One of the best ways to beat the heat on a motorcycle is to wear a jacket with effective vents. But in higher temperatures, airflow alone doesn’t do the job. Evaporative cooling vests soak up water and then release it over time to help carry away excess body heat. Here are four cooling vests to keep you comfortable when the heat is on.
Alpinestars MX Cooling Vest
The MX cooling vest from Alpinestars is made of a lightweight polyester fabric for optimum cooling, and a polymer-embedded material that absorbs water and releases it over time. The mesh construction on the chest and back provides breathability, and ergonomically designed arm holes keep the vest snug while riding. The long lower hem is designed to fit inside pants. (S-3XL, $59.95, www.alpinestars.com)
The Bilt Cooling Waterproof Vest from Cycle Gear has a polymer-imbued fabric that uniformly distributes water for balanced and even cooling. It absorbs water in 1 to 3 minutes, and has a moisture-resistant inner layer to keep your clothes dry. The low-profile styling fits well under protective clothing, and the differential cut with a higher waist and longer back suits the typical riding position. (S-3XL, $34.99,www.cyclegear.com)
Fly Racing’s cooling vest requires only two minutes of soaking in water to activate. It polymer-embedded fabric holds the water and keeps you cool as it evaporates over several hours. The increased evaporative surface compared to other cooling vest keeps you cooler, longer. (SM-3XL, $39.95, www.flyracing.com)
H-D’s Hydration Vest is made of 100 percent nylon lined with polyacrylite crystals that absorb and hold water. The vest is fully hydrated after only 10 minutes of soaking. Mesh panels on the shoulders and chest provide extra cooling, and stretch side panels enhance the fit. (S-4XL, $55.00, www.harley-davidson.com)