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.
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