Cooling vest spotted at Iron Butt 2019

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  1. Alexol

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    Suicide vest?
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    Definitely a home-brew creation.

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    i dont know what that is but get a Veskimo / I find it very effective ...
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  5. Alexol

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    Not so sure about that - I know that there are at least two serious vendors working on cooling systems at the moment.

    Still have a CTC-100 but hoping for something better.

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    Video won't load for me. Can you screenshot it? There are a number of active cooling vests being made. For riders, equipment operators, MS patients, etc.
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  8. foxtrapper

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    Huh. Never seen that design, and it manages to look like it's almost not a cooling vest. Lots of tubing, sure. But it looks like the tubing goes all around those rectangles, which don't look evaporative.

    Wonder if it's a home made or early inflation vest for crash safety?
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    The cameraman asks if it is a cooling rig; the subject just nods somewhat noncommittaly and then turns away & back to his conversation. As he turns away and the cameraman moves forward, you can see a couple of hoses, so probably not evaporative.

    Hoses suggest a circulating fluid, perhaps similar to the self-contained CTC-100, or perhaps similar to a Veskimo dependent on an outside cooling source such as ice.

    Hard to tell if this is home-brewed or a prototype from one of the companies working on these systems. The market for a self-contained system must be truly huge - primarily for military and medical applications with motorcyclists representing the poorest end of the spectrum.

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    Vests similiar to the veskimo which circulate cold water from a cooler/reservoir thru tubes are also made for auto racing so it might be one of those? It's not an evaporative vest..
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    I spoke with him briefly about it and he joked that he wondered if it would cause him a problem at the border crossing into Canada. I told him it was far more likely to cause problems coming back into the states. He chuckled then realized that might not be so funny!
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    Those vests - all of them - simply have tubing captive-stitched to them.

    I have a Veskimo vest, one from the car people, and an RAF surplus one. The RAF version has probably 3-4 times the length of tubing compared to the others, suggesting a more industrial cooling system. When I used it with the Veskimo the system worked very very well, but "ate" the ice in record time, even the big blocks bought from bait shops when they can be found.
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    Given the dude's gut, it looks to me like it's a variation on this item-
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  15. Friz Freleng

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    I think you're right. Doesn't look like a cooling vest...looks more like a crude inflation vest. And if it is a cooling vest then it doesn't make a great deal of engineering sense.

    And then there's this: https://www.livescience.com/47327-army-personal-cooling-systems.html
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