Relief for sultry rides in hot weather. This 100% cotton neckwear is filled with water-absorbing polymer crystals which can hold 350–400 times their weight in water and they release it slowly (over a period of days). Hence, increased comfort in hot weather. A simple, effective tool for heat management. Non-toxic and reusable. 35.5"×1.75". Assorted patterns and colors.
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- Not so kool! Review by Mike
- I bought this hoping to wear during my MC rides in North central FL, but it didn't stay cool at all. I've used a similar product in AZ and it worked great.. perhaps due to the humidity of FL? I don't know .. (Posted on 7/4/15)
- Actual item looks different. Review by Robert
- The one I received has a red bandana pattern. The catalog picture looks better. (Posted on 6/12/14)
- I want it back!!!!! Review by Hotjockus
- MAN! We live in Houston Texas where the average temp in the summer is well over 95 degrees plus. I bought this in addition to my evapo-dana to keep cool on my everyday commutes. However, after my wife discovered how cool it keeps her around the house,(we do not have central a/c, and do not turn it on the window units until after 5pm, when we can't stand it any more), i can't get it away from her! She loves how cool it keeps her and how simple it is to use. Guess if I want one I'll have to get another! Thanks! (Posted on 7/13/12)
Fundamentals of Evaporative Cooling
In hot environments and when exercising vigorously we all sweat cool ourselves evaporatively. It's very efficient, and if there's any kind of breeze available, as on a motorcycle, this works really well. Popsicles and wet neck wraps are great too, if you have those. The lower the humidity, the better a wetted t shirt or a moist wrap around one's neck works.
Evaporation from even a small wet bandana provides tremendous evaporative cooling to one's entire body. The circulation of blood passing by the evaporative wrap (carotid artery, etc) quickly carries the freshly chilled blood cells to every area of one's body. The effect can be so great one can actually become chilled despite it being a very hot day. It’s the same as putting an ice cube on one's wrist or eating ice cream too fast.
Re-wetting a bandana, neck wrap or silk scarf as needed while on the move is simple if you keep a squirt-type water bottle or water bag handy inside a tank bag or pocket. And for longer days during very hot and dry conditions consider covering yourself entirely with something more protectively windproof than mesh. Any traditional leather or textile outer garment with a few zippered vents will let you manage and achieve a comfortable, healthy, moist microclimate between this gear and your skin — just as nomadic peoples living in desert areas have done for centuries by wearing their traditional loose cotton and silk robes. (Those aren't 'colorful native costumes', but rather functionally highly refined clothing that works. Just like your riding gear.)
Mesh gear is fine for short-distances in these conditions, but during longer exposures the risks of inadvertent dehydration are significant. The tipping point between a healthy fluid balance and heat-stoke can occur quite suddenly, and the consequences may quickly become extremely serious. Even life-threatening in some instances.
Otherwise unexplainable single-vehicle motorcycle accidents sometimes happen on clear hot days because with no warning a rider may simply faint. One suddenly feels very sleepy and a moment later they go unconscious and ride into the ditch and crash at full highway speed, on an otherwise empty road. (Have you ever seen a photograph of a row of soldiers standing stiffly at attention on some parade ground somewhere, on a very hot day, and one of them has suddenly fainted and is lying sprawled on the ground between the others?) If you don’t pay enough attention to your body's cooling needs and fluid requirements on hot days that could happen to you when riding. The danger is real.