LD Comfort Beat the Heat

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  1. Gear junkie

    Gear junkie Dumpster

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    Gear Junkie here, I did some testing on the LD comfort and it was pretty amazing on the level of comfort I was able to achieve in the Arizona heat. I have lived here since 1967 and used to use a sweatshirt then I changed over to the LD comfort. I even use it for Mountain Biking. Check out the link on LD comfort http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn8NocCkbJw
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  2. mariowink

    mariowink Comfort Rider

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    Very nice video. I know it is difficult to suggest that mesh is not the best riding solution for beating the heat but the video does a great job of proving the point. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. peterb

    peterb Long Distance Adventurer

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    I love my LD Comfort - use it for any trip out of the area under my 'stich or my Pro Rallye 2 suits. LD Comfort is amazing - it is warmer in the cool weather and can be made to be very cool in the hotter weather. Follow the directions!

    Something I really like about it that is an added for me, is that during a rally i can climb off the bike and into bed without cleaning up if I wear the LD Comfort to bed. No stickiness or dirt feeling from a 1,000 miles... Sometimes in a multi-day rally I go a couple days without showeing. When I do shower I do it in the LD Comfort and wring it out for ready to go the next morning!

    It may be hard to try to justify buying the best if you are into penny pinching butt if you want comfort go for LD Comfort. No affiliation yada yada do - just a very happy customer.:D
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  4. Day13

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    It's the only "used" underwear I've ever bought!! My wife said, "Ewww!!"

    That was after I tried the new first!
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  5. Rapid Dog

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    heh heh...me too. :lol3
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  6. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    Watch your vid, it's very convincing. I'm a little cornfused about the pitch from LD though.
    They sell the sleeves as to be soaked in water first, but the helmet liner and regular clothing isn't 'mentioned as wet wear'.
    Isn't all the LD stuff the same material? Or are the sleeves something different?
    Lemme know, I'm ready to order from GO-AZ.
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  7. peterb

    peterb Long Distance Adventurer

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    It is my understanding, IIRC, that all the LDComfort items are of the same type material and are thus wet ware as you say.

    I have used the long pant tights and longsleeve top for several years - and I do the water trick when needed with much success. Cooling and good to go.:clap
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  8. mariowink

    mariowink Comfort Rider

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    The sleeves are the same material as the rest of the LDComfort garments. When I ride long distance I use the sleeves on the long sleeve shirt for my cooling. The special cool sleeves are for the comuter who wants to remove the long sleeves when they get to their destination. They both work the same. I have used the LDComfort Long Sleeve Shirt in the Mojave Desert in temps up to 120 degrees. That shirt IS my cooling garment. If I were on a short comute, I would use the cooling sleeves. Make sense?
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  9. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...wore the shorts, tee, and helmet liner on a warm ride in the dez this weekend.
    I was totally comfy with the LD stuff and armor with Klim pants and my XD3.
    Perfect.
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  10. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    OK, I'm convinced, time to pull out the crdit card :deal
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  11. KTMandu

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    Great, informative video. So, mesh is a no-no for the drier climates. What about for humid climates like here in Louisiana? Is mesh a no-no? Will the LD garments work the same way here as they do in AZ? If so, how long do they provide cooling?
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  12. Jonesky

    Jonesky Been here awhile

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    I'd like to know, too. Just did a 600 mile run in the 90 heat around here and cooked.
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  13. azgsa

    azgsa Apathetic

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    Can't you guys get one of the hot goaz babes to do these videos? :lol3
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  14. sonic578

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    Can anyone say how long a soaked shirt will last, even under a typical textile jacket as in the video? I guess the duration would depend on humidity as well?

    I suppose the idea when riding distance would be to carry a water source to keep the shirt wet? But, dousing with water would tend to run down the skin and wet the inside. Has anyone used this approach to 'recharge' while riding?
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  15. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    yes.. this is very interesting! Going to look into this a bit more as well..
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  16. mariowink

    mariowink Comfort Rider

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    When riding long distance you recharge the cooling system by running water down the inside of the sleeves. The fabric has a dual layer and the inside layer will pull the moisture off the skin and keep the skin dry. Watch the video and see how the fabric works. http://www.ldcomfort.com/productdescription.htm#fabricvid
    Even when the fabric is wringing wet the inside will stay dry.

    The dryer the air the less airflow you need to keep cool. Yes the cooling technique works in the higher humidity. You just have to run a little bit more air. You can chill yourself with this technique when it is 95 degrees out.
    I use a water bottle with a push/pull cap to squirt water into the sleeves to recharge. I do NOT recharge while riding. It only takes 30 seconds to recharge the LDComfort Long Sleeve Shirt or Comfort Cool Sleeves.
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  17. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    mariowink,
    thanks for the details. on hot days (95?), how often do you stop to recharge?
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  18. honda_silver

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    I recently purchased from www.goaz.com headliner, both long and short sleeve shirts and pants ... so I could experiment.

    I wore the headliner the entire time.

    The long sleeve shirt and pants did great. On the day ride out I ran into rain (originally without rain gear) and high humidity ... I was very comfortable.

    Then for two day local riding around St Louis with high humidity, I wore the short sleeve shirt and shorts. I was comfortable all day without any additional soaking (except my headliner) though I noticed I felt the heat and humidity on uncovered skin. So the LDComfort did great to reduce the high humidity discomfort too!!

    I wore the long sleeve shirt and pants for return two-day trip home with temperature around mid-90s.

    I found the evaporation with my mesh jacket ( which is not the optimal because it causes faster evaporation ) would last ~90 minutes.

    I found the evaporation with my mesh pants would last ~120 minutes ... longer because of the fairing protection.
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  19. peterb

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    Mario - great to see you at the Utah 1088 - I rode 1400mi on Sat and had a good time. Even tho I saw some temps in the 90's later in the day on the southerly leg, I was comfortable in my LD Comfort tights and shirt - worked like a charm.
    Now, on the road home to SoCal things heated up a bit more and I saw some consistent miles [200?] with temps in the 113-116 range - the water was applied [inserted] as recommended and at least I was a bit less hot. Let's face it 116 is hot! The LD Comfort made it bareable, at least.

    YM shouldn't V.:clap
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  20. Tripletreat

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    Interesting video. I don't doubt that the product is an effective garment for dealing with hot temperatures. However, the gent's assertion that mesh gear is not a good solution to the problem is not backed up with any evidence. In fact, the video does not compare LD to mesh at all. The key to cooling is evaporation. A zillion years of evolution has given us this temperature regulation mechanism. It works with a cotton shirt or any number of the new technical fabrics. In the end, it comes down to stopping for wetting anew your undershirt. I wear a mesh riding suit and in the summer I experience dry temperatures approaching 100 degrees. My mesh suit allows me to do this, so long as I make sure evaporation is taking place. I think it is a bit of a stretch to argue that the Bedouins cover up in the desert, so riding in a mesh suit is a no no. The comparison is not cover up as opposed to ride naked. You are covered with a mesh riding suit!
    I'll say again that I have no doubt LD Comfort garments are effective. But there are other viable options.
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