Grand Prix 500
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
Cooling Vests - Phase Change vs. Evaporative
Summer is here and I am sure there is no more timely a subject as how to keep cool while on those long rides. Hyperthermia is as dangerous as Hypothermia when it comes to riding. Obviously staying hydrated and protecting the skin from the sun are priority one but what about cooling vests?
Phase change vests are expensive but offer the most dramatic difference in cooling. Evaporative cooling vests are relatively inexpensive but require air circulation and low humidity to work.
The phase change cool packs are advertised to last 2 to 2.5 hrs and can be recharged in ice water in 20 to 30 min.
The evaporative cooling vests last as long as they are wet so it depends on humidity and air movement. They are easily recharged by simply soaking in cold water and ringing out slightly.
Anybody have any experience with either of these types of vests? Any recommendations?