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Last Post 06/03/2013 06:35 PM by Jim Crouch. 7 Replies.
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05/31/2013 11:38 AM
I coach an elderly cyclist who concentrates on Time Trials.  She has a very difficult time staying cool.  She doesn't sweat much if at all, so no real evaporative cooling.  In combination with her general discomfort in heat, it's not a good combination.  Every year we work on heat acclimatization, but it makes a very small difference for her.  So, I am starting to look into commercial or homegrown cooling systems.  I know Garmin had worked with these a few years ago, but I don't know if anything ever went to production.  Basically, I am thinking about something like a slim Camelback under the jersey with a frozen bladder.  Ideally, I'd have a bladder-only system with straps that covered a majority of her back but was very thin (and frozen).  Thought I'd start here to see if anyone knows of anything currently in production.  Thanks in advance...
Keith Richards


05/31/2013 12:42 PM
I'd check the auto and motorcycle racing world. Ii know they have been using cool suits for a minute.
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05/31/2013 01:18 PM
My brother in-law has MS and has hard time in the heat, so he freezes grapes (berries may work better for her) and puts the in a stocking wrapped around the neck, it's good for about an hour or so.


05/31/2013 02:17 PM
I don't quite have the answer, but perhaps something like a Camelback that feeds slowly into a light wool undershirt for evaporation, maybe by wicking.



05/31/2013 02:50 PM
Thin Camleback with strategically placed leaks. The leaks enable the water to slowly migrate out of the bladder and into the carrying case. Once the case gets wet it helps cool the back. I soak my camleback case before every long MTB ride. But I don't poke holes in the bladder since I drink the water!
Nick A


06/01/2013 08:46 AM
I actually had a cool suit for auto racing. They're great...if you have a motorized vehicle to carry the ice water and pump. I know they make portable ones for applications such as miliatary, but again, those guys are hauling all kinds of weight. That idea of supplying "artificial sweat" sounds like a good idea?



06/01/2013 10:59 AM

How's your back Jim?


06/03/2013 06:35 PM
Thanks for the input, everyone. JM...thanks for the link. I think that might be the ticket.
My back is OK. Slow going. Lots of issues to work through, but I took my first road ride on Friday. One hour dead flat (HW to cemetery, back to HW). It seemed to help loosen my hips which have been pretty painful as of late. I start PT soon. I hope all is well with you.
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