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All-weather jacket in hot weather

Hi all,

I'm going to be doing a small trip through France this summer at the start of August and imagine it'll be pretty hot. I've currently got an all-weather biking jacket but am worried I'll boil alive whilst I'm there.

I've seen various posts about mesh jackets, etc and whilst they look great and are a future buy, but I've just not got the cash right now.

So, is there any advice on surviving hot weather in an all purpose jacket?

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Wet your t-shirt and leave the zipper in the jacket 10cm open.
Some people use a wet scarf (not possible for mee, it triggers migraine).

If you use a camelback then fill it with water and drool it all over your face, disgusting and refreshing.

Be careful with water in your gloves and boots, but some in your trousers can be okay.

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The insulation works both ways and seems to keep the heat out! It's cooler up in the mountains and that's where the best roads are anyway. My advice is remove the lining, obviously, and open all the vents and just tough it out. Only stop in the shade and get the jacket off ASAP. The most important thing is to retain the protection of the jacket and not compromise. I was in Grasse in 40c+ a couple of years ago and it was murder. Up above 800m was lovely though.
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Did I mention I love my Rev'it Off Trak with Dakar Pants(US)?

3 layers as per the current adventure wear standard. Works in hot and cold and everywhere in between.
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........3 layers as per the current adventure wear standard. Works in hot and cold and everywhere in between.
I know it's not my thread but would be interested to know about the adventure wear standard and what the 3 layers consist of if you could please.
Thanks very much.
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You could try a Core Cooler, Tues did a review of it HERE on HU, and because I believe every word she says apart from which way nuts and bolts undo, I bought one on the strength of her reviex. It's fantastic!! So good in fact that because it's 38°C here in my tiny office with the non-opening window I've actually got it on now.

My gran always used to say if you can keep your wrists, ankles and neck cool then the rest of you should feel cool, I think it's because you've got quite high blood flow with the veins/arteries very close to the surface, The Core Cooler works for your neck, but you could get yourself some of those wrist sweatbands tennis players love and keep them soaked in water which will also cool you down a lot. If you wear shorter boots you could put those round your ankles too.

Finally, a fine misting bottle, small enough for your pocket can be great too. I got mine from Boots.



Just open your visor and squirt a bit in across your brow*. It helps clear the sweat out of your eyes and again, makes you feel cooler than you probably are.





*probably best to do this when stopped.
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Rev`ıt gear rocks

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Did I mention I love my Rev'it Off Trak with Dakar Pants(US)?

3 layers as per the current adventure wear standard. Works in hot and cold and everywhere in between.

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Tried and tested both the offroad jacket and dakar pants in +47 degrees heat in Pakistan and -10 in the Himalayas (Nepal and India). Best investment I`ve ever made!
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I know it's not my thread but would be interested to know about the adventure wear standard and what the 3 layers consist of if you could please.
Thanks very much.

Best to look at their website yourself:

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Hı ı bought a 3 ın 1 Joe Rocket jacket from M&P for 30 GBP + 5 GBP postage (reduced from 260). the bottom layer ıs the aır mesh but ıt stıll contaıns all the body armour. ı hıghly recommend ıt. Andy
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Rev't Off track

+1 for the Rev'it Off Track! Adapts well to either hot or cold, well made and considerably cheaper than some of the other 'adventure' type jackets around.

You really won't regret it.
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Tried and tested both the offroad jacket and dakar pants in +47 degrees heat in Pakistan and -10 in the Himalayas (Nepal and India). Best investment I`ve ever made!
I think thats +3 for the Off Track jacket and Dakar pants
Rev'It gear is bloody awesome and hard to beat for quality, functionality and value. I thoroughly recommend their gear!

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Hi i did the HUMM (Northern Spain in Summer) in my winter gear and suffered. Sweating like a hog and uncomfortable all the time. Wouldn't recommend it.

For 2009 I bought a pair of desert pants (Akido not the most expensive) and got a mesh bodyarmour with a light protective overjacket.

In the heat of the day, the mesh armour on it's own was enough.

Being comfortable is hugely important. Spend a few bob on suitable gear and enjoy your trip -leave the suffering for us Catholics!

BTW I love my summer kit and especially my desert pants and wear them here well into the winter.

Get onto EBAy now and pick up kit cheaply (buy helmets and boots in person!)

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