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Harley Hydration Vest
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:08:21 AM »

Just wondering if the hydration vest works well in the hot weather of the SW.  We will be going through Nebraska,Kansas,Utah, Arizona and New Mexico this July and know it's going to be hot.  Are they worth it?
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2018, 10:23:36 AM »

Yes, buy it. It has served me well for many years now. It's best to wear it under something like a denim vest. That will help keep it from drying out too quickly.
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 11:21:09 AM »

Perhaps the best riding accessory I have ever owned. I use it when the temps exceed 90*.
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2018, 12:01:32 PM »

Just wondering if the hydration vest works well in the hot weather of the SW.  We will be going through Nebraska,Kansas,Utah, Arizona and New Mexico this July and know it's going to be hot.  Are they worth it?

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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2018, 12:49:43 PM »

I used the packs in a jacket...Too much work for the results. It was cool, for a bit of time but the packs are heavy and pull away from the velcro. I would soak them overnight in a small cooled with iced water, or in a bowl of water in frig. They made my shirt wet but again it was worth it when hot. But they dried too fast, or warmed up. Then I was hot, heavy and wet.  I used in two long,cross country trips and gave up. Found soaking my shirt down and using the vented jacket gave good results without the hassle of the packs.  Summary...works but a hassle of using the packs.  Neck cooler inside a jacket works better.
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2018, 04:26:51 PM »

We have the vests, work very good. Used the when we went down and back from Arches National Park.
We soak them in a 1 gal zip lock baggy. Than put them on under a shirt, by the next fill up they are still damp. Put them back in the baggy soak and back on they go.
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2018, 04:48:33 PM »

We have used them and glad we had them. Just soaked at every gas stop and dry just before the next stop. Make sure to remove just before the sun goes down. BRRRRRRRR. We had a good laugh right Soozie?
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2018, 08:40:10 PM »

If you want a less expensive method, or only need cooling for the occasional trip or ride...buy a bag of ice and either put it inside your jacket, or else carry it on your lap.  Lasts a pretty long time.
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #8 on: Today at 10:29:56 AM »

Thanks for the advice.  I ordered one, new silver material.  Tried it this weekend with 90 degrees and 87% humidity. The high humidity negates some of the evaporation cooling effect.  It seemed to be cooler.  It weighs a lot when loaded with water.  And it soaked my t-shirt when I put it on.  Gravity let all the water run out the bottom and it looked like I peed my pants when I got off the bike at the gas stop.  I will try to hang it on a hanger for a few minutes to drain some of the water out.  I think in a dryer climate it will be better.  I need more experimentation.
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #9 on: Today at 12:35:23 PM »

Here in south Louisiana, where it’s 95 degrees and 95% humidity, I use a phase change ( ice packs) vest and two sets of packs (8) . Each set lasts about 2-3 hours. I have a H-D ice cooler that fits nicely in a saddlebag with a small homemade block of ice, I switch them out and they refreeze in about an hour and your shirt stays 90% dry, just a slight dampness that looks dry.

It really only takes a minute to make the switch while others are waiting for the restroom.
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Re: Harley Hydration Vest
« Reply #10 on: Today at 04:02:33 PM »

Thanks for the advice.  I ordered one, new silver material.  Tried it this weekend with 90 degrees and 87% humidity. The high humidity negates some of the evaporation cooling effect.  It seemed to be cooler.  It weighs a lot when loaded with water. And it soaked my t-shirt when I put it on.  Gravity let all the water run out the bottom and it looked like I peed my pants when I got off the bike at the gas stop.  I will try to hang it on a hanger for a few minutes to drain some of the water out.  I think in a dryer climate it will be better.  I need more experimentation.
Yes that is the downside. Last time we used them it was over 100 degrees 5 days in a row. We didn't care as by the time we stopped for gas all was dry again. I didn't laugh anymore about Mrs. R buying them. Seems like they were cheap at Revzilla
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