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Jul 29th 2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
Veskimo Cooling Vest

Hey all

Dont know about how it is in your neck of the woods, but here in SW Idaho it has been hot. Over 100 degrees several days in a row and more to come. And when it gets really hot there is no such thing as a cool ride. Not hardly. More like riding through a blast furnace and you all know what I'm talking about. Not fun at all. Dangerous even.

Last year when I knew that I was going to be riding in Arizona and other hot places I decided to bite the bullet and buy me a Veskimo cooling vest. For hot weather there just may be nothing better. Hook up to any 12v power, then just strap the cooler on your back seat (or luggage rack) fill it with ice and a little water and then plug your vest into that. After 10 seconds of running you begin to feel the ice water begin to circulate through the vest. And it feels SO good! Put your riding jacket on over it (got to keep the cool in) and go riding. Last year when riding in 108 degree heat I was laughing like a fool inside my helmet because I was so comfy!

Just yesterday I took a more or less local ride that was around 200 miles. That vest once again made the day. Sure am glad I bought it.

A bit spendy at $400 for everything but if you use it just 10 days a year for the next 10 years that's only 4 bucks a day for a nice cool ride. Well worth it to me.

I usually do not get too excited about stuff I buy but this thing just may be the best thing I ever bought as far summertime riding goes. I love it.

Cool Vest for Heat Stress Relief, Motorcycle Cooling Vest: Veskimo Personal Cooling Systems
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Jul 29th 2016, 02:03 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Thanks for the review! I've read about this item for years and have always been curious. Good to know that it does the job.
Jul 29th 2016, 02:18 PM   #3
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  Mar 2016
  SaLeM

  '02 ZX6R
this item would have been nice a few years back when I was in Nevada desert!....I did not know about these...may have to look into one now!....thanks for the review about them!...and for us that didnt even no they existed!
Jul 29th 2016, 02:28 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
That is a little spendy!? I use and evaporative cooling vest, which are less than $40.
Jul 29th 2016, 02:52 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  NW

Nice review..
How much ice does it use and how long does it last. (before the ice melts?)

Unless its humid, the evaporative vests might be more cost effective. (and you dont have to buy ice every 4 hrs..)
Jul 29th 2016, 02:53 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
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Originally Posted by PeteN95
That is a little spendy!? I use and evaporative cooling vest, which are less than $40.
Yeah, I've got one of those too. And you know what? They work. For a little while anyway. When it's really hot I find myself looking for a place to pull over after 30 minutes so that I can re-wet the vest. And my skin feels so clammy after a while using those wet vest. Better than nothing though.

And yes, 4 bills was a lot. But to me it means riding on days when ordinarily I would not be riding because it is so dang hot. I just got back from a nice ride again and once again I had that smile of pleasure on my face. Just dumped about a quart of ice into the cooler and about a pint of water and that was plenty for the ride. I keep a few water bottles frozen to put in there sometimes. When they thaw I have a cold water to drink.

I dont toot my own horn much about stuff I buy for my bikes. Personal gear is just that- it's what works for you. But this thing really works is all I'm saying. And if it means riding in cool comfort or not riding at all then that's good enough for me.
Jul 29th 2016, 02:58 PM   #7
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
I've always been kinda curious if those Veskimo things work or not, so thanks for the review!

I just use a couple of Frogg Toggs 'Chilly Pads' in gallon ziplocs with a little bit of water to keep 'em moist. Pull one out of the bag, put it inside your collar against your skin and keep riding. The slow evaporation from the wet cloth right against your external jugular vein and carotid artery bring your core temperature down pretty reliably.

When it starts to dry out after an hour or two, pull the second one out of the bag and replace the first one. It'll keep you a LOT less uncomfortable (if not exactly air-conditioned).
Jul 29th 2016, 03:05 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
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Originally Posted by Scribbles
Nice review..
How much ice does it use and how long does it last. (before the ice melts?)
Well, when it's hot (which means you are running it all the time) then by the time I need a tank of gas for my Goldwing then it is time for more ice for the cooler. I have an saddlebag sized cooler (Polar Bear) that I bring extra ice along with too. Every place that I have ever stopped to buy gas has an ice machine. So one bag of ice fills both coolers so I only have to buy ice once every two fill ups. If you use block ice it last a lot longer. I keep old margarine tubs frozen and throw a couple of those in there if I'm only going to be gone for a few hours.
Jul 29th 2016, 03:42 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
FWIW, From what I've read, these vests are especially popular among commuters in areas with high humidity. If you're stuck in stop-and-go traffic, the vests that rely on evaporation don't do a lot...
Jul 29th 2016, 04:11 PM   #10
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
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Originally Posted by Candiya
If you're stuck in stop-and-go traffic, the vests that rely on evaporation don't do a lot...
That is a good point!
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