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post #1 of 10 Old Jul 17th, 2007, 11:23 pm Thread Starter
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Do any of you use the Silver Eagle Cooling vest.....Does it work? or what do you use to keep a little cooler in the summer heat......I'm Arizona and it's around 110 degrees give or take a few of degrees........
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post #2 of 10 Old Jul 17th, 2007, 11:30 pm
 
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I take a bandana, wrap a couple of small sponges up in it, tie it around my neck cowboy style, and soak it with water. Just cooling the blood going to the brain makes a big difference. I have to stop every so often and soak it again but, it's a small price.

Of course it would probably dry faster out in your part of the world. It's a dry heat I'm told.
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post #3 of 10 Old Jul 17th, 2007, 11:53 pm
 
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I use a vest

Like you I live in a place where it is HOT. We are a few degrees under you but not much here in the San Joaquin Valley in Ca.

I have a vest that I bought from Twin sports. My vest cost about 35 dollars and it is amazing. It can last up to a couple of hours, however giving it some fresh water every hour or so helps a lot.

I take it to work in the morning without setting it in water, then about 1/2 hour before work ends when it is 104 outside I take a trash bag and soak it in the sink. let it drip for a few minutes then it goes on under my first gear coat. There is something nuts about a coat, even a mesh coat at 105- nuts.

Anyway, I love it and you can reallllllly feel the difference.

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Do any of you use the Silver Eagle Cooling vest.....Does it work? or what do you use to keep a little cooler in the summer heat......I'm Arizona and it's around 110 degrees give or take a few of degrees........
You'll see comments (mine and others) on how well the Silver Eagle works in various climates here http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24945

I think it would work quite well in Chandler, AZ!

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That's funny...I just got one the other week and tried it. It would probably work good if you rode a different bike than the LT. It blocks so much of the air movement that it limints the cooling capacity of the vest. All I felt was wet personally.
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I ride an LT and it has always felt great. Last used it Monday at 95F and 90 humidity and I was cool. It just takes air movement to work, not jet blast. Be careful of proper hydration though. Drink lots of H2O.

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It blocks so much of the air movement that it limints the cooling capacity of the vest.
Have you tried folding in the wings underneath the side mirrors ?
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I've done that and lowered the windshield as low as it can go without getting windblasted.
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That's funny...I just got one the other week and tried it. It would probably work good if you rode a different bike than the LT. It blocks so much of the air movement that it limints the cooling capacity of the vest. All I felt was wet personally.
You have to make sure the vest isn't too large. Also, your jacket has to be of the proper material (mesh) to allow air flow.

The idea is air flow between Jacket, and Vest, so the jacket has to be a little loose. If the vest is too large, you may get airflow under it too; this will cause you to lose evaporative benefit from the vest.

You don't need a huge wind blast - just air circulation.

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http://www.soundrider.com/ I used this vest last week @ $31.50 is a great deal and keeps be cool in the 95+ temps in Sac, CA. The company sent me the vest in 2 days. Great company, great vest...
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