Military Cooling Vests
Arctic heat cooling vests keeping troops in Iraq cool this summer.
Summertime in Iraq is scorching hot, regular day time temperatures reach
in excess of 120ºF. It is difficult to imagine living in temperatures so
extreme. Thousands of troops stationed in Iraq not only have to deal
with these extreme conditions; they have to do it wearing a military
uniform, body armor and other equipment. These troops are at high risk
of suffering from related heat illnesses, such as mild heat stress or a
fatal heat stroke.
Dehydration is a major health issue, the body sweats in an attempt to
keep the body's core temperature stable, but in very high temperatures
the body will sweat at a rate higher than fluid can be replaced,
creating a dangerous situation. Heat stress has five major symptoms:
weakness, confusion, vomiting/diarrhea, headache/visual disturbance and
poor co-ordination. Working in Iraq is dangerous enough without having
to suffer from the symptoms of heat stress.
One way to stay cool during the searing Iraqi heat is to use a cooling
vest. Thousands of troops in Iraq from the Australian and US Military
have started using special desert colored Arctic Heat Cooling Vests. The
lightweight cooling vest is used to keep troops cool while on their
patrol rounds, when working around their bases, to pre-cool them before
their rounds and to quickly cool themselves when they return to camp.
The cooling vests will not only help to prevent heat stress, but keeping
cool will also help to improve the soldiers concentration and mental
alertness in the stifling summer heat.
Arctic Heat is now the preferred supplier of "Cooling Products" to the
Australia Army and their troops are now being issued with the cool vest
during training exercises for deployment in the Middle East region.
"We have been selling large numbers of cooling vests to the parents of
US soldiers stationed in Iraq who have been sending over the cool vests
to family stationed in Iraq, or otherwise we receive email orders and
ship directly to the soldiers." says Dr John Surie, President of Arctic
The Arctic Heat Cooling Vests were used by US Olympic teams at the
Athens Olympics, and are now used by leading sports teams worldwide to
The lightweight Arctic Heat Cooling vest uses a two stage cooling
process. The vests contain a gel-like substance that can be frozen or
chilled. The cooling vests are manufactured using Woolmark's Sportwool,
a special body cooling fabric which incorporates Vapor Management
Technology helping to wick moisture away from the skin, allowing the
wearer to keep dry.