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Old 08-14-2013, 11:23 PM   #46
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Here in the So Cal deserts summer riding is off the charts hot. Hydration is key for me, and trying to time the cross-desert rides for cooler parts of the day.

If I'm heading north, and gotta ride Baker-Las Vegas, I'll leave home at 2:30 a.m. and try to get across the desert before my brain fries.

Also, my KLIM Latitude suit is surprisingly cool. I close the vents above 95f and that helps. Still, when it's 110f plus, I'd rather not ride.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:52 PM   #47
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If it is over 95 and humid, it sucks to do anything outside, no matter what you wear. I think a lot of people forget that. Just walking to an air conditioned car sucks. No venting, mesh or t-shirt will make it any better. Its just friggin' hot.

I still think one of the phase change vests would be the only way to cool off when it is humid.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:16 PM   #48
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I get used to it.

My aerostitch thermometer hit 103.5 yesterday on the ride home...and I'm always in leather.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #49
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Nothing is cooler than that!!
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:34 PM   #50
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:38 PM   #51
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I employ the wet cotton tee shirt method.

I made a collar out of 1/8" silicone tubing. It's worn over the tee shirt and under a mesh jacket. There are holes in the collar at strategic locations. Water is pumped from the Camelback with a few squeezes on the bulb.



BTW, temperatures were 112° on my 35 mile commute home last night. It will be warmer tonight.

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #52
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I just saved that picture. I like that idea.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:06 PM   #53
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I've always worn mesh when it gets above 80 or so and it's served me well. However about 2 weeks ago it was a little over 100 and I had a 110 mile ride to do. About 75 miles in I wasn't doing so good. Feeling a little weak, very dry mouth, was a dumbass and didn't bring water with me.

Blessedly I found a farmer watering a crop and just sat there letting the sprinkler soak me for a good 15 min. Yup, riding gear all on, soaked right through. Couldn't have gotten any wetter if I would have jumped in a lake.

Got on the bike and let me tell you, 20 mph soaking wet in 100 degree heat and you can still get cold! Didn't care tho, it felt good after the previous 75 miles. Dried out completely in about 15 miles and was close enough to home by then to deal with it.

Definitely going to try the covering up method above 95 or so. And something other than black gear for sure.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:55 AM   #54
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My only real experience was running mesh jacket+wet vest from So Cal to Mesquite in 110-120* heat. Made a point to stay well hydrated. I actually didn't don the wet vest until 110.

I had heard the theory of covering up more when above 100*, but quite frankly enjoyed the airflow. Was behind a good windshield though. Wet vest dried out every 60-80 miles, but stopping made it easy to stay hydrated.

I don't want to offer this as real "advice" as covering up may have worked a whole bunch better, and I've never tried it. But given the environment, I was very impressed with the level of comfort. This was also the desert (dry), so evaporative cooling was extremely effective.

Based on what I've read, having the wet vest and goodshield was the only thing that allowed the mesh jacket work at 110*+ (Raising humidity and lowering wind speed)
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