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What is it? Simply put it’s like having Air Conditioning in your jacket which cools you down if the summer sun gets too much. It’s made of HyperKewl material which sounds very high tech, but I think it’s called that to help you get over the rather shocking price tag.

BMW Motorrad Cooling Vest


How does it work?


It’s simple enough, you soak it in cold water, give it a shake to rid it of excess water and put it on. The HyperKewl material in the vest holds the water and stops it from drying out too quickly, it will hold water for ages, but it wont soak the t-shirt or whatever you wear underneath. The cooling effect works through evaporation, just like how your skin evaporates water (sweat) off the surface of your skin to draw out heat. So, if you can get a fair decent airflow through your touring jacket for example, the Cooling Vest draws heat off your upper body by evaporating it’s water rather than your sweat.

The HyperKewl material locks in the moisture and stores it for “supposedly” up to 8 hours, reducing heat by around roughly 5-8°C compared to the ambient temperature.

It’s getting too hot for me..


Does it actually work?


Well I’ve been riding around Spain now since April, as I write this it’s mid July and it’s around 30°C (90°F) in the shade and closer to 38°C (100°F) in the sun on the roads off the coast. Suffice to say it’s fecken hot made interminally worse with my bike gear on, and yes, even in this heat I wear the full kit. I’ll leave the riding around in shorts and t-shirt to those who like to make EMT’s earn their pay cheque.

I ordered the BMW Cooling Vest from Jason Griffiths Motorcycles on the Isle of Man around February before heading to Spain and I got some very curious looks. No doubts Jason thought I was a mad Irishman with some very optimistic ideas of the prevailing weather patterns of summer on the island. Summer there lasts about 3 days on average before it switches back to Autumn mode lol

BMW Motorrad Cooling Vest

And yes, the BMW HyperKewl Cooling Vest most definitely does work! Once the temperature get’s up to 30°C my Celtic blood which is more used to northern climates starts to overheat and I get very uncomfortable, worse I get very tired very quickly. The Cooling Vest is “for me” one of the best bits of kit I’ve bought in a long time as it definitely lowers my upper body core temperature and 30°C + (86°F) becomes a pleasure again. It’s as valuable to me as a heated vest in sub-zero temperatures. Everyone has a different tolerance for heat and cold, where I’ll ride happily without heated gear in temperatures as low as 0°C, temps above 30 wear me out very quickly which is why I bought BMW Cooling Vest in the hope it would help me.

Well I may not look HyperKewl, but I ‘aint sweating either ;)

For best results with the BMW Motorrad Cooling Vest I wear:

  • A light mesh t-shirt underneath or Level 1 Base Layer
  • And a jacket with good ventilation

The Cooling Vest works very well in my BMW Rallye 3 Jacket and even better in my Klim Badlands Pro Jacket. However, BMW’s claim that it works for up to 8 hours is a bit of a stretch. At around 30°C I found the vest starting to dry out around the chest area after 3 hours. Not a big issue, I just sprinkle a bit of water on it when I pull over for a drink/break or stick the vest in a sink at a petrol station toilet when I pull in for fuel.

Riding in the semi-deserts of Spain is enormous fun, but it’s gets mental hot in July..


Is it worth the money?


Well it’s not cheap, I paid around £65 GBP for it and to be honest I can’t get my head around the steep price. But if my BMW Cooling Vest got lost or stolen I would certainly buy another simply because I suffer badly in higher temperatures and I won’t ride without my full kit on. Wearing the vest is like having AC in my jacket. Also considering I spend a big chunk of the year living in Spain the Cooling Vest becomes invaluable. Usually at this time of the year “July” I’m off the bike along with a lot of ex-pats here in Spain, it’s too damn hot to ride. But no more, this year I’m still happily riding around.

The Klim Badlands Pro Jacket has excellent ventilation so pairs up well with a cooling vest..

So, in regards of usability and function I’m giving the BMW Motorrad Hyperkewl Cooling Vest an 8/10 for those like me who can’t handle the heat.


Value for money


That’s a tough one, it seems seriously overpriced, althoough it may be expensive to manufacture like Gore-Tex, but for riding around southern Europe in summer it’s invaluable for me. If it was around €45 EUR or £40 GBP I’d also give it a 8/10, but like most BMW kit it’s excellent, but pricey.

Either Way the HyperKewl gear works and there are other Cooling Vests available. Rev’It offer them as well – but they are around the same price. There are cheaper options on but from what I’ve seen I was not overly impressed, so while expensive, my money (at this time) would still go with either the BMW Motorrad Cooling Vest , or the REV’IT Liquid Cooling Vest. So, if ye don’t like the heat and don’t want to get out of the kitchen there is a way to make your life more comfortable.

Safe riding folks..

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One Response to “BMW Motorrad Hyperkewl Cooling Vest Review”

  1. Harper says:

    Hi Denis, sorry for write in spanish, but mi english is very poor.

    Hace tiempo compré un chaleco parecido y realmente funcionan muy bien. Me decidí a comprarlo cuando leí esta opinión:

    Con la palabra “refrigerado” al hacer la compra salia por unos 57 €.

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