August 1, 2018
play cool. stay cool.
The heat is on. This past month has been one for the books. Whatever book you like, non-fiction or even romance, I hear those get really hot. Hot can mean many different things to many people. For us at ThermApparel it means it’s time to help. It’s our mission to help people realize Now They Can participate, get up and out. play cool. stay cool.
This past month was one all over the country for us. We were honored to have two opportunities to work directly on our mission. First, I was lucky to sit and talk about heat issues with the MS Navigators at the National MS Society in Denver, Colorado. I spent the afternoon with some truly great folks that spend their days helping others find answers to their needs and questions. It was great to meet such empathetic people working hard to solve problems for others. The world could us a few more of them and the conference room we were in had a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains.
Second, the 43rd National Wheelchair Softball World Series in Kansas City. Talk about people living up to a mission. I was in awe. It was inspiring to watch these athletes. Look for more about this below.
Now. I. Can. amazing stories from customers.
Now. I. Can.. Three simple words. Now I Can came about at through the power of stories. Soon after UnderCool arrived on the market we started receiving incredible stories from our customers.
People were now able to do things that they couldn't do without their UnderCool. A common theme quickly emerged, these stories all started "Because of my UnderCool NOW I CAN" go to, graduation, the beach, ride a horse, drive around in a convertible and on and on.
These stories are why we get up in the morning, they are our inspiration that drives ThermApparel. Please tell us your now you can story. share your now you can moment
"Thank you!!!!!!! “Guys, I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for your cooling vest! You’ve given me my Florida summers back!
I’m MS heat intolerant, so since my diagnosis in 2016, I hibernate in the summer. No more! I wore the vest to Epcot on a 95° day and I was perfectly comfortable.
The vest is cool, cute (hey, I’m still a girl), lightweight and even gave me the added bonus of lumbar support during our 5 mile excursion of the park. I’m so grateful!”
How Temperature Affects Productivity
Brad Dunn, co-founder, (right) and Kurtis Kracke, co-founder.
As someone whose world revolves around ways to combat heat, my ears perked up when I heard a story on the radio about heat and how temperature affects workers in garment factories in India. Rest assured that all the garments at ThermApparel are sewn right here in Rochester, NY USA
NWSA World Series 2018
photo by Kracke Photography
ThermApparel was in Kansas City, KS August 9-11 for the 43rd annual National Wheelchair Softball Association World Series. Twenty teams from all over the world met in Kansas City to compete for the world series title.
He's wearing an UnderCool!
photo by Kracke Photography
A big thank you to the teams that tried out our UnderCool Cooling Vest at the NWSA World Series. We loved all the amazing amount of feedback, how it helped, what they loved and suggestions to improve it for wheelchair athletes. You make us cooler!
tips & tricks
Over the last year, we have gotten many a befuddled look when we say that our Cooling Packs freeze at room temperature. It is a confusing thing, since we all think of freezing as "ice cold”. The best way I can think of to describe it is like a stick of butter. It’s a solid stick when it’s in your fridge, but when it’s out on your table it gets softer and when you stick put it in a hot pan it melts. (Butter's actual melting point is between 90º-95ºF)
We talk alot about how the freezing temperature of our packs is good because it means that it is safe for direct contact with the skin and won’t cause your blood vessels to constrict from being too cold. But we have found some other benefits to this as well that make our cooling packs great for other reasons!
Because of the higher freezing temperature you don't have to have a freezer readily available to recharge them, a fridge or cooler with ice water works just as well. A customer in Florida last year was able to recharge her cooling packs throughout the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, when she didn't have A/C or power because of a cooler. Read more here........
You can also recharge them fast, like really fast, like 20 minutes fast, all you need is ice water. Because water is a good conductor of energy, this is actually even faster than the fridge or freezer for our cooling packs, and this makes them even better for on the go activities or out at events where coolers are readily available. (BBQ's and Sporting events anyone?)
Watch this video to see just how fast our cooling packs recharge in ice water.
stay cool. be cool.
Kurtis + Brad + Julia