Multiple Sclerosis Testimonials
"Wow! What a difference the Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest and extra ice packs have made in my life! Living in Texas and the hot, hot weather we have before getting the cooling vest, my life was staying at home and going straight to another place with air conditioning. The vest now allows me to venture to more places in the summer months. My most recent adventure was my friends daughters wedding. The wedding was at the beach, where I never dreamed I could go ever again! Another adventure was going to a concert outside. I had given up on ever doing this again but thanks to the cooling vest, I feel like I have gotten some of my life back! So many things have come to mind that I can do now gardening, craft shows, church events, family barbecues. The cooling vest has bought me a new lease on life with MS! Words can never express enough thanks. Thanks again for the gift that you have given to me! It has brought me a new brightness on life. Thank you!"
"I've had MS since 2002 and I've always said I would get a cooling vest but never did. I decided to get one this year and when I wore my [Kool Max® Fashion] vest during this little heat wave we have got here in New York these past two weeks I just started beating myself up for waiting so long. This was the best decision I have made to finally get my Kool Max® vest. It is absolutely amazing to help with the heat."
"I love that freaking vest!!! I live in Southern California and I wear it everywhere. I have MS and when I get overheated I can't see. This [Kool Max® Zipper Front] vest really helps!! Thank you so much!"
"I have a problem with heat due to having MS lesions on the part of my brain that regulates temperature. No matter where I go, at some point I start getting so hot that I am miserable. No one else is hot, just me. I purchased a Polar Kool® Max vest and it has turned my life around. Now, I go anywhere I want, knowing if I get hot, I can just put on my vest and my body will cool down and be comfortable again. When ordering, you don't have to be overly concerned about the size. There are many areas of velcro to make it fit just right. I used to dread summer, now that I have a Polar Kool Max, I know that I have relief at my fingertips!" ( KMVZ)
"Incredibly helpful vest. Im new to MS. Felt very sick from heat; my PT put me in this vest. Was amazed at how much better it made me feel, so I've bought one. (Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest)
"I just had to write and let you know about how my Polar Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest has changed my life. I was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and my chief complains were fatigue and cognition. Over the years I tried every medication... to no avail. You would think a grown person would recognize that they are hot, but o bviously I didn't. I was unaware of what a half point increase in body temperature did to bring on my MS symptoms. Simple things like blow drying my hair, washing a few dishes, or ironing clothes would make me miserable and almost daily ruin my plans. Then I decided to invest in a Kool Max® Vest... and my life is forever changed! Even my doctors didn't pick up on the fact that I was getting too hot, yet they are thrilled I discovered the solution on my own. Thank you again for making such a wonderful product available at an affordable price."
"I use my Kool Max® Zipper Front vest while cooking in the kitchen. Keeps me cool and cooking!"
"Thanks so very much for the assistance. The vest is great. I can now function better when at home. Today was a great test as it was 106 degrees in the shade and I felt so much better, less like melted jello. Again, thank you so much."
"I purchased this product for my wife with MS, to keep her core temperature lower, which this easily does. The snug fit of the Kool Max® Fashion Vest allows her to easily where it almost anywhere. I'd recommend this for anyone with heat issues."
"I want to thank you so very much for the vest. The heat has been a major problem with me. It has been up in the 90s here to two weeks and showing no cooling."
"This [Kool Max® Fashion Vest] vest changed my life! I ride horses, and I was actually able to show on an 85 degree day! In the past I would've had to go home at noon... but thank goodness I didn't, because I won! Now I don't have to plan around the weather to compete. Thank you!"
"I've got MS and used to be confined to the indoors during most of June - Oct. For two years now, this Kool Max® Poncho Vest has allowed me to help coach my son's youth football team in Texas - starting in Aug., when the temps are consistently over 100 degrees! I just wear a hat and put the vest on under a golf shirt (with a t-shirt on between the vest and my skin) and nobody can even tell I've got in on. The only time they know is if they pat me on the back to congratulate a good play in the game. It allows me to be out in the heat for 2 - 3 hour practices and games 4 days / week. I got the extra set of packs and use them if I'm out more than 3 hours, but a single set easily keeps my core cool for 3 hours, and that's long enough for most times. If you take the extra set of packs, just pack them in an ice chest with some blue ice around them and they stay solid all day. EXCELLENT product and highly recommend it for anyone with heat sensitivity issues who want to get their life back!"
"I have the Kool Max® Poncho cooling vest and love it! I ride horses and this vest works great at keeping me cool."
