Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Thursday November 27, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Motorsports

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-19-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
gt9729b
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 88456
Join Date: Jun 2005
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Winter Park, FL
Vehicle:
2005 STi
Black

Default Cool Shirt Users?

I apologize if this is in the wrong place, but I thought I'd get the best response out of Motorsports and it didn't seem to fit anywhere else (OT, maybe?). Please move as necessary.

Does anyone have any experience with a cool shirt? As in the one pictured here:

http://www.hmsmotorsport.com/imgView...m-Complete.jpg

I'm looking for something to help combat the heat outside and this would necessarily be used in a motorsports situation as much as a farming one. It would be for my dad. Regardless, does anyone have any thoughts on cool shirts? Do they work? Not worth the money? A suitable alternative maybe?

This would be for a belated Father's Day present for my tractorin', heat hatin' dad. Thanks.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
gt9729b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
boost junkie
Top Scoob 009
 
Member#: 68273
Join Date: Aug 2004
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Vehicle:
2012 WRX
GD Race Car in progress

Default

I don't personally use one since I'm not in the car long enough to need it but from what I have heard that system works extremely well. Just fill up the cooler with ice water and it should keep him cool for quite awhile. They are widely used in endurance racing in hot conditions.
boost junkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2009, 03:36 PM   #3
goto_racing
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 69261
Join Date: Aug 2004
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: Scotts Valley, CA
Default

They work GREAT. I have been using them for 3 years now, and wondered why I waited.

Get the largest cooler possible. the downside is that even in the big system, the ice is used up after about an hour. you need to refil often I would imagine if you were working all day on a tractor.
goto_racing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2009, 04:38 PM   #4
RB5 Clone
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 30909
Join Date: Dec 2002
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: lastditchracing.net & 03 STI
Vehicle:
RA East Open Class
Champs 07-08-09

Default cool shirts = cool!

we have used cool shirts for years in our rally cars, they are THe shiznits for hot days in cars w/no AC. you stay fresher longer, don't lose concentration from overheating, and can jump right out of a hot steamin race car and talk to the assembled media hordes lookin your best (yeh, right! )

couple ways to extend cooling time: use block ice with a little bit of water for circulating thru the shirt; put a switch on the pump that's easliy reachable from drivers seat, this way you can just give yourself a blast of coolness without it running all the time (which eats up ice quick) and switch it off much of the time; have also found that the switch really helps when ice n water is fresh and super cold, sometimes running the pump all the time makes you TOO cold.

finally, need to flush the cooling tubes out when it's time for extended storage, don't want no science projects growing in them tubes! we launder the shirts inside out on gentle cycle to avoid damaging tubes. etc etc

seems that everybody learns one thing about cool suits the hard way....to disconnect the coolin tubes before you try to get outa the car!
RB5 Clone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2009, 05:22 PM   #5
573
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 144821
Join Date: Mar 2007
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Troy, Michigan
Vehicle:
1994 LS1 Miata
2015 white WRX

Default

I have no experience with it, but here's a diy that I ran into a while ago.

http://specthismiata.com/2008/08/03/...-shirt-system/
573 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2009, 05:37 PM   #6
2superblus
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 33526
Join Date: Mar 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Brookfield, Wi
Vehicle:
2013 WRB W/Gold BRZ
08 STI WRB w/Gold, 02 WRX

Default

http://www.pegasusautoracing.com/gro...upID=COOLSHIRT

Best thing for keeping you cool in the heat. I know some flame cutting shops that use them for all there employees.
2superblus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 02:27 PM   #7
Patrick L
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 634
Join Date: Dec 1999
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Tulsa, OK
Vehicle:
2000 Impreza 2.5RS
Becasue ITS racecar

Default

Shirt question
The hose connecters for the shirts the same between the CoolShirt and FAST systems?
Patrick L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2012, 04:04 PM   #8
RB5 Clone
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 30909
Join Date: Dec 2002
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: lastditchracing.net & 03 STI
Vehicle:
RA East Open Class
Champs 07-08-09

Default

pretty sure both use same tubes & connectors, it's standard grade (ie high-quality) medical stuff.
RB5 Clone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2012, 11:28 PM   #9
Patrick L
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 634
Join Date: Dec 1999
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Tulsa, OK
Vehicle:
2000 Impreza 2.5RS
Becasue ITS racecar

Default

OK thx
Patrick L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 10:41 AM   #10
JSC Speed
NASIOC Vendor
 
Member#: 75126
Join Date: Nov 2004
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Doylestown, PA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RB5 Clone View Post
pretty sure both use same tubes & connectors, it's standard grade (ie high-quality) medical stuff.
They use the same quality of materials but Cool Shirts and FAST shirts are not cross-compatible. The connectors are different, but you can buy and change connectors to make them work together.

For endurance racing we fill the cooler about half-way with water then put two frozen gallon jugs of water into it (with the caps on still). The ice cools the circulating water and melts slowly enough that the water stays cool for almost two hours. Of course it helps to keep the cooler out of the sun and as cool as possible.

Cheers,
Justin@JSC
JSC Speed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 01:40 AM   #11
555ideways
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 36652
Join Date: May 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JSC Speed View Post
They use the same quality of materials but Cool Shirts and FAST shirts are not cross-compatible. The connectors are different, but you can buy and change connectors to make them work together.

For endurance racing we fill the cooler about half-way with water then put two frozen gallon jugs of water into it (with the caps on still). The ice cools the circulating water and melts slowly enough that the water stays cool for almost two hours. Of course it helps to keep the cooler out of the sun and as cool as possible.

Cheers,
Justin@JSC


This. Ice cubes don't cut it. You need a big block of ice to go the full distance. A huge cooler is dumb and heavy.

The real smart way is to incorporate dry ice and copper tubing. That's what some ALMS teams were doing many years ago before a bunch of updates and rule changes. That **** will go forever and make the pit stops more efficient.

-Paddy
555ideways is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 01:42 AM   #12
555ideways
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 36652
Join Date: May 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Default

And those connectors are not that high quality. Actually about 50 cents a piece to manufacture and $5 to buy. The O Rings fail and clog the tubing after enough cycles. I'm using a lubricant in the water next time out for the health of the pump and connectors.

-Paddy
555ideways is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fizz - New Rays Engineering Shirts Available! Fizz Autosports MWSOC Vendor Classifieds 2 06-17-2010 01:39 PM
cool shirt suby_dude Off-Topic 9 04-15-2005 05:57 PM
Found a pretty cool shirt, check it Reckon Vancouver Impreza Club Forum -- VIC 4 10-17-2003 09:47 AM
('93-'01) really cool t-shirts WorldRallyRedneck Impreza Forum 9 10-09-2001 07:55 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.