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Offline Daboo

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Re: Are most COG members ATGATT?
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2018, 02:48:24 pm »
One of the tips I found last summer to using a cooling vest, is to limit airflow to it.  The more airflow to it, the faster it dries out.

I was more than a little concerned last summer about the heat I would encounter on my travels outside Washington state.  I live on the wet side, not the dry side.  A hot day is when it hits 80F.  I had only ridden a few times in 90+F heat, and that for only a few hours at a time.  The thought of traveling for weeks in temps I hadn't prepared properly for, was not cool.  And since I'd be traveling with someone else on the first trip, I didn't want to hold things up.  SoundRider! has a number of good articles on riding in temps over 93F, some written by David Hough.  The thyroid can't cope with temps above 93F and the air hitting your body, actually heats it up instead of cooling it down.

So my solution was to buy one of the Heat Out long sleeve t-shirts and the cooling vest from Cycle Gear.  The Heat Out t-shirt kept the hot wind from hitting my skin directly.  The cooling vest did its thing.  I wore this with an Olympia mesh jacket, but had an air bag vest over that.  The air bag vest blocks air from coming through the jacket some.  So while I had air coming through the jacket, it wasn't as much as it could've been.

I stopped at a rest stop in Wyoming, I think.  It was hot in any case.  Probably right around 100F.  There was a couple on their bikes that I talked with.  She said their more expensive cooling vests had dried out in 30 minutes in the heat.  But then, they were wearing full mesh jackets.  Lots of hot air coming through them.  Mine was still cooling me for 3 hours that afternoon.

The point is that if you're on a trip where you have a lot of exposure to this kind of heat, you actually want to limit somewhat, the air flowing through the outer jacket to the cooling vest. 

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Re: Are most COG members ATGATT?
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2018, 02:59:56 pm »
"Old Steve", I like the idea.
Can you tell us which Phase Change Cooling vest you have?
I did a search and found many brands and prices.
I think I like the Polar Products Vest, but I saw 1 on Amazon for far less $$.

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Re: Are most COG members ATGATT?
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2018, 02:27:19 am »
"Old Steve", I like the idea.
Can you tell us which Phase Change Cooling vest you have?
I did a search and found many brands and prices.
I think I like the Polar Products Vest, but I saw 1 on Amazon for far less $$.

Ride safe, Ted

Hi Ted,
I got the one they call:
Adjustable Zipper Cooling Vest with (4) Long Kool Max® Pack Strips
I've had a chance to wear it a few days when it was over 100F, and it really makes a difference. Like someone else said, it's best to limit airflow over this type of vest, because it does not rely on evaporation. More breeze just means more hot.

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Re: Are most COG members ATGATT?
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2018, 02:06:50 pm »
Thanks Steve.
I'm thinking I need one of those.
Unfortunately the National is in just a few days. Going as is.

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Re: Are most COG members ATGATT?
« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2018, 01:39:01 pm »
Did a little more research and found this vest..
https://www.healthproductsforyou.com/p-polar-cool58-phase-change-zipper-cooling-vest.html

It's too late for me to get for the national, but think I'm going to get one as I live in Houston.

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