Product Review: Dr. Cool Cooling Products by Coolcore

Dr Cool out of the box!

Dr. Cool out of the box!

I first saw Dr. Cool  products at the Run Disney Princess Half Marathon and they looked awesome. Then I heard about them on the Mickey Miles Podcast and finding out they won the prestigious Hohenstein Institute's "Innovative Technology" award - I knew I had to try them! What are they? Dr. Cool Recovery-On-The-Go Wrap is the ONLY product to combine ice and compression in one flexible wrap. Dr. Cool wraps can be used dry as a compression wrap to support and protect various body parts during activities, or frozen to combine cold and compression to reduce swelling and speed recovery mid or post-activity. I tried them several times over the last month - once with a definite learning lesson.

DR Cool Size Large Recovery Wrap

Dr. Cool Size Large Recovery Wrap

They tell the truth when they say the Coolcore’s patented material will keep the fabric colder, longer. I felt the product worked just as they described. I wore it numerous times and several different ways –  on my calves, my hips, lower back, and knees. I slightly froze it (1 hour) and also fully froze it. They are cold! I used them after my long runs, after the Blooms to Brews 10K, and after any intense run or workout (to include an overly bouncy Zumba workout).  The cool compression felt great, was easy to put on after I watched the videos to see what I was doing wrong – turns out I was going top to bottom and I needed bottom to top. I felt I could tell a difference when I didn’t wear them.

Dr Cool before watering

Dr. Cool before watering

Some website facts:

  • Coolcore, a New England-based material innovation company, is the parent company of Dr. Cool and the patented technology
  • Chemical free
  • Bandage minus the mess
  • Available in three sizes to wrap anywhere
  • Comes in seven shades
  • Comes in three sizes

Small – 3″x25″ ($24.99)

Medium – 4″ x 50″ ($29.99)

Large 6″x 50″ ($39.99)

Cooler ($9.99)

DR_cool_3I loved that is was chemical free and safer for me and the environment. Portland’s Go Green is starting to affect me. I got a small one and a large one, and need to buy another large one. The sizes ranged from small (wrist, ankle, or head), to medium (knee, elbow, or thigh), to large (thigh, shoulder, back, or, for me, calves).  I noticed you could use dry or wet, but I always used mine wet because I always wanted them to be ready at after my runs. They just were so comfortable and cool. I found that wearing them over my running tights was just right, due to the brisk coolness. They lasted about 30 minutes for my small and about an hour of cooling for my large. It may be in my mind, but it felt like they reduced my swelling and lowered recovery time.

Dr Cool - difference between water and no water. Water till it turns a darker blue

Dr. Cool – difference between water and no water. Water it until it turns a darker blue.

Pros:

  • Reusable
  • Lightweight & Flexible (Can use while you work out too)
  • More area to cover than a typical ice pack
  • I love the little holes for hands or toes
  • Easy to put on and take off with Velcro on one end
  • Comfortable
  • Can be used dry or wet
  • Comes in six colors and a seventh camo pattern
  • Has a retail value of $34.99 for a small wrap and a cooler to $49.99 for a large and a cooler.
  • Tons of instructional videos
  • Product works as described
  • Ship to U.S. or Canada
DR Cool Size large Recovery Wrap in cooler

Dr. Cool Size large Recovery Wrap in cooler

Cons:

  • No blue color! Seriously- no blue. Blue is often used for the color of ice! I don’t understand why there wouldn’t be this color scheme. (The cooler is a calming silver and blue lining, but please Dr. Cool –  add blue as an option!)
  • Not meant to freeze inside the ‘coolers’. Maybe this was an operator error, I had trouble getting the large wrap product to fit in the cooler when it was frozen. Smalls fit with no issue at all!
  • Fabric will become somewhat wet as it ‘melts’.
  • So popular they run out of  so you may have to wait for certain colors and sizes.

This was a great product. It worked as promised, and although I had to learn from it, if I had just watched the videos provided, I never would have had any issues. The website is clean-cut and easy to use and they even ship to Canada. Fun, easy, flexible and works great. I have already recommended it to a few people while on a trip to IHOP. Yes, I looked silly, but I never regretted it.

DR Cool Size small Recovery Wrap in cooler

Dr. Cool Size small Recovery Wrap in cooler

NOTE: Dr. Cool is offering up a free product GIVEAWAY in our newsletter on 5/18, along with a discount code. You can only register to win and have access to this code if you sign up!

 

2 Comments on Product Review: Dr. Cool Cooling Products by Coolcore

  1. I’m super intrigued by these! I love that they’re cold and offer compression at the same time, because my poor legs need both. How wet is the fabric as it “melts?”

  2. Wet, but not uncomfortably so. but your clohese will take on some moisture.

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