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Old 06-17-2013, 04:42 PM   #31
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Here's how a desert dood does it...

Camelback filled with water. Note squeeze bulb.




This collar is attached at the squeeze bulb and has strategically placed holes around the neck portion.




The squeeze bulb is pumped a few times and water is distributed evenly to wet a cotton tee shirt. A mesh jacket is worn over the tee shirt. A "charge" lasts about 15 minutes when the temps are 110 and above before a few more squeezes are in order.

The result: Coolness.

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Old 06-17-2013, 05:15 PM   #32
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Here's how a desert dood does it...

Camelback filled with water. Note squeeze bulb.




This collar is attached at the squeeze bulb and has strategically placed holes around the neck portion.




The squeeze bulb is pumped a few times and water is distributed evenly to wet a cotton tee shirt. A mesh jacket is worn over the tee shirt. A "charge" lasts about 15 minutes when the temps are 110 and above before a few more squeezes are in order.

The result: Coolness.

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Old 06-17-2013, 05:26 PM   #33
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This setup is interesting:

http://www.veskimo.com/
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #34
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Ron, a great thing right there. N
Where did you get the squeeze bulb, fittings etc.?
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:01 PM   #35
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The bigger questions is how often are you going to see temps 90F and higher? Mesh might be a decent option, or a hyrbrid. I know that in my area that is quite infrequent so a hybrid jacket works great for me. I have the Joe Rocket Super Ego. It is a leather jacket and the whole middle unzips to mesh. Very nice when you have a 45F morning which leads into a 80F day.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #36
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Ron, a great thing right there. N
Where did you get the squeeze bulb, fittings etc.?
I made the "air conditioner" about 9 or 10 years ago and don't really remember the parts sources.

I think I found the squeeze bulb somewhere on line. Places like McMaster-Carr (http://mcmaster.com/) have all the plastic fittings and tubing. The tubing is 1/8" silicon.

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:03 PM   #37
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The squeeze-bulb is probably marine-related: some outboard motors require it to "prime" the flow of gasoline from the remote tank. Try a boat shop.

Hot Weather Gloves: during the Summer months I wear FirstGear mesh gloves, which are cool and lightweight and are "gloves in name only", in that they give minimal protection. Time to replace them. What gloves should I be looking at with decent knuckle-armor and wrist protection that are comgy in hot weather? I see a lot of road racing and motocross gloves, but not much for general touring.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #38
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I have a pair of these Held : http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com...l.bok?no=15241

a little spendy but good quality and should last me 3-4 seasons
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:00 PM   #39
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Ron- brilliant!!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:21 AM   #40
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Hey ..... Easy now.

I have the body of a Cod !


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Old 06-19-2013, 08:23 AM   #41
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The squeeze-bulb is probably marine-related: some outboard motors require it to "prime" the flow of gasoline from the remote tank. Try a boat shop.

Hot Weather Gloves: during the Summer months I wear FirstGear mesh gloves, which are cool and lightweight and are "gloves in name only", in that they give minimal protection. Time to replace them. What gloves should I be looking at with decent knuckle-armor and wrist protection that are comgy in hot weather? I see a lot of road racing and motocross gloves, but not much for general touring.

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The marine squeeze bulbs are usually for 3/8" tubing and are larger than the one I use. Another source might be a medical supply outlet.

Gloves:
Over the years, I think I've tried just about every brand of mesh glove that would fit me (wide hands, short fingers). I never found any that were satisfactory, primarily for the reasons you state. So, a couple of years ago I decided to just wear my Elkskin Competition Ropers into the summer to see how that would work out. I thought they would be really hot but they've worked out better than I could have hoped. With them, my hands get hot, to a certain point, but they don't seem to get any hotter than when I was using mesh. I no longer own any mesh gloves. BTW, temperatures are above 110 here now.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:17 AM   #42
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The squeeze-bulb is probably marine-related: some outboard motors require it to "prime" the flow of gasoline from the remote tank. Try a boat shop.

Hot Weather Gloves: during the Summer months I wear FirstGear mesh gloves, which are cool and lightweight and are "gloves in name only", in that they give minimal protection. Time to replace them. What gloves should I be looking at with decent knuckle-armor and wrist protection that are comgy in hot weather? I see a lot of road racing and motocross gloves, but not much for general touring.

--Bill


Held Airstream works pretty well and offers decent protection.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:22 AM   #43
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this looks about right


stolen from killboy thread
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #44
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned a cooling vest. Not as effective as a wet T shirt but lasts a lot longer.

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:49 PM   #45
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I've used the 'dump water in my jacket' routine and it actually works pretty well. I think I might try to cobble together a system like Ranger Ron did. Ig a guy didnt have to fiddle much to flow a little water, that might be a pretty good solution. Simple and very effective.
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