Phase Change Material (PCM) cooling vests - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 Old 05-20-2008, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 86
Phase Change Material (PCM) cooling vests

Does anybody have experience with phase change cooling vests? I've used evaporative vests for years and know most of the ins and outs for them. What I'm thinking is some way to stay reasonable under my Roadcrafter in stop and go town traffic. At a stop light evaporative does nothing. By the way its 101 right now.

NM_Eman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 05-20-2008, 06:04 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Scoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 273
I have a BMW phase change underjacket. Phase change material will do you no good at 101. According to the insturctions mine came with, it woks best to kep an even body temperature when outside temp is between 50 and 70. It will work outside those parameters, but not to the degree you will be comfortable in 101 temps. Frankly I don;t understand why anyone would wear a stich in hot weather. That's too hot for even a msh jacket.

[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="2"]Scoot - #27, Flat Black Club[/SIZE][/FONT]
Scoot is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 05-20-2008, 06:39 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Scorch's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cougar Trap, Texas
Posts: 553
Garage
At least you have low humidity in Arizona and NM. I rode through a few times in the summer, I could douse myself with my canteen and be bone dry in 4 minutes, and cooler, too. Here it's 96 with 50% humidity, and by June it will be 100 with 80%. The sweat never leaves! It just insulates you. :bom_furious3:

2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650: 69,000 miles as of Aug 2018 + 2018 V-Strom 1000ABS
www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/
Scorch is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 Old 05-20-2008, 07:43 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
prothos's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Humble, Tx
Posts: 302
tell me about Houston can be nasty in the summer with the high humidity. I'm already soaked just the 5 blocks i have to ride through town to get to the freeway and its only in the low 90's now. I have mesh gear and would love to find something to keep me a bit cool.

Flat Black Club Member # 29

2008 Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom
prothos is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 05-20-2008, 11:11 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
shelbyclay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Covington, La.
Posts: 237
Amen!

Quote:
Originally Posted by prothos View Post
tell me about Houston can be nasty in the summer with the high humidity. I'm already soaked just the 5 blocks i have to ride through town to get to the freeway and its only in the low 90's now. I have mesh gear and would love to find something to keep me a bit cool.
Houston is almost as bad as New Orleans, I think I am going to try shorts and tee shirts under my Joe Rocket mesh jacket and pants this Summer. I am tempted to soak my helmet and store it in the freezer till needed. The more I think about it the better it sounds.
I used to put a baggie of ice cubes under my hat to work in the yard, that worked very well. Even the occasional trickle of cold water down your neck wasnt that bad when it was 90/90 in the shade.
shelbyclay is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 05-21-2008, 07:14 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 7,551
no numbers

Considering the light weight (mass) of the garment, I'd have to believe that the material's ability to absorb or release heat is somewhat limited. Certainly better than insulation alone, but best used where temp swings are of short duration. Not going to help when you are out in it for a couple of hours.
Jimding is online now  
post #7 of 10 Old 05-21-2008, 08:09 AM
$tromtrooper
 
mtlee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Minnetonka, MN
Posts: 598
If you've got mesh gear, give the jacket and pants a soak before you put 'em on (maybe 1/2 hour or longer before, if you can, so they're not dripping). I had just washed my stuff after a dirt biking trip, and needed to run an errand when it was pretty hot out (low 90s). Threw the still-damp stuff on, and I was almost cold for the first 20 mins. of the trip. By the end of the 90 minute round trip, the gear was pretty close to dry. So you'd need to re-soak as necessary.

I was wearing a wicking tee and shorts underneath, which were a little damp (but not wet) after the ride.

'07 DL650 ABS
'04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic Silverado (gone)
'04 Yamaha TTR225
'03 BMW F650GS (wife's)
'92 Honda XR250L
'86 Honda VT500c (gone)
mtlee is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 05-21-2008, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 86
Thanks guys - The Stich works well when I'm moving, its stop and go I'm working on. Stich in hot weather - see above and ATGATT. Wetting down with mesh gear - yes I have good mesh gear and I'm really familier with evaporative cooling, see my first post, I also am talking about my commute to work and I work in an office, I'd rather not carry 2 sets of cloths if I can help it. Only good with ambient temps between 50 and 70 degrees -http://www.coolvest.com/tech-info.shtml

So- Has anyone actually used or knows somebody who uses one of these please let me know

NM_Eman is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 05-21-2008, 10:38 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
MikeB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California Gold Country
Posts: 5,444
With an evaporative vest under an open-weave mesh jacket I have been completely comfortable in 100+ heat here in Norcal (once I recharged the vest in a snowmelt stream and found it TOO COLD for a while on a blistering day!). I can't imagine trying to improve on that, except maybe something for the legs and feet which continue to cook even with mesh pants and ventilated boots.

BTW, I wear a polypropylene T-shirt under the vest, so that any small amount of clamminess evaporates from the shirt almost instantly when the vest is taken off.
MikeB is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 05-21-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 321
I found I stayed pretty cool using my mesh tex jacket, with a tee-shirt under it. I just kept a water bottle handy and soaked myself at the stops. That was 100 plus weather in Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
StromFlyer is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome