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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:
    I have a couple of Coolmax tops and want to see how the Icebreaker merino compares, which is why I bought them... and why I bought them from the outlet store.
    Let me know how that goes. I have been wondering how the wool claims for hot weather work out in real life for things like shirts (not that I could ever wear them anyway).

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    jgl, I bought them after speaking to a friend of a friend when I was down under. He said he used them trekking in the jungles of Malaysia and swore by them. He particularly liked that they don't smell, saying he wore one t-shirt for three weeks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock:
    Well I've had days where I've sweated at 2 litres per hour for 7 hours (although 1-1.5 litres per hour is more normal). I find it pretty much impossible to drink at much more than a litre an hour, so over-drinking isn't something I have to worry about!
    Yes. I mean when you're suffering from heat exhaustion. It happened to me recently and I was puking up water. I'd cycled the Tai Lam Loop....just before the finish I started to feely woozy and drunk way too much water, felt like I couldn't stop......puked a lot of it....rode down to GC rather than finish the last kilometre......The problem is the disorientation, it was a full 10 minutes or so before I knew what was going on! This is why you should never hike/cycle alone.

    Kind of reminds me of my surprise when I looked into cycling deaths for the last year before I did the ride of silence.....I was expecting loads of car accidents but nearly all were crashes or suspected heart attacks....Many might have stood a chance if they were with other peeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoYunny:
    Your office has showers?! Maybe SHRI should take note... Ahem...
    Well, a shower. Right next to the toilet cubicles. Does the trick.

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    One thing I DON'T recommend is tennis at midday. Thought I was going to die.


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    Keeping Cool in HKG - 2012 edition, with updates!

    If you want to keep cool and smelling fine, you need 3 things (unisex):

    1. underwear from uniqlo UNIQLO AIRism, these have been updated, there is now a 'mesh' version which is great. I will also check out Adidas ClimaCool Vest ..

    2. deodorant - skip the lynx, buy something fragrance free and natural (not to mention cheap). You can check out the natural 'crystal' type of rub on products, very good for keeping the bacteria(smell) away.

    3. for ultimate dryness - get your hands on some Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder (developed for colonialists in South East Asia) - Amazon.com: Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder Ocean Fresh 150g: Beauty - available at Fanda. Put some of this on your skin and you'll feel cool for a few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:
    jgl, I bought them after speaking to a friend of a friend when I was down under. He said he used them trekking in the jungles of Malaysia and swore by them. He particularly liked that they don't smell, saying he wore one t-shirt for three weeks!
    I'm also curious how you get on with Icebreaker. I used to wear their tops when I was rowing in the winter (on the Thames....damn cold around the Isle of Dogs in January) and they always kept me toasty warm and sweet smelling (despite the sweating). I much preferred Icebreaker to Adidas Climacool but I can't imagine wearing them in a warmer climate.

    I was in New Zealand earlier this week and nearly fainted at Icebreaker's prices. I know they were never cheap but they seemed to be eye wateringly high, much higher than I paid in the UK (unless I have a very bad memory - which is entirely possible!)

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    Herbal tea (you can get them in bottles from supermarkets & convenience stores if you're unsure of the specialist shops). Will not give you any immediate relief but will rebalance your body over time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07:
    Go hiking.
    In my opinion, hiking in this heat is not a very good idea. Every summer (or almost every summer) someone dies from heat stroke, or whatever. If indeed you must go hiking bring a lot of water, a phone fully charged to call for help, and tell your friends where you are going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:
    jgl, I bought them after speaking to a friend of a friend when I was down under. He said he used them trekking in the jungles of Malaysia and swore by them. He particularly liked that they don't smell, saying he wore one t-shirt for three weeks!
    I'd ask his trekking buddies for confirmation of this before accepting his claim at face value
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