A Very Cold Love Story

My Review of the Cool58™ Secrets Vest

A while ago, I picked up the Cool58™ Secrets Vest from Polar Products after spending a lot of time researching cooling vests.

It wasn’t bad! A few weeks later, I received a request from the company to write a review on their site.  I know several of you were interested in learning about whether or not it was a good investment as well, so I’m sharing the review here as well. This was what I wrote.

“Great for large-chested women with MS!”  
Details: I got the Cool58 Secrets Vest because most of the other cooling vests were more like traditional vests – they went over your shoulders and chest. Personally, I am a large-chested lady, so finding a vest that would have a snug fit was challenging. The Cool58 Secrets Vest is great in that regard. It fits comfortably on my abdomen, above my belly button and below my bra. It’s easy to sit while wearing it, which makes it ideal for bike riding and use at the gym.So, why a 4 and not a 5? A few minor things. First, I’m not sure that the upper abdomen is the most effective spot for cooling the body. Depending on the kind of bra I’m wearing with it, I sometimes still end up with sweaty boobs and 1 inch lower have a cold tummy. It’s a weird feeling. Secondly, for me, it doesn’t cool enough on its own to be a stand-alone. I almost always end up grabbing something to put on my neck to help in addition. (So one of their kits might be good to try.) Lastly, it takes a while for the packs to “freeze” if you use the refrigerator instead of the freezer. Since I’ve ended up using the freezer anyway, I kinda wish I’d gone with the Kool Max Secrets Vest.At the end of the day, it’s great to be able to walk around in the heat without MS kicking my butt. My complaints are honestly minor.

You Can’t Ask For Better Customer Service Than This.

You can imagine my surprise when I received this email the very next day:

Thank you so much for writing a review about your Cool58™ Secrets Vest! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with other customers.

It sounds like you might be interested in the Kool Max® Packs, since you are freezing the Cool58 packs. I would be happy to send you four to try in your Secrets vest. Let us know how you like them in comparison to the Cool58 packs!

Thank you very much for your business, and if there is anything you need in the future please let us know.

Warm regards,

Polar Products, Inc.

I was over the moon!  A few days later I received not only 4 Kool Max® Packs that fit into my Secrets Vest, but also a Kool Max® Deluxe Cooling Neck Tie! I was shocked and excited.

How do I love thee, neck tie? Let me count the ways…

cervicalcollarPrior to receiving this gift, I had used an Elasto-gel Cervical Collar to cool my neck. I loved it! But it didn’t last more than a half hour, which is fine if you’re just using it after going the chiropractor, but not the best if you’re battling heat sensitivity.

In contrast, the Kool Max® Deluxe Cooling Neck Tie is freakin awesome in terms of how long the cooling power lasts. Truth be told, I haven’t tried wearing it longer than an hour or so, but I didn’t take it off because it had lost it’s cooling ability – I took it off because I was cold! And even better, it didn’t look nearly as weird to wear out in public as the Elasto-gel Collar did.kooltie2

I wouldn’t use the neck tie as my only cooling device if I was going to the gym or hanging out in weather that’s hotter than 80 degrees, but when it’s in the 70s or below (or if I’m inside and in air conditioning), I don’t even think about putting on the Secrets Vest anymore, it’s so intensely cold. It gets the job done on its own, and makes doing the dishes so much easier for me.

Another thing I really like about the neck tie is that you can easily take the Kool Max packs out of the tie to wash it — or to use the Kool Max packs with another tie/scarf!  You don’t *have* to use the tie, though it is convenient. If you’re trying to look your best, you can even wrap those packs up in a fashion scarf that you have that won’t be damaged by water condensation. (No silk!)

Kool Max® vs Cool58™

The Kool Max® packs are *so* much colder than the Cool58™ packs. The difference is actually kind of stark. Come to think of it, there’s probably a difference of 58 degrees.

You can activate the Cool58™ packs, put em in the vest, and put the vest directly on your skin and it’s still comfortable. They’re designed to stay at 58 degrees. It’s a calming kind of cool — like drinking a nice iced tea on a hot summer day. It’ll cool you down, but it won’t make you cold. The stuff inside the Cool58™ packs will even squish and break apart if you press on it. The stuff inside the packs acts kind of like a wax.

Not so with the Kool Max® packs! They’re essentially blocks of ice, and are just that cold. You actually need a t-shirt or something under your vest or it can be too cold to handle. And that’s not a bad thing – especially when you’re trying to have an effective workout! 🙂 Wearing a shirt under your vest also keeps it cleaner longer.

At the end of the day, for folks like me who immediately get MS symptoms as soon as they’re a degree over their normal body temperature, I would recommend the Kool Max® line over the Cool58™ line every day of the week, just for sheer intense power of cooling. And I definitely would go for a neck tie, because I honestly didn’t even realize how incredibly helpful they could be.

For folks who don’t have MS and are looking for something to keep them cool at the gym, I think Cool58™ is a great solution. For folks with MS, Cool58™ is great if you’re trying to stay cool for short periods of time, are indoors, or aren’t being very physically active. Otherwise,  Kool Max® works like gangbusters.

Thank you, Polar Products!

I want to take a moment to thank Polar Products for giving me the opportunity to try their other line of products and review them. This experience has been very valuable, hopefully not only for myself, but for other folks who are debating on whether or not to get a cooling vest because they can’t decide what kind! (And to those folks, I say, “Quit debating! Get a vest! They help!”)


5 thoughts on “A Very Cold Love Story

  1. Thank you so much for this!! I’ve been putting off getting one until now (always stressed over what to get), so now I know what to get I’ll be ready for summer (it’s spring here in Australia, so great timing!)

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  3. Thanks so much for your review – I am one of those people who gets wiped when I get a degree hotter. I had been agonizing over whether to get the vest with both types of packs (the cost is huge for me), but now I am just going to go with the KoolMax. I’m also glad I am going to get a neck wrap! Thanks!

    All the best,

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