Innovative material cools the user without chemicals.
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I received a sample of this product from Backbone Media for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.)
Innovative material cools the user without chemicals. Moisture-wicking, circulation, and evaporation reduce the shirt's surface temperature as much as 30%.
- Cools the body
- UPF50 sun protection
- Chemical free, Hypoallergenic
- Runs a bit big per size
In a world filled with technology, I am always amazed when I come across a new technology that offers outdoor enthusiasts something new. The Dr. Cool Cooling Shirt is one of those products. While I have seen and tested other cooling shirts they all accomplished the feat using chemicals, what sets Dr.Cool apart from the crowd is they use Coolcores cooling fabric in the construction of the shirt. By using a patented construction technology the fabric is able to better distribute a bodies heat by wick transferring the sweat throughout the fabric where regulated evaporation allows for rapid cooling.
In testing at the Hohenstein Institute, Coolcore's fabric proved to be superior to all its competitors in tests measuring cooling power, drying power and in the wet cling test. Eliminating chemicals allows the cooling shirt to be 100% hypoallergenic and the cooling power can never be washed out. Strategically placed mesh inserts under the armpits and along the back of the shoulders provide additional ventilation and add a bit of style.
I started testing the Dr.Cool cooling shirt in the spring and continued through quite a hot summer during a wide variety of activities. Constructed of polyester and spandex the medium sized shirt fit me well, although it does run a tad large. Whether I was hiking, backpacking or riding my mountain bike the shirt fit well and did a great job of keeping me cool.
Although I anticipated that a black shirt would be overly hot on a sunny day that was never the case. Between the strategically placed mesh inserts and the Coolcore fabric, the shirt did a great job of keeping me comfortable even when temperatures reached the upper 90's. The material allows my sweat to flow into the entire shirt rather than being stuck under my arms or across my chest. This gives the shirt an allover cool feeling as evaporation removes all of that moisture.
I really liked the stretchiness of the fabric and the length of the hem which runs a little long, especially when I am riding my bike. UPF sun protection is always a plus in any garment and did its job as anticipated. A plus for me is this cooling shirt is nice enough looking to pull double duty as something that can be worn out to dinner or in a social setting when traveling.
Most of my travels include outdoor activity of some sort in addition to sightseeing etc so being able to pack less makes life much easier. The shirt has held up really well through a lot of use and washings, even the shoulder areas that take a beating from a pack still look like new.
Colors: Black, Heather gray
Price: Reg $40, On sale $19.99
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.