It’s summer and it’s water-boiling hot. And just because the temperature consistently climbs into 80-100 degree heat, doesn’t mean you have to stop your outdoor workouts. Cooling vests provide a solution to help protect you from overheating. Enter Hyperwear cooling vests, the superhero of summer that’s gracing summer runners, walkers, CrossFitter’s, boot camper’s and gym-goer’s alike with super-human ability to defeat the heat and cool your core. But really, if you haven’t tried out, seen, or read up on the cooling vests, do yourself a favor and get enlightened with some refreshing knowledge about how they can help you continue to enjoy your summer runs and activities, despite the grueling heat. The best cooling vests are lightweight, filled with thin, flexible cooling packs that are strategically placed across your core, upper and lower back. How light is “lightweight?" You want to look for cooling vests that provide the right balance between being thin and flexible while also having enough cooling material to last throughout your workout. Recently, the Hyper Vest COOL was featured in the Austin American Statesman article, “Workouts Can Still Be Cool,” as a product reviewed for its ability to help beat the heat. The article highlighted Hyperwear cooling vests benefits and advantages. Cooling vests will chill your core and make working out when it’s 100°F surprisingly bearable. PCM ("phase change material") packs can stay at 58°F for 2 to 3 hours (depending on level of intensity and outside temperature). You should take into account your training needs and duration of workout when picking out the cooling vest that’s right for you. Now, we know and believe cooling vests are a powerful tool when it comes to helping your body prevent fatigue and exhaustion when exercising in the heat. But Hyperwear wanted to have the “professionals of summer running” put cooling vests to the test and see what they thought of the Hyperwear cooling vests cooling abilities. So, what better people to try it out than the ultra-runners racing in Capt’n Karls 30k and 60k trail race?! On Saturday, August 11th, 3 Hyperwear employees, 30 cooling vests, 3 Yeti coolers and one pop-up tent piled into a suburban headed to Colorado Bend State Park to bring the Capt’n Karls runners cool relief and improved race times. If we had any hesitations about the reaction of the runner’s to the vest, they were quickly diminished by the overwhelming positive feedback and sheer number of people wanting to use them. One of the 60k runners actually wore the COOL vest three different times, he started with one and wore it until mile 5, picked up another vest at mile 14 and then used ANOTHER ONE during his last 5 miles. At one point during the race, all 30 of the vests were being used and we frantically had to pick up vests from the finish line to get them frozen and ready for action. (The runners at the Capt’n Karl’s race used the Hyper Vest COOL with PCM packs. The temperature was in the upper 90s to 100 and because of the extreme intensity of running, and the amount of body heat runners put off, the PCM packs lasted about an hour, or roughly 5 miles before they began loose their chill) Learn more about Hyperwear cooling vest technology and see for yourself how Hyperwear's cooling vest will take back your summer training and have you feeling fresh and energized.