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Working outside on a hot day near oncoming traffic? This vest from Vinatronics might just be the perfect vest for you.
First of all, it’s a bright green/yellow ANSI Class 2 high visibility polyester safety vest with 3M™ Scotchlite™ silver reflective stripes. If you’re working near oncoming traffic, or anywhere that it’s a good idea to be easily seen, any light source (like a car’s headlights, for example) is going to light you up like a Christmas tree. If you’re wearing this hi vis vest, people are going to see you. And you know, if you’re working near traffic, you definitely want the drivers to be able to see you.
Second, it’s a Surveyor’s Vest, so it’s loaded with pockets – seven, to be exact, plenty of places to put your stuff. There’s a pocket for your cell phone, and even a huge zippered pocket across the small of the back where you can stick an entire clipboard.
But here’s where it gets really good. This vest is also Cooling Apparel. To keep you cool and help avoid heat stress, the vest has two large pockets that hold freezer gel packs called Ice Bricks. Put the Ice Bricks in the freezer overnight, then stick them back in their special designated pockets, and they will help to keep you cool all day.
With a Hydration Pack
And last, but certainly not least, this vest has a Camelbak® drinking water reservoir built into the back. Now it’s hot, so you’re going to get thirsty, right? So you carry your own drinking water in the Camelbak reservoir. Just fill up the leakproof 50-oz long neck reservoir and slide it into its pouch on the back of the vest. A long drinking tube runs from the Camelbak reservoir, up over your shoulder and down the front of the vest, where it’s handy to get to. So when you feel thirsty and need some water, just put the end of the drinking tube in your mouth, bite down on the special valve, and rehydrate with a long drink of water. Another good way to help avoid heat stroke.
Four Vests In One
So you can see what a versatile vest this is. It’s high visibility, so oncoming traffic can see you and avoid running you down. It’s loaded with pockets for storing your personal stuff. It’s got the freezer gel packs to help keep you cool on a hot day. And it’s got the drinking water reservoir so you can keep yourself hydrated. Oh, and one more thing. It’s made in the U.S.A. So like I said, if you’re working outside near oncoming traffic on a hot day, this is the vest for you! You can find it at eSafetyStore.com. Click here.
An evaporative cooling vest, phase change cooling vest or circulatory cooling vest system can make all the difference on a hot jobsite. The simple addition of this small piece of cooling apparel can help prevent heat stress and keep workers cool.
Phase Change Cooling Vests. The phase change vest uses chilled phase change inserts to maintain a comfortable cooling temperature (around 58 degrees F) for up to four hours. These inserts absorb body heat, which keeps the wearer cool.
Evaporative Cooling Vests. The evaporative cooling vest works the same way that sweat does, without the smelly side effects. Evaporative cooling vests are extremely absorbent. Just soak in cold water, and in a couple of minutes cooling polymers or cooling crystals in the vest absorb water and are able to hold it for hours. As the water evaporates it takes heat with it, keeping the wearer cool.
Circulatory Cooling Vests and Systems. One of the coolest (pardon the pun) ways to combat heat stress on the job is a circulatory cooling vest. The CoolShirt system is one example. Each CoolShirt has 50 feet of medical-grade capillary tubing stitched to the front and back. Cold water pumps through the tubing and keeps the wearer extremely cool. The cool water pumps from a cooling station (which includes a large cooler and pump) or from one of several portable cooling options. The system is ideal for use by first responders or welders.
If you’d like to learn about heat stress prevention and heat stress symptoms, check out the Heat Stress FAQs at Warm Weather Workwear.