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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Gear To Keep You Cool

Living in Phoenix AZ it gets bloody hot here and if we want to ride in the Summer it will be over 100 degrees all the time. (I'm not complaining... I have a car with great A/C as an alternative).

With the blazing heat in mind is their any specific riding gear that can help keep us cooler when we ride? Pants? Jackets?

The right leg roasting thigh is brutal when it's 105-110 in the shade. I'm not sure if it's any cooler to have the insulation of a riding pant between your thigh and the bike or to have a bare leg that is taking the brutal engine heat directly.

To help keep things a little cooler I'm thinking about the heat shield tips found in this thread:

Roasting Thighs

But I'm hoping for some riding gear alternatives to help keep things a little more comfortable. They have heated gear... maybe there's some "cooled" riding gear I don't know about.

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Geraldr, Here, where it's almost as hot and humid I use a Joe Rocket 'Phoenix' mesh jacket for the summer. Best compromise for comfort and protection I've found and at roughly 3-4 years old still looks as new with nothing ripping or falling off.

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PS They come with a liner that's good into the 50s.

PPS My number one son gave me a pair of Joe Rocket gloves, no model number/name on them, that have an air scoop incorporated into the knuckle guard that also works well...they're not gauntlets tho'.

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I have an older Joe Rocket "Rio" mesh jacket. Some companies, including Rocket, make a liner that you can wet which supposedly makes things cooler for a while. It probably doesn't look as good as black, but silver colored pants will help too.
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I use mesh gear, jacket and pants but

here is a couple of links for "cool" riding gear. I have no personal experience with either, but worth a look.

http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...6085-0807-04_G

http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...m=TEI_6529-S_G

If you try either one, I would like to know your results. It can get pretty warm here in NC, at least for 3 - 4 weeks in dead summer.
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REV'IT Air Jacket

I'm very happy and satisfied with this jacket. I upgraded the backpad insert to a Forcefield TPro (should have gotten the Joe Rocket one though as it's the same product). I have also unfortunately crash tested the jacket in a low speed lowslide; if I go down again, it'll probably have to be replaced, depending on the severity of the event of course.

If you want more active type cooling, you might want to check out "cool shirts" worn by auto road racers.

For the lower half, I have a pair of Motoport Air Mesh Kevlar pants. They flow air very well; pollen and road dirt actually accumulated on my rubber iPhone, over the course of a day's ride, which was inside one of the pockets. Before the Motoports, I had a pair of North Face Paramount pants under which I wore knee armor and armored shorts.
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I use the Phoenix jacket as well. You might look at the BMW phase-changing clothes, too.
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I also have the JR Phoenix jacket and find it very good for casual rides.

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Thant's an important point, Dave. These lightweight mesh jackets aren't for use when any heavy duty scratching is anticipated. Must add that non gauntlet gloves aren't either.

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I'm gonna need A/C on my Sprint! I'm moving to Louisiana in two months!

Has anyone seen this yet?
http://entrosys.com/


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I'm gonna need A/C on my Sprint! I'm moving to Louisiana in two months!

Has anyone seen this yet?
http://entrosys.com/
Yeah, seen that in some magazines, don't plan on using one though.
I think there is at least one big fail on this, what do you do if you want to connect your jacket to your pants, or having a one piece suit?
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