In all honesty, I didn't think I would be hearing back from them. The cool vests are such a nice item, I didn't think they'd want to be a part of this. Maybe I'm cutting myself a little short. Soon after I sent my message, I got an email back from Ray Booska, one of the founders. He told me to give him a call.
Ray wanted the low down on the whole blog review thingy. :) I explained it all to him. His main concern was that, what if I gave him a bad review. I told him that I wouldn't have contacted him if I didn't think I was going to like the product! He then went on to give me a lot of information on the vests.
Before I start my review of the vest I received, I want to share as much information as I can on this most wonderful vest!
In 2001 they created military model products using mil-spec camouflage materials. Cool vests are worn by all, but I love to see them being used by our military. They are constantly battling the heat and these are a great asset for them. A very loyal customer to Cool Vest is no other than the United States Coast Guard right here in Mobile AL! I was so pleased to hear that!
1) Visit http://www.supportmilitaryworkingdogs.org/ and click on the Support Our Troops button and it will take you to a secure online PayPal link.
2) Mail a check, made out to:
P.O. Box 122
Donnelsville, OH 45319-0122
3) Visit any US Bank location and give the teller a check made payable to:
The Cool Vests are 100% made in the US! Everything from the straps, down to the thread it's sewn together with! Now, I don't want you to get the wrong idea. Don't think that you are going to put this on and expect to feel like you just jumped into a pool. The cool vest uses Phase Change Material (PCM) Cooling Technology. RPCM® (Renewable Phase Change Material) is made from high-technology processed fats and oils - even classified as "food grade" by the FDA. Think of it as "second generation" phase change material for the 21st century. All other phase change material (PCM) cooling vests use old-style petroleum byproducts like hexadecane, which contain hazardous chemicals. If it doesn't say RPCM®, it's just not safe!
The vest is meant to keep your body temperature regulated, not to make you cold. Put the Cool Packs in a container of ice water, the refrigerator, or freezer until the clear liquid turns into a white solid, then slide them into the pockets on the vest, put the vest on, and you're good to go! There are adjustable straps on the sides and shoulders to make it fit securely to your body.
The vests will continue to maintain a 59 degrees temperature as long as any portion of the PCM remains solid within the pack for up to 2 1/2 hours!
Now on to my review. The day before I got my vest was my grass cutting day. I LOVE to cut the grass, and will do it in the heat of the day. Yeah, I know, I'm a little crazy! 8-) I went out there and got going. It was HOT! I finished the front and back yard and headed inside. We don't have a small yard being that we are on a corner lot. I was out there for a while. I took breaks and drank lots of water. When I went inside, I felt TERRIBLE! I sat down on the tile floor and then couldn't move. All of the sudden, I had to run to the bathroom to throw up. I was dizzy, weak, and scared! The hubby is of course out to sea, so I'm only here with my 4 and 5 year old! Luckily, I relaxed and jumped in a cool shower, then took a nap with my boys.
It could have been a lot worse. Getting overheated is a very dangerous thing. And take it from me, it sneaks up on you! Once again, in steps the Cool Vest!
This week when I went out to cut the grass, I threw my Cool Vest on! I cut the whole yard and the vest was still cool when I finished! The whole time I was cutting, I could feel the coolness on my back. Mind you, I was still hot and sweaty, but not like before! When I took the jacket off after I was done, I immediately touched my hand to my back and stomach. They were nice and cool! And, the cool down process went so much faster because I wasn't as hot as I usually am! There will never be another day that I cut the grass without my Cool Vest!
My overall impression of the Cool Vest is outstanding! Not only is the company helping military, law enforcement, working dog, and the general public, but they are also sending vests to the people working out in the Gulf helping with the oil spill! Such a great company!
Ray has kindly sent me an extra Cool Vest to giveaway to one (1) of my VERY lucky readers!
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