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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 25th, 2006, 10:01 pm Thread Starter
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Joe Rocket has discontinued the Sahara Vest because of an undisclosed court settlement, which isn't all that bad because the colors they picked were hideous. I liked the idea, and saw vests on EBay by "Tech Niche" which come in four different colors, and were about $34, so I figured why not?

Got the first one, soaked it per instructions, and the entire outer surface was "slimy," couldn't pat it dry, and if you ran your hands over it, you'd have to wash them afterwards. I contacted the seller, he called the manufacturer who told him that they had gotten a batch from overseas that "had been stitched inside out." In other words, they were made backwards. He sent me a free replacement that did the same thing, I declined his generous offer to wait "weeks until their backlog is caught up and we can get a new shipment in."

Fieldsheer has a model that isn't really advertised called the IceBerg vest that comes in black (again, why the hell would anyone want BLACK?) or silver--which came out more like a grey/khaki. I got mine today, soaked it per instructions, rode home after work with the temp gauge on my bike reading between 99 and 102, and at the end of my 45 min. run the vest was actually COOL to the touch (you can also wear it under a mesh jacket, I had on a long sleeve dress shirt in heavy twill, so the mesh jacket stayed at home--call me names if you wanna').

I got mine through helmet harbor for $39.99, if they aren't listed on the website, give them a call (ask for Jeff) and they ship very fast...I got mine in three days. (I have seen them on EBay twice, for $44.99 and 8 bucks shipping...)

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post #2 of 8 Old Jul 26th, 2006, 6:07 pm
 
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I live in the Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona area and evaporative cooling vest just don't work. Well maybe for about thirty minutes or so and you end up soaking wet. Phase Change Cooling Vest are the way to go especially if you live in a humid climate. www.coolsport.net Check out the motorsport vest.
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http://www.glaciertek.com/

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I found this to be a good source of info on cooling vest with links to merchants.
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oh you guys SUCK, now I have to go spend another $200 on a better vest, just when I thought I had the neatest toy on the block...


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Evaporative cooling vests are not going to work well in humid climates. I have the Tech Niche vest. I distinctly recall the directions requiring you to prewash it in a small amount of Woolite prior to actually energizing it and using it. After the first time it completely dried out any residual silicone slime was completely gone. It has worked fine since then. It shouldn't matter what color the vest is as is should always be worn under an armored mesh jacket. You should always wear your gear especially after the outside temps exceed your body temperature. Basic hyperthermia training. My vest works well and as advertised but I ride mostly in arid climates of 40% humidity or less. I have tried the $200 vest with the huge cooling packs. Man, did it keep you cool but it did not last long and was a total pain in the fatoot to recharge. You need a refrigerator! You didn't mention Silver Eagle.($100) They make great, functional products that are also quality outer garments that look nice with your jacket off. The Tech Niche works for me but it's functional over aestetics. And $30 versus $100. I might also mention it folds up very thin when its dry.

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Under Armor long sleeve T-Shirt $34.99, white long sleeve cotton Columbia fishing shirt $30.00 and a Camelback attached to my SAC bag $29.00. I can ride anywhere in high or low humidity and stay comfortable for hours.

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my wife and I had the marsee cooling vest and boy 30 minutes was max in the midwest. I like the armour material that you can buy from places like g i joes. With the cooling vests we had we were probably better just getting a wet bandana around our neck.
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