Since they’re constantly exposed to the elements, motorcycle riders have to make use of things like mesh riding jackets in the summer and waterproof layers in the rainy season to stay somewhat comfortable and protected. In this age where assorted motorcycle gizmos popping up, maybe such ‘analog’ solutions can be improved upon. French startup Chill Ride seems to think so, as the brand’s cooled and heated vest takes a more active approach to rider comfort and temperature control.
The Chill Ride vest makes use of radiators and a pump to cool and circulate water-based coolant throughout the device—sort of like liquid cooling for the rider instead of the bike’s engine. It draws power from the bike’s electrical system and uses the included radiators mounted on either side of the front wheel to chill the liquid used in the cooling loop. To warm the rider up, the vest directly makes use of the bike’s electronics and bypasses the radiators entirely.
To control the vest’s cooling and heating functions, Chill Ride includes a handlebar-mounted control unit with the package, which might need a bit of work to fit on a bike with clip-on handlebars. To ensure that the rider doesn’t embarrass themselves when dismounting the bike, the control unit flashes LED lights and emits sounds to remind the them to disconnect the tether first. In the event of an accident, the hydraulic tether quickly and safely disconnects, avoiding further damage to the rider and the bike.
The people behind the Chill Ride vest concept advocate for rider safety, and hope that with the use of their cooled and heated vest, riders will be able to wear full protective gear comfortably even in summer.
Excited to try out this vest in our summer heat? Assuming that Chill Ride’s Kickstarter campaign meets its €35,000 (about P2,064,000) goal, you’ll have to wait until summer next year, which is when the brand plans to make its vests available to the public. Until then, the cooling vest system is available through Chill Ride’s Kickstarter campaign at an early bird price of €649, or about P38,000.
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