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Old 08-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #16
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@ Robert_W, I am 37 and there is the distinct possibility I am nuts.
@ hooliken, I've been sucking it up and... well... it sucks.

I like the idea of the cooling vests and balaclavas. I'll certainly try the wet long sleeve shirt idea for starters, but I anticipate the Florida humidity to kill the benefits of evaporative cooling. I also like the idea of stuffing all the pockets with ice packs.

As for the mesh gear... I am a paramedic and have seen some of it not hold up so well. Maybe it was brand related, maybe it was old, maybe it already had damage, who knows. It scared me away from it. I prefer something more than a screen door between me and the asphalt. I have seen way too many injuries that I don't want any part of to not to wear full gear. I know the consequence of that is being hot, hence my questions to you guys.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #17
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mesh gear to about 95 ish. Then solid gear, with ICE in pockets, good for 30 to 45 miles. Then get more ice, bit intense at first, worth it. (95 and 99% humidity, ice is the only thing that can work. With the rain in Missouri recently, riding is difficult.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:10 PM   #18
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Many here advising the wet vests..these really only work in low humidity..they only work where they can evaporate..like a swamp cooler..near worthless in even moderate humidity.

I commonly rode in heat in excess of 110 in the desert..no big deal really..seal all your vents and keep any air from blowing across you..like some have said, cover up in excess of mid nineties. The warmest temp I ever rode thru was 126..Baker Ca..on the way to a weekend of tire shreeding in Seqouia..but this was all in humidity aless than 10%

Ice...the only thing that works...a wet tshirt to some extent..but if you have a jacket that zips to your pants, ziplock bag some ice and stuff on the shelf formed and let it rest above your kidneys..works wonders..
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:29 PM   #19
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Stay hydrated. Replenish your electrolytes. Follow these 2 guidelines and your body can tolerate considerable hardship. My gear fits 2 hydration bladders on crazy-hot days. One gets icewater. One gets iced Gatorade.

If you're worried about mesh standing up to abrasion, use high-denier Kevlar mesh. The other textiles are just a bit better than denim, but Kevlar and Twaron will withstand some serious abrasion.

Wear CoolMax or similar next to your skin.

Packing your pockets with ice sounds comfy.

When you rest, find someplace that at least offers shade. A breeze is good too.

Avoid routes with a lot of stopping...stoplights, traffic, etc.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:07 PM   #20
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Klim mesh pants and a Revit airwave jacket. I ride in up to 110 degree heat (albeit dry heat). Works for me. Also, the dirtbike lid/goggle combo is a lot cooler than my black Arai Corsair V.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:15 AM   #21
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Confused about going from mesh back to solid in the mid-90s... What's the theory behind that?
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:01 AM   #22
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Mesh and beads

Some praise high tech under garments but there's nothing like the feel of soft cotton under mesh pants and jacket. I'm one of those who sweat buckets when in close proximity to leather or vinyl seat material, so this time of year I do the beads on my Russell and it's amazing how much air flows between there.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:03 AM   #23
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Confused about going from mesh back to solid in the mid-90s... What's the theory behind that?
Above that temperature the air moving over your skin is actually adding heat, not cooling you at all...
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #24
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Mesh is good to about 93 degrees. Anything above that it is better to cover up.
That is my experience as well. I have an Aceris Klima enduro jacket/pant and a vented TPG jacket/pant. They are both waterproof. After riding the high desert over 100 degrees in a T shirt for a few hours, I found that when it's really hot it is better to wear the jacket and pants to cover up. Can ride a lot longer that way.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #25
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Out here in the Phoenix area, I wear under armour shirts, and soak them in cold water when I can. This makes me comfy for about 30-45 min, enough for my commute. And a gallon of 110 octane, and the rest 91 keeps the Uly happy in the heat!
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:53 AM   #26
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Mesh is good to about 93 degrees. Anything above that it is better to cover up.
I agree, but would set that temperature at about 98 (body temp).

I have ridden across California's Central Valley when it was 115 degrees, and it was cooler to close the face shield. With it open, it felt like a blast furnace at 65 mph.

I just drink a lot of water/Gatorade.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:39 PM   #27
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Another reason to keep covered up is to avoid wind burn. It happens at all temperatures, but happens faster as you dry out.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:04 PM   #28
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Confused about going from mesh back to solid in the mid-90s... What's the theory behind that?
Read this..great article.

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Old 08-13-2013, 12:52 PM   #30
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Many here advising the wet vests..these really only work in low humidity..they only work where they can evaporate..like a swamp cooler..near worthless in even moderate humidity.
I have one of those vests from Cycle gear like the one pictured in this thread. I live in South Florida. I find the vest helps even when the humidity is high if you are at highway speeds. Even in a high humidity the hot air can dry you out at speed. Slow down and they don't help much at all. I feel cooler in just mesh gear if riding around town.
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