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Old 07-11-12, 07:55 AM   #1
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Cooling Vest

Does anyone use a COOLING VEST? I have MS and the heat we have been getting here at the Jersey Shore has been keeping me off the bike and in the house. I have been researching the cooling vest as an option to get out and start riding... however there are no reviews on the one I have found on AMAZON.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ASVP5ZC56BDXR

Just wondering if anyone on here who lives in the warmer climates uses anything to try and be a little more comfortable....

I am probably going to order this next payday... so any input of any kind would be helpful.
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Get it and try it out. Be the first one to review it and let us know how you like it.
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and when are we going to ride???????????????????
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and when are we going to ride???????????????????
I have only been venturing out in the later evening as of recent... the heat is KILLING me... I can't even ride to work as it is too hot at 3 when I am supposed to ride home... been over a year since I have had an attack, so I am overly cautious of the heat which is a major trigger... so.... with all that in mind you tell me... lol!
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attack of?
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MS... it is easier to call it an attack, instead of an exacerbation. Last one I was having trouble walking let alone riding a bike. I was diagnosed June 14, 2011. and have ridden 887 miles since then.... got my TREK in August, so I am using that as my goal for a 1000 miles...
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get the vest bro and try it out! It might help you.

You will love winter time then. I LOVE riding in the winter!
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I already do love riding in the winter, just gotta try and find some good gloves this year!
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I have only been venturing out in the later evening as of recent... the heat is KILLING me... I can't even ride to work as it is too hot at 3 when I am supposed to ride home... been over a year since I have had an attack, so I am overly cautious of the heat which is a major trigger... so.... with all that in mind you tell me... lol!

Evening is a good time to cycle for me, as I'm not a morning person. I've found that in order to extend my ride length I've needed to purchase a decent headlight so I can see where I'm going. I highly recommend getting a good headlight, and embracing nightcycling. It's very fun!!
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I highly recommend the NiteRider 150.... very bright, and usb recharble off my work computer for my early morning commutes. I have 2 of them one on the bike and one on my helmet. Thank's for the advice
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I'm a little dubious on the idea that wearing an extra layer will cool you off. Also, nylon and polyester feel really clammy when they're wet and against your skin. I wouldn't buy one unless I knew other people they worked for, and even then I'd probably want to borrow one and find out for myself.
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I rode last night around 7:30 pm and it was really nice. I am more of an early morning/day rider so the evening time ride was nice! The only "issue" was the sun was going down and it created a bad glare for the drivers.
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It's going to be a scorcher tomorrow, at 82 F. I might have to ride my bike to one of the beaches and go for a swim to beat the unbearable heat.

But please don't think I'm getting into triathlon.
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I rode last night around 7:30 pm and it was really nice. I am more of an early morning/day rider so the evening time ride was nice! The only "issue" was the sun was going down and it created a bad glare for the drivers.
I rode around the same time last night, first time it was cool enough for me to venture out... 15.6 miles along the river / bay.
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It's going to be a scorcher tomorrow, at 82 F. I might have to ride my bike to one of the beaches and go for a swim to beat the unbearable heat.

But please don't think I'm getting into triathlon.
If 82 is going to be a scorcher, I am going to move over there!!!! It has become very common to see triple digits on our thermometers this year...
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Interesting idea. Had never heard of this. Here is a site with a single "review".

http://www.allclimategear.com/hyperk...-cooling-vest/

And the company's website.

http://www.techniche-intl.com/en/cat...sts/index.html

Seems to be a bunch of stuff on YouTube, too.
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If 82 is going to be a scorcher, I am going to move over there!!!! It has become very common to see triple digits on our thermometers this year...
Oh, you don't want to move here. It rains.



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Rec, here is a great article on cooling vests for people with MS and what works best where: http://www.activemsers.org/tipstrick...olingvest.html

Purely evaporative vests don't seem like a good choice in humid climates like your's. Maybe one of the phase change vests, that are cooled ahead of time and stay cool for a few hours, is your best bet.

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Good on you for not letting MS keep you off the bike! I've never used a vest like that but if there is much humidity I don't think it'll work too well. One thing you might try is filling a camelbak bladder or something similar with ice and strapping it on your back. That will help your core body temperature down and you can also drink the cold water as it melts or you can drip the cold water on your legs. That really helps me. If I can keep my legs cool I'm usually pretty good.
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rec, here is a great article on cooling vests for people with ms and what works best where: http://www.activemsers.org/tipstrick...olingvest.html

purely evaporative vests don't seem like a good choice in humid climates like your's. Maybe one of the phase change vests, that are cooled ahead of time and stay cool for a few hours, is your best bet.
thanks Gold!!!!!!

That is an awesome page and I will try the cheaper one , but am saving my pennies to get a better one that is recommended!!

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I bought my ex a cooling vest for the motorcycle when we lived in Vegas. He said it helped if it was allowed to soak up the water before he left work and headed home.
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During the Tour of California the riders put 'ice stockings' down their backs. Nylon stockings, put in some ice cubes, twist, put in some more, twist... like they used to store onions if anyone is familiar with that. Time trials in 100+ heat, baby.
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