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Cooling Vests

Postby cbx4evr » Fri May 27, 2011 1:50 pm



Anybody use them. Recommendations as to make? Sleeve or sleeveless? Where to buy?

Spent a hot 2 weeks riding in the Black Hills last summer and want to be prepared this time around.


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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby starfleetengineer » Tue May 31, 2011 7:22 pm

I have 2 sleeve less vests. Leather. Wouldn't ride without them. Make sure they are a size bigger so you can put it over your jacket when you need it. The vest always goes on the outside. I have a guy here that sells leathers,"CHEAP" I got leather chaps for $25, the vests were less than $20 each. I got my jacket from him for $60 or less. My riding gloves are less than $10. You'll be glad you have the chaps if you have to put her down or get caught in wet or cold weather.
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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby MSGT-R » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:40 am

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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby Rnelson1 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:14 pm

I have been looking for the light weight coats with the pads on the shoulders and elbows but is mesh everywhere else. Does anyone know what they are called and where I can check on them. They are a lot cooler and still have some protection. I have a Green Goldwing 96 model that has 18000 miles on it and love riding it. Getting hot right now down in the south.

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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:52 pm

Rnelson1 wrote:I have been looking for the light weight coats with the pads on the shoulders and elbows but is mesh everywhere else. Does anyone know what they are called and where I can check on them. They are a lot cooler and still have some protection. I have a Green Goldwing 96 model that has 18000 miles on it and love riding it. Getting hot right now down in the south.

Ronnie


Just do a Google search for "mesh motorcycle jacket" and you'll find what you're looking for.

My jacket is convertible - the normal jacket is ballistic nylon with armor in the shoulders, elbows and back. The front, back and bottom of the arms zips out in one piece leaving behind a mesh jacket with the armor, like you describe. Conversely, when it's cold out, an extra windproof/waterproof liner can be zipped into the inside, which makes it warm enough to wear a T-shirt under down to about 45 degrees or so. With a sweatshirt, I am comfortable with that jacket down to freezing - yet I wear it with everything zipped out when it's 95 degrees as well. It's truly a versatile jacket.

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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby starfleetengineer » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:32 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Rnelson1 wrote:I have been looking for the light weight coats with the pads on the shoulders and elbows but is mesh everywhere else. Does anyone know what they are called and where I can check on them. They are a lot cooler and still have some protection. I have a Green Goldwing 96 model that has 18000 miles on it and love riding it. Getting hot right now down in the south.

Ronnie


Just do a Google search for "mesh motorcycle jacket" and you'll find what you're looking for.

My jacket is convertible - the normal jacket is ballistic nylon with armor in the shoulders, elbows and back. The front, back and bottom of the arms zips out in one piece leaving behind a mesh jacket with the armor, like you describe. Conversely, when it's cold out, an extra windproof/waterproof liner can be zipped into the inside, which makes it warm enough to wear a T-shirt under down to about 45 degrees or so. With a sweatshirt, I am comfortable with that jacket down to freezing - yet I wear it with everything zipped out when it's 95 degrees as well. It's truly a versatile jacket.


This is the 2nd jacket I have. I took the armor out but still have the outter pads. This jacket is cool in the summer and warm in the witer with the added incert
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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby tims » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:01 pm

I bought one at the end of last summer. The type that you soak with water and squeeze it out. Kept me cool but made me feel damp and clamy. Only got to use it one time and will give it another try this year, but I am thinking the type with the cooling packets that you soak in ice water may be more comfortable?

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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby Rnelson1 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:51 pm

Thanks for the reply. I will sure look those up. I appreciate your help.

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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby MSGT-R » Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:39 pm

I use one of those bandanas that have the little beads that swell up when you soak them. Works pretty good, it stays in contact with your jugular veins in your neck and keeps you cool...
That and a Camelbak full of ice and Powerade! If it gets bad, I just do the wet tee shirt contest-thing and ride really fast. ;)
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Re: Cooling Vests

Postby Diesel Dan » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:47 am

Here's a thread to read. Some swear by LD Comfort. Reply #13 by Bubba1 descripes his solution. I know Kit (another gl1800 member) justs
pours water around his neck to soak his T-shirt under his gear. http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showthre ... ht=comfort

http://www.ldcomfort.com/index.html

Baker style air wings help move the air around the driver/passenger.


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