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post #1 of 9 Old 07-14-2014, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Bilt "Heat Out" Body Cooling System T-Shirts

My wife and I picked up a couple of these and tried them out this past weekend. They are basically very tight fitting (compression) garments designed to be worn against the skin and made of fabric that is moisture wicking and provides an evaporative cooling affect as it wicks away moisture. Cycle Gear was having a promo sale on them plus we were getting an expensive helmet for my wife, so they were happy to throw both long and short sleeve versions at us for a fraction of their retail prices.

Tucson weather was about 100 deg F. My bike is a DL-650 with a Givi screen, hers is a Honda CB-500F with no screen. My jacket is a Motoport kevlar mesh and her's is a summer weight jacket (I can't rmember the brand) that is tolerable in Tucson weather, though it has nowhere near the breathability of mine. I wore the long-sleeved t-shirt and she wore the short-sleeved t-shirt. And we rode for about 3 hours while wearing the product after Cycle Gear raved about them.

Long story short, don't waste your time or money with these. They provided minimal cooling at best, and frankly, it felt like they were probably warmer than if I had just worn a cotton t-shirt under my jacket. At the end of our ride, I asked my wife what her experience was without telling her mine and she said that she was not at all impressed. We were both quite surprised given that the guy at Cycle Gear said they were selling about 350 units per week.

As I say, they threw these at us for a ridiculously low price (they retail for 29.99 for the short sleeved shirt), but any money spent on these is just wasted IMHO. I am going to see if we can get our $25 back when we go to pick up the helmet tomorrow.

And FWIW, I have used LD Comfort garments before and found them to be outstanding in almost every way. I will be sticking with those for now.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-14-2014, 07:22 PM
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Yep- I prefer a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt underneath a mesh jacket, which I can soak with water if I want to.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-14-2014, 08:57 PM
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Same reply, but in reverse?! I got the freeze out bootliners and glove liners and they made no difference whatsoever. IMO its just cheap crap alla round.

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-14-2014, 09:23 PM
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I also tried thous shirts out and was thinking my cotton tee shirt was better.also if you wear them inside out they are more comfterble , very low end merchandise. So maybe ill try them out on a cooler day for warmth

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-15-2014, 01:58 AM
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Your mesh coat is part of your problem. When the air temp is higher than skin temp, a out 93-95F, limited ventilation on an evaporative layer will cool you better than more ventilation.

Swap that shirt for a cooling vest and don't wear the mesh. Bilt has one cooling vest, there are others. Or keep the shirt and get the vest. The vest has polymer material that holds a lot of water which evaporates and cools the wearer. A dampened cotton tee shirt works but holds little water. A wetted sweatshirt holds more water and cools longer, but not as long as the cooling vests.

This is for the dry western heat. Humid eastern heat needs lots of ventilation to try and evaporate the sweat.

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A two layer fabric like from LD Comfort works best for moisture wicking. Check out the videos.

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Cool vest, or vests plural, and rotate as the it dries out! I carry mine is a Dry bag from Wally World full of water in the tank panniers.
They a bit less effective in high humidity situations but for the South West, they's good!
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I don't think much of the quality of "BILT" products. Their waterproof boots leak and looking at their pants and jackets I think I would be just as well off with a good pair of jeans and a wife beater shirt.

BUT, I disagree with other posts about the value and effectiveness of the BILT heat gear I have used. I have one pair of really good high dollar riding underwear. The kind with no seams, compression fit, and legs long enough to end beyond where the seat hits my leg. Work great. I bought the heat gear shorts and t-shirt two years ago to try on long trips.

The heat gear shorts are as comfortable as the name brand riding shorts for long distance rides. Not so much a heat thing for the shorts, just outright comfort after long hours in the saddle.

The heat gear t-shirt is just as good as my NIKE compression fit hot weather gear. Seems to be as cool and comfortable.

I have an evaporative cooling vest and my main gear is a MotoPort Kevlar mesh two piece suit. The difference with and without the cooling vest is quite noticeable, even in the humid Gulf Coast.

I just bought the long sleeve shirt and long john pants ( BILT ) for the trip to Colorado. It will be in the mid 90's Wednesday and we will ride about 730 miles. I will then know if the long sleeve/leg stuff is actually better in heat. Or not. I will have the other gear with me in case.

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I also jumped for the cooling product from Cycle Gear and can't say it has worked at all. I do use the LD Comfort shouts and love them. My sons bought me at Silver Eagle Outfitters Cooling Vest for fathers day. I just returned from a nearly 4000 mile trip and the hottest saw on the bike while moving was 117 degrees!! I used the water "charged" vest and it cooled for at least 2 hours. There is trick to getting the most out of this vest!!! Two other guys with me just put theirs on over a light cotton long sleeve and it dried out within 25 min. I actallu worn mine under my regular Olympia GT jacket. The secret is open the vents on your jacket a max of 1 inch! The cooling is great but the vest stays "operative" for nearly two hours without drying out!!

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