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post #1 of 10 Old 05-26-2008, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Aerostich Cooling

I'm scheduled to attend a CLASS session at the Barber track (Alabama) June 2nd and I have to wear my Roadcrafter as my mesh outfit doesn't meet their protective clothing standard. Have any of you one piece Roadcrafter wearers found a way to keep cool in 85 to 90 degree days. I'm not too concerned for when I'm moving around the track but when standing around getting instruction. I am pretty good at taking it off and putting it on so I hope to have it off during class time but I expect they'll be on the track instruction too.
Any cooling tips will be appreciated.
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Might try some of the "high tech cool wear" under it. I have had my RoadCrafter for years and just sweat when I'm not moving!! :rolleyes:
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Any cooling tips will be appreciated.[/QUOTE]

When riding last summer in 90 F humid weather I stopped at a convenience store and bought a small bag of ice. I poured some of it in the large back pocket and put the suit back on. It took about 2 hr to melt and kept my back nice and cool. Enough air flows through the suit to provide evaporative cooling. When I stop I take the suit off and hang it over the front of the bike and let the inside dry.

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Any cooling tips will be appreciated.
When riding last summer in 90 F humid weather I stopped at a convenience store and bought a small bag of ice. I poured some of it in the large back pocket and put the suit back on. It took about 2 hr to melt and kept my back nice and cool. Enough air flows through the suit to provide evaporative cooling. When I stop I take the suit off and hang it over the front of the bike and let the inside dry.[/QUOTE]

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Yep, even 'Stich's own website gives that tip, of filling the pockets with ice for summer cooling.

Track riding, eh? May want to look at the Roadcrafter accessory section of their catalog/website for knee pucks for your suit, I think they have 2 versions.

You are probably going to remain cooler with the RC than in a leather suit. and you can open the air vents, too.

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Thanks for the TIPs. It's too late to go the high tech route as I leave Saturday, but that sounds interesting for future use. In the meantime I'll give ice a try.
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Stop by your local hardware store or construction supplies store and pick up one of those bandanas that you soak in water (the construction places may have the cooling vest also). They have some of those water absorbing crystals in them and they swell up taking a couple of hours to dry back out. Putting a wet regular bandana under your helmet helps a little too.
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Was riding with a guy last weekend that had something that draped over his shoulders and around his neck. Same 'crystals, soak-in-water' technology but a lot more coverage than just the bandanna. He swears by it (he wears 1-piece leathers). Of course, I didn't have the foresight to ask him where he got it :rolleyes1:

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Just a follow up on this subject. My son and I road the Barber track Monday and as predicted the temperatures reached the low 90's and the humidity was high BUT I have to say that I, in my Aerostich, seemed to be the least effected by the heat and humidity. Not that I iced my pockets or had the chance to get a cooling vest (believe I will soon though) but because I could take the suit off and get it back on easily. The sessions were half hour on the track, half hour class. On the track the airflow through the suit worked fine and in the class I was comfortable in light pants/shirt. Meanwhile the folks in leathers looked like they were really suffering. I guess their suits were just too hard to take off and put on so at best they had the tops pulled down a little and they were soaked in sweat.

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+1 on the cool-vest from construction worker shops, and to a lesser extent, the bandannas. In a past life I had occasion to hike around the Arizona desert whilst wearing body armor. These gizmos just work.

Guess I should have been wearing pants...

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