Durability meets satisfaction in the form of the Original Cool Vest – Tan Khaki. Designed for those looking for a little more relief in their day, this versatile cooling vest is made from polycotton and includes one GlacierPack Comfort set. The innovation behind your cooling comfort, this cooling pack is made with a high tech, full barrier film that is hermetically sealed, allowing for easy cleaning and sterilization.
To find the comfort you need, simply put on an Original Cool Vest – Tan Khaki. Featuring a heavy duty front zipper, side elastic straps and over-the-shoulder adjustability, this versatile cooling vest is designed to fit a wide range of body sizes. When you’re finished, take out the packs and hand wash the vest with cold water and line dry.
- Color: tan
- Includes one GlacierPack Comfort set
- Weighs less than five pounds with GlacierPacks
- Dry and clean, not soggy and soaking wet like evaporative products
- Maintains a dry, comfortable 59°F / 15°C for up to 2.5 hours in 100°F / 38°C
- Self-contained, portable and unpowered – no cumbersome hoses, tubes or tethers
- Made in the USA
|Glacier Tek Cool Vests are ideal for:|
|Firefighter||Agriculture / Farmers|
|Food Service||Heat Sensitive Individuals|
|Government||Home / Everyday Use|
|SPECIAL SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS|
|We do not ship to the following countries (except to verified U.S. concerns therein, subject to verification by the resident U.S. Embassy in that country. NOTE: We ship to the U.S. military anywhere in the world and give it highest priority.)|
|Central African Republic||Pakistan||Yemen|
About our cooling technology
Glacier Tek cooling vests are powered by PureTemp, a nontoxic, biodegradable phase change material that freezes at a cool, but not cold, 59°F. The cooling technology is completely harmless to people, animals and the environment.
Weighing about 4 pounds, the Glacier Tek cool vests are comfortable and easy to use. They can recharge in about 20 minutes in ice and water, one hour in a freezer and a few hours to overnight in the refrigerator. The packs will last up to 2½ hours in a 100°F environment.
Cooling technologies offered by competitors fall short in a variety of ways:
Some PCM products use old-style petroleum byproducts, like hexadecane, which are hazardous chemicals.
- Petroleum-based PCMs are not completely biodegradable and may take years or decades to decompose, leading to long-term effects on the environment
- Some paraffins, and other petroleum-based products, are carcinogenic and may be toxic to plants and wildlife
- Paraffins are derived from petroleum, which causes the price of the PCM to fluctuate based on the cost of crude oil
- Paraffins can contribute to an increase in carbon emissions
- Paraffins must be handled and disposed of according to hazardous material regulations in all 50 states and in most foreign countries
ICE AND GEL
Ice and gel pack PCMs are bulky, have a shorter cooling time and have the strong potential to sweat.
- A fully loaded vest with packs typically weighs between 9 and 11 pounds
- Since ice packs solidify at 32°F / 0°C, they can cause tissue damage with prolonged exposure to skin
- Stays cool for only a short time
- Will melt and produce condensation - leaving the wearer uncomfortably wet
Evaporative PCM technology relies on soaking the vest in water before putting it on, which can make the wearer uncomfortable after time.
- Will only work in warm, dry air
- Will not work in high humidity climates, which is severely limiting
- Can cause skin irritation, bacterial growth, mold and foul odor
- Will not work under any protective outerwear
Cooling the body keeps the mind focused.
Working in hot and confined environments can create heat stress - a dangerous condition that can cause slowed reaction times, reduced energy, and difficulties with attention. This results in reduced safety, decreased efficiency and an overall loss of productivity.
To help prevent heat stress, many personal cooling technologies have been developed for the workplace. These can range from spot coolers to fluid-chilled systems to passive ice vests.
Which is right for you? What are the pros and cons of each type of technology? In this guide, we'll review each of today's personal cooling technologies and give you an overview of the features and benefits of each. You'll be able to compare the technologies and choose the one that's best for your application.
To set the stage, we'll first give you a brief overview of how the body cools. You'll also learn how the lack of proper cooling can affect the body, as well as how to monitor your workplace for heat stress conditions.
We've included an evaluation survey to help you assess your workplace and your needs. Use it together with the comparative technology information to help you determine the best personal cooling technology for your application.
Understand how the body cools.
About 90 percent of the body's heat is produced in the torso area by the major organs and muscle groups. The amount of heat generated is increased as the body works harder. In order to maintain a constant core temperature, the body must either give up or retain this heat as necessary. How this is accomplished depends greatly on the ambient temperature and humidity around you.
Convective body cooling.
Under normal conditions (60° to 80° F ambient temperature), the circulatory system carries core heat toward the skin's surface. Since heat always travels from hot to cold, rather than from cold to hot, the body heat is carried away as the cooler outside air passes over the skin. This process is known as convective cooling, since the heat is removed by the movement of air.
Evaporative body cooling.
As the temperature outside begins to rise, the difference between normal skin temperature (90° F) and the ambient temperature narrows. This difference is known as the delta T. As the ambient temperature rises above 80° F, the delta T is not great enough to allow the body's internal heat to flow away from the body by convection.
Instead, the body reacts by cooling itself through a process known as evaporative cooling. When water fluid is exposed to warm, dry air, it will evaporate into water vapor. This change of state is called a phase change and it produces a tremendous cooling effect. The body creates this phase change by secreting perspiration from our sweat glands to the surface of the skin.
When the air surrounding the skin is warm and dry, this is an extremely efficient process. But as the humidity rises, perspiration can no longer evaporate to water vapor, as the air is already saturated. This is a dangerous condition, since the body has no other natural mechanism to give up heat.
