Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:52 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1516
Location: IL
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1516
Location: IL
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:52 am linkquote
So now living in AZ riding in the heat is an issue. I stumbled across these cooling vests on the internet and they overall sound good. These are the ones you soak in water for about 10 minutes, put them under your mesh jacket and they slowly evaporate to keep you cool. Apparently they last from 30-120 minutes depending on who is reviewing them, but also apparently can then be rehydrated with a bottle of water. So I am curious if anybody has any personal info on them and if there is one that is better than the others. Sorry if this has been done before.

thanks

larry
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:12 am

Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 31452
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 31452
Location: Bay Area, California
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:12 am linkquote
I’ve used them and they work as advertised. Works better in dry climates (like AZ) than in humid ones.

But don’t store them wet, and DAMHIK.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:14 am

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:14 am linkquote
We just bought a pair of these from the Mesa Cycle Gear but haven't used them yet. One of the employees said that a few of them have the vests and they work well. He claimed he could get up to 4 hours of cooling out of the vest before it had to be resoaked.

Having ridden in 116° (probably closer to 120° on the tarmac) without one, I can honestly say if it lasts an hour and a half, it's worth adding one to your gear collection.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:22 am

Enthusiast
Liberty 150, MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 88
Location: Reno
 
Enthusiast
Liberty 150, MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 88
Location: Reno
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:22 am linkquote
An uninsulated camelbak full of ice cubes & water, feels good as long as the ice holds out
I slip the hose inside foam pipe insulation, so my drinking water cold longer
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:34 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1516
Location: IL
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1516
Location: IL
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:34 am linkquote
Guzzi Gal wrote:
We just bought a pair of these from the Mesa Cycle Gear but haven't used them yet. One of the employees said that a few of them have the vests and they work well. He claimed he could get up to 4 hours of cooling out of the vest before it had to be resoaked.

Having ridden in 116° (probably closer to 120° on the tarmac) without one, I can honestly say if it lasts an hour and a half, it's worth adding one to your gear collection.
Having ridden a few times in the AZ heat even quite early in the AM it does get quite hot, I am curious how you find those vests, I am seriously thinking about getting one. One thing I find is that even when hot when moving you do get a good breeze that certainly helps so it makes sense these would help
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:28 am

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:28 am linkquote
LarryMK wrote:
Having ridden a few times in the AZ heat even quite early in the AM it does get quite hot, I am curious how you find those vests, I am seriously thinking about getting one. One thing I find is that even when hot when moving you do get a good breeze that certainly helps so it makes sense these would help.
Usually, we try to avoid riding above 105°, and when at speed it's quite comfortable. The moment you come to a stop, all hell is brought to bear and you start to drip. I'll be sure to post an update when we put them to use.

They are an inexpensive way of extending the riding season at $40.00. https://www.cyclegear.com/gear/sedici-cooling-vest
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:32 am

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 39856
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 39856
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:32 am linkquote
When riding in the high summer in Europe, I used to soak my T-shirt in water. I.e. every time I bought water, I bought two half-litre bottles. One when down my neck on the inside, one down my neck on the outside. With a mesh jacket that would last up to half-an-hour, which was often time to stop for scenery or whatever anyway.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:35 am

Member
GTS300
Joined: 04 Aug 2020
Posts: 27
Location: York, Pa
 
Member
GTS300
Joined: 04 Aug 2020
Posts: 27
Location: York, Pa
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:35 am linkquote
We bought a pair of the Sedici cooling vests last year and had mixed results. Completely worthless on a bike like my BMW RT where you don't get a lot of airflow o the body. It actually made it worse. Works ok on the Vespa or other naked bikes as long as it is not humid.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:42 am

Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1324
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
 
Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1324
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:42 am linkquote
Garthhh wrote:
An uninsulated camelbak full of ice cubes & water, feels good as long as the ice holds out
I slip the hose inside foam pipe insulation, so my drinking water cold longer
I thought of insulating the hose too, then I realised if I just blow the water back into the Camelbak, it will not get warm in the hose over my shoulder.

On my 6 700km 'around South Africa' ride in 2007, I would buy a litre bottle of ice cold still water at a fuel stop, drink about half and pour the rest down around the neck of my riding jacket, saturating my T-shirt. Really refreshing and relaxing in 40+C heat...
Sat Jul 24, 2021 11:40 am

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 11:40 am linkquote
Fudmucker wrote:
I thought of insulating the hose too, then I realised if I just blow the water back into the Camelbak, it will not get warm in the hose over my shoulder.
We've always done this.
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:06 pm

Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 3907
Location: Tempe, AZ
 
Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 3907
Location: Tempe, AZ
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:06 pm linkquote
I have a no-name cooling vest in 3XL (I was XXXL when I bought it). It's hard to store a damp jacket in a corporate office, and my commute was short, so I quit wearing it. Yours if you want it.

I also have one that wraps around the neck and shoulders. It didn't last to the west valley so I quit wearing that too.
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:24 am

Molto Verboso
2007 Stella 225
Joined: 02 Nov 2019
Posts: 1777
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
 
Molto Verboso
2007 Stella 225
Joined: 02 Nov 2019
Posts: 1777
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:24 am linkquote
They feel good in places with a low enough humidity for them to work. You can put them in a refrigerator for the night also to help cool them off. I've been looking at adding mesh to the front of mine I can add ice cubes to let them melt while riding.

You can also get a bag of ice and put it in your groin area. Feels really goid with your femoral arteries running through there and helps cool you down.
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:00 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1516
Location: IL
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1516
Location: IL
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:00 am linkquote
Christopher_55934 wrote:
They feel good in places with a low enough humidity for them to work. You can put them in a refrigerator for the night also to help cool them off. I've been looking at adding mesh to the front of mine I can add ice cubes to let them melt while riding.

You can also get a bag of ice and put it in your groin area. Feels really goid with your femoral arteries running through there and helps cool you down.
So AZ certainly qualifies for low humidity, except in this monsoon craziness. I don't know about a bag of ice in the groin, think I will skip that but thanks for the idea.
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