- Head – Your head is a natural radiator, which is why Mom told you to put on a hat when you were cold – to keep the heat in. You want heat to be able to get out and many helmets put a premium on venting.
- Back – Heat also escapes through your back and if you’re wearing a back protector (which we recommend), you can get one that is breathable.
- Hands – Sweaty palms are no fun, so consider gloves that are perforated, have venting or incorporate mesh in non-impact areas.
- Feet – The soles of your feet can let go of a lot of heat, too, so consider perforated or vented boots for your summer riding.
Better in you than on you
Rock the vest (because on you helps, too)
Adding a layer when it is hot out may seem counter intuitive, but a warm-weather specific base will cool you off much faster. Brands such as Heat-Out make specially designed base layers that will help you stay cool. They work by drawing perspiration away from your skin resulting in rapid evaporation to help keep you cool.
Heat-Out gear is also made with an antimicrobial treatment to help eliminate odor causing bacteria from forming.
- dehydration – a lack of hydration resulting in headache, dry mouth, sleepiness/dizziness, dry skin, thirst.
- heat exhaustion – a result of your body overheating, leading to heavy sweating and a rapid pulse.
Other helpful hints:
- Thin long-sleeved shirts will hold your sweat better than short-sleeve, keeping you cooler under your jacket
- Use a wet bandana on your neck to keep yourself cooler (and avoid sunburn)
- Ride early or late, when it’s cooler – take a long lunch to avoid the hottest part of the day
- When you stop for a break, stop in the shade of a tree
- Perforated leather (with a cooling vest!) is better in triple digits, as it blocks some of the “hair dryer” effect
- Make sure the cooling system of your motorcycle is in tip-top shape so you don’t get stranded