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post #1 of 2 Old 08-26-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Cooling Vest

Picked up a TechNiche Hyperkewl vest last fall. Recently its been blazing hot here in Manitoba with humidity off the scale. Perfect opportunity to finally try out the vest. The vest looks kinda like a constuction workers vest, silver in colour and seems well made. This model is considered the "budget" version so it doesnt have the neck cooling part. You soak it for a minute or so in water (I also tried it later with a garden hose) and lightly wring it out. My riding jacket has minimal venting and I had the liner out of it and the effect was quite noticable, keeping me much cooler (was +36C) than without it. The company claims 5-10hrs cooling, but after about 90 minutes it was pretty much dry. That should give most riders enough distance before stopping at a gas station or somewhere to resoak it if need be. If you have a mesh jacket, the effects will be much more dramatic I would think, but overall it can be a real life saver. I also soaked it and just used it around the yard on that same hot day, makes life much more bearable as long as there is a breeze.

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post #2 of 2 Old 08-26-2013, 07:10 PM
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I carry a couple with me in hot weather. They are of two different manufactures but the net result is a cooling effect. With vent adjustment you can make them work a long time. The more venting, then less wet time you have. I was sticking them in plastic freezer bags but just got a set of dry bags from Wally Mart and the big yellow bag works well to hold them in water. I stick them in the Aerostitch tank panniers so I'm ready for the hot stuff!
Oh, I've had the vests for a few years so they hold up but do dry them between uses...they will get moldy otherwise.
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