Cooling Technology Comparison

We have Solutions for Cooling Every Body®

There are many different types of cooling products available, and the best one for you depends on you, your environment, and your individual needs.

We offer every different cooling technology, and we are happy to help you decide which is best for you. Compare them below, and please call our customer service at 1-800-763-8423 if you have any questions!



Types of Cooling Products Available:


Click below for FAQs on each technology...


  • Cool58® - 58°F Phase Change Cooling Packs





Kool Max®

Frozen Water-Based Cooling

 

Frozen water-based cooling packs fit into insulated pockets in vests and accessories. 

Polar's Best-Selling 
Cooling System!
  • How effective is it? This technology provides the highest cooling energy of any of the pack based passive technologies. These reusable packs deliver comfortable cooling for up to 3-4 hours depending on environment, activity, and personal metabolism. 
  • Weight? Moderate weight. (Vests weigh 1.7 to 5.5 lbs.)
  • Insert Packs? Yes; KM style vests include 5 to 12 small packs, weighing .4 lb that allow flexibility in weight and cooling location. PC style vests include 4 strip packs; 2 in the front and 2 in the back. The strips come in .8 lb (2 section) and 1.2 lb (3 section) weights.
  • Polar's price range for a typical vest: Starting at $124.50
  • How does it work? Put cooling packs in freezer and allow time for them to freeze solid.
  • Adjustable temperature? Yes; with the KM style vest you may adjust the number of packs used and their location on the body.
  • Climate? Effective in all climates.
  • Discreet? All styles can be worn beneath clothing. The Fashion vests and Secrets vest are especially well suited for discreet wear.
  • Airplane Carry-on? No. Packs must be placed in checked baggage.
  • Available Accessories: Neck & upper spinewristankle, seats and much more!
Limitations?
  • Requires access to freezer and time for the packs to freeze.
If you have additional questions, please e-mail our customer service or give us a call at 1-800-763-8423. We are happy to help!
Cool Comfort®

NEW! Hybrid Technology





Innovative new hybrid technology combines the efficient cooling power of evaporation with the direct cooling of frozen water. 
  • How effective is it? Excellent technology when used for exercise or sports. You control the weight! Vests and wraps may be quickly recharged in cool water. Delivers comfortable cooling for many hours in a low humidity climate depending on environment, activity, and personal metabolism. 
  • Weight? You control the weight by controlling how long the vest or wrap is charged in cool water.
  • Insert Packs? No; water-absorbing crystals are sewn into pouches in the garments.
  • Polar's price range for the vest: $49.95 to $89.95
  • How does it work? The special water-absorbing crystals will soak up many times their volume in water and then hold the temperature of the water an extended period of time. Water causes a natural cooling effect as it evaporates, providing many hours of cooling relief in lower humidity. For additional cooling energy, garments can be chilled in the refrigerator or frozen before use.
  • Adjustable temperature? Yes - garments can be activated in cold water or frozen for additional cooling energy.
  • Climate? Effective in all climates. 
  • Discreet? Yes! The Cool Comfort® Hidden Vest is ideal for wearing discreetly beneath clothes.
  • Airplane Carry-on? Yes
  • Accessories? Neck, wrist, ankle, baseball caps, bucket hats, straw hats and much more.
Limitations? 
  • These wraps work well in any climate however they do not have insulation. In higher humidity climates they will condensate when used from a freezer or refrigerator. When charged with cool water they will be damp.
If you have additional questions, please e-mail our customer service or give us a call at 1-800-763-8423. We are happy to help!
58°F Phase Change Cooling



