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Too hot! Got to stay cool IN STYLE. Help.

Old 06-25-10, 04:39 AM
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Too hot! Got to stay cool IN STYLE. Help.

Ok guys and gals I found this site with some Gucci kit. https://www.stacoolvest.com/vests.php Too bad the pirce is too Gucci but man it looks good.

Now I'm trying to find some cooling products that have the least dork appeal that can be worn under a suit or shirt with low visual signiture. I do not have the luxury of a change room or shower and I'm always on call (tech guy here) so I've always got to look snappy.

I tend to be on/off the bike a lot so I don't have time to change into cycling clothes like when I'm on my leisure or training rides.

Need to stay cyro. Last 37C temp almost knocked me out (sleepy in warm/hot temps). This is fricking Canada damn it... WTH was our spring? It's more Winter, Summer, Fall. I'd -kill- for a snow storm right now or 10-15C temps stable.

Anyways bikey bros and sisters out there could you help a mate out with my criteria listed above? Post links to any items and I would REALLY appreciate any info from experience with any of the products.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-25-10, 06:20 AM
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I think a $4 white t-shirt with the sleeves cut off is probably more cool than that vest....style is questionable.

You have to wear a vest under your suit? Or you want something that can be worn under a suit?

Stylish? After a dump truck passes by and sprays your Gucci vest on your downtown commute let me know how stylish it is.
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Old 06-25-10, 06:26 AM
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https://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

try searching around. there are alternatives. we use these on our dogs in field training during Atlanta summers. the dogs love them. without they will work a while and quit. with they will work all day.
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Old 06-25-10, 08:18 AM
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Am I correct that the heat problem is on your ride in and not while you are at work? If so, wear a wicking athletic shirt for the ride, and change into a pressed dress shirt in the bathroom. Wipe yourself down with an alcohol wipe and dry off in between. Three minutes in the stall, tops.
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Old 06-25-10, 08:39 AM
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It's been pretty warm here lately, and I've been wearing my Kool Tie: https://www.rei.com/product/691097

It's not a cure-all, by any means, and sometimes if I use it when it's over-saturated it gets water down the back of my shirt, so whether or not that's better than sweat is probably debatable. I've been popping it in the fridge about an hour before using it, or in the freezer about 20-30 minutes before using it, and that makes it nice and cool when I head out.

Still, it depends on your climate. In some situations it works really well, but lately it's been super-humid as well as hot around here. In that situation, I find that the tie keeps me cool for about 20 minutes of my 40 minute commute. Then it warms up to my body temperature and the humidity keeps it from being super-effective at cooling by evaporation.

But it's definitely better than nothing, and if you're making short jaunts throughout the day, it might work well if you have a fridge you can pop it into when not in use and grab it on the way out the door.

I'm also interested in ways to get to work cool and dry, because that is not how I get there now. And 3 minutes for a wardrobe change in the men's room may be accurate, but I need about a half an hour prior to that to cool down, otherwise I just sweat into my dry clothes. So in reality, even though I keep a change of clothes at the office, I spend at least half an hour looking pretty ratty and certainly less than professional before changing clothes is practical.
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Old 06-25-10, 09:25 AM
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Thanks for the link. I will look into Stacool.

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Old 06-25-10, 09:56 AM
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Your body's way of cooling itself by perspiration is going to work better than anything you can buy. For best results, wear less clothing; and change into work clothes after you get there.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
Your body's way of cooling itself by perspiration is going to work better than anything you can buy. For best results, wear less clothing; and change into work clothes after you get there.
Merino wool works with your body at this. When it's cold out, the wool keeps its insulating properties when it's wet; in the heat, wool does "evaporation cooling." It isn't a quick dry fabric, so as it wicks your sweat away, and this evaporates out of the shirt, it takes some of your body heat with it. That sounds kind of ridiculous, in that you can't really have it both ways ... but I went cycling in a poly tee shirt yesterday, and I can't tell you how much I regretted it.
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but I went cycling in a poly tee shirt yesterday, and I can't tell you how much I regretted it.
Yep, I've experienced the same thing. Plus they stink unbearably.

Cotton works great in the Spring and Summer - it breathes well, is cheap, and holds moisture against you to cool you off.

A lot of people get stuck on the "cotton kills" advice and immediately think they need to buy crappy polyester stuff (which wicks but doesn't breathe, so you sweat 2X as much anyway - and makes you stink 2X as bad) or expensive merino wool or something else. People in the Sahara desert wear long, light-colored, loose-fitting cotton and almost nothing else. It works. They would know it.

I'll take a thin, buttoned cotton shirt in the summer any day.
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^^Yeah, I like cotton too. That plastic stuff is nasty.
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Good point on the cotton. I almost never wear it anymore, so I didn't even think of that. The reason people say "cotton kills" is that it robs you of heat after it gets wet. Maybe wetting it down a bit before you leave on a ride is a good idea?

I find that while I'm actually riding, it's not that hard to stay cool, unless I'm going up a hill. The breeze is a wonderful thing - the only time it ever gets hot up here, is when the wind dies down. But then when I stop moving, I start sweating.
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Old 06-25-10, 12:56 PM
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Cotton does kill,if your trying to stay warm.Works good in the summer when wet to keep you cool.
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Umm...

HTFU?
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
Get a seer sucker suit. They've been worn by sweaty businessmen in the south for years prior to air conditioning.
I'll look into this but still looking for stylish cooling options. Still digging that vest.
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