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Old 08-12-19, 09:53 AM
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Mesh backpack that holds a bunch of water bottles?

Anyone know where I can buy this? I actually want it for filling with loose ice during hot summer rides. Let it melt and drip all over me. Can't seem to find where I can buy this though.

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Old 08-12-19, 11:11 AM
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Best idea ever!
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Old 08-12-19, 11:38 AM
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Original one was introduced by Sportful in 2014. Don't seem to make them anymore.

Carry all that weight for more than a short distance looks miserable.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Original one was introduced by Sportful in 2014. Don't seem to make them anymore.

Carry all that weight for more than a short distance looks miserable.
Thanks for the info! Note that I plan to fill it with loose ice. The weight decreases as it melts.
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Originally Posted by Gatorfreak View Post
Thanks for the info! Note that I plan to fill it with loose ice. The weight decreases as it melts.
Sorry. I missed the "loose ice" part. I was thinking frozen bottles.
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Old 08-12-19, 12:18 PM
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"Desert" water bag -- canvas evaporative water cooling bag used for camping. Fill with crushed ice. It'll dribble cold water and continue to chill even after the ice has melted. Works relatively better in hotter, dryer climates. Might not work as well in Florida after the ice melts and water reaches ambient temperature.
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Old 08-12-19, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Gatorfreak View Post
Thanks for the info! Note that I plan to fill it with loose ice. The weight decreases as it melts.
Physics would like to have a talk with you.

You'd do better filling a camelback with ice. Of course...on days where you really need it--you'll be carrying around ambient-temp water in an hour or two anyway.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Physics would like to have a talk with you.

You'd do better filling a camelback with ice. Of course...on days where you really need it--you'll be carrying around ambient-temp water in an hour or two anyway.
I specifically want a mesh or other water-permeable material so the melted water drips all over me and ultimately onto the ground (or maybe onto the person behind me?). No carrying water.

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Old 08-12-19, 01:30 PM
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I think any cheap backpack would work fine.
They are not waterproof in the slightest, so stuff them with crushed ice and voila!

Only problem is that it will look funny, riding dripping wet with a wobbly backpack.
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I have a mesh Jansport backpack that I've been using since 1996. It's just a simple school backpack, single big compartment and a single outside pocket, it's just made out of mesh. It's still going strong. If the only thing you put in it is those water bottles I think it would fit. I always ride with mine, although I carry food and gear in the big compartment and tools in the outer pocket. Total weight 12.6 pounds.

I see several on search. No guarantee they're still bombproof.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=mesh+jansport+backpack&t=ffsb

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Old 08-12-19, 02:35 PM
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Rapha should totally make that backpack in the photo.

Never saw such a contraption and I learned something today. It is the very definition of the word "Domestique."

An enterprising individual could make money with that.


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Old 08-12-19, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Gatorfreak View Post
I specifically want a mesh or other water-permeable material so the melted water drips all over me and ultimately onto the ground
They do make vests that serve this purpose.

icevests.com
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Old 08-13-19, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
They do make vests that serve this purpose.

icevests.com

Hmmm..... anyone here have any experience with this? Thoughts?
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Old 08-13-19, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Physics would like to have a talk with you.
???
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Old 08-13-19, 06:00 PM
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Hmmm..... anyone here have any experience with [ice vests]? Thoughts?
I've never used one, but some of the pros at this year's Tour de France were wearing them before the stages.

CNN - Tour de France riders are strapping on ice vests and guzzling water amid a scorching heat wave
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I remember when this popped up during the TDF a few years ago. 2014 sounds right. Good solution for the domestique to haul water bottles up to the team.

Outside of that rather specific use case, it's one of those things that seems awesome until you think it through a bit.

There are many other solutions to carry more water on the bike. Actually grabbing the bottles out of this would be challenging, as it seems designed more for other riders to grab the bottles.

As far as carrying around loose ice to melt... I'm not sure this would be the most practical "stay cool" solution. I've used ice socks before -- women's nylons filled with ice, stuff down the back of the jersey -- but for anything much more than 30 minutes ice is kind of useless.

Plus it ends up running down your body, down the back of your legs, and right into your socks. So now you're hot and riding with wet socks.

The ice vest is interesting. Seems like a lot of hassle. I just try to acclimate and drink plenty of fluids.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Carry all that weight for more than a short distance looks miserable.
I agree, that's goign to be heavier than it looks. I wouldn't carry that many water bottles unless I was riding across the desert. A hydration pack like a Camelbak would work a lot better, then you'd at least have a tube coming off the back and wouldn't have to stop to pull a bottle out to take a drink.
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Old 08-15-19, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
As far as carrying around loose ice to melt... I'm not sure this would be the most practical "stay cool" solution. I've used ice socks before -- women's nylons filled with ice, stuff down the back of the jersey -- but for anything much more than 30 minutes ice is kind of useless.

Plus it ends up running down your body, down the back of your legs, and right into your socks. So now you're hot and riding with wet socks.
And on the rides I'd need cooling off, I'd need the ice much later in the ride, not early during the cooler morning hours when I usually start out.
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