Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
June 26, 2015

I had just returned from the Hot Rod Power Tour, with stops in unbelievably hot and humid Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, when I got the press release from Summit Racing for the HyperKewl vest. Talk about good timing from a marketing guy! This is just the thing for road trips in a non-air conditioned musclecar like many of us have.

The vest is made by Techniche International Climate Control Products and sold through Summit Racing, and is designed to keep you cool even in the hottest weather. The HyperKewl system uses evaporative cooling to keep the heat at bay. You simply soak the vest in water for one to two minutes, wring it out, and put it on. The special HyperKewl fabric sewn into the vest absorbs the water then releases it slowly to provide you with five to 10 hours of cooling. The HyperKewl vests have close to a 100 wet/dry cycle lifespan, which means you'll stay cool for several summers.

We got one to test and found that it works as advertised. It’s a bit difficult to wring all of the water out of the vest after soaking it, but it helps to use a towel. It’s also a little bit heavier than expected, with all the water still soaked into the fabric, but that’s a fine tradeoff compared to sweating our butts off in an older musclecar without air conditioning. Summit Racing carries several types of HyperKewl cooling vests, and all feature a durable, comfortable quilted nylon outer with a HyperKewl fabric inner lining, water-repellant nylon liner, and black cotton-poly elastic trim. Our Sport Vest has a zip-up front with V-neck and front pockets, and came in blue, though they have several colors to choose from including a “traffic safety” bright green in case you’re working a construction job on the roadside. The price tag on our vest was $44.97.

Summit Racing also carries HyperKewl beanies and cooling towels to keep your head and appendages nice and cool, and when the weather turns cold, Summit has Techniche's ThermaFur T-shirts, headbands, headwarmers, and helmet liners that will keep you toasty during the winter months.

To “activate” the cooling function of the vest we soaked it in the kitchen sink for two minutes.
Wring out as much of the water as you can. We eventually wrapped a towel around the vest while wringing it out and that helped.
Our ’69 Mustang doesn’t have air conditioning, but the vest keeps us cool on hot summer cruises.
There are several different colors and styles of the vest available, as well as other HyperKewl products like hats, neck bands, etc.