Cooling vest recommendation - again

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Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by SSchultz » Fri May 26, 2017 7:17 pm

Is there an alternative to the HyperKewl vests? I mean not the evaporative system, the one that constantly needs movement of air to work. I got a HypKewl cooling cap and wrist bands, they're- what's the technical word- crap.
I'm looking for a vest that can be worn under heavy garments with no ventilation, the type with cooling pack inserts. Might be useful as well when I'm out on the bike in the summer :D
I looked on fleabay and amazon but couldn't see anything decent.

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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by Peirre » Sat May 27, 2017 5:19 am

I have the techniche hyperkewl vest and found it works ok, even in 40'c southern Spanish heat but I do use it with a full mesh suit. The only negative I've found is the occasional dripping down the arse crack moment. If your trying to use your hyperkewl with out ventilation then that where the problem is

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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by SteveR » Sat May 27, 2017 7:42 am

I'm looking for a vest that can be worn under heavy garments with no ventilation, the type with cooling pack inserts. Might be useful as well when I'm out on the bike in the summer
Something of a quandry in wearing heavy gear in Summer....? ;-) Safety kit for work I guess...? Iced gelpacks could work with pouches on a jacket? Can you not find a lightweight fishermans vest with a million pockets that would take gelpacks? Failing that, get something similar and get a local seamstress* in the localtown to sew pockets into a shirt??

I have seen American summer kit advertised that uses power from the bike, but have no idea how well it works and or indeed how expensive, or more of relevance, do you want a powered vest!

Gotta say I found Hyperkewl vest to be superb under a mesh jacket in high temps and also when trail riding in Spain two years ago. It even worked in slow speed forest work, as long as you have even a smidge of airflow.


* Bound to be a Polish or Latvian lady somewhere near doing great work for not much :-)

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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by johnnyboxer » Sat May 27, 2017 7:59 am

Simples
Don't wear heavy kit in summer
It's not hard
Buy some better gear
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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by SSchultz » Sat May 27, 2017 10:33 am

Found this at a somewhat good price, new £70 delivered.

Will test it in a couple weeks, feeling positive (thumbs)


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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by SteveR » Sat May 27, 2017 12:22 pm

SSchultz wrote:Found this at a somewhat good price, new £70 delivered.

Will test it in a couple weeks, feeling positive (thumbs)

Pop it in the freezer job?

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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by SSchultz » Sat May 27, 2017 8:34 pm

Not sure, it has gel pads not ice packs. Are they freezer rechargeable or how do they work?

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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by SteveR » Sat May 27, 2017 9:00 pm

SSchultz wrote:Not sure, it has gel pads not ice packs. Are they freezer rechargeable or how do they work?
Lob em in the freezer by the look of things, or possibly the whole vest! They use the same type for use on injuries and rehab.

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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by Stuartw » Sat May 27, 2017 9:31 pm

Don't forget a nice simple fix of soaking a buff in water, popping it on and off you go. Will keep you surprisingly cool on a hot day.
Carry a bottle of water to refresh it

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Re: Cooling vest recommendation - again

Post by Peirre » Sun May 28, 2017 7:47 am

Stuartw wrote:Don't forget a nice simple fix of soaking a buff in water, popping it on and off you go. Will keep you surprisingly cool on a hot day.
The initial problem was that due to the heavy kit the OP is wearing there was insufficient airflow reaching anything designed to cool him, so I doubt a wet buff would fail

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