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Halbie Aug 1st 2016 06:39 PM

Cooling Vest Advice?
 
Following the recent post on the Veskimo cooling vest (which i can't afford), please let me know if you have any advice on more typical cooling vests (that you dip in water).

They seem to range from around $30-ish (cyclegear and the other basic ones) to $130 for the more upscale Rev'It model.

I'm going on a 5 day ride in eastern oregon in a few weeks and think this may come in handy if they work.

thx

Scribbles Aug 1st 2016 06:49 PM

Eastern OR is very dry and rarely gets above triple digits, a bandana wrapped around your neck and kept wet may be all you need.
A vest won't do much good with your riding jacket on (unless it's a mesh jacket).
I did a trip through E Oregon last year in August and the heat was never much of an issue.

I have experience with the southern heat.. 99 degrees and 99% humidity is nearly unbearable. I'd rather ride in 115 degree heat with 20% humidity than that.

99 degrees at 20% humidity (a heat wave in E Oregon) just isn't that uncomfortable.

Candiya Aug 1st 2016 07:32 PM

FWIW, here's a pretty exhaustive review I did of cooling gear 3 years ago. I haven't looked into it since then so there may be new gear on the market, but this will at least get ya' started! Gear for staying cool | PNW Riders

Pigs Aug 1st 2016 07:41 PM

I'd be more concerned about being hydrated than being cool.

bumblebeetuna Aug 1st 2016 08:41 PM

Have a cycle gear cooling vest and a mesh coat. Find a mesh coat on clearance and buy it. Have an Astar one i love n wish I bought it years ago...

Assuming you soak it in ice water the cooling vest is good for about 30 mins or less, then the water will get to the ambient temp or higher from body n bike heat and you basically broil. Is also of little to no use if your jacket has low ventilation.

A large camel back full of ice water will 1: give you something cold to drink and 2:do the same as a cooling vest for longer if you periodically drool on or hose yerself down as you ride.

Mr Yuk Aug 1st 2016 10:27 PM

I replaced my old wet vest last year with a new one by Techniche when we were in Las Vegas. It worked great and lasted for several hours. I think it cost about $90 and is the 'soak it in water' type. I wore it under my Aerostich Darien jacket (not mesh, just vented sleeves and back). We were in 113F for several hours while one of our group, without any cooling vest (just a leather vest), was being tended to by paramedics for dehydration. Nothing can make 113F comfortable, but that wet vest made it bearable. Of course, it was dry heat, so the evaporative effect of the wet vest was working.

Rod

MarvTravis Aug 2nd 2016 12:13 AM

I have two TechNiche cooling vests. One is an early version; one is the more-recent Hyperkewl version. The Hyperkewl version absorbs more water and cools longer. When soaked for ~3 minutes, it functions well between fuel fill-ups. Used in conjunction with an Aerostich Roadcrafter in 105-degree weather in the Sacramento Valley, I had to keep the vents closed initially because it got so cold, it felt as though I was getting cramps in the fronts of my shoulders. You do need air circulation for the evaporative cooling vest to be effective.

I'd recommend getting one with the identifying triangular Hyperkewl tag, available on ebay for about $30 plus S/H.

PeteN95 Aug 2nd 2016 08:50 AM

I have the Hyperkewl and it keeps me comfy in 90+ temps with a well ventilated jacket for several hours, even riding off road.

motoman Aug 2nd 2016 10:20 AM

There are some cooling wrist bands available, or you can make your own...

SCIENCE has proven that the body can lose a bunch of heat from this small but highly vascular area.

I'd say if you cool your wrists and neck, you've won more than half the battle.

I have a cooling vest, it's OK, but it tends to get quite clammy after a while, especially on your back. Probably just as effective to soak your mesh jacket and your t-shirt. Or try wearing a sleeveless T-shirt.

Rustydust Aug 2nd 2016 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by motoman (Post 22672)
I have a cooling vest, it's OK, but it tends to get quite clammy after a while, especially on your back.


That was my main gripe with those water soaked garments was the yucky feeling that they gave me all over my torso after an hour or two of wearing them. As if you were walking around wearing wet clothes all day long.

PeteN95 Aug 2nd 2016 12:09 PM

Wearing them over an Underarmour shirt works quite well!

Candiya Aug 2nd 2016 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rustydust (Post 22681)
That was my main gripe with those water soaked garments was the yucky feeling that they gave me all over my torso after an hour or two of wearing them. As if you were walking around wearing wet clothes all day long.

+1

I gave away my Bilt vest for this reason.

There are vests that you fill with water that stay dry on the outside, but obviously, these cost more...

SmokeyMcNug Aug 2nd 2016 03:02 PM

Why buy a cooling vest when u can really hydrate and hose yourself down before you go and then just not pull over when "u gotta go"; therein rehydrating your clothes? sure its warm at first but it will cool. :D

Longrides Aug 2nd 2016 03:14 PM

I went thru death valley last year using i believe a fox evaporation one in concert with a mesh jacket (soak it with water) and the high temp was 122 degrees. It was hot but i never felt like i was going to die, my wife's Jake wasn't mesh,and she was more uncomfortable than me by far.

Wont go in the hot regions without on after using one. ;)

Chrishil54 Aug 2nd 2016 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SmokeyMcNug (Post 22710)
Why buy a cooling vest when u can really hydrate and hose yourself down before you go and then just not pull over when "u gotta go"; therein rehydrating your clothes? sure its warm at first but it will cool. :D

Thanks for that. Now we know to have you as sweep on group rides and to stand up wind of you when stopped.......:D


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