All workers and athletes have at least one hazard in common: In warmer climates, they often find themselves at the mercy of extreme heat. Hot environments can sap energy, inhibit mental clarity, hinder performance, and cause serious health problems, including dehydration and heat stroke. In many situations, bulky protective gear compounds the problem. We’ve compiled the latest gear that helps to keep you cool without weighing you down.
1. COOLING CAP
Dry Evaporative Cooling
Cap provides immediate
and long-lasting cooling
for up to three days. Just
fill with 3 oz. of fresh water and enjoy hours of
cooling relief and comfort.
It is lightweight, durable,
and machine washable.
Dual Action Personal Air Conditioners (PACs)
from Vortec keep workers comfortable and productive in either hot or cold working conditions.
PACs minimize heat stress and fatigue in elevated temperatures, or with simple adjustment,
they raise vest and body temperatures to ward
off the cold. A dual action PAC generates cold
or hot air to provide air flow to the worker, along
with a cooling/heating vest which diffuses the
air flows around the worker’s torso.
3. THERE’S A COLD FRONT MOVING IN
The Wilton Cold Front 3037 Atomized
Cooling Fan features twice the air cooling
efficiency as competing fans with no noticeable humidity increase and one-third less
power usage. The Cold Front 3037 requires
up to 49% less floor space, measures only
4 ft., 8 in. high and weighs up to 38% less
with a full tank of water when compared to
5. COVERALL KEEPS YOU COOL
DRIFIRE 4. 4 coverall, at 4. 4 oz., is the lightest weight
10 cal protection available, keeping you comfortable
in the summer heat. It includes odor control and fast
drying moisture management innovation, making it easy
to wear in the field on the hottest of days.
8. EVAPORATIVE COOLER
The Portacool Jetstream 250 works
with water, ambient air, and specialized
evaporative media to provide optimal
cooling while using as little electricity
as a typical household appliance. It
is NOT a mister, so the work environment will not get wet, nor is it a fan
that blows hot, stagnant air. It provides
natural cooling power without the need
for harsh refrigerants or a compressor, making it an effective alternative
6. COOLING ARM SLEEVES
Made of a soft, yet durable,
performance knit fabric, Chill-Its
6690 Cooling Arm Sleeve offers super-evaporative cooling
that is immediate and can last
for hours when wet. When dry,
the sleeves will absorb sweat
and wick moisture away from
7. COMPACT A/C
The 9553 Series 16 in. Plastic Axial
Blower offers greater capacity in larger
confined space environments and utility
sites. Superior design and durable construction of lightweight corrosion, UV, and
chemical-resistant polyethylene material
with a sturdy, easy-grip handle molded directly into the blower make this unit easy
to use and transport.
4. COOLING VEST
Glacier Tek’s cooling vest uses biobased
phase change material to absorb heat
generated by the wearer. Even in the most
extreme heat, The Original Cool Vest maintains a comfortable 59°F/15°C and, unlike
vests that use ice or gel packs, never overcools. It keeps the wearer comfortable for
up to 2½ hours in 100°F/37°C heat and
recharges in minutes.