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Just curious what you wear under your gear to stay cool. I'm riding out for a 2500 mile ride later this summer and am headed east. Most days here on the north west coast don't get above 75 or so but I will likely hit upper 90's on my ride heading south and east. :surprise:
What do you wear to stay cool? My outer shell is a mesh jacket and textile pants. I typically wear blue jeans and a t shirt under. Any suggestions for staying cool?

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We've traveled in up to 108 in the southern central valley of California. After that trip we decided to get cooling vests and wear them when it's over 95. They work well in areas without humidity. We don't go places with high humidity, but I've heard they're useless, since they work by evaporation. Don't get me wrong, when it's 100 you're still going to be hot, but it helps. About $30 on Amazon.

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Commuting daily in Houston where 100 degrees and vey high humidity is a daily challenge. My commute is just over an hour. I use a 3/4 helmet to keep my head cooler. If you use a full face and it has a chin skirt on it remove it if you can. The cooling towel really makes a big difference to me. Have two mesh jackets to switch between as they can get funky pretty quick. I wear a cooling shirt (like underamour) but the "house brands" work just as well. I have Alpinestars mesh pants that work great with dickies slacks which I wear to work. Mesh gloves and boots. I always drink a water right before my commute. Tried many different ways to stay cool andvthis works for me. I've commuted like this for 3 years now. Anything past an hour I need a quick break from the heat. Just stop into a convenience store and grap a water, your body will thanks you. Have a safe ride.
 

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Thanks gents,
I have looked into the cooling vest but haven't purchased one. I plan to wear underarmor or similar for its wicking qualities. I find it works well when I snowmobile in the mountains.
I haven't looked into mesh pants but suppose I could do that as well. I agree that a quick stop for water in an AC'd building is a good move to cool down. Plan on doing that for sure.
What about shorts under the gear? I don't think blue jeans will give me enough added protection over shorts that it would make much difference. Thoughts?
Appreciate all the comments--keep them coming.

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The shorts under riding pants sounds good and would be cooler than long pants. I have to wear long pants to work so unless I wanted to change for ride home this is not an option for me. One thing I can tell you is that with mesh pants on it's cooler than without them. I have read the air going through the mesh has a cooling effect.
 
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