Under Armour at Wrentham was having a sale this past weekend so I bought a white longsleeve Heat Gear! It was originally $35 and I got it for $20. They also had black but I figured the white will be cooler even though it'll be harder to keep clean.
Under Armour Heat Gear
I had Hatch practice on Saturday from 12-3pm and on Sunday from 1-4pm (we like to practice during the hottest hours of the day to make us more hardcore), so I figured I had a pretty good comparison between Saturday (no heat gear) and Sunday (heat gear!). But I found out later that Saturday (high of 93 deg, no clouds) was much warmer than Sunday (high of 91 deg, fluffy clouds to block the sun once in a while). Saturday was also at Magazine Beach (right on the river, maybe there was a breeze), and Sunday was in Lexington (more inland?) so maybe location had an effect on my experiment too.
I was kinda worried about trying it on such a freakin' hot day... what if it didn't work and I couldn't stand it, and then I wouldn't be able to get it off and got stuck in it and the whole team laughed at me? Anyway, I was desperate so I put it on in the morning and I didn't feel like it really did anything while I was walking around the apartment.
Four hours later, this is what I decided:
- The Heat Gear fabric does wick away sweat so it doesn't collect on your skin.
- Because it picks up sweat, your jersey doesn't get sweaty so you feel lighter and not as bogged down by a sweaty jersey.
- It works the best when there is some sort of breeze. I think I felt cooler wearing the Heat Gear than I would've felt if I weren't.
- Heat Gear is difficult to put on and surprisingly easy to take off afterwards, even if it's drenched in sweat.
- Overall, I'd wear it for the next two months because I am dedicated to my goal, but I don't think I would wear it afterwards. We'll see. I also want to try it on a day that's not 91 degrees, maybe 80-85 instead.