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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Cooling Shirt from Dr. Cool

The Dr. Cool women's long sleeve Cooling Shirt in Black.

You might ask yourself why you would need a cooling shirt in long sleeve; after all, isn't the point of long sleeve shirts to stay warmer? One run wearing a regular long-sleeve shirt in an Oregon downpour with mild temps and you'll know. The primary benefit to wearing a cooling-material shirt is that it only cools down when you get warm. So for those days when it's cold outside and you're not sure how to dress (because you don't want to overheat three miles in), a cooling shirt is the answer. There are a number of brands that offer gear made with cooling materials, and Dr. Cool is a brand we're familiar with because of their line of ice wraps which offer cooling and compression. So of course we wanted to try out their cooling running gear! I checked out the women's long sleeve Cooling Shirt, which is priced at $39.99 and available on the Dr. Cool website and through Amazon.com.

Dr. Cool’s cooling shirt uses technology developed by a New Hampshire-based company named Coolcore. The Coolcore fabric even won an award from the Hohenstein Institute, a research and testing laboratory that specializes in textiles. This German testing laboratory ensures that commercially-available fabrics are free from any harmful substances, perform as advertised, and meet certain international manufacturing standards. Coolcore is free from chemicals, so you can wash and air-dry it like any tech gear, and you won’t have to worry about any treatments irritating your skin or wearing off as time goes by.

The Long Sleeve Cooling Shirt is available for men and women, and is a comfy, basic tech shirt that I’ve worn as both a base layer and on its own. The material itself stays cooler than a non-cooling shirt, so as you warm up, you can actually start to feel the redistribution of warmth. I noticed that the areas where my reflective vest rested on the shirt did not get warmer than the rest of my back and chest, as can happen. The women’s version has a slightly flared cut at the hips, and nice long sleeves. I wore a size Large and it was very comfy; the website says sizing is on the large size, so if you’re in-between sizes I suggest sizing down for a more fitted look or sticking with your usual size if you like your running tops a little looser.

The women’s shirt is available online for $39.99 in three colors: black, “diva blue” which is a bright sky blue, and “fuschia” which is bright pink. The men’s shirt comes in white, black, and blue, which is a nice middle-of-the-road true blue.

Ladies, if short-sleeve or tank tops are more your style, these shirts would be really nice to have for indoor and summer workouts. The women’s styles include a wide-strap tank for $35 (on sale now for $24.99), a racerback tank for $19.99, and short sleeve shirts for $14.99 (with logo and text) to $38. There’s even a polo shirt for $42.50 which is currently on sale for $32.99.

Men’s styles include a polo, short sleeve, and quarter-zip, priced between $14.99 for the logo t-shirts to $64.99 for the quarter-zip.

Run Oregon occasionally receives gear to test. Please read our transparancy page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Kelly Barten (627 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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