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    staying cool in the heat

    OK expert women,
    What is the best way to stay cooler when riding in 90-95 degree heat? I like to gear up, but sometimes it gets tough..... any suggestions from other southerners?

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    I use a few different items.
    First is a cooling scarf. I soak it in water so the filler expands. They are sold everywhere.
    I also have LD Comfort sleeves. Again, soak them first.
    The biggest expense I have for staying cool is the Veskimo vest.
    http://www.veskimo.com/
    It really works well.
    Now if someone can invent a cooling helmet! That I would buy.
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    Staying Cool

    I bought an inexpensive vest that you also soak to keep you cool. I found it on a web site that sells reflective vests for road workers. I wear that under my Joe Rocket mesh jacket. I've been thinking about buying mesh pants also. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to make the helmet cooler.

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    Micro-cloths

    Having experimented with what type of cloth stays wet longest, I sewed 2 pieces of micro-fibre cloth together and cut a hole in the middle big enough to go over my head (it doesn't fray). Wet it at a gas stop and pull it on. Drapes over front and back of body and keeps wet pretty long. Easy to store in a plastic bag under cargo net or anywhere and thin enough to not bulk you up. Also handy to have a microcloth for other purposes. I found the wet vests to be dribbly (hard to wring out) and feel slimy and did finally drip into pants for a diaper rash feel!

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    Close the vents

    Oh yeah....close vents on a non mesh jacket and pants. Non mesh jacket is preferable to limit evaporation. Seems counter-intuitive but the high temp, dry heat coming through the mesh dries ya out and anything under the jacket too fast. Trap that cooling moisture is the idea! I suppose one could rig up something around the thighs for pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suecanada View Post
    Oh yeah....close vents on a non mesh jacket and pants. Non mesh jacket is preferable to limit evaporation. Seems counter-intuitive but the high temp, dry heat coming through the mesh dries ya out and anything under the jacket too fast. Trap that cooling moisture is the idea! I suppose one could rig up something around the thighs for pants.
    +1 what Sue said.
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    So where is this warm weather? I'm freezing my parts today at the balmy 65 degrees.
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