Bike Middle East magazine reviewed our HyperKewl cooling vests saying “the instant cooling feeling is a real boost on a hot afternoon”. See below for their HyperKewl Cooling vest magazine review:
From Bike Middle East Magazine
With summer upon us many put there’s bikes into a heat-induced hibernation for a few months. A few brave souls, other than the tireless delivery riders out there, keep on riding throughout the summer despite the over 40ºC temperatures by managing their riding timings and having a good choice of protective clothing. This year we’ve tested the Hyperkewl cooling sports vests from TechNiche International to see how cool you can be in a Middle East summer.
So how does it all work?
The vest is designed to fit over a shirt and under your riding jacket. It is a lightweight, washable, V-neck made of a quilted nylon outer layer and TechNiche’s Hyperkewl polymer-embedded fabric on the inside with a full length front zipper.
TechNiche says that the unique HyperKewl Cooling fabric absorbs, stores and releases water within the multi-layered material. Water is released through evaporation, energy is consumed, and a chill effect is created. The HyperKewl Cooling fabric cools the body exactly the same way the body cools itself through evaporation.
TechNiche also say that users can expect the vest to provide temperatures that are 10 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature, depending on airflow. They also claim 5 – 10 hours of cooling but go on to say that high humidity (90%) will diminish the fabric’s ability to evaporate water and therefore provide cooling. That is probably critical for use here.
So do they work in our environment?
We used the vests over a few weeks riding at all times of day. Having wet the vests and rung out the water leaving them damp we also used the gel inserts that are kept cool in the fridge overnight and add to the cooling effect of the vest. We had air temperatures from 38 – 46C and periods of high humidity throughout the time we used the vests and whilst our results may not hold much scientific credibility we can at least give the vests a rating of ‘Busted’, ‘Plausuble’ or “Confirmed’ in true Mythbusters style.
The initial feeling of putting a damp vest over your clothes does take a bit of getting used to but putting that aside the instant cooling feeling is a real boost on a hot afternoon. On the hottest days the vests gave a few hours of reasonable cooling, it may not have been at the top end of the scale that TechNiche claim but with one refresh of the water during the day or a quick dip in a fridge at a ‘friendly’ outlet or two its good to go all day.
The gel inserts worked well staying cold for at least an hour and remained cool throughout the rides. Over the weeks we tested the vests they performed well working under any jacket but showed best results under vented and airflow style garments.
Summer riding may not be too motivating for many people but can we confirm that these cooling vests work? First of all do not think that this will stop you sweating, it won’t, but for us they worked just fine.
So in the words of the masters of all things science(ish), ‘Myth Confirmed’.