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Aug 1st 2016, 06:39 PM   #1
 Halbie's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2013 Honda CB500XA
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
Aug 1st 2016, 06:49 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  NW

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.

Edited by Scribbles on Aug 1st 2016 at 06:59 PM
Aug 1st 2016, 07:32 PM   #3
 Candiya's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
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
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Aug 1st 2016, 07:41 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
I'd be more concerned about being hydrated than being cool.
Aug 1st 2016, 08:41 PM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Bothell

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.
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Aug 1st 2016, 10:27 PM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Pasco

  2016 K1300S
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
Aug 2nd 2016, 12:13 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
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.
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Aug 2nd 2016, 08:50 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
I have the Hyperkewl and it keeps me comfy in 90+ temps with a well ventilated jacket for several hours, even riding off road.
Aug 2nd 2016, 10:20 AM   #9
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
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.
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Aug 2nd 2016, 11:49 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
Quote:
Originally Posted by motoman
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.
Aug 2nd 2016, 12:09 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Wearing them over an Underarmour shirt works quite well!
Aug 2nd 2016, 01:10 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustydust
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...
Aug 2nd 2016, 03:02 PM   #13
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
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.
Aug 2nd 2016, 03:14 PM   #14
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  Feb 2016
  Skagit Valley

  2007 Ducati Multistrada
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.

Edited by Longrides on Aug 2nd 2016 at 03:20 PM
Aug 2nd 2016, 05:26 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  V-Star 1100 Custom
Quote:
Originally Posted by SmokeyMcNug
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.
Thanks for that. Now we know to have you as sweep on group rides and to stand up wind of you when stopped.......
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