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Offline Kreton'sLC

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Re: Cooling vest quest
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2019, 02:50:39 pm »
Greg,

Don't blame Alpinestar for the month(!) off.    :o

It's a Europe thing. Most companies in a country shut down for a month so they can all go on vacation at the same time. The countries take time off in different months (generally) so everything over there is not down together. Not sure how that works for service industries like restaurants, grocery stores, medical, etc.

Worked for a US subsidiary of a German company. Absolutely no engineering or maintenance support for the month while they were off. Better plan ahead!     ::) :D

The little jab at Alpinestars was mostly tongue-in-cheek.  I didn't really think they took the whole summer off.  My beef with Motostorm is legit though - no reason for their not responding to my emails after providing an erroneous date as to when I could expect the vest.
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Re: Cooling vest quest
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2019, 07:16:08 pm »
Humid conditions across the Gulf Coast really effect efficiency. I bought a Harley branded unit that requires a soaking. It is better than without it under my mesh jacket still though. Lasts 3-4 hrs in Louisiana. Anyone making a recommendation of "tech" they are happy with in high humidity should be a good recommendation.  I often fantasize about and single wheel a/c trailer as a pull behind. The compressor driven by the trailers's wheel and hose attached to my jacket/helmet. Ha! As if!


No need for a compressor. Something can be made from one of these?

https://smile.amazon.com/Northbear-Thermoelectric-Peltier-Refrigeration-Heatsink/dp/B07535M68N/ref=sr_1_24?crid=165BJAUSNZMNN&keywords=cooling+element&qid=1565986446&s=gateway&sprefix=cooling+elem%2Caps%2C170&sr=8-24

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Re: Cooling vest quest
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2019, 07:50:44 pm »
My solution must be self-contained and relatively cheap for daily use, i.e. no plugs, hoses, auxiliary unit, etc.  Just put it on and go.  Even if I were willing to go to the trouble of hooking everything up I'm way too absent minded to remember to de-couple everything when I get home, and would no doubt pull the bike over while dismounting, and probably electrocute myself in the process. :??:

But I am curious to see if the Mr. Wizards here develop their own techy solution.  Just promise not to use any fissionable material - I'm watching Chernobyl right now and don't want this thread to inspire anyone to take normal scientific curiosity in a direction that's detrimental to the planet.  :great:
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Re: Cooling vest quest
« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2019, 01:12:23 am »
  Just promise not to use any fissionable material - I'm watching Chernobyl right now and don't want this thread to inspire anyone to take normal scientific curiosity in a direction that's detrimental to the planet.  :great:

You're talking about Ted, aren't you???      :great: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Re: Cooling vest quest
« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2019, 02:47:02 am »
So I ended up ordering a Macna dry cooling vest and have been using it for a few weeks now.  While I wouldn't say it makes a huge difference it does provide noticeable relief from the heat.  It's not likely to make you eager to ride in triple digits, but it will make it doable if you have to.  I no longer feel I have to end a summer weekend ride by noon.

The best thing is it cools you enough to help you keep your focus, and unlike wet vests it maintains an even cooling that will probably last all day, although I've yet to ride a full day with it.  So while it's level of cooling doesn't match the initial chill of an evaporative wet vest, it provides sustained cooling that's much better than wet vests I've used.  And for $107 (MotardInn) it's a pretty good deal compared to the the Alpinestars I had originally ordered.  It also fits very true to size and is comfortable.  The only downside is the filler opening is kinda small, so it takes a little practice to fill it without getting water on the back of it and on the floor.

So it's a good vest for those like myself who commute and occasionally ride for long periods in very hot weather.  Those who regularly tour in very hot weather would probably be better off going for one of the more techy and expensive solutions mentioned above.

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Re: Cooling vest quest
« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2019, 11:01:50 am »
I have had very good luck with L.D. Comfort long sleeve turtleneck and an extra bottle of water. Don't over vent and it last a good  couple hours or more. When the shirt drys out dump a little water down the front and back of your neck and down each sleeve and you're good for another 2 to 3 hours. The nice thing about the L.D. Comfort is it is good winter and summer as well as those trips over mountain passes where you see temps from 30" to 90" all in the same day.

Agree...if you use something like an Aerostich Darien with vents open over a completely soaked LD Comfort shirt you'll be shocked at the amount of cooling.  The LD Comfort gear holds a ton of water, takes a long time to dry out (under the appropriate gear) and is easy to clean on the road. 
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Re: Cooling vest quest
« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2019, 09:03:10 am »
Link to the L.D. site...

https://ldcomfort.com/

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