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Kula evaporative vest

Anyone have one? Comments?

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Re: Kula evaporative vest

It looks like they are brand new to the North American market, and the cooling technology they have is really interesting. Silver Eagle is the sole US Distributor so far.

The company claims up to 27F degrees of cooling. That - of course - depends on the relative humidity and I would assume that would be in bone dry air like we have in Arizona. In humid climates it would be much less.

A "typical" evaporative vest is good for 40F under the same conditions.

The apparent big advantage is that the cooling last for a much longer time...

I need to change out or recharge a typical vest every 1/2 hour under 100F hot and dry conditions - even with a full fairing to slow down the evaporation. That's all they last.

Very cool stuff indeed. I'm ordering one - and thanks for finding this Pete!
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Re: Kula evaporative vest

I've been following them for about six months when they were first released. Seems like an interesting option--my regular evap vest feels like goat snot when it's wet.

Ron, when you try yours, try putting in about 8 extra ounces of water--the reviews I've read including one on their site suggest that a little extra, but not a lot, helps the water stay up near your shoulders, not just the lower area of the vest. Definitely let us know what you think.

I'd love a veskimo system, but $400 is way out of reach right now for what the wife would view as a toy.

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Re: Kula evaporative vest

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I've been following them for about six months when they were first released. Seems like an interesting option--my regular evap vest feels like goat snot when it's wet.

Ron, when you try yours, try putting in about 8 extra ounces of water--the reviews I've read including one on their site suggest that a little extra, but not a lot, helps the water stay up near your shoulders, not just the lower area of the vest. Definitely let us know what you think.

I'd love a veskimo system, but $400 is way out of reach right now for what the wife would view as a toy.
From their web site:

"Depending on outside temperature and humidity the vest will cool between 5 and 15 degrees below the ambient temperature."

I assume that's 15C which equals 27F.

Hmmmm... I'm sure it feels better on your skin, but I wonder how well it will actually work on a motorcycle at speed. I'll bet it still dries out quickly. Think I'll pass on buying one right now. Especially for $119.00.


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Re: Kula evaporative vest

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I've been following them for about six months when they were first released. Seems like an interesting option--my regular evap vest feels like goat snot when it's wet.

Ron, when you try yours, try putting in about 8 extra ounces of water--the reviews I've read including one on their site suggest that a little extra, but not a lot, helps the water stay up near your shoulders, not just the lower area of the vest. Definitely let us know what you think.

I'd love a veskimo system, but $400 is way out of reach right now for what the wife would view as a toy.
Pete,

I've used my Veskimo for the past five summers.
The evaporative and phase change vests, before that.
It's a little costly, but it's the only thing that provides several hours of consistent cooling.
More important for me is the safety issue.
It's eliminated heat as an issue, especially on Iron Butt or just long rides.
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Re: Kula evaporative vest

The veskimo is definitely on my wish list...I need to find a sugar mama.

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