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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Cool To hot to go for a Ride, NO WAY!


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
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 02:55 PM
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Nice! Thanks for your review.

Keeps you cooler, less sweating, helps with hydration. A safe and practical option.

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I've used one for several years and posted about them on here on other hot weather posts. They are called Evaporative Cooling Vests (ECV), if it is made of Hyperkewl material then it is made by TechNiche. They claim several hours of use but I find you get about 2 hours of good function out of it and then limited effect for about another 2 hours. But not a problem on an X where you need gas every 2 hours anyway unless you have an aux tank. In the pic below you can't tell I am wearing one but I stopped at this rest area to re-charge it. The bike I am on goes over 3 hours between fills so the vest was ready before I needed gas. This is in New Mexico and it was over 100. Makes a very substantial difference in the comfort level.
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I've been meaning to get one of those since the first time I met a guy that was wearing one. I was riding my vtx down to corpus christi to visit my son in 2013. It was early July and I was heading across west Texas on I-10 and it was some hot. I made a gas & gatorade stop around Van Horn and was soaked in sweat. A guy on a Harley that was coming from my part of New Mexico pulled up wearing one of those cooling vests and was telling me how nice and cool he was. I have to admit, my butt was aching at the time and besides coveting his cooling vest, I looked at his comfy looking seat with a little envy as well. If for no other place that I ride, the trip across west Texas from El Paso to San Antonio that I make every 2 to 3 years is the best ride I can think of to have one of these cooling vests. Principal is the same as the water type air conditioning we use in homes here, get the vest wet then get some air flowing through it going down the hi-way.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 10:43 PM
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I have a mesh jacket. After reading about cooling I have often wet my t shirt under the jacket. Helps a lot. This summer most of my riding shirts are the plastic athletic under armor kind of material. Those dry out very fast

Thanks for the review. Next time I get to our local riding gear store, I'm gonna see what they got

Your mileage may vary
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looks like a winner!!
don't forget the sun screen on your exposed areas.
i have never been a fan of sun screen but i got some skin cancer right on the end of my nose a couple years ago.
no doubt riding didn't help any and i work inside.
i use sun screen now.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 12:37 AM
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Great idea and good info.

Just did a search and found Amazon has a lot of them in various price ranges. Here is a link:

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 09:34 AM
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They work best in dry climates, works like a swamp cooler(dry climate air conditioning for those that don't know). Doesn't work as well in high humidity areas, but does have some cooling effect. A dash of water from your water bottle on your jacket would be just about as effective.

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