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post #1 of 9 Old 08-17-2008, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hot weather Gear ...what do you wear to keep cool

Temperature have been soaring...and the thought of wearing my touring jacket is like putting on a sauna suit especially for the what do you wear to keep cool and stay cool ?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-17-2008, 04:17 PM
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There are cooling vests available. I too like to wear full protection, even in the baking sun. It can be a real challenge to keep cool.


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post #3 of 9 Old 08-17-2008, 05:02 PM
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I was riding from Southern Ontario to Ottawa yesterday and to keep cool poured some water over my shirt underneath my jacket. With the vents in my jacket open, the evaporation of the water kept me nice and comfortable.

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-17-2008, 08:31 PM
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I've got a Joe Rocket mesh jacket Pheonix 4.0. It has impact armour in the back, shoulder and elbow. It works great but the sweat evaporates pretty fast so I have to remind myself to drink more water Next on my pick list is a bandana made from a material that uses evaporation to cool whats underneath. (Can't remember what the stuff is called though, you can get it at most hiking, camping stores.)
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I too just picked up the Joerocket mesh jacket. let's the air pass through to keep you cool but still provides the protection where you need it. It also have a removable liner that is wind and water proof that I keep in the storage area under the seat of my bike in case I run into rain or it get a little on the cool side.

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-17-2008, 10:19 PM
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I got a great deal from NewEnough on a Teknic mesh jacket that is terrific in the heat. It is HOT in Oklahoma very often, like, over 100, and bright sun too. Once I'm moving the jacket is great, is hi vis yellow, armored, etc.. works great. It's actually chilly to wear if it's not hot out - I have to wear more than a tee shirt under it if it is 80 or cooler.

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-17-2008, 11:04 PM
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It'll be -30C soon enough, but right now in the +30C weather, my mesh jacket and pants are really good. Have only been riding this summer and still no long trips, but the air flow through the fabric and the mesh armour seems to keep things quite bearable.

Once the temps start dropping, the removable goretex liners go back in, but I've not much experience with them yet.

I have to think this offers much more flexibility than leathers if you want ATGATT.


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post #8 of 9 Old 08-18-2008, 12:38 AM
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Cotton boxer shorts. Light cotton pants (not blue jeans) with Joe Rocket mesh riding pants. Wickaway T-shirt, long sleeve RideCool evaporative vest. Joe Rocket mesh jacket. HJC Carbon helmet with Silks satin liner. Freeze several bottles of water and wrap a wash cloth around one to wipe your face when needed. Keep the ice bottles in a soft lunch cooler. Drink water often, enjoy.

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-18-2008, 12:52 AM
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workin' at the car wash

I took my bike into the car wash the other day - power washed my First Gear jacket and it came remarkably clean from all the road grime it had on it from my trip and from various other outings. The ride home was and refreshing
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