With the tempatures at or above 100 out here in New Mexico this week, I’ve taken precautions to make sure I stay cool and hydrated.
Before I left Washington I stopped to see Mario Winkleman at his LD Comfort factory in Hoquium,Wa. to pick up a few sets of his “magic underwear” base layers. This stuff is amazing! All you do is fill the sink about 1/4 full of water and soak the shirt( or shorts) , ring it out to remove the access water then put it on. The “magic” part is that the material is a two layer synthetic in which the inside layer against your skin wicks water away so you stay dry. The outer layer is absorbent and holds onto the water. When you are in your gear and riding, all that needs to be open is your sleeves and your collar. Just that little amount of air moving inside your suit over the moisture will keep you cool. Trust me, IT WORKS!!! Depending how much water you fill your shirt with and the humidity outside, you’ll be good for 2-3 hours or about a tank of gas if you are on a long trip. I’m told affects of this type of cooling do work better when the humidity is low like out here n the desert southwest. I’ll find out how well it works in the swamps of Louisiana and Florida next month.
When I was in St Geroge Utah a couple weeks ago, I met up with fellow Tenere owner David Guymon. David is an LA County fireman that commutes 300 miles to work weekly across the California desert and wanted to stay hydrated so he designed this very simple and extremely practical system. His company is called Motojug and he sells them on line. It’s a holder for a 1 gallon igloo water jug with a long hose that can be attached to either your jacket pocket or tank bag. Simple yet very affective! I’ve used it for more than 1000 miles on and off road so far and I can say it’s a life saver! The only drawback I’ve found so far is needing to pee twice as much than filling up with gas 😉
When riding out this summer, please take of yourself and stay cool and hydrated.