my mom has recently been diagnosed with MS,
she has a lot of trouble in the heat so I'm looking into all the different types of cooling vests, it seems as though the cold pack/gel cooling system might be the best option, but I'm having trouble finding reviews for them or finding which one is the most popular/ most liked.
can anyone recommend a certain type and/or brand of cooling vest that works well for you?
it would really help my search!
thanks so much
If you can't find anything affordable, look on places that sell stuff for horses and horseback riding or sporting goods. I think I saw something in a catalog once. Although it may be the wrong time of year for that sort of thing.
I suffer badly if my core temperature goes up... and I spend six weeks a year in India. So I spent a lot of time investigating the right sort of coolvest. I must admit I was picky, and I didn't want to look a right idiot so that influenced my choice. I also wanted something lowtech as I would have to use it in sometimes very simple Indian facilities - I could always find water, but not necessarily electricity - so the 'water dunk' models were preferred over the 'freezer pack' models.
I went with the Arctic Heat version. Not the cheapest, but affordable in the overall scheme of things. It is Australian designed but they have a US site. Their cricket team and olympic athletes use them, as well as a lot of autosport guys. The company is very switched on and keen to innovate and perfect their products.
I found the best way was to dunk it in a bucket of water and then let it drip dry for 20 minutes or so. A bit drier under clothing but still plenty of 'water charge'. I found as long as I kept out of full sun I could manage the heat quite well. I even got a bit 'hypothermic' getting into late afternoon/dusk and had to take it off!
The only downside is that you tend to leave a damp patch on car seats!
Hope that helps,