String Vest? You mean like Rab C. Nesbitt?
Posted: Jun 26 2011
As I said, almost all the Brynje kit have this string/mesh vest built in to give better thermal properties, body heat regulation and moisture transfer. Brynje and others use the term "mesh".....but let's be honest here and call a spade a spade.......it's a string vest a la Rab C Nesbitt!
So does it work?
I wore the micro version of the vest under a work shirt when travelling up to Aberdeen on business. The plane was fairly warm, and I was expecting the vest to regulate, wick moisture and keep me comfortable..........got that wrong! What actually happened was that I got quite warm in it. There was no air flow, and so the thermal properties just kicked in making me too hot. What it did do was wick the moisture I was generating way from my skin, but unfortunately then transferring it on to my shirt! So I do not recommend it for travelling on a warm plane!
Went out cycling this morning about 08:30. I wore the Suprer Thermo String vest from Brynje with a polyester cycling top over it.
The morning was about 14 C, with pretty thick fog. It was a little cool, so it felt good to have the two layers. As we started to ride, I felt really cosy, but not too hot since my legs and arms were exposed. I was very concious of feeling overheated after my air plane experience, but it never happened. I stayed a very comfortable temperature through out the ride. Even as the temperature gradually climbed to about 21 C as the fog burned off, I was still at a very comfortable core temperature. During the climbs I also stayed comfortable, and realised that the shirt was indeed seeming to regulate my temperature very well. Also, I wasn't aware of any cold/wet patches, so I stopped to check if I was sweaty. I was, but the moisture was either in the string or transferred to the cycling top. Of course, I wasn't bone dry, but I certainly dryer than I would have been without the string vest I think. All in all, I'd say it was a good addition to my normal cycling kit.
I have read reviews from people who cycle and run with the mesh top in much warmer weather, so I hope it gets warm enough for me to test that!