Originally Posted by VFRWolf
Have you used one of these evaporative vests? I'm wondering if it would be something I could wear to work, or would it make my shirt wet? Good article, I've never understood how anyone can ride in shorts. It's actually hotter then jeans.
I have an evaporative vest from ridecool.com. Works well, but losses it's efficiency when the humidity is high. Make sure to wear a synthetic shirt underneath. Cotton does a very poor job of wicking (heat transfer) when it's hot, and saps your body heat when it's cold out. Wear a riding jacket over the vest, or else the wind will dry it out so quick that you won't really feel the benefits.
Another touring trick not mentioned in the article is to fill ziplock bags with ice and put it in the pockets of the riding jacket. Works great. Just make sure nothing is near the bags that can't get wet if the bag breaks.
Just thought of another one. Soak the interior of your helmet with water. Same concept as the cooling vest. Only downside, bad hair day!