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evap vests

I am riding to Vegas this Friday and have ordered two of the evap vests. I am wondering if anyone has used these before and how well they work/ how often to re wet the vest. Thank you
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Re: evap vests

I have not used the evap vests BUT..........
Last summer on a ride from Arkansas to Oregon and back I did use an evap neck wrap.
Was a big help.......I carried an extra water bottle and put the wrap in the bottle every morning, then took it out and put it on when the heat rose.....................................
Not like air conditioning but a very subtle cooling effect...a great relief.
I've heard some say that some manufacturers vests start to feel slimey after a while.....
I'll be interested in your evaluation.

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They work great in low humidiity. Not so much when it's high. Be prepared to be wet. But. they cool you down pretty well. Worn under a vented jacket they last about 4 hours. We would just re-soak when we stopped for fuel.
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Re: evap vests

I've used two styles of evap vests.

The standard blue, zippered style dries out in a couple of hours at highway speeds.
The Miracool poncho style stays wet for a few days.

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Re: evap vests

I use Silver Eagle evap vest, and love it. Need to rewet about every 60-90 minutes. I also use a wet silk scarf around the neck - works well, and doubles as a handsome ascot in the evening, when I'm with the ladies...

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Re: evap vests

Tried an evaporative vest and it did not work any better than poring cold water on my LD Comfort Wear top, LD Comfort Wear helmet liner and pre-soaking a Cooltie to go around my neck.

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Re: evap vests

I have one, use it when it's over 100.

Keep a garbage bag with ice and water in your saddlebag, whenever it starts to feel dry, stop and dip it in the icewater (45 mins to an hour if it's REALLY hot).

Yeah, they feel a little "slimey" when they are wet, and don't worry if the first time or two that you hydrate it little "balls" pop out of it, those are the cooling elements and it's normal.

Wear it over a polyester shirt (cool-dry, under armor, etc.) or you'll have a wet t-shirt when you stop.

then again, you might want your female passenger to wear white cotton, never know.

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Tried an evaporative vest and it did not work any better than poring cold water on my LD Comfort Wear top, LD Comfort Wear helmet liner and pre-soaking a Cooltie to go around my neck.
+1 for soaking an LDComfort shirt.

Well soaked, it lasts a couple hours underneath my "standard" RevIt Dragon jacket, which works the best and keeps me very comfortable in 100+ temperatures. Underneath my BMW "Venting Machine" jacket, it will last about an hour before needing a re-soak, due to the large volume of air flowing through it.

LDComfort tops and bottoms are great for all kinds of riding and all kinds of climates. They aren't cheap, but they are so worth the cost. The set I have now (long and short sleeve shirts, long and short underpants) have lasted four years with many Iron Butt Association rides, and still look new. Really.

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We just rode to Phoenix from the North Rim and boy did our vests work great in 105 temps and 30+ mph side wind coming across the Marble Canyon area. They kept us alive and cool until we rolled in to Flagstaff. By that time the temperatures were down to 85 and the vests were almost dry. They get my vote as long as the humidity is low. In humid areas, they don't work as well.

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its supposed to be 111 here(Phoenix) and in Vegas and both places have very low humidity so I am thinking we should be good. I have a mesh jacket so sounds like I may need to wet mine a couple of times. Thank you for all of the input
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I use Silver Eagle evap vest, and love it. Need to rewet about every 60-90 minutes. I also use a wet silk scarf around the neck - works well, and doubles as a handsome ascot in the evening, when I'm with the ladies...
Now sir, you get my vote for most creative answer--when you need to step up your game you just go for the ascot! Brilliant!

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Now sir, you get my vote for most creative answer--when you need to step up your game you just go for the ascot! Brilliant!
Haha! I liked Hallzee's answer too.

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its supposed to be 111 here(Phoenix) and in Vegas and both places have very low humidity so I am thinking we should be good. I have a mesh jacket so sounds like I may need to wet mine a couple of times. Thank you for all of the input
Mesh jackets are not a good choice on a long ride because you will dehydrate quicker which also leads to fatigue. Also keep in mind, mesh jackets are relatively ineffective when the ambient temperture exceeds body temp. You will be better served to wear a regular riding jacket and the cooling vest you have.

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Re: evap vests

Being from Minnesota, I've got my aerostich electric vest and cold weather gear, but not familiar with the evaporative vests. I get the concept, but curious as to where to research and buy? Silver, Blue, whatever... are you guys getting the stuff online, or is there someplace here in the valley that carries them?

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I ordered from here
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but the have some at Cyclee gear on cave creek road.
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They have already arrived and boy do these things hold some water! I cant believe how much they weigh when wet. Going to give them a short test tomorrow after work.
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Miracool poncho vest can be ordered
http://www.tuffrhino.com/MiraCool_Po...t_p/hs1054.htm
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http://www.amazon.com/MIRACOOL-COOLI...9407363&sr=8-1

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soaked the vests last night and left em sit out overnight (85 when i got up this morning) and they will still damp! Cant wait to give these items a good test.
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what a HUGE difference! I just wore a plain cotton t shirt so it is wet but I was definately A LOT cooler! cant wait to get out on the road!!
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Looking forward to your review - Did you go with the standard or the deluxe?

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well i have to say i love the vests. we went with the deluxe. I soaked them before we left, then again in Wickenburg and i wet mine again in Kingman (the wifes jacket is not mesh so it held longer). I absolutely SOAKED mine so my shirt and the top of my pants got wet but i was very comfortable all the way to Vegas. My wife was actually cold as it was dark when we rolled into town. I dont think we could have made it without these vests. My legs and my head were warm but i did not sweat at all the entire ride. It got so hot on the ride there that my disc player said "CD TEMP" and shut off and part of my dashboard warped from the heat, but i was ready to ride on!
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I have one, and find them not so useful. I recently got a phase change vest and absolutely love the thing. It's not wet, it just stays at exactly 58 degrees for 3-4 hours. Recharge in anything that's colder than that, like fridge or freezer.

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Just returned at 2am from a 3,000 mile week long ride through California, and while I don't have anything to compare the evap vest to (besides using nothing) I'm glad I picked one up prior to the trip. Yesterday was a 850 mile ride from Yosemite down through the hot (100) and boring central california (Fresno, Bakersfield) with a bit of cooler temps (80's) near LA, but then back up to the low 100's to high 90's from Palm Springs to the valley - the vest made it tolerable. I wore it under a perforated leather vanson jacket - not as much air passes through the jacket than a mesh jacket - so it seemed to last about 45 minutes.

Ran in temps from the low 40's along the northern calif coast and high elevations, to 105 across the desert. Mostly in the 60's through the twisties - gawd there are a lot of great roads out there!

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I use Silver Eagle evap vest, and love it. Need to rewet about every 60-90 minutes. I also use a wet silk scarf around the neck - works well, and doubles as a handsome ascot in the evening, when I'm with the ladies...
I'm calling BS on this one. I know you're married. Touche.


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