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Old 06-24-11, 02:34 PM   #1
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Ice vest or ice sock?

I hate the cold; however, I seem to have an overheating problem ...

breaking off from the other thread (about gulping too damn much water to compensate), I found something: ice socks and ice vests. Apparently racers tie a sock full of ice to the back of their neck to keep cool... which I guess works. Crude, but effective.

Lots of expensive stuff out there for ice vests, though. They look bulky, crude, and gimmicky. Might work, but looks like they're **** by design: a proper cooling vest would use insulation on the outside to prevent the ice from absorbing environmental heat, producing cooling by direct cooling the back as the ice melts and the water runs down your body and out of the cold area.

I've been looking at the StaCool vests, and some budget stuff ... The StaCool site is nice, but puts me off a bit (too much market fluff, and they make the good argument about budget vests--but then, attacking other products is also a confidence trick, too). Their cooling packs are a polymer that I can't find details on--do you soak it in water? Freeze it? What? I can't even figure out how to buy extras if they fail. Also their standard vest is $210, form-fit, can go under a jersey; their $250 offering is insulated on the outside, but bulky.

There are some other pricey ones I haven't run through; I'm expecting more of the same. Lots of desperate marketing from an undeveloped niche market, not much meat. All I know is Garmin uses these for warming up, and pro cyclists seem to just stick with a sock on their neck during the race itself.

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Old 06-24-11, 02:48 PM   #2
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Base Layer. They are not only for when it is cold. I have a couple- the long sleeve warm one for winter and those Cooler than average spring and summer days- and a summer one. The summer one is like a string vest and with a thin summer weight jersey will get air circualting next to the skin. It also helps wick away sweat so stops that clammy feeling that comes with the wicking jersey that doesn't work.

But Hot summers day and you are going to sweat and you are going to get hot. Easy cure for this and that is to wear the No-No material of a cotton T shirt. It will hold the sweat in the material and your foreward movement through the air will make it cold. Any Sweat will not wick away and just stay on the T.
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Yeah that's exactly what's not working. I overheated in loose shorts and a light compression shirt (a Zensah, actually, that I got off an Israeli Military Surplus store) at 70F ambient, after coming to a stop from 30.5mph. I'm looking for additional cooling.
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I have a cooling vest from a local company called CooLine. It uses evaporative cooling. The problem is that around this area of the country, when it's hot, it's also humid, so this type of cooling vest is not very effective.

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Spary water from your camel back on your (cotton) t-shirt. That's been working for me for 2 plus decades. Recently started loading the camel back with ice cubes.

There guys were advertising at the top:

http://www.constructiongear.com/mira...FRE3gwoduAs8hA

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