Here my latest mod, a cooling vest.
Thatís right the 100 plus heat in Texas along with the fact I wonít ride without safety gear has forced me to this.
Actually it works, and getting it ready is fast too, now, there are a lot of different makers and styles out there.
I went with strong reviews by fellow riders to help me chose Hyperkewl Motorcycle Vest made by TechNiche International.
I picked mine up on Amazon for under $35.00,
Simple V-neck w/ zipper closure; work for a wide range of people and uses
Can provide 5-10 hours of cooling relief per soaking
Lightweight, easy to activate, and durable
Comfortable, quilted nylon outer with HyperKewl Cooling Fabric inner, water-repellant nylon liner, and black cotton-poly elastic trim
Adult Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, Custom
Adult Colors: Silver, Blue, Black, Hi Viz Lime, Khaki, Pink, Marine Desert, Army ACU
Now getting it ready is done by dipping it in water for 1-2 minutes is all, I used the bathroom sink.
Then wringing it out to get the excess water out, adds about 2 pounds of weight to the vest which is made from a very thin material.
Next slip it on and zip it up, I then put on my armored IXS MONTEVIDEO II Touring Jacket, with all the mesh vents open.
The initial feeling after putting it on is slightly cooler, once on the road with air moving its way better than without the vest.
Now I ware a T-shirt under it and the T will get wet, but the water is not dripping off it, IT Works, so I give this a big thumbs up.
Itís not an air conditioner, but it does reduce your core temperature down, which allows me to ride in the Heat of the day.
No w how long the vest will stay wet I canít say, as I hove only gone out on one hour rides so far and the vest is still plenty wet when I get back, besides if you needed could always stop and re-wet it in a bathroom sink when getting fuel.
This is a must have if youíre riding in hot weather.
David Hilton Ret. USN ETC/SS