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JamesK
08-08-07, 11:15 AM
Aside from the roads being total crap, flat and dead straight in the WHOLE of Florida, the summer heat is also a big problem.
I've been using this relatively inexpensive product, a TechNiche's Evaporative Cooling Vest which works amazingly well. The temps here at this time of year usually range in the high 90Fs to mid 100F and this vest makes it possible (bearable) to ride ATGATT. This is the vest Iím using, itís so thin that you hardly even even notice it under your mesh bike jacket. IMHO this product could be quite useful in the Tokyo summer temps also.


Evaporative Cooling
6529 Standard Sport Vests
http://www.techniche-intl.com/images/techniche/cooling_apparel/evaporative_cooling/vests/6529.jpg
Simple V-neck w/ zipper closure; work for a wide range of people and uses
Comfortable, quilted nylon outer w/polymer embedded fabric inner, water-repellant nylon liner, and black cotton-poly elastic trim
Silver, Black, Royal Blue, Hi Viz Lime, Desert Camo
XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Custom sizes available
http://www.techniche-intl.com/content/b ... gory/5/27/ (http://www.techniche-intl.com/content/blogcategory/5/27/)
You can buy one directly from the company by sending them an email or calling them, it costs around $40 and I believe they can send it International.


To find an authorized Dealer near you, contact us directly at 1-8888-BE-COOL (1-888-823-2665) and 1-87-STAY-WARM (1-877-829-9276), or e-mail us at info@techniche-intl.com.

theDude
08-08-07, 01:24 PM
how does it work? dunk it in water/hose it down and as it evaporates, you get cool?

pretty neat.

Twinrider
08-08-07, 01:48 PM
Pretty cool, James, thanks for posting that. Might give it a shot.

Man, Florida sounds like a bummer for riding, can't bug your boss to relocate in Colorado -- or even Georgia? :o

JamesK
08-08-07, 01:51 PM
how does it work? dunk it in water/hose it down and as it evaporates, you get cool?
pretty neat.

There's not much to it, the FAQ pretty much says it all. The vest is coated with a protective agent so will feel a little slimy the first couple of times you use it, so you can either wash it first or just go ahead and use it, it does not stain your closes...

http://www.techniche-intl.com/content/v ... vaporative (http://www.techniche-intl.com/content/view/221/98/#evaporative)


EVAPORATIVE COOLING PRODUCTS

Q: Is PEF (Polymer Embedded Fabric) safe?
A: Yes. It contains non-toxic polymer crystals.
Q: How does it work?
A: Our PEF is sewn into the lining of all our garments. The PEF absorbs water very quickly and releases it very slowly for extended cooling from evaporation.
Q: How long do I hydrate the garments?
A: 1-3 minutes.
Q: Can the products be reused?
A: Yes. Just make sure you hang them to dry when not in use.
Q: How much will the items weigh?
A: You control the weight of your garment by how long you hydrate it.
Q: Can I silk screen and/or embroider the products?
A: Yes.
Q: How can I wash the garments?
A: In order to maintain the longest life of the product and PEF it is best to wash the garments with a gentle soap and brush.

Geezer
08-08-07, 03:03 PM
Hey, this sounds pretty neat. Bloody hot here too, right now. Hit over 35C on the weekend. They also seem to make a cooling skull cap, which could stop my brain from boiling inside the helmet. :firestarter:

I've sent them a message, asking if they'd ship to Japan.

Re. Florida, I warned you! :fist: But no ... you seem to be under the delusion that a job is more important than motorcycles.