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Does anyone have any thoughts on these? I'm going to be riding around the country the first couple weeks of July, and will be in the SE and SW where it's going to be HOT and HOT and HUMID.

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You'll need one for your Butt more then a jacket

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Does anyone have any thoughts on these? I'm going to be riding around the country the first couple weeks of July, and will be in the SE and SW where it's going to be HOT and HOT and HUMID.

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I've never used one. My body always seems to acclimate to the climate just fine, but I know folks who use them and like them.




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Camelbacks are good for bulk water. I'd prefer to have a small cooler with G2 on ice though.
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Working on the Flight Deck all day the CamelBak was a God send. However, riding is suppose to be a bit more fun. Stopping every few hours for gas, a drink, stretch the legs and pay the rent gives me a bit of a break and keeps me alert. I don't feel the need to hydrate while riding but I could see an advantage for those who want to put the most number of miles on in the shortest time possible. Of course what goes in...

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Personally I'd rather just stop to hydrate

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I keep a bottle on the bars for water. And a cooler in one of the bags, I freeze several bottles and plenty of water for the day and keeps it cold as well. I've never used a cooling vest but I know wearing a camel back adds weight and body heat will warm the water.

I like breaks often for a bit of stretch and back on for more miles so switching out water or grabbing a snack is easy.

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Here is my experience with a cooling vest under mesh jacket.

I have ridden all day in 100 degree weather with a cooling vest. On our way back from Dubois, WY last year we made our last stop the first day in Chadron, Ne. The other riders in the group were exhausted from the heat. I could have ridden another 200 miles with no problem.

On another trip back from Colorado we were in 100 degree heat again. When we stopped for a break I noticed a rider was in trouble. He had borrowed a cooling vest but wasn't wearing it. We got it under water and had him put it on as we'll as his mesh jacket. He was amazed at how much it helped and was able to ride to our stop. Keeping the sun off skin also helps.

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Here is my experience with a cooling vest under mesh jacket.

I have ridden all day in 100 degree weather with a cooling vest. On our way back from Dubois, WY last year we made our last stop the first day in Chadron, Ne. The other riders in the group were exhausted from the heat. I could have ridden another 200 miles with no problem.

On another trip back from Colorado we were in 100 degree heat again. When we stopped for a break I noticed a rider was in trouble. He had borrowed a cooling vest but wasn't wearing it. We got it under water and had him put it on as we'll as his mesh jacket. He was amazed at how much it helped and was able to ride to our stop. Keeping the sun off skin also helps.
I have never tried a cooling vest. Most of the time I just avoid the high heat areas.

But; I do use a camelbac. Staying hydrated a rider can go farther with more leftover energy, just like with the cooling vest story. If you wait till you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
When I was a ski patroller, I carried water in my pack. It was hard to get out and I drank less water. Once I switch to a water bladder (with a hose) inside my pack I found the extra fuel from being hydrated.
If I'm riding solo, I will put the Camelbac on the back seat with some of the load. If I'm riding 2 up, I have a large fanny pack that I put a water bladder in and spin it around in front of me.
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Most convenient stores have a soda machine with ice and water. Ask to fill up you bottle. If they let you and most will; fill it up with mostly ice. The ice from a ice machine is purified water if the ice is cubes. (drinking water from different areas can sometimes make a person sick)
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My solution for staying hydrated is inserting the bladder from a camelbac into my tank bag. I fill it with ice, then with water in the space that's left and wrap it in a towel that goes around it a few times for insulation. I attach the clamp onto a left edge of the tank bag and that way, I can sip while under way with both hands on the bars. Works great for long hauls in hot weather as I don't have to stop to hydrate.
I haven't tried a cooling vest yet, but it sounds like a good way to go. I have been using cool ties for many years with good results.
If ever you come across a rider having physical problems in the heat, have him drink a lot of water on the spot and tell him to keep drinking during his ride. Riding dehydrates a body rapidly. The more skin you have exposed, the faster you dehydrate.

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While not required, but certainly advantageous, cooling vests can and do keep one's energy level up. This said... the only time that I have had the need for one was when I was crossing Death Valley when it was 136 degrees in the shade. Remember that your body's regular temperature is 98.6 degrees... and sweat is the way that we regulate that.

So we sweat... so we need to hydrate... as already mentioned, I carry frozen bottles of water and carry one in my cup holder and drink from it as it melts.

Have a great ride...

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