of year. Goes to show how well the wicking shirts work at pulling the moisture from your skin causing it to 'cool' your skin like evaporation.
SSDSurf  [Member]
6/3/2007 1:12:46 PM
Under Armor in OD green, brown and black. Lose fit, not the faggoty looking muscle shirts. We get prices at $18 / shirt.
LPD111  [Member]
6/3/2007 2:04:16 PM

Originally Posted By WA_PeaceOfcr:

Originally Posted By LPD111:

Originally Posted By djcha:
I just got issued my body armor, what do you guys wear underneath it? I was told most just wear a white tee, but it's so warm wouldn't a shirt that pulls the sweat from the body be better?


Under my body armor is my duty shirt, and then an Under Armor shirt.

Yes, I wear my body armor outside of my uniform shirt, in an outside vest carrier.

Very comfortable and easy to take on and off.

The outside vest carrier looks identical to a uniform shirt.

I am shocked more officers do not go this route (or that more departments to not let their officers wear outside carriers)


LPD, any chance you could put a photo up of what this all looks like? It sounds comfy as hell!



Yes, I can snap some pics of the outside vest carrier.

The carriers cost about $85-$105. The companies come to our department, measure each officer, trace their ballistic panels, and then mail custom tailored carriers to our department when they are finished (about 3-4 weeks).

The carriers last about 1-1/2 years (two years pushing it).

The carriers mimic the uniform shirt (Black Blauer Street Gear) perfectly. They have two upper breast pockets (velcro closure) and two lower utility pockets. There are pleats on to back of the carrier, which once again mimics the Blauer shirts.

On the front we have "fake" buttons sewn onto the carrier (and the pockets), so once again it looks very professional and very close to the uniform shirt. One the back of the carrier we also opted to have a large POLICE patch sewn across the entire upper portion.

I will get some pics up shortly.
NorCal_LEO  [Moderator]
6/3/2007 3:35:33 PM
You can always save a buck or two and stick with "nature's underarmor."

NonConformist  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 3:41:29 PM
I just wore a white T-Shirt
Graveyard78  [Member]
6/3/2007 3:56:21 PM
I just wear t-shirts. I tried the synthetic stuff but they are slick and made my shirt almost impossible to keep tucked in. My uniform shirt stays tucked all night with a regular t-shirt.
Graveyard78  [Member]
6/3/2007 3:58:50 PM

Originally Posted By GruntPL:
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I think the 5.11 Muscle Mapping shirt is pretty nice.

It pulls the sweat away and it's a little thicker then a t-shirt which helps to keep the rubbing/chaffing down from the vest.

Little pricey but if you find the right place it can be about the same price as Under Armour.

5.11 Tactical Muscle Mapping Shirt


$45 for an undershirt. Surely your kidding. I've got better things to spend money on. My t-shirts cost about $3.00 each, last for years then make good gun rags.
-Absolut-  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 5:01:46 PM
Under Armour or 5.11 can't be beat! I don't know why you guys think they are $50, I get mine from LA Police Gear or Sports Authority for around $25
Vinnie  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 10:30:24 PM
I used underarmour. I started with the tight fit, but found it uncomfortable. Switched to the tech loose fit (cheaper) and was great but I needed a v neck. So I tried the 5.11 series because they were cheaper. They work great, but aren't that rugged. They still work fine as an undershirt, but I wouldn't wear them by themselves because they have pulls in the threads and look worn. Granted I've had them for a couple of years, but I think the underarmour would hold up better.
len223  [Member]
6/3/2007 11:24:35 PM
T-Shirts.
NCPatrolAR  [Team Member]
6/4/2007 12:48:42 AM

Originally Posted By TENN:
I wear the Wal-Mart brand knock-off equivilent to
Underarmor under my vest. They cost about $11 each vs. $50 for Underarmor.
They wick moisture and let the vest glide over your torso, instead of bunching up your t-shirt.


Word
101327  [Member]
6/7/2007 1:26:43 AM

Originally Posted By NCPatrolAR:

Originally Posted By TENN:
I wear the Wal-Mart brand knock-off equivilent to
Underarmor under my vest. They cost about $11 each vs. $50 for Underarmor.
They wick moisture and let the vest glide over your torso, instead of bunching up your t-shirt.


Word


To your mom.


I wear the same. decent, but no one product is really going to solve the sweat isue.
Kujoe  [Team Member]
6/7/2007 11:02:03 AM
T-shirt. Shower often. Wash cover.
luckyRT  [Member]
6/8/2007 12:48:15 AM
I love the 5.11 muscle mapping shirt. I used to wear the underarmour tight shirts but these 5.11's are so much better.
Treelo  [Member]
6/11/2007 1:11:04 AM
Motors in south FL. I use UA Loosegear sleeveless. Doesn't get any better, IMO. A sprinkle or two of Shower to Shower powder keeps me smelling fresh.
colt_5_5_6  [Member]
6/15/2007 1:46:06 PM
wallmart knock-off brand UA, works good for me