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Cool Medics Cooling Vest

Cool Medics
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Sleeveless riding vest with stand up collar to cool the neck. Zipper front with slightly fitted shape. Hip length and shorter in the front, so as not too limit the rider’s movement. 

Cool Medics Cooling Vests are constructed from a patented three-layer fabric that by combining hydrophilic fibers into a fibrous batting core and a thermally conductive lining, will provide cooling after allowing the product to soak in water for 30 seconds to one minute. (Not longer!) The water activates the cooling process by charging the fibers with moisture and creating an environment for evaporation. When moisture in the batting evaporates, heat is removed and cools the surrounding area, transferring the cooling effect to the wearer.

Depending upon the environment this cooling could last up to 8 hours, and can be recharged again by simply immersing the product in water to restart the cooling process. 

Ladies XS (35" chest), S (37" chest), M (39" chest), L (41" chest), XL (44" chest).

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    Cool Medics Cooling Vest is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good This vest isn't bad - and it is certainly better than nothing. As someone who is extremely heat sensitive, I knew after I got heat stroke whilst riding in early May, something had to change. I found this CoolMedics vest and gave it a shot.The good news? I haven't had heat stroke since, and I've ridden on some *really hot* days. The bad news? I'm always soaking wet when I wear this thing. I swear, no matter how much I wring it out, my clothes are absolutely drenched several minutes after putting it on. I don't know if that's just my vest or what, but it's kind of annoying. Still, a small price to pay for being cool.The vest is attractive and I am not embarrassed to wear it at the barn at all (I can't say the same for another cooling vest I tried - too bad, that one *really* worked!). It is relatively stylish and tasteful.The vest is quite heavy when wet and stays that way for a long, long time. Mine takes a solid five days to dry out, which seems kind of weird. Also, after about a month of wearing it 2-3x a week, some of the little absorbing cells aren't puffing up like they used to. However the vest still seems to cool appropriately so maybe it's just fine. The crystals that are used do tend to escape the vest so you will look like you have dandruff :)All in all I would recommend it. It's certainly better than nothing and is really great on non-humid days. We have a lot of humidity here and it is still helpful but less so, I think. Still, I have experienced much less heat-related fatigue since purchasing this vest, and will continue to wear it.Oh - as others have mentioned, it runs small. Like, really really really small. I ordered a size up and barely squeezed into it. Vests of comparative size usually leave me swimming around in them, so order a size up at minimum! It is supposed to be form fitting, but it's not supposed to be a girdle. ;)
    Date published: 2011-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cool, but heavy This vest really does work, I was skeptical, but I figured it would be better than riding with nothing in the Alabama heat/humidity combo. The first time I used it I was actually cool enough that I got chilled and had to take it off! I love this and I will be ordering another one soon in something other than white.
    Date published: 2010-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool but heavy Good news : this vest does make you feel cooler. Bad news: weighs 6 lbs when wet. And yes, evaporative cooling does involve your shirt below the vest being wet. Not soppy, just moist. It runs alittle small, I would recommend ordering up a size.
    Date published: 2009-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Really Works Although I often purchase from SmartPak, I didn't buy my Cool Medics Vest here. I just couldn't resist writing a review when I saw that they are carrying this product. I've had one for two years now - it is fabulous! When I saw a clinician wearing this first in 100 plus degree weather, I thought to myself - "what the ..." But then I tried it on and totally understood and had to have one myself. It works just as described - you totally immerse for about a minute, squeeze the excess water out and put it on. It’s hard to explain, but the vest won't even feel particularly wet. But it WILL keep you cool! It is wonderful! I love mine. Keep in mind that, as shown in the picture, they are somewhat form fitting. If you live in a warm climate, this vest will make all the difference in the world. Highly recommend!
    Date published: 2009-02-04
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