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byogman

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May 10 2013 at 9:46am #

If you google sport tzitzit you do find something, some orthodox basketball player I’ve never heard of I guess was the driver. If we meet, you’ll immediately see why basketball isn’t my game. General klutziness rounds out why I don’t play other sports much either. And it’s not like these keep you presentable, they’re just stretchier and more comfortable I guess than standard tzitzit.

So, my athletic activity is pretty much limited to cycling and I’m just looking for a way to keep cool with that without spending what I feel is too much. I do know a guy in the garment business so if it works as well as I’m hoping, this could theoretically be scaled. But right now, I’m just thinking of it as a fun experiment.

20$ is a no-brainer. At 40, I hesitate slightly. Perhaps I shouldn’t, but I really, really have no need for 96 of these cool packs. Any fellow profuse sweaters with a DIY streak want to split the cost and join the experiment?


byogman

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May 10 2013 at 10:00am #

Even if you have no DIY streak or desire to try and roll your own “keep cool” vest, 48 3oz gel ice packs can obviously be used in a cooler.

In fact, over time (not much if you use it frequently) it’s a money saver since you have no more trips to the gas station or grocery store for bags of ice!


edmonds59

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May 10 2013 at 10:00am #

To your actual point of “presentability”, you may find that in hot humid weather the cool packs themselves may sweat as much as you do, exacerbating the sweat problem. They will probably keep you more comfortable or even prevent heat stroke, but sweating may be unavoidable.


Marko82

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May 10 2013 at 10:18am #

Let me preface this by saying “I don’t know squat!” but if you increase your heart rate above a certain level you will begin to sweat regardless of the temperature. I know in the winter if I push my pace I will get sweaty, which is why I like lots of zippers on my winter garments so I can let the perspiration out. So the same thing is going to happen wearing your cool vest if you push your effort. I think the reason sweat becomes more annoying in the warm weather is that your sweat doesn’t evaporate as fast in high-humidity summer as it does in the low-humidity of winter.


byogman

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May 10 2013 at 10:36am #

There are aggressively wicking fabrics, and an internal layer of that sandwiched between the cool pack and a breathable but strongly water resistant internal layer on the inside should be able to keep you decently dry I’d think. But maybe not, I really haven’t figured out my design just yet, it’s just an experiment.

As for some sweat regardless even in winter just from getting the heart rate up, Marko, I relate. But I’ll take the “I just rode in in winter” look, if achievable, over the “I just rode in in summer” look any day.

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