"For years I'd been sensitive to heat. If the temp outside got above 80F, I would have to sit quietly in the shade with quarts of icy drinks, and only for an hour tops, instead of hiking, canoeing, kayaking, BBQing or even just gardening/puttering in the yard. I was recently diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis so my heat issues now make sense. Someone mentioned that there are manufacturers of special "stay cool" items... I was intrigued. This [Kool Max® Zipper Front] vest has really opened opportunities for me to be active and have fun in the summertime. This summer has been extremely hot (many 90F+ days) but I've gone canoeing, kayaking, gardened ,archery/range, BBQs etc. with NO heat fatigue yay! I bring a few extra ice packs, as the ones on my back always melt faster than the front ones. Some people are curious when I wear the vest, I tell them it keeps me cool/comfy :O) Make sure you read the sizing info carefully, I did, and ordered the shoulder-extenders as I have a long bod, o therwise it would have been up around my neck!"
"I have multiple sclerosis & since HOT weather is MS enemy #1, I have been on a "mission" for over 2 years trying to find ANYTHING that will enable me to keep my body temperature cooler so I can enjoy outdoor activities (or go outdoors at all!). Finally, THIS IS IT!!! This one works! You don't have to be soaking wet or carry a humongous fan around your neck! NO bells OR whistles. This great fitting (doesn't restrict arm movement), low profile, lightweight, non-offensive looking, one size really does fit all cooling vest is the answer. I love mine! Honestly, if you or someone you care about gets TOO hot - buy this VEST. You'll be SO glad you did!!!"
"One of the worst things about having MS is feeling like a prisoner to the AC in the summertime. I am very active bike riding, gardening etc and it's all thanks to this vest! H eck I'm even doing housework in it. Love love love it!
"I cannot deal with the heat, it has a major impact on me. The Polar cooling vest they sent me allows me now to be at the race track all day watching my baby brother race motocross. Last weekend was 100 degrees, I sat in a chair, zipped the vest around me and got my body temperature down. I did this throughout the day and it was great."
"I just wanted to call and thank you for my cooling vest system I received earlier this week. I love it. I can go outside without sweating or fainting now."
"I have MS, so any increase in HEAT is a problem. I put off getting a cooling vest for years. I am so glad I finally got one. I can go out and stay out for dinner out, a dog walk and any event in this Houston heat. Being in the shade helps, but this vest has made my life so much better."
"This [Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest] let me attend my wife's work picnic. We were out for a couple of hours, and there's no way I would have been able to do that without this vest. It even got me through an outdoor concert recently!"
"I purchased the Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest because I have MS and have become increasingly intolerant to the heat. My MD recommended a cooling vest. I was worried as the design and look. But after one day of wearing it to an outdoor event and I was thrilled."
"Fantastic vest for those with MS. I received this [Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest] vest end of June and it has been a true godsend. We have had 19 days above 90 degrees here in Green Bay with high humidity. I have been able to spend time outside most of those days working on projects where before I would be inside on day above 85 degrees. I love being outside and now I can enjoy my summers again and not locked up inside. I wear it all the time now and my energy has improved by over 50%. Thank y ou Polar and your help to those with MS."
"I have MS and can't take hot weather. Now that I have the Kool Max® vest I can be out. I did not think this would do the trick. But it keeps my body cool enough to go outside on hot days. Glad I purchased one. Everyone who is heat-sensitive should have one."
"My Kool Max® Poncho vest arrived when it was over 100 degrees. I like to wear it in the afternoon on the way home from work. Then I have to walk my dogs. If I have a couple of packs that are a little softer, I put them at my spine area. I also like to wear it on my way to karate class in the car. My car air conditioning can't keep up with the heat so it helps keep my core cool. I have MS and I am 65. When I get too hot, I feel out of focus, almost like I am dizzy. This vest helps a lot."
"As an individual with MS heat drains me quickly. I recently purchased a second vest since I really like the first one. Bring a cooler and swap out the packs when low. Super easy. Was able to stay cool @ a 100 degree party for multiple hours. Thank you for allowing me to play with my daughter at the park, take a boat ride, and other do things that I couldn't do a few years ago."
"I have Multiple Sclerosis and used my vest for the first time this past week when the temperature was 107 degrees. The vest saved the day. It made a huge difference and allowed me to stay outside hours longer than I would have without it."
