The Cooling Game

Think about cooling vests in the same way you think about winter coats.

You wouldn't expect your body to perform well without a coat in 35º weather. Your body would have to protect itself naturally by shivering to generate heat.

Yet we all fully expect our body to perform on demand when it's 80º and higher. Without the assist of a cooling solution, your body will sweat to remain cool, which results in dehydration, which puts strain on our brain and other organs, leading to heat injuries -- or worse. 

Hydration and Temperature Regulation are the ultimate human performance tools. Thanks to companies that put out sports drinks, we all know about hydration. Thermoregulation, on the other hand, is rarely a part of the performance conversation. 

It's important to understand that you can fall victim to heat stroke even when fully hydrated -- so important is the cooling piece to the puzzle. 

COOLING PROTOCOLS

PRECOOLING stalls the point at which overheating would normally occur. If your activity doesn't allow for cooling on-the-job, then this method of cooling is for you:

  • Precool for 30 minutes or longer to outlast your competition
  • Precool to boost your mental and physical endurance 
  • Precool while "warming up" to reserve your game-time performance

MID-ACTIVITY or SIDELINES COOLING

  • Throw on your cooling vest whenever you take a break to restore physical and mental endurance

RECOVERY COOLING

  • Your body keeps sweating after extended activity in warm environments. Your cooling vest helps your body safely recover.
  • Ice Tubs are considered the gold standard for cooling an overheated athlete, but are not always available. The Maximo Cooling Vest is the next best option.
Important: Heat exhaustion can turn into heat stress within only a few minutes. If you, or someone in your presence, falls victim to heat stress or worse, call 911 for immediate medical attention. Cool first, transport second! Oro Sports + Safety cooling products are not a replacement for medical attention. With proper cooling practices, heat injuries can be minimized and/or prevented.  
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    UPDATE 9/28/20: After speaking with 'J', we learned that the side effects of her medical condition are aggravated by the use of snug-fitting clothing. Because the snug fit of our Vestino is what makes it so effective, 'J' is willing to try a few things before we give up the ship! (Starting with fixing her Velcro).

    Hi Jane.
    Your review just came through, and we definitely want to address your comments; especially because our Vestino has been a hands-down favorite this season. In fact the most common feedback is 'we forget we have it on'. For this reason, we would love to learn the ways in which you find the garment uncomfortable. Could be wrong size?

    Regarding the Velcro, we have since changed the style of Velcro we're using. The one you experienced a problem with has resulted in 'cracking' in some cases. Unacceptable. We have since replaced that product with the traditional style Velcro in order to avoid recurring issues.

    In the meantime, we are small company with a real live person at the other end of the line, 7 days a week. We WANT to hear about any problems so we can fix them. To that point, we would be happy to remedy the Velcro on your Vestino.

    We'll await your good word!

    Awesome headbands!
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    Keeping cool!
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