Originally Posted by LT_Pilot
Discovered, yesterday that Veskimo has added a 9 quart and a 4.4 quart external cooler to be used with the cooling vest (vice the backpack).
Personal Cooling System 9 Quart Hand-Carry Cooler
The 9 quart has almost 4 times the capacity of the vest, so should last most of the day without recharging. It's a little high at $169.00, but I like that I can strap it to my back seat, then just connect and disconnect to the cooler. It has a 12V power cord that will connect to the rear outlet.
Ordered the 9 quart, last night. Probably won't be here before I leave for the GA Mountain Rally, but I'll definitely use it during the REDWING 19 Iron Butt fund-raiser, 16-17 May.
I'll post an after-action report on the 9 quart after I return from the ride.
Hope it works as expected.
The 9-quart cooler arrived in time for my 400-mile trip to the GA Mountain Rally, yesterday.
Ice lasted most of the day; Recharged for the last two hours (of 8 hours).
Took it out, today on a 205-mile ride from Hiawassee => Wayah Bald => Cherohala Skyway, and return to Hiawassee.
Kept me cold and comfortable; no heat stress, even with ATGATT.
Fill cooler with ice, plus 2 inches of water.
Cover, place back in cooler.
Strap cooler to back seat (Helen Two-Wheel straps work great),
Plug in power plug to 12V outlet.
Connect cooler to vest.
Push rocker power switch to "ON"; pump self-primes
and you'll start feeling the your back getting cold, then the front.
Make sure the vest is snug; Won't feel the cold unless it's in contact with you.
if you secure the cooler with the Veskimo label facing to the rear, the hoses and the power supply will be on the left (port) side of the bike.
Makes it easier to connect/disconnect the hoses.
With the Veskimo personal cooling system and my Gerbing electric jacket,
I've got both environmental challenges to riding covered.