*Note to mods - I don't have the user privileges to post in the product review section - please move or delete as you deem necessary* So cool it's hypercool. Picture this, it’s a stinking hot day and you’re miles from home out on your bike. You’ve had a long stop and while you’re nice and rested and adequately hydrated, you still have the prospect of trying to wriggle into your sweaty leathers to make the journey home. You’re already uncomfortably hot and sweating, and you just can’t seem to find a way to convince yourself you’ll be ok once you’re on the bike and moving. It’s the kind of day that if you flip up your visor to get some fresh air your eyes will immediately go dry and begin to burn. There’s no way around it, you’re facing the ride from hell. Well that was my day last weekend. I went to visit some friends two hours away at a racetrack and it was a stinker of a day, although much fun was had by all. But honestly I would of preferred to walk home than put the leathers back on. Everybody else was getting ready to leave except me. That’s when Luke from Sixty Degrees offers me the use of his Hyperkewl jacket. To be perfectly frank, it doesn’t look very cool. It looks like somebody made a jacket out of the quilt from their Mum’s bed. I’m about ready to turn my nose up at it but truth be told I was ready to try anything. All you need to do is get this quilt cardigan and soak it in water, wring off the excess and hey presto you’re now an evaporative cooler. The only water we had readily available was the ice water from the esky, so I managed to achieve a drop in temperature in just under a second. Things were looking up. With renewed vigour I went from “I don’t want to ride my bike I’m going to leave it here and walk home”, to “hey I’m gearing up and giving this thing a try” in a heartbeat. What was a ride I was loathing was now a ride I was looking forward to. I said my farewells sporting my newly acquired wet Hyperkewl evaporative quilt looking cardigan, and managed to give everybody soggy hugs (even the girls*) and I was on my way. For the first five minutes of my ride I spent a bit of time focusing on how I felt. I was convinced when it was explained to me how it works that I wouldn’t like the feeling of riding while wearing a wet jacket. I couldn’t have been anymore wrong. Because after the first five minutes I was into the corners and the hyperkewl jacket never crossed my mind again. I spent the next hour on some of my most favourite roads completely focused on the task at hand, which was having the time of my life riding my bike. It was only when I dropped in elevation that the temperature dropped and I realised I was getting cold. That’s the first time since setting out that I noticed the jacket and it’s effects. I needed fuel anyway, but I actually started to look forward to stopping so I could take the jacket off!!! While I was fuelling up I had some time to reflect on how good the Hyperkewl jacket really is. I still had another hour’s worth of riding ahead of me and I had just enjoyed the ride that I left behind me. But because I still had the energy and wasn’t fatigued I knew I was going to enjoy the rest of the riding ahead of me. I didn’t feel in the slightest bit dehydrated because the jacket had been doing all of the sweating for me. If anything, it had trapped moisture against my body and had been nourishing me. I was sold at that point. I’ve been up and down those roads more times than I can count, and I know all too well how I should have been feeling at that point. But to be feeling that good about riding, and eager to fuel up and get going again when I would usually be completely spent and worn out….let’s just say the grin I got from riding was a lot bigger than it usually it is. The jacket had surpassed all expectations. With the current weather being so extreme, the windows of opportunity to get out for a ride are becoming smaller and smaller. It’s either belting down with rain or the sun is frying the bitumen. If you’ve ever decided to not go for a ride because of the heat then you’re going to love the hyperkewl jacket, it opens up more days of the year to get out and have some fun. Just how cool will it make you? Well picture this, you’re out with your mates on a stinking hot day and they’re all complaining about sweat rash, chaffing and unbearable thirst, and all you want to do is get back on the bike and keep riding, yeah that’s pretty cool Many thanks to Luke and Kat @ Sixty Degrees Motorcycles for giving me the opportunity to try out the Hyperkewl vest. It was a Godsend. *Helpful Hints: Hugging girls in white T-shirts while wearing a wet vest is highly recommended. Also take a backpack with you and a plastic bag in case you need to take the vest off, although after wearing it for a few hours it does dry out and lose some of its effect. If it dries out too much then it can become warm, so you’ll need to find a source of water. Also it’s not very effective for cooling beer, you’ll still need an esky for that.