Koolin' Klothz Evaporative Clothing
Quick Look by Glenn W. for webBikeWorld.com
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This is a "Quick Look" because it's really a follow-up
to the original webBikeWorld
Klothz review of October 2006.
I did not even realize
that the product had been reviewed previously until I had already
written this one and found the original as I was doing some
What's amazing is that I never talked to Bill (the original
author) about this product, and we ended up with nearly identical
results and words, right down to the Absorber reference (see
So either we've been hanging around too much (or not enough,
because neither of us realized the other had tried this product)
or we're on the same wavelength when it comes to hot weather
But that's good news, because it proves that the product
must work. When I talked to Rick about all this, he said go
ahead and submit it, because the new version of the Koolin'
Klothz are much different from the simple yellow rectangle in
the 2006 review. So here you are:
The nasty and wet winter turned into a nasty and wet spring,
then in typical fashion, all of a sudden it turned hot and humid,
and here we are.
I'll take cold over hot any day for motorcycle riding, especially
when you add in the steamy humidity that's typical around here.
I don't know why, but I'm just miserable when the weather
is like that -- my British ancestry I guess.
And I agree with Bill - I've also tried the evaporative cooling
vests, but I just don't like riding around in what feels like
a wet mop clinging to my ribs.
But these "Koolin' Klothz" neck wraps, helmet liners
and other evaporative clothing items are a good compromise.
I've been using the bandanna wrapped around my neck and the
helmet liner, and they really do seem to make a difference.
Koolin' Klothz are available in a variety of shapes, sizes
and colors, with head bands, neck bands, "Koolin'' Angles"
(what I call a bandanna) and the helmet liner or hat inserts.
They're hand made by a little ol' (young) lady in Texas.
The absorbent material on the bandanna is sewn inside a fabric
triangle, made from 100% cotton. The hat insert is made from "raw"
absorbent or evaporative material, but it's nicely sewn together
to fit just on the crown of the head, above the ears.
The actual absorbent fabric is similar to those German "Absorber"
towels mentioned by Bill, the ones used to dry a motorcycle.
But the material used in these newer Koolin' Klothz is different;
the fabric seems softer and thinner and not as rubbery.
Koolin' Klothz head cover when wet. Outside (L) and inside blind
Koolin' Klothz head cover dry (L). Fabric and sewing detail
These things are as hard as a rock when they're dry, and
it takes a bit of soaking to get them to loosen up and absorb
all the water the first time out of the package. I found that
it uses less water if I fill a bowl and just let the Koolin'
Klothz soak in there for a while, rather than wasting water
by running it in the sink.
Once they're wet, they're wet for a long time. I rode with
the bandanna for a couple of hours, took it home and threw it
over a chair back, and the next morning it was still damp. This
may be due to the cotton, which takes forever to dry. I'm kind
of wondering why they didn't use some type of wicking poly fabric,
but I'm not sure if that would be better or worse.
I can wear the bandanna for a couple of hours in very hot
weather and it still feels damp. the "cool" thing
about it is I can take it off, shake it out and wave it in the
air for a few seconds, then it feels cool again when I put it
A cooling bandanna around the neck is a good idea, because
of the large amount of blood flowing up through there to, uh,
most people's brains. Cooling down this blood and the neck has
a nice effect, and the best thing is that I don't feel all sticky
like I do when wearing an evaporative vest.
The Koolin' Klothz hat insert is less effective I think,
probably because on some/most helmets, the ventilation is a
joke, and the product seems to work best if it gets a little
air flowing over it to evaporate the moisture.
Most of the Koolin'' Klothz are available in either a solid
color or print, and it looks like they occasionally have other
colors or might make up special or group orders also.
The prices seem a bit on the high side, but this is a product
that should last pretty much forever, and it's cheaper than
one of those evaporative vests.
I definitely think the Koolin' Klothz neck
wrap or bandanna is a useful device for riding in hot weather.
It's kind of a simple idea that's well executed, and they're
easy to use -- just add water!
Product Review: Koolin' Klothz Evaporative
Price: $3.50 to $50.00
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Date: July 2009
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From "D.M." (7/09): "I
have been using these for years, and they have been a big hit
with every one I show mine to. As a firefighter, we are always
looking for an easy way to stay cool on long hot incidents,
and these are the ticket. And yes they do last forever even
with the abuse our department can give. I still have one of
the originals, its over 5 years old now and still looks new!"