Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northridge, California, USA
Re: To bloody hot
I wear a Veskimo Cooling Vest, and have both the hydration pack and the ice cooler versions. Basically, the vest consists of a blue nylon mesh material with tubing that circulates ice water from either the hydration pack or the cooler. The vest is worn against your skin, under a shirt. Both versions can be lithium battery operated or plug into a powerlet plug on the bike.
The hydration pack is good for shorter trips, as the ice only lasts for maybe 45 min. to an hour (and is also good for bicycling), while the cooler ice lasts for almost a tank of gas. I have the cooler mounted on a BMR rack over the pillion seat, where I also mounted the unit's control nob in easy reach.
I've worn it through the San Joaquin Valley in 112 degree heat and stayed comfortable, while previously had tried a regular cooling vest (same route & temp) that was soaked in water. The soaked vest was good for about 30 minutes and then rehydrated with my sweat and was pretty much awful....
I took the ice cooler version across country last year through CA, AZ, NM, TX, etc. and bought a new 10 lb. bag of ice at each gas stop. The Veskimo system is very expensive, but it's a lot nicer than wearing a damp and/or sweaty shirt, and you can ride all day long.
'07 K1200LT (sold 9/24/16)
'74 Suzuki GT750L (long, long gone)
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