Cooling Neck Wrap
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld.com
Cooling Vests Page
Klothz Update for 2009
I've either been accelerated through time in a
wormhole or the fall weather has bulldozed its way in
much quicker than I expected (or a combination thereof),
because it seems like yesterday I was riding in mesh
clothing and today I'm freezing my buns off.
The beautiful fall colors have reminded me that it's
a strange time to review a cooling neck wrap, but I was
supposed to do this one about two months ago and I kept
putting it off and now guilt has gotten the better of
So, I say, better late than never; there's always
next year; maybe global warming will create a huge
demand for cooling neck wraps in January and hey, don't
forget that our friends Down Under are just gearing up
for their summer too.
You're looking at the Koolin' Klothz brand of neck
cooling wraps; Koolin' Klothz makes neck wraps and other
cooling neck wraps, vests, bandanas, head bands and just
about anything else you can think of.
If the fabric looks vaguely familiar, it probably is
-- it's very similar to a product called "The Absorber",
which is a synthetic chamois drying towel that can be
found in most auto parts stores.
I have two
Absorber towels that I use to suck up the water after
washing the motorcycles and cars. The Absorber is
one of those products that I didn't think I needed and
now I don't know how I'd live without it.
They're pretty amazing, holding a claimed 50% more
water and absorbing moisture a claimed three times
faster than a similar sized fabric towel. I simply
lay the Absorber down on the wet painted surface and let
it absorb the water, which prevents spotting on the
paint. They can be used over and over and when
they get dirty, I throw them in the wash.
I use them for everything -- they can even be taken
on camping trips and used as drying towels because they
absorb so much water so quickly. My wife uses them
to dry the dogs and horses after a bath. It's
amazing how much moisture the fabric will hold -- it
simply pours out of the cloth when it's wrung out.
The only trick is that they actually have to be
stored damp -- if they're allowed to dry, they get as
stiff as old cardboard and have to be reconstituted with
The Koolin' Kloth comes in a Zip-Lock
plastic bag and it's slightly damp, just as it should
be. It can be folded and stored in a regular old
Zip-Lock or other type of household clear plastic
storage bag, as long as the bag will seal and keep in
I'm not sure if either The Absorber or the Koolin'
Klothz are treated with some type of anti-fungal,
anti-mildew coating, but I've always stored them damp
and I have never experienced a problem with mold or
mildew and they never smell like they're moldy either.
So the Koolin' Kloth cooling neck wrap seems very
similar to the material used in the Absorber, except
this specialized neck wrap version is slightly thinner,
which, along with its narrower profile, makes it better
suited to wrap around a neck.
I wear it wrapped around my neck, tucked underneath
my motorcycle jacket and I knot the front by folding one
end over and around the other. It doesn't have to
be soaking wet, although as I said, it will hold a lot
of water. The cloth is nice and cool -- as soon as
I wrap it around my neck I can really feel it, just like
I am wearing an air conditioner.
I like it much better than the cooling vests, which
are too damp and icky feeling underneath my jacket.
The wet vests make me feel like I've just fallen in a
swamp or something, and they don't smell very nice when
they're damp -- they have to be completely dried out
before storage or they'll smell musty. Plus,
they're hard to store on the bike, especially when
The Koolin Kloth can fit under the seat and what's
cool about it (pun intended) is that it can be stored
moist in the Zip-Lock bag so it's always ready to go.
It can be "recharged" by simply wetting it under a
faucet, with a water bottle, or even in a puddle in a
Since there are so many large veins and arteries in
the neck, keeping something cool wrapped around that
area really makes a difference. In fact, the
Koolin' Kloth feels so cold when I first put it on that
it usually gives me a chill -- I have to slowly lower it
on to my neck or I'll get goosebumps!
It comes in handy for wiping down the motorcycle or
the motorcycle seat after a surprise rainstorm, for
drying the bike after it's washed and it can even be
worn under a helmet (although they do have a special
helmet liner version).
The Koolin' Klothz come in various sizes, from a
small 8.5"x6.5" to the 13"x8.5" neck wrap seen here to a
larger sized 13"x17" drying towel. They're also
available in a variety of colors, including green,
yellow, natural (tan colored), red, blue, black and
I'm always in favor of multiple-use
products; that is, products that work both on and off
the bike, and this is one of them. The Koolin'
Kloth can be used as a cooling neck wrap anywhere around
the house and it can also be used for a variety of other
It gets very hot and humid here in the Mid-Atlantic
U.S.A. in the summer and the Koolin' Kloth cooling neck
wrap has helped me through this summer's hot riding
weather. I'll bet it will also work great for
desert riders and it's just the thing for that next
'round the world adventure tour. Check 'em out...
Review: Cooling Neck Wraps - Koolin' Klothz Neck Wraps
Retail Price: $3.50 to $14.00
|Colors: Green, yellow, natural (tan
colored), red, blue, black and purple.
|Review Date: October
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