Dr.Shifty
A month or so ago I bought one of these hydration vests.
http://coolweave.com.au/MCV.htm

Last week I used it for the first time. I was riding from Newcastle to Wollongong on the thursday they had their 45 degree day. That included the stop/start traffic down Pennant Hills Road and the motorway that skirts Sydney out to the west. 

I soaked the vest - they give you a plastic bag to do this but I just soaked it in the laundry tub for a few minutes - then hung it outside over a bbq chair to drip any excess for a while as I geared up. Over the vest I wore my summer bike jacket made from heavy canvas with armour in elbows etc. rather than my black leather jacket.

The vest performed wonderfully. Riding the Sydney bypass motorway in the mid arvo at 45 degrees at 100 kph my trunk was cool all the way. I could feel the high heat blast on my arms and legs through my jeans and jacket, and especially against my uncovered throat, but my body was cool.

Three hours later I pulled in to my relative's house in Wollongong and the vest was only then starting to feel warm rather than cool. I was surprisingly fresh and not dehydrated which would have happened had my body been trying to cool itself.

If you ride in hot weather I'd recommend this vest without hesitation.
Cheers, Kim.

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crash
Will you guys stop giving me ideas for things to buy.......  you are collectively costing me a fortune [smile]

Now the boss is getting a cooling scarf - go figure [biggrin]
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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crash
No, in all seriousness, the YL does suffer from the heat a lot on the bike (both as pillion and as rider) so anything that will make it a bit more bearable for her is awesome - thanks for the tip.
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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