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Old 06-06-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question Cool vest?

Ok well summer months are upon us and its hot as ...I don't ride the streets much anymore but I saw a write up about cool vest at the end of summer last year. WELL im gonna buy one soon and im going to incorporate using it at work under my fire gear while fighting fires and under my tracksuit at the track.

I would like to know your thoughts about using them? Which Cool vest do u have? How long does it keep you cool? Namebrand cool vest vs. Cheap cool vest? I would like to hear about your experience with them
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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Ok well summer months are upon us and its hot as ...I don't ride the streets much anymore but I saw a write up about cool vest at the end of summer last year. WELL im gonna buy one soon and im going to incorporate using it at work under my fire gear while fighting fires and under my tracksuit at the track.

I would like to know your thoughts about using them? Which Cool vest do u have? How long does it keep you cool? Namebrand cool vest vs. Cheap cool vest? I would like to hear about your experience with them
Click on the link or copy and paste to your browser. I have this one, it keeps you cooler, I want to emphesis cooler not cool, for about two hours. But you can stop and resoak when you get gas.

http://store.mm411.com/index.cfm?fus...&ParentCat=294
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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I was thinking of buying a water backpack. To atleast keep you hydrated. But this seems like a better idea
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:52 PM   #4
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Ok well summer months are upon us and its hot as ...I don't ride the streets much anymore but I saw a write up about cool vest at the end of summer last year. WELL im gonna buy one soon and im going to incorporate using it at work under my fire gear while fighting fires and under my tracksuit at the track.

I would like to know your thoughts about using them? Which Cool vest do u have? How long does it keep you cool? Namebrand cool vest vs. Cheap cool vest? I would like to hear about your experience with them
if youre referring to the one that has frozen blocks in it (sorta like the blue thing in your lunch box) then i would advise AGAINST it.

I use those when i'm training in my Army Hazmat suits, and they suck. They will keep you cool for about 20 minutes and then they melt. once they melt you now have a heavy water filled vest attached to you..

My advise. Stay hydrated, get acclimated, and avoid record heat days.

....if your NOT referring to that one..then disregard.

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Was thinking about this one..
http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...T_Cooling_Vest
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Evaporative cooling does not work so well in Houston because of high humidity. Something like this on the other hand would be worth a shot http://www.mscooling.com/circulatory...0with%20cooler
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Evaporative cooling does not work so well in Houston because of high humidity. Something like this on the other hand would be worth a shot http://www.mscooling.com/circulatory...0with%20cooler
I just don't want to have a water bladder with this vest...it may hurt if go down on it
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I just don't want to have a water bladder with this vest...it may hurt if go down on it

I hear ya. Unfortunately for evaporative cooling to work the air needs to be able to support the evaporation. When the humidity levels are what they are in Houston the evaporative cooling vest will be limited severely. Even the manufactures web sites admit that it will not work in high humidity areas.


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Key Advantages: Light weight, low cost, excellent cooling in dry climates, cools for many hours

Key Limitations: Requires soaking the garment in water, poor performance in high humidity climates, lowest overall cooling energy.
Tust me I would love a cheap non-bulk solution, however our climate does not allow for that. :(
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I tried a cool vest, the type BRYAN refers to.

I have to 100% agree and ad that the othe problem is the bulk. If your suit fits properly the cool vest won't fit. It ads at least a suit size to your bulk.

Hydrate, aclimate, or do something else...

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Old 06-06-2011, 08:45 PM   #11
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George, if you get it, let us know how it works out for you.
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Evaporative cooling does not work period under a bunker coat that is designed to keep steam out. Anything with water in it or another liquid that could turn to steam is also going to be a HUGE no go to use under bunker gear. Can you imagine falling down puncturing the water bladder and having all that turn to steam in an IDLH atmosphere?
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Evaporative cooling does not work period under a bunker coat that is designed to keep steam out. Anything with water in it or another liquid that could turn to steam is also going to be a HUGE no go to use under bunker gear. Can you imagine falling down puncturing the water bladder and having all that turn to steam in an IDLH atmosphere?
No water bladder drop into water pat down and stays cool for 2 hours supposedly its not even suppose to wet ur shirt
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I would go ahead and get it, but for riding only (the soaking kind). I don't think it would work for your fire suit, as the principle here is getting enough flow of "dry" air in there. As soon as the air in your jacket/suit becomes saturated from the evaporation - here it will happen very fast, as the air is very humid - you wont get any more cooling. The only way to repeat the cycle is to introduce fresh air in. I would imagine a fire suit to be very stifling. Now a mesh jacket going at 60 mph, very cool

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Take a look at coolvest.com Phase change cool vest, lasts about 2 1/2 hours at 100 degrees. All natural materials, no danger if inserts rupture.
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Ok this is the Vest I bought today I got to play with it a tad bit..Bilt 39.99 from Cycle Gear
I soaked it in Ice water in the Sink...put it in a Glad tupperware to take it out side cause it was soaking...I hung it up in the sun at 1:45 in the heat today was about 92 degees and took off to run errands. I wanted to see if it would be cool sitting in the sun for a few hours....I got back around 5 and it wasnt very cool:(...So at 5:00pm still about 92 degrees I used just water hose water and soaked it down....for about a minute...I let it hang til about 745 outside again and put it on...the vest was somewhat dry..the wetness dripped off...the wet part of the vest was on the bottom of the vest I rode around with it on over my t-shirt as I rode a hourse as the sun went down didnt break a sweat at all with it on...it was a tad but humid.....my shirt from waist up was dry and the Vest was Cool...NOT COLD...but COOL...tomorrow Ill update again with another experimen
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