Thursday , July 13, 2017 - 5:00 AM
After an article earlier this summer on staying cool on a hot ATV trail, I was approached by a vendor who displayed a new product at the Salt Lake Off-Road Expo last April — a seat cover to keep riders cool on hot days on the trail.
At the time of the show, temperatures were still fairly cool. With the triple-digit temperatures we have in July, Jay Leaf had my attention.
The idea came to him during his career as a mailman. He drove a mail route in one of those unique mail trucks that don’t come with air conditioning. The window is open constantly to enable mail delivery, and those seats can get pretty hot. He has been successful marketing his seat cover to mailmen all over the country and has now developed a dual-seat system for UTVs.
It consists of two beaded seat covers secured to the seats by Velcro straps. Tubing circulates ice water through the covers, keeping your backside nice and cool. The ice water comes from a 48-quart ice chest that fits in the cargo space on the UTV. The cooler contains a small pump that plugs into the auxiliary power outlet and a push button is built into the plug with a light that indicates that the pump is running.
When the cooler is filled with ice and enough water to submerge the pump, ice water will circulate through the tubing. Plenty of room is available to keep drinks and your lunch cold all day. The cooler is big enough to hold 40 pounds of ice.
We were about an hour getting everything in place and secured. After the system was installed, I was anxious to give it a try.
It was 98 degrees in the parking lot below the Bountiful “B” when we unloaded just before 7 pm. There is no shade to be had anywhere in that parking area.
Riding in a hot wind, I could feel the system working right from the start. The air temperatures cooled as we climbed the canyon road, but the seat, which would still be warm situated over a hot engine, was pleasantly cool.
We finished a ride of 25 miles, climbing to an altitude of 9,100 feet. While the air began to cool higher up, it was still in the 80s when we got back to the truck at 9:30 p.m.
I appreciated being able to control the temperature with the push button. By the time we finished the ride, I felt like I was sitting on a block of ice. Jay told me that there is a battery pack option when no auxiliary power is available. He also offers a thermostat as an accessory.
This system made a difference in the ride and I can see more rides in the future being more comfortable because of it. You can get more information by going to Jay’s website — www.cooldatazz.com and a video is available on YouTube. Type in “Cool Dat Azz reviews.” The dual-seat system runs $350 and is not difficult to install.
I also found a beaded vest on the internet that works on the same principle. The vest can be worn next to the skin or over a T-shirt. It is best worn with a jacket to hold in the cool. I also found bandanas containing absorbent beads that, when soaked in cold water, will keep your neck cool all day.
Remembering a special misting fan I received as a gift some time ago, I pulled it out of the closet. This is a spray bottle with a battery-powered fan. When the fan is on, and the trigger is squeezed, a pleasing mist is produced. A loving sweetheart could keep you misted and cool sitting beside you as you negotiate a hot trail.
Never mind, my wife read this and it ain’t going to happen.
I was pleased with the product Jay installed in my UTV. When you go out on the trail, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and check out the ways of staying cool on a hot trail.
Contact Lynn Blamires at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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