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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:23 pm    Post subject: Cooling system for Wookie suits Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drink lots of fluids ahead of time... and eat a good high carb meal the day before. Stamina is key for us wooks... no cooling vest can replace stamina. I have yet to see an affordable system that will last longer than an hour at best. Most suits are ok for a short period then become anoying as all they do is add weight... not cooling.

Just my thoughts... Stamina!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The key is to keep moving. The longer you stand still the more you will bake. You can actually be quite cool if you are in a place that is breezy or windy. Both the latch hook suits and the NFTech suits use a mesh fabric as their base, and the hair can sort of act like a radiator (to some extent), so if you move around and get some air flow you will be good.

Computer fans are an old standby. The key is to create air flow. Air from the top of the mask should be sucked out (possibly through a hose) and air from lower parts of the mask should be sucked in. If you only have enough room for one or the other, opt for an exhaust fan that draws hot air from the top of the mask.

There was a discussion on the subject of costume cooling at last year's DragonCon. I went to this panel with my dad, who is a firefighter. He told me about a study that had recently been done by his department to determine the best way to lower body temperature when firefighters emerge from a burning building. They discovered that room temperature water (70 degrees Fahrenheit) running over the forearms was the only thing that was effective.
I'll have to get the study to see the details but I might try building some kind of cooling gauntlets to try and duplicate the effect.

I'm a cyclist (approx. 100 miles per week) and I ride even when its really hot. I've always been told that you want to drink water that is lukewarm not ice cold. Ice cold water tricks your brain into thinking you are cooler than you actually are and you sweat less. Remember that sweat is how your body gets rid of heat.

I've never tried the cooling vests and I've been told by others that the effect just doesn't last. Something you might try is making a vest with computer heatsinks and/or heatpipe.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice all around.

But just to add my 2 cents, I have a small Cameback that I can run the drinking tube up through the bottom of my mask. No one knows it's even there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it goes without saying, when you are re-hydrating, you want actual water. No soft drinks.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a cooling vest that I wear under my Vader. It's the kind with the pouches that you charge up by putting them in ice water (or the freezer) and then slide them into pouches on a vest.
It works well for Vader for about 2 hours, then it's just more weight.

I tried it under my Chewie costume and the pouches were thawed in about an hour and a half, so I haven't used it for Chewie since.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've tried the vest, which is heavy and melts fast. I've got a fan in the mask, which is the one thing I can't live without. The best two things I've found are the camelback, and one of those gel neck coolers, the ones with the gel crystals you soak in water. It helps to cool the carotid arteries and lasts quite a while.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's very difficult for me to have the mask on without my mini (squirrel) fan on... in fact I bought a second one to get more air flow from the top and bottom of the mask (thanks Matt for the advice!).
Good luck with your build!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheNegotiator wrote:
It's very difficult for me to have the mask on without my mini (squirrel) fan on... in fact I bought a second one to get more air flow from the top and bottom of the mask (thanks Matt for the advice!).
Good luck with your build!


Cool, do you think you can elaborate on how you put it all together, and include some photos?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll certainly give it a try! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derek, where did you get your squirrel fans? I'm curious to see how big they are and what their nose and CFM ratings are.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is basically no room in my mask for a fan. If I put one on top of the head, it would still have to be a small one. I have a CPU fan lying around, I wonder if that would make a difference.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on guys suck it up. Peter didnt have fans in his mask. Its not that hot..... Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wookiewannabe wrote:
Come on guys suck it up. Peter didnt have fans in his mask. Its not that hot..... Evil or Very Mad


Hehe this is basically true, depending on where in the world you troop. I am more curious because I love to build things, rather than it being effective or of much use. Smile
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