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post #1 of 13 Old 07-04-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Cooling Vest

Here's my initial review on the cooling vest. For my first use I was wearing a polyester underarmor type shirt and I wore the vest underneath my mesh high viz vest.

I purchased my cooling vest at my local Cycle Gear. It's their Bilt brand and it was about $35.00. It fit true to size and it was cut short in the front to prevent it from bunching while on the bike. The material, while dry, feels and looks a lot like a quilt.



http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...est/web1001053

I followed the directions on use by submerging the vest in water for a minute or two and then pat it dry so it isn't dripping wet. I suppose you could leave it as wet as you want depending on how wet you mind getting.

I put the vest on before I left work. I instantly felt cooler but I also could tell it would only be a minute or so before I also felt wet. Once I hit the road there was a clear difference in the way I felt. The vest really did make it more comfortable to ride in the 100+ heat provided you don't mind getting wet.

The vest took a very long time to dry even though I let it dry outside where it was nice and hot. I'd say the total dry time was nearly 10 hours. I suspect that it would stay wet for at least a few hours if your were actively driving in such heat.

Once the vest was totally dry, the material became somewhat stiff. It's not hard to fold to put back into my side case but it doesn't retain it's shape while folded.

Overall, I think it's a worthwhile addition to my riding gear although it's not really worth using on a short ride. If these were $50.00, I would do without.

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There's no such thing as enough storage space...

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-04-2012, 09:23 PM
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Thanks for the excellent review....I read one spot where the person said to just fold it wet and place in a ziplock bag and take it out at the point in the trip where the heat is unbearable and you will not mind the wet feeling. Not sure how long it can stay there before an odor develops....
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Nice to know. Thanks for reviewing it.

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Thanks for the excellent review....I read one spot where the person said to just fold it wet and place in a ziplock bag and take it out at the point in the trip where the heat is unbearable and you will not mind the wet feeling. Not sure how long it can stay there before an odor develops....
I actually soaked mine in a ziplock bag. I considered traveling with it full of water but I was concerned the bag might rupture in my trunk.

I also don't think it would be good to leave it that way too long. It would either begin to smell or it would begin to deteriorate in the water.

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I actually soaked mine in a ziplock bag. I considered traveling with it full of water but I was concerned the bag might rupture in my trunk.

I also don't think it would be good to leave it that way too long. It would either begin to smell or it would begin to deteriorate in the water.
Agree with your comments but the comment I was referring to after the vest has been soaked just dump the excess water or place in empty ziplock bag, so if it is cool in the morning and hot by mid day, haul it out and then it put on....

And you are right, I would worry about mold or odors if left more then a day....
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Agree with your comments but the comment I was referring to after the vest has been soaked just dump the excess water or place in empty ziplock bag, so if it is cool in the morning and hot by mid day, haul it out and then it put on....

And you are right, I would worry about mold or odors if left more then a day....
I understand now. That would probably work pretty good. And you're right. Once you're hot, you won't mind the wet feeling at all.

I actually think this vest would work pretty well with nothing between it and your body. Then you could put on a dry shirt whenever you stop riding.

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Good and candid review. I wish we had the weather, over here, to warrant using one!
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Good and candid review. I wish we had the weather, over here, to warrant using one!
105 degrees isn't all it is cracked up to be.

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105 degrees isn't all it is cracked up to be.
No kidding! That's 40 degrees Celsius.

Funny, but it seems much cooler when you read it in Celsius.

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No kidding! That's 40 degrees Celsius.

Funny, but it seems much cooler when you read it in Celsius.

Just a taste of it wouldn't go amiss though...

The hottest it's ever got here, in the UK, is 38.5 C (101.3 F), back in 2003.
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