Vasoconstriction and the brain.
When the outside temperature drops below 60° F, the body needs to reverse the process and retain its internally generated heat. This is accomplished by a process called vasoconstriction. Vasoconstriction is the restriction of blood flow to the skin surface by contraction of blood vessels. Since the body's organs must always have a flow of blood, vasoconstriction is applied only to those vessels carrying heat to the skin's surface.
When the brain is fooled into thinking the temperature is cool - when ice is applied to the body, for example - vasoconstriction occurs in an effort to prevent loss of heat, even though the core temperature is actually rising. This can lead to dizziness and fainting. More dangerous is the fact that the cool skin temperature physiologically feels comfortable, so you may actually work harder, creating an even faster rise in core body temperature and the risk of cardiac arrest.
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Your guide to staying safe and comfortable.
No matter how good a product may be, it must be used correctly and responsibly to be effective. Please note that our cool vests and body cooling products are intended only to help fight the potentially adverse affects of extreme temperatures on the body. They have not been designed or tested for medical purposes, and we do not make any medicinal or therapeutic claims.
Customers are instructed to consult their physicians or health-care providers prior to use of any product or engagement in any activity that can conceivably affect one's health or medical condition in any way. Glacier Tek products are not medical devices and Glacier Tek, Inc. and subsidiaries make no claim of efficacy in treating specific symptoms. Glacier Tek specifically disclaims that our products will treat, heal, lessen, manage, cure or prevent disease.
Due care should be used to prevent damage to the product and any cooling pack that becomes damaged or develops a leak should be removed from service immediately. Phase Change Materials have high flash points, but like people they can burn at a high enough temperature. No cooling vests should be exposed to open flame or allowed to come into contact with any ignition source.
If you lend or share your Cool Vest or components of it, please remember to also share the product literature, including warnings and instructions, with the users.
1. Keep Your Cool with Glacier Tek
Posted by Unknown on 7th Sep 2016
The Glacier Tek vests purchased have been lifesavers this summer for both our material handlers and our warehouse personnel. With record heat indices recorded in July the vests were worth their weight in gold.
2. Subtle but effective
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Sep 2016
I have used this vest on motorcycle rides in 100 degree days with great results. It seems to last for 2 and a half hours at those temperatures. It has a quick recharge time in ice water and when stopping for gas and fluids I can get a reasonable recharge done. First time using this vest I was not sure if it was in fact working. It did not have the cold shock feeling like when one first puts on a iced evaporative vest. After a couple hours ride I noticed I was not beat by the heat as I would have been in previous rides without the vest. I think the safety factor of riding in the heat really is a plus with this vest. Getting older I don't seem to handle the heat quite as well as I could when younger. I do wear All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT) which insulates the vest and may be one of reasons why the vest lasts the full time. Even though legs and arms are warm, my torso is comfortable and I can ride without heat taking a toil on my riding judgement/alertness. It is a bit bulky, but that is a small price to pay for comfort and rider safety. Through my error I did manage to damage one of the phase change units. I found out the service from Glacier Tec is outstanding. They got back to me within 24 hours with a great solution. FWIW I average 20,000 miles a year (some of it Iron Butt rides) not counting teaching rider ed classes. Wish I had gotten one years earlier.
3. Very effective, great technology
Posted by Unknown on 21st Jul 2016
Purchased "Original Cool Vest" to wear under an unbearably warm SFI-20 racing fire-suit. Makes all the difference in the world! Stays cold for a long time and regenerates quickly in the ice chest. Amazing product!
Posted by Unknown on 5th Jul 2016
I loaned it to a fellow employee who was working in a hot summer Florida attic. He liked it so well he won't give it back! LOL
5. Great vest
Posted by Collin on 4th Jul 2016
I love this vest. It seems like it may be fragile, so I am super gentle with it. It was $200, which for any person who works in the sun is likely a lot of money, so I am paranoid as hell with this thing. I think it has helped me not have a heat stroke a few times already.
6. Finest warm weather riding gear
Posted by Redlinejohn68 on 16th Jul 2015
I have been riding on and off road for 35 years and the Cool Vest performs superbly, exactly as advertised!
7. Great for both high and low temperatures
Posted by Craig Spruill on 29th Aug 2014
I have had my vest for about a week and so far I love it. I stay far cooler on hot days with the vest on. One day I had to ride over to the coast where it's much cooler and the vest actually kept me warmer because the air temp (with wind chill) was well below 59 degrees. Definitely a versatile product! My only problem is that the vest is a little short even when extended (I usually wear tall sizes). Are there extenders or something? In any case, great product and I highly recommend it.
8. Enables me to work in my garage in the Florida heat
Posted by Gene on 21st Aug 2014
Fans, wet shirts, and small A/C units just weren't cutting it for me, so I tried this. I use it to work on my motorcycles and it doesn't drip water, and it doesn't get in the way.
It's not uncomfortably cold either, it's like leaning against a cool metal water tank for a couple hours.
It folds up with the cool packs inside and fits perfectly in my freezer door.
Now that I have it, I use it mowing the yard, and it takes a lot of the "chore" out of it. I'm not sweaty and completely exhausted afterwards.
9. Cool Fence Hands All Day!
Posted by Ernesto Gutierrez on 12th Aug 2014
These vest really do keep us cool all day on the ranch in the 100 degree heat with 90 percent humidity down in south texas building fence. the gel packs really do get solid again in about 20 minutes in ice water. spend the money you will be satisfied!