Alpinestars MX Cooling Vest
Whoever said it's like air conditioning is right!
I'm sure you could go with any cooling vest and do well. I chose the Alpinestars vest because my experiences with other products (jackets, boots, gloves, etc.) have been "you get what you pay for". Granted, all these cooling vests are around the same price point, minus the Revvit.
Now, to the real review.
The cooling this vest provides is excellent. I would say the majority of the cooling ability lasts for an hour, give or take. The front of the vest will lose cooling faster than the back, since that's where the majority of the air will hit you. Silly physics *shakes fist*. Keep in mind, the hour-long cooling is highly dependent on a number of factors - temperature, speed, air flow of your jacket, etc. I was sporting a Teknic Mercury perforated leather jacket in 95-100F temperatures probably averaging 65mph. Your mileage may vary.
I find that an hour of cooling works pretty well - when I feel like the vest needs a refresh (I carry water bottles in my tankbag), I stop to stretch, walk around a bit, rehydrate (me and the vest), and go on my merry way. If you're in a large group, this might not be so convenient though. I tend to ride solo.
Fit is definitely on the smaller side, but not extremely so. I have a 40" chest and a medium does fit, but it's a tight fit. I'd recommend going for a large at 40" per the Q/A.
Protection/Durability - Obvious this isn't meant to protect. I've only taken it on a few rides, so long-term durability is undetermined. That's why I gave it a "fair" rating. The product itself seems to be made well.
Overall, I think this is a great product and for anyone looking to ride in summer weather temperatures. this makes it entirely bearable, especially if you just want to go out, ride, and see where the road takes you.
August 22, 2015
I bought one of these before heading out on a cross-country motorcycle trip. It was worth its weight in gold. Just doused it in a sink with water, put it on, and rode. It feels like you have an A/C system blowing through your jacket. While my riding buddies were sweating and complaining, I was cool and comfortable, even in higher humidity areas with 90 Degree F heat.
July 27, 2015
No more heat and sweat with this vest
Another great product delivered by Alpinestars. I start using this cooling vest under my armour when riding the dirt bike in summer days. I is so fantastic that I also start using the vest when touring or even commuting to my work in downtown.
It really helps to cool you down in extreme warm weather.
I fits tight but it is how it should fit to work.
Thanks Alpinestar + Rezvilla. You both do a fantastic job!
January 19, 2014