Product Review: Techniche’s ‘Elite Hybrid Vest’, The Best Motocross Cooling Vest On The Market
Summer is just about here, and that means an added challenge to hardcore motocross racers …unbearable heat. Unfortunately the heat index always invites risk of heat strokes to riders who are not correctly prepared. It is critical to stay hydrated and while also keeping your body cool before and after motos, especially if you seek maximum results on the track. After learning of several heatstroke and dehydration incidents, already this early into the 2012 motocross season, we wanted to revisit our review of an incredible cooling vest that can save lives. Techniche International’s Elite Hybrid Vest is by far the best motocross cooling vest on the market. Their “hybrid” cooling vest is a serious weapon against overheating from riding your dirt bike. Not only can you wear it to keep you cooler while on the bike, but the real key to this vest is that it is a pre-race and post-race cooling savior. This cooling vest might finally be what motocross racers have needed after overheating for decades. The vest, appropriately named the “Hybrid”, satisfies two functions using two separate technologies. It cools you while off the bike and while on the bike.
The first technology and function is the vest’s evaporative cooling impact while riding with it under your jersey. By using a special Polymer Embedded Fabric (PEF), the lightweight vest, comfortably cools a rider’s body for approximately 1 to 2 hours as air passes through it, before needing to be re-submerged in water. The evaporative cooling works best in hot climates without extremely humid weather, though it worked wonders for our test riders in the scorching Florida sun. If you are already using a cooling vest under your jersey, chances are it uses either crystal technology or diaper material. These popular crystal and diaper vests are not as good as the evaporative cooling technology because they take quite a bit longer to soak for activation, are heavier, less flexible, and produce mildew faster than we can say ChronicMX.
The second technology and function is the vest’s ability to be worn pre-race or post-race to cool your body’s temperature. Gone will be the days that we see pros and amateurs sitting in ice cube filled garbage cans to stay cool pre and post race…that never looked right to us anyway! Welcome the era that they will be wearing the 4531, with its special Phase Change Cooling (PCM) “CoolPax” inserts, used to maintain a comfy 58 degree temperature on your body for up to 3 hours. These non toxic chemical based inserts last up to 3 hrs after a quick dunk in ice water or the refrigerator. We used the inserts in the vest after each moto and loved the cooling effect. Riders on a budget can use the considerably less expensive HyperKewl Ultra Sport Vest, which does not come with the CoolPax inserts for pre-race or post race cooling, but does use the exact same evaporative cooling technology.
Try one of these vests on next time you shred enduro or race a moto, and you will no longer be surprised why Formula 1 racers, Tour De France riders, road racers, construction crews, and even the United States military, all use these effective hybrid cooling vests. It’s inexpensive protection against the elements…an it makes it simple to avoid overheating. Cool your body down before you get on the bike…then chill out and wear the vest after your ride to instantly lower your core temperature. Cheers, Rocket 88.
We believe this cooling vest is an important MX safety product that can save lives. We’ve tested it and we endorse it. Interested in trying one? If so, you can Buy the Hyperkewl #4531 Hybrid Cooling Vest here: