If you want a cooling vest that you soak in water for where you live in Missouri, you will be disappointed. They do not work in humid areas. Any humidity above 30% and you will just have a hot wet vest on you. They need the airflow and low humidity for the water to evaporate. That is what cools you. If this is where you want it for, then the type with the cooling tubes would work great.
Now if you want it for a trip to the western US. then they work great with a mesh jacket. I have lived in the desert SW for over 15 years and have used the vest on many trips. The humidity is usually in the 20% or less range other than a few weeks during monsoon season. When I get to the mid west, my vest does not get any use at all. I just dry it out and then soak it when I get back in the middle of the US on my return trip. I just drink a lot of water and deal with the humid heat in the eastern US.
Here is a picture of mine. I store it in a small dry bag that has water in it when riding. I just pull it out when I need it in the afternoon when the heat gets up there. When you try to re soak it with a bottle of water on the side of the road, it does not get wet enough. It needs to be completely soaked to work well. When I need to re soak it, just throw it back in the bag. I also carry a bottle of water with me to add to the dry bag when needed. I ride solo, so I just keep it strapped on the back seat for easy access.
You should be able to find one at the larger dealerships, or at a store like Cycle Gear. Any camping store will have the dry bag if you want to go that route. It works for me.
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Last edited by snowmoer; 09-09-2019 at 04:05 PM.