This sounded like a good idea-
[QUOTE=hlothery;584890]I just purchased a Vanson Vent Max 4 jacket, which has shoulder, elbow and back armor, and the rest is very free-flowing large mesh. No collars, waterproof pockets, etc which interrups air flow. I have actually had to look down a time or two to make sure it is zipped. If you want maximum air flow, this is the jacket. I also wear shorts under my Firstgear HT overpants. 1+ on the hydration comments, except for the Pediolite (tastes like sxxt!:laugh) I ride South Texas all year round. Love the heat!:thumb[/QUOTE]
That is the Vanson Vent Max 4. After seeing this post I thought I should check out the Vanson jacket. It's a little easier for me as Vanson is only 35 miles away. It's nice I bought one and at 80 degrees with 70% humidity while rolling real nice. I still get warm in traffic but once moving good to go! Thanks, Gary
Cycleport/Motoport Mesh Kevlar
I have been very surprised that I donÔÇÖt see cycleport/motoport mentioned much on this forum when talking about gear. The company is one of the top two or three high quality motorcycle gear manufacturers out there (along with aerostitch, BMW etc). I have owned many different types of gear over the years and I always had the problem of staying protected and not dying of heat in the summer time. After years of trial and error I broke down and spent the money on the ÔÇ£air mesh KevlarÔÇØ pants and jacket form motoport- I canÔÇÖt say enough good things about this gear, there really isnÔÇÖt anything else on the market today that can compete with motoport gear for hot weather, I would be happy to give specifics if you are interested -check out the company website.
Some "Alternative" Solutions
Well, with RobStar, PGlaves, henzilla, and others providing so many good solutions for cooling oneself in the summer, I thought that a few alternative solutions should be suggested. These suggestions arose from my careful observation of my brethren MC riders (think Sons of Anarchy) here in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area. Let's start with exhibit 1.
1. Ride with a tank top, shorts, and flip flops - It is obviously way cooler (in both senses of that word) to ride at a high rate of speed because the 85 mph wind provides convective (that's a 2-bit word) cooling. And the helmet isn't worn because it will just mess up your hair and make you look dorky.
2. Ingest a fair amount of alcohol - Remember when you were young and had a fever? Your mother, or other nice lady, (as this definitely wasn't a Dad's job then; it is now if you know what's good for you Mr. Cro-Magnon) would rub your head, arms, or other body parts with alcohol, and it would cool you down. The idea now is that ethyl alcohol (in any form, but normally as a beer with Tequila shots) will act on you like ethylene glycol does in cars (both liquids do have ethyl in their names, duh!!!). An hour or two in a Cooling Fluid Emporium, get on your bike and you do not feel the heat; guaranteed.
3. Ride at night - No sun, no heat; why didn't I think of that sooner. It is much easier to avoid the heat if one rides at night. Also, there are fewer pedestrians and cagers on the roads at night. You definitely won't get heat stress taking that blind 35 MPH corner at 70 after the sand gravel truck dropped its load there earlier today ("What did that new portable sign say, Beware of Shhhhhhhhiiiiiii....."). It is also much easier to race your three other buddies on this twisty and blind stretch of road at night ("Why are those two headlights coming at me on my side of the road? Oh, that's strange, I thought the double yellow is always on my left side.")
So, I have provided three very reasonable, thoroughly researched, and well-considered solutions for avoiding heat stress; and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I haven't even mentioned driving mini-bikes off a ramp on a pier into the lake; some other time, maybe.