"I live in the HOT high desert of CA, for at least 3 years I put off getting a cooling vest because I didn't want to look like a freeway worker. Anyone with MS can relate that each summer month gets more difficult to manage (unless you stay in doors 24/7). So I finally broke down and decided to get it, Boy am I glad! I was pleasantly surprised how discreet the cooling inserts were and how much better I felt afterward. I got the Khaki color it matched with quite a few things in my closet. Trust me - it won't cramp your style, ladies, I plan to get the black too. Anyone looking at the fashion cooling vest, I say... Get It!!! Don't put it off. You'll love it."
"I finally gave in this year and bought a cooling vest. I have MS, yet I procrastinated for years because I didn't want to look weird, but it really looks nice, like part of my outfit. (I got the Kool Max® Fashion Vest in black so it would go with many of my clothes.) In terms of function, it does a GREAT job. It doesn't make me cold, it just allows me to be comfortably cool. My only concern was its weight. The jacket is lightweight; however, with five ice packs, it becomes heavier. I have chronic neck pain, and the weight of the loaded jacket pulls my shoulders down, putting weight on my neck. Lately, I have been using just three packs down my back, and not filling the front side pockets, and that helps. I don't really notice any change in the cooling effect from this change, a good thing. Now I'm more included and I recently went to the beach with my family for the first time in years. Many beaches loan beach wheelchairs for free, and the lifeguards pushed it! Most importantly, I was COOL! I loved helping my granddaughters as they built sandcastles. I'm so glad I bought this cooling vest!"
"Since getting my [Kool Max® Fashion Vest] I have again been able to get out and walk for exercise. I have also been able to ride the exercise bike in my home without the usual backlash of flaring symptoms due to MS. In the past m onth I have lost 12 pounds with very little change to eating habits just the ability to exercise again. So much has this worked for me that I have taken up the side seams on my fitted vest this week and am planning to order another size soon. Thanks so much!"
"Love the fit, love the freedom it gives me to be out in the heat when without it, it is impossible due to my MS... used it today to go on a bike ride...perfect!!"
"I have MS and always suffer in the summer months when it's hot and humid, especially with the humidity. After reading the great reviews, I ordered your Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest and couldn't be happier. This is truly the best investment I've made this year! Finally, I'm able to be outside and can work in my flower garden when the thermometer reaches 80-90 degrees! If you do order the vest, be sure to order an extra set of the cooling packs so you can rotate them in the freezer. I highly recommend this zippered front vest to anyone who has MS. I couldn't be happier with your product."
"My Kool Max® vest has saved my life every summer since I was diagnosed with MS in 2010. It has done a really good job of helping to keep me cool. I love it. It has helped me keep doing the things that I used to. I used to farm and I was outside all of the time in the heat. I do a lot of outside work now, like gardening. This vest helps immensely."
"The Kool Max® Secrets Vest makes gardening and walking much more enjoyable. This is especially helpful if you have any problem with heat tolerance health issues."
"I love the Polar Kool Max® vest. I have had MS for many years and I love to bowl. I now wear this vest while bowling and it works great."
"I am a businessman with both MS and intolerance to heat situations. My occupation often presents me the opportunity to play a round of golf with clients, which I love except for the fact that the heat considerably worsens my symptoms. I had searched previously for a cooling option that would allow me to play golf without overheating and one that would be somewhat unobtrusive (I frankly get tired of the questions and explanations!). I even asked my doctor without satisfaction and ultimately came to the realization that such a solution did not exist. Then I discovered the Polar Kool Max® vest. This vest is lightweight and fits comfortably under my clothing. No one knows I am wearing it but me... and what's even more amazing is that it works! This vest totally minimizes the debilitating effect heat has on me. I make a habit of not recommending products - not even a movie; h owever I have never felt so positive about a product. The Polar vest has made a huge difference for me when entertaining clients and changed my life."
"Both the cars have A/C but my wife still wears the Kool Max® vest as it gives her a lot of relief. When she goes outside at work she wears the vest and that is 5 days a week. Thank you for your help and whatever help you can do is greatly appreciated. She loves her vest because it makes her life a little bit easier."
"I have MS and the Coastal heat is too much for me in the long afternoons. The [Kool Max® Neck & Upper Spine] wrap is quickly and easily ready to allow me to go to the grocery or to the mailbox."
"I LOVE that the Kool Max® Wrist Wraps come in a light color, as well as a dark color, so they are less noticeable. They have wrap around soft material for comfort and velcro closure for ease in handling with numb/tingly hands. Overall, I believe these to be a wonderful asset to us MSer's who need the help with heat. They are both discreet and effective!"
"This [MS Awareness Fashion] scarf is great and helps keep me cool. I live in Missouri where the weather gets unbearable in the summer and at times work in a hot warehouse. I am heat intolerant due to multiple sclerosis and the scarf has really helped me on the hot days. I love it!"
