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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 15:05:50 -0400
My helmet is very light silver colour. My choice of colour based on the "being seen" idea. I have a BMW flip helmet too, the one you need two hands to open, that one has a feature that you can push the whole shield a notch forward. For me it is too tight at the neck, good for people who are sensitive for cold air around the throat. I am not using this helmet, I will sell it.
----- Original Message -----
From: Seattle Dan
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2005 1:20 PM
Subject: RE: Keeping cool in the Dog Days of summer
Robert, sorry for the bum luck!
May I ask -- what color is your helmet? The really "cool" (looking) matt
Personally I have a black Arai Quantum II and a while Arai XD white. The
latter has a far more open design, a visor to keep the sun off my face and
it's white. Overall I find it FAR cooler. I do all my commuting with my
white XD and when I go for a longer (more spirited) ride I'll revert to
wearing the Quantum as the XD has far more wind turbulence / noise.
From: owner-oilheads@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-oilheads@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Robert Silas
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2005 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: Keeping cool in the Dog Days of summer
Thanks for the write up, interesting.
Is there any chance to find a helmet which offers some kind of cooling
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
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
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
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
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.