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Re: Keeping cool in the Dog Days of summer
- Subject: Re: Keeping cool in the Dog Days of summer
- From: Robert Silas <robert.silas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 10:45:16 -0400
Thanks for the write up, interesting.
Is there any chance to find a helmet which offers some kind of cooling system???
On my way from Montreal to Detroit, I got into a traffic jamb at Kingston on the 401. One lane was closed and the open lane blocked solid. We were standing without any rolling for 25 minutes. Of course I turned the boxer off and eventually I took my helmet off too, to prevent fainting. It was bright, sunny weather and 33-35 C. (93-96 F.); I have a thermometer on the bike.
I hung my full-face helmet on the mirror. Slowly, we started to crawl, 5-8 feet at a time. As lucky as I am, a police car was parked in the closed lane in the middle of the construction. A young and eager officer turned on lights, flashers, sirens, jumped out of the air-conditioned police cruiser and pulled me aside, thinking that "I'll get this 79 years old bustard".
He gave me a $110.- ticket saying: "today you rode without a helmet".
He carried the law to the extreme. I could have used a cooled helmet.
Bob Silas, '94 RS
----- Original Message -----
From: Bruno Valeri
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:31 PM
Subject: Keeping cool in the Dog Days of summer
Riding in hot weather can sometimes be a bit of a struggle, especially with
the current spate of hot weather.
But there are some gear options that can make this much more bearable.
One option is to wear an evaporative cooling vest. Though cooling vests are
at their best in hot and dry climates, they can also offer benefit in
humid climates. There are quite a few on the market to choose from.
I have a review up on my website for the Joe Rocket Sahara vest.
Though the review deals with one model in particular, the concepts and
comments can be
applied to most quality evaporative vests.
A good cooling vest will lower your level of body heat stress and fatigue.
It will even make sitting in traffic more bearable. Something to consider.
Another option is a good pair of mesh or breathable pants that don't
significantly compromise on safety.
You can definitely be stewing in your own juices when wearing regular riding
pants in more extreme
weather. Again, a good pair of vented pants will lower your heat stress.
As example, I have a review and comments up on the Teknic Supervent pants.