"I enjoy this [MS Awareness Fashion Scarf]. I was recently diagnosed with MS; heat is a trigger and I live in a very humid place so sometimes I do nothing and become very hot. The scarf is nice when you just need a quick cool down or for when I'm doing outdoor activities that are not active, s uch eating in an outdoor restaurant. Plus I enjoy how it really doesn't look or feel like an icepack."
"I have MS and was attending my son's appearance in a musical. The venue had no air conditioning and the temperature was 97. In Chicago with humidity, that feels like 105. I was able to sit through the 2 hour production with the help of this product [Kool Max® Neck and Upper Spine Wrap] and fans."
"I recently got diagnosed with MS and I am a very active person who lives in a very warm tropical environment. I love to cycle but the MS was making hard, until I got this [Kool Max® Neck and Upper Spine] wrap. It does an amazing at cooling me down and the symptoms that I experienced went down by half. Combined with riding early morning, I don't feel anything and I ride about 30 miles. I'm so happy with the product."
"I bought one of these neck wraps a few years ago and loved it and now bought another. I got one for my sister who has MS and struggles with heat here in Florida. It cools even after the ice melts."
"I use the neck wrap while waiting on my kids at the bus stop, I couldn't be there otherwise."
"The MS Awareness Fashion Scarf is practical and easy to store. Love the color. On these hot summer days, it's great to cool the head along with the rest of the body."
"Since being diagnosed with MS it is very hard for me to be outdoors during the summer heat. Since purchasing the cooling scarf for MS and receiving other cooling kits for MS I am able to keep cool while being outdoors in the summer. The cooling products have made a difference in my life."
"I went to the county fair. I haven't gone in so many years and I had a blast. Thank you so much for the cooling hat."
"I ordered this hat [Cool Comfort® Straw Hat] to keep me cool during a family reunion. I have multiple sclerosis and heat affects me greatly. This hat, with the cooler i nsert kept me comfortable. It's also a cute hat to wear!"
"I have MS and am intolerant to heat. This particularly affects my feet as well as the rest of my body. I often felt that if I could keep my feet cool, I could keep my entire body cool. In the p ast I used ice bags and booties but this solution left me unable to be active or even walk. Then I tried the Polar ankle cooling wraps. They work great! They fit on my ankles so I am able to stay mobile and they not only cool my ankles and feet, they cool my body!"
"I have been diagnosed with MS and I depend on the Polar Kool Max® Packs to keep me cool. MS and 100 degree F weather do not mix well. I would recommend any of the Polar Products. I recently purchased the foot/ankle cold pack."
"I want to thank you so much for providing the Kool Max® cooling garments to wear this hot season! I have told many people of your kindness. We do not have central air conditioning, and I credit the vest for helping to keep me comfortable!"
"Got the wrist wraps and neck wrap too! Thank you sooo much! The prompt delivery was a plus. This is an answered prayer (thank you, Lord). I can now go out in the hot Texas summer with my family, something I haven't done in a long time."
"The evaporative cooling hat and neck wrap are fantastic! I went kayaking recently with the temperature at 89 degrees F. Despite my MS, I was comfortable & able to paddle for 2 hours. These wraps enable me to do the things I love without the incapacitating heat sensitivity."
- Patricia L. Blake, RN, BSN, MSCN; Administrator at Oak Clinic in Akron, Ohio Product: Cool Comfort® Kit "This Polar kit really helps me in the heat with my MS so I can be outside more. I have the larger set with the extra packs so I keep cool for many hours"
"I have the CoolFit® Kit and absolutely love it! As a person with MS who is very heat sensitive it's a workout essential. I use it year round, 2-3 times a week. The Kool Max® Deluxe Cooling Neck Tie and Kool Max® Secrets vest are my favorite, though I wear the vest outside my clothes as it's really cold when I first put it on. The wrist and ankle wraps are good on particularly hot days, so I tend to use them more in the summer for that extra cooling power. They are also pretty subtle at the gym, every now and then someone asks me why I'm wearing a back brace and I explain it's ice and talk a little bit about MS and heat. No one asks about the neck wrap, and people assume the wrist and ankle ones are weights. Overall a fantastic product that helps me stay as active as I can be!"
