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#1 Trung Dau

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 10:27 AM

Hi guys,

i'm going to back to my country, VIetnam. And i'm going to start my steadicam operator job in Vietnam. But it is too hot in Vietnam.
Last 2 years, i used the glidecam V8, i only can do the job for 20 minutes. Because it was too hot witht he vest, I got sweat all the time, The vest even got wet.

U guys know any solution?
Is it a good solution https://www.coolvest.com ? I'm afraid that the vest gonna be too tight, and then the cool bag will ve broken.

Thanks
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#2 Erik Brul

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 10:56 AM

Hi guys,

i'm going to back to my country, VIetnam. And i'm going to start my steadicam operator job in Vietnam. But it is too hot in Vietnam.
Last 2 years, i used the glidecam V8, i only can do the job for 20 minutes. Because it was too hot witht he vest, I got sweat all the time, The vest even got wet.

U guys know any solution?
Is it a good solution https://www.coolvest.com ? I'm afraid that the vest gonna be too tight, and then the cool bag will ve broken.

Thanks
Trung Dau


Trung,
I have done a lot of Steadiwork in hot weather, here in the Netherlands and for example in Malta and Florida.
These shots were several hours.. Every guy overhere get's sweaty, we all are.., in my eyes it seems almost impossible to work without any sweat. But you can always wash the parts of the vest, no problem at all.

In really hot weather it is nice to wear a towel (cold/soaked) in your neck, it works for me..

Best, Erik
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#3 MarkKaravite

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:26 PM

There's no way around sweating on a hot day. Once I switched to a Klassen Universal vest, only my back sweats, as the front is open. Either way, I always let the vest air dry overnight, and wash the parts when needed.

One thing I swear by lately are the nice, sweat wicking T shirts. Nike Dri Fit, Columbia, UnderArmor etc... all make this very comfortable material that wicks the sweat off of your skin, and the shirts dry off themselves during a break. You end up a bit gamey by the end of the day, but that is going to happen anyway. The Dri Fit shirts are way better than a cotton T shirt.

Other than that, just be in shape, wear sensible shoes and embrace the elements. You'll enjoy yourself much more that way.

Best regards,
Mark
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#4 Trung Dau

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 01:02 AM

THanks Erik and MArk for ur helpful information!!!!!

Writting them out in my note book!!!!

I thinking about another solution : buy an extra pads kit for the vest; when the vest is wet cause of sweating, i will change the pads kit and dry wet parts under the sunsight ( under sunsight, they will be dried fastly ).
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#5 chris fawcett

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:04 AM

Hi Guys,

I am big into wicking t-shirts, except when flying. The reason is, I don't want the sweat wicking into my vest. Instead, I carry a supply of cotton t-shirts to change into. Not an elegant solution, I grant you.

If you drink lots of water, you can stand a lot of heat. If I'm doing a live under lights, I'll clip a Camelback into my vest back so I can take a sip of water every few minutes.

As in real life, it's important to drink ahead of your thirst. Don't wait until you are parched. Also, don't drink large amounts of chilled water.

All the best,

Chris
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#6 Trung Dau

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 12:07 PM

Chris,

Water is always available in Vietnam. hehehhee
I know a very good quality t-shirts brand in Vietnam, only 2 Euro per white T-shirt. I can bring 10 t-shirts for a shooting day, and a towel for drying myself for each time changing T-shirt. Also a good solution. I will try every solutions from u guys, And will find out the most suitable for me.

Edited by Trung Dau, 14 August 2007 - 12:16 PM.

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#7 MarkKaravite

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:00 PM

Hey Chris,

Great idea using the Camelback. I have a festival concert this week, and the DP informed me that they want to shoot every act!!! I'm gong to buy a Camelback tomorrow.

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Mark
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#8 chris fawcett

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 04:27 AM

Hi Mark,

The model I use is a Platypus. It easily clips on to the back of the vest.

http://www.platypush...l.aspx?ProdID=5

Don't forget your earplugs too!

All the best for your shoot,

Chris
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#9 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 02:41 PM

Stretch fit water wicking type shirts are great (a product that actually does what it's supposed to) and a bunch of cheep towels. Cheep because they will get stolen all day long by wardrobe, production and other towel thief's on set.
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