If you research what happens to your wrinkly old body in climes of extreme heat you’ll find most problems are related to loss of water. This happens when your internal system says “Hey, it’s hot as hell out there so I’m going to sweat a bunch and cool things down.” Right.
That fact hasn’t escaped the attention of a whole bunch of inventive people and subsequently there are a ton of products to help you keep your cool. One item that is popular among bikers is the “Evaporative Cooling Vest.” For the most part they work on the same principal; when water evaporates it creates a cooling effect. Sooo…if you cover yourself with a wet vest – yuck – the water will evaporate and in the process you’ll be cooler. At least until the water is all gone and then you’ll just be wearing another piece of hot sweaty gear which you may want to remove.
Since I like to shop for gear (What, you didn’t know that?) I spent a fair amount of time looking at various web sites that feature cooling vests. What I found was most use the same or very similar materials for making their products. Oddly enough prices went all over the map from as low as $20 to as high as $250. Naturally there’s a difference between them but because of my minimal requirements I was fortunate to be in the lower price range. After looking at vests until my eyeballs were beginning to bug out I settled on one in the mid-price range, around $40 bucks delivered.
I haven’t tried it out yet as I’d probably freeze my patootie off if I did. I have confidence that the company that makes it knows what they’re doing so I’ll just wait until I’m in Roasting Dogs, New Mexico to try it out. It’ll work. I know it’ll work…