Cooling packs freeze at a moderate 58º Fahrenheit and cool at this constant temperature.
  • How effective is it? Excellent choice when freezers are not available. Packs will recharge quickly in a cooler of ice water! These reusable packs deliver comfortable cooling for up to 2-3 hours depending on environment, activity, and personal metabolism. 
  • Weight? Vests weigh 4 lbs to 6.3 lbs
  • Insert Packs? Yes; KM style vests include 5 to 12 small packs, each weighing .4 lb that allow flexibility in weight and cooling location. PC style vests include 4 strip packs; 2 in the front and 2 in the back. The strips come in .8 lb (400 gram), 1.1lb (500 gram), and 1.7 lb (800 gram) weights.
  • Polar price range for a typical vest: Starting at $170.00
  • How does it work? Packs can be chilled ("activated") in ice water.  Refrigerator or freezer optional. Packs turn solid white when they're ready to use.
  • Adjustable temperature? Yes, the KM style vest allows you to easily vary the number of packs used and their location on the body.
  • Climate? Effective in all climates. 
  • Discreet? Yes, all styles can be worn beneath clothing. The Fashion vests and Secrets vest are especially well suited for discreet wear.
  • Airplane Carry-on? No. Packs must be placed in checked baggage.
  • Accessories?  Neck wraps, crown cooler, etc.
Limitations? 
  • Cost is higher than Kool Max® vests.
  • For equal weight packs, the cooling potential is lower than Kool Max®. (the energy required to charge the pack is less than Kool Max® and therefore the cooling energy available is less also...its science!)
If you have additional questions, please e-mail our customer service or give us a call at 1-800-763-8423. We are happy to help!
Quick Cool®

Cooling scarfs and wraps include one set of flexible and soft 
Quick Cool®
 Packs and one set of extended cooling Kool Max® packs.

 
  • How effective is it? Offers a high level of short-term cooling. These reusable packs deliver comfortable cooling for up to 45 Minutes depending on environment, activity, and personal metabolism. 
  • Ideal for: Pre-cooling or post-cooling before, during and after activity; quick relief from hot flashes.
  • Weight? Lightweight. (Scarves weigh less than 1 lb.)
  • Insert Packs? Yes
  • Polar's Price Range: Starting at $25.50
  • How does it work? Put cooling packs in freezer and allow time for them to fully charge. 
  • Adjustable temperature? No
  • Climate? Effective in all climates.
  • Discreet? Packs fit into discreetly fashionable scarves.
  • Airplane Carry-on? No. Packs must be placed in checked baggage.
  • Available Accessories: Fashion scarvesneck bands, wraps
Limitations?
  • Requires access to a freezer and time for the packs to charge.
If you have additional questions, please e-mail our customer service or give us a call at 1-800-763-8423. We are happy to help!
Evaporative

Water-Activated Cooling



Garments are designed to be briefly soaked in water and then hold that moisture. As this water evaporates the body is cooled.
  • How effective is it? Effective in low humidity climates. Delivers comfortable cooling depending on environment, activity, and personal metabolism. 
  • Weight? lightweight.
  • Insert Packs? No.
  • Polar Price range for a typical vest: $42
  • How does it work? Cools through the evaporation of water that is retained in the garment or vest. 
  • Adjustable temperature? No. 
  • Climate? Best for drier climates and for low-humidity days elsewhere. 
  • Discreet? Generally should be fully exposed to the air or worn under loose fitting cotton.
  • Airplane Carry-on? Yes. Great for travel!
  • Accessories? Hatsneck & wrist wraps, etc.
Limitations? 
  • Garments must be soaked in water
  • Poor performance in high humidity climates
  • Lowest cooling potential
If you have additional questions, please e-mail our customer service or give us a call at 1-800-763-8423. We are happy to help!
Cool Flow®

Circulating Cold Water System


Ice water is pumped from a cooling reservoir through insulated water lines built in to a vest.


How effective is it? Most effective deep core body cooling. Will cool for extended periods of time.
  • Weight? Lightweight; up to 1.9 pounds with water in the lines.
  • Insert Packs? No.
  • Polar Price range for a vest system: Starting at $695.00
  • How does it work? The system circulates ice water through a series of tubes built into the vest or garment. The vest is connected to a reservoir which is filled with ice and water. The reservoir works on 12 volt DC current pumping the ice water to the vest. 
  • Adjustable temperature? Yes.
  • Climate? All.
  • Discreet? No, the vest can be worn beneath clothing, but you are connected to a 9 quart cooling reservoir.
  • Airplane Carry-on? Yes, if the cooler is empty. (Please check with your airline prior to travel)
  • Accessories? BlanketSeat cushion, neck band, head cap
Limitations?
  • Most expensive type of cooling
  • Requires power and a connection to a cooler

If you have additional questions, please e-mail our customer service or give us a call at 1-800-763-8423. We are happy to help!

 



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