- Kristin in Greenville, North Carolina Product: CoolFit® Kit "I love this "vest". It cools me perfectly. I worked an outdoor concert in 90 degree heat, and my MS didn't flare up at all. (Without the vest, I wouldn't have lasted those 5 hours.) The scarf is very effective at quickly cooling me down. I purchased it in orange & I love the fabric." [Secrets Kit]
"I ordered your secrets kit in hopes that it will give me some relief from the heat. I have MS and yes I have a swamp cooler in the house but I could never enjoy the outdoors or barbecue when it was too hot. I have tried portable fans but it never really helped. Just the short time I have used your secrets kit I love it. It cools my body temperature and it feels great that I can do things in the heat and not have to worry about my MS acting up. I totally recommend it to anybody that has MS."
"The [secrets kit] is a fantastic set for discreetness! The bra inserts work wonderfully and are completely undetectable. The vest is unlike any I have ever worn before, it simply goes around the waist! It has 4 packs to insert, 2 in the front and 2 in the back and velcro together. The packs are inserted into pockets that keep them from slipping around and making you uncomfortable. It is made of soft comfortable material. The scarf I chose was the orange MS scarf. It has 2 inserts for it also that are easily inserted and stay put well and is VERY comfortable to wear, cute accessory, and works well. Overall, I would say this is an EXCELLENT set! This works great for keeping us MSer's cool, or even menopausal women, while being discreet at the same time. You can easily wear these items to work and no one would know!"
"We bought the CoolFit® Kit as a gift for my sister-in-law. She calls us every day to tell us how much she loves it and how many new ways she has found to use all the pieces. This was the best gift ever for someone with MS who lives in a hot, hot climate!"
"I am writing to thank you, with all my heart, for the wonderful Kool Max® Vest, ice packs, and other cooling items I received from you just a week or so ago. I never could have afforded such items, and I really do know now that I can become more active now with this heat resistance equipment."
"Thank you so very much. I have been miserable all this past summer, even in my house, because we only have a window unit for cooling and it doesn't cool it good enough. This cooling system will make my life so much easier to live. Thank you greatly and my God bless your work."
"I appreciate these Kool Max® cooling pieces. I pass out so easily, I don't have to get very warm at all. Now maybe I can have a life. Thank you again so much."
"I love my CoolFit® Kit! I live in Florida and love to be outside. However, since being diagnosed with MS I get super tired and slow moving when it is really hot out. Not wanting MS to stop me from being me and enjoying all that Florida has to offer I ordered the CoolFit® Kit! I have been able to continue to enjoy many outdoor activities thanks to my Polar Products!!! It keeps me cool while all my friends are sweating up a storm! The material seems strong and well put together, I just hope it can keep up with me....time will tell!! The torso "vest" and ankle wraps are my favorite to use to give me immediate cooling relief that lasts for hours. Thank you so much for designing these products and I will highly recommend you to all my friends!"
"Thank you very much for providing me with the Kool Max® Poncho Vest Cooling Kit. Now I can enjoy summer events around western New York, without having to leave early due to the heat."
"I have MS and it is horrible in New Orleans in the summer. I bought this [Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest Kit] to help me be cooler when I am outdoors, I also bought the hat and the insert. I think it helped a lot because I was able to be outdoors and not suffer."
"I have used the secrets vest, but on me, a petite it is too big to be a hidden vest, but it keeps me cool. The bra coolers are great and discreet. I can use them for a quick cool on my neck, my back, my wrists. These products are easy to use and are a must for people with MS." (Secrets Kit)
"I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to you and the other team members that make the MSAA Cooling Program possible. I can now spend some time out in the sun doing what I love, gardening. Thanks again!"
"Thank you so much for providing the Kool Max® cooling vest and accessories. How I wish I would've done this long ago! I am extremely heat sensitive and this will be a big help. I look forward to next spring, so that I can return (somewhat) to gardening. For that matter, I will even use the cooling equipment this winter, as so many indoor establishments are way overheated."
Sitting & Sleeping
"This [Soft Ice® Cooling] pillowcase really helps to cool me down at night when the night temps are in the high 70's. I have MS and this is really helpful."
"I love the seat cushion!!! It makes it so much easier for me to sit against a chair now. Before, I could only lean back into a chair for about 20 minutes and would have to then s it front of a fan to cool my back. Ever since I got the [Kool Max® Cooling Seat Cushion] I can sit comfortably for longer periods of time. Thank you so much! This has been such a life saver for me."
"I have the Kool Max® Cooling Seat Cushion and use it on my scooter. This cooling seat has truly improved my quality of life! I now can do things with the kids I could not before. Recently we visited the zoo and spent several hours there. By lunch, everyone else was wilting from the heat but my cooling seat kept me cool and feeling good. Great product!"