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Silver Eagle Cooling Vests

While I would prefer heat to cold the summer heat has us looking for ways to cool down. We have a BMW "Venting Machine" jackets. I am looking at evaporative vests. Does anyone have any experience with Silver Eagle Cooling vests? http://silvereagleoutfitters.com They seem a little better than the quilted vests I have seen elsewhere. I do not like the collar only items.

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I havenít tried out the vest myself but have talked to another rider who got a vest through Sound Rider http://www.soundrider.com/default.htm and really liked it. It is a bit cheaper then the Silver Eagle (Sound Rider $30.00 compared to Silver Eagle $95.00). He also said that he would carry it wetted down in a zip-lock bag in the cool mornings and when things heated up it was ready to just put on. It kept him cool on his ride down to Arizona and back.
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Buy it!

My wife and I went for a 5 hr ride the other day (97degrees) and it was extremely hot, especially for us yankees. Anyway, I opened the the bag that the Silver Eagle cooling vest was marinating in and let her wear it.
Long story short, a new vest is in the mail for her. She NEVER goes out with me when it's that hot but that may change now.

One funny thing: we stopped for a mid day stretch at a rest area, when I realized that her "mesh" jacket still had the liner in it! Oops. Sorry love. I unzipped the liner and gave her the cooling vest. Never complained the rest of the trip. I was burning up without my vest though.

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While I would prefer heat to cold the summer heat has us looking for ways to cool down. We have a BMW "Venting Machine" jackets. I am looking at evaporative vests. Does anyone have any experience with Silver Eagle Cooling vests? http://silvereagleoutfitters.com They seem a little better than the quilted vests I have seen elsewhere. I do not like the collar only items.
I saw the Silver Eagle vests at the BMWMOA rally last week -- my first time seeing this type of product in person. I was very impressed with how they worked (vendor demo), but was similarly surprised by the cost ($95). I suppose relief from extreme heat is a bargain at any price, but if I can get a similar product for $30 (quoted above) I'd go that route.

Silver Eagle has a model to fit the uh, female torso (yeah, that's the PC phrase). It's more form-fitting for the female-type body.

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What i like about the Silver Eagle is the following:
No stretch panels on the side to rip.
Doesn't swell up like the Michelin Man (Marsee)
Shell doesn't get slimy when you charge it(seems like most others do)

Case and point: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11916

YMMV...

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...Shell doesn't get slimy when you charge it(seems like most others do)...
That's what I was most impressed by when I saw the Silver Eagle. I did not know there existed a material, or combination of materials, that could hold water and not be damp on either side. Just sitting on the vendor's mannequin it felt cool on the inside but was not wet. Amazing.

I know: it doesn't take much. I'm easy.

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Thumbs up Silver Eagle Vest

I have one and am very pleased with it. Cooling effect last several hours and is very easy to recharge by soaking for a couple of mins in bathroom sink and ringing out excess water. Inside against you is not wet.

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Thanks for the update

The wife and I just bought two vests although silver in the womans size is backordered until November. I guess it is made in China and they do not have good a good planning process. Lots of great feed back. We will use them durring the CCR trip I am sure.

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Not sure where you live- but just remember, these types of vest depend on evaporation to cool you.

For me, here in Charleston, SC they rarely work as our humidity is too high. The other morning it was 80 degrees and 85%. The dew point was 80.!!!

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Not sure where you live- but just remember, these types of vest depend on evaporation to cool you.

For me, here in Charleston, SC they rarely work as our humidity is too high. The other morning it was 80 degrees and 85%. The dew point was 80.!!!
How true... they simply will not work under those conditions. Worthless.

We're finishing up a design (that does not use any existing technology) that will allow the user to adjust the amount of water saturating the vest - from high levels (in arid climates) to practically none (in humid climates). The key to efficient cooling is the proper air/water mix, and all of the existing products offer you only one option - full saturation.

The best part is you can adjust it "on the fly" and will never need to stop to re-hydrate the vest.

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We're finishing up a design (that does not use any existing technology) that will allow the user to adjust the amount of water saturating the vest - from high levels (in arid climates) to practically none (in humid climates)...Stay tuned.
Ron, do you have an estimate of when these will be available?

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Ron, do you have an estimate of when these will be available?
Spring of 07.


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Ron,

Is this a joke? It is almost Aug 1, not April 1.

You know you can count on me buying one.

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I think it is currently 06, but I may have been in a coma for a year.....

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I thought Ron was pulling our leg. April fool joke in July.......06.

guess it wasn't as funny as I hoped.

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I thought Ron was pulling our leg. April fool joke in July.......06.

guess it wasn't as funny as I hoped.

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Yep, spring of '07.

It will make all of the existing designs irrelevant - it's THAT good.


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