Monday, February 23, 2015

Bring out the Sunscreen, Bill's Heading to Florida

After visiting MSAA in New Jersey last week, Bill is traveling again this week - this time to sunny Florida! While we're sure he will get much accomplished while meeting with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) in Fort Lauderdale, we feel a little jealous here at the office - it's only 7° today here in Ohio!

Check out the MSF website for more information.

MSF is another wonderful non-profit with whom Polar Products works closely. They also have a great  cooling program to help provide cooling garments to people with MS who qualify for financial assistance.

Polar Products is proud to supply two high-quality kit options for the MSF Cooling Program:

1) The first option is the Polar Cool Comfort® Evaporative Kit. That kit includes a full vest, hat, necktie and wristbands that come in a blue or tan color.

The Cool Comfort Evaporative Kit from Polar Products

2) The second option is the Polar Fashion Vest Kit for Men or Women. This kit includes our best-selling fashion cooling vest and necktie that come in a black or tan color. The kit comes with your choice of our Kool Max® cooling packs or our Cool58® Phase Change cooling packs. (Click here to learn the difference.)


Men's Fashion Vest from Polar Products
Women's Fashion Vest from Polar Products

TO APPLY FOR THE COOLING PROGRAM:
Those interested in seeing if they qualify for the MSF Cooling Program 

The Orange Campaign for MS Awareness

From now until the end of March, everyone is encouraged to join MSF to help raise awareness for multiple sclerosis by using the hashtags #Orange4MSF and #4MSF. Wear orange, post selfies with an orange and spread the word! Together with MSF, we can Paint the Internet Orange and continue to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis.

The Orange Campaign is on Facebook!
Social Media Manager Emily is #Orange4MSF

You can always stay updated with MSF via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their blog!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Visiting with MSAA

This week Polar’s president Bill is off to visit with the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). Bill will go meet with Pete Damiri, the Vice President of Programs and Services along with many other fine folks at MSAA. Some of you may remember Pete from our visit to the Christmas Story House in December! MSAA is one of many wonderful non-profit organizations that help to assist people with MS; they provide cooling garments at no cost to people with MS who qualify for financial assistance.

MSAA Home Page

Polar Products supplies two kit options for the MSAA Cooling Program. The first kit, Option B, is our Polar CoolFit® Kit. That includes a Secrets Torso Cooling Wrap with elastic sides and Velcro attachment, Necktie, 2 Wrist Wraps, 2 Ankle Wraps and an extra set of cooling gel packs for all items.

Our second option, Option C, is the Polar Zipper Style Vest. This kit includes cooling gel packs must be frozen at 32 degrees, a vest that is worn over clothing and has adjustable at the shoulders, chest and waist. The kit also includes an extra set of cooling gel packs, Neck Collar and & extra set of segment packs.

Option B: Polar CoolFit Kit
Option C: Polar Zipper Style Vest

Check back next week as Bill heads down to warm Florida to visit with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF). To learn more about the non-profit cooling programs Polar Products has with both MSAA and MSF, please visit our Non-Profit Cooling Programs web page.

Check out what some of our customers have said about these kits:

“We bought the CoolFit® Kit as a gift for my sister-in-law. She calls us every day to tell us how much she loves it and how many new ways she has found to use all the pieces. This was the best gift ever for someone with MS who lives in a hot, hot climate!”
- Greg in CA


“I am writing to thank you, with all my heart, for the wonderful Kool Max Vest, ice packs, and other cooling items I received from you just a week or so ago. I never could have afforded such items, and I really do know now that I can become more active now with this heat resistance equipment."

- Elaine in Lexington, IN

Visit mymsaa.org to learn more about MSAA's mission, programs and services for people with MS.

Click for more information about the MSAA application.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Please Welcome... Emily!

Polar Products would like to introduce the newest addition to our family: Emily Cubera! 


We are excited to have her join us as our Social Media Manager. With her background in business management from Ohio Dominican University and social media experience, we believe Emily is going to be a wonderful asset to Polar Products. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, connect with us on LinkedIn and keep up with our Instagram photos to interact with Emily and our team through our social media! J

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"I had no idea how much I needed this."

Deluxe Neck Tie with Kool Max® Pack

 "I cannot believe these are not on "must-have" lists for pregnant women. It seriously saved me from feeling like I was going to die of heat at least 3 times this week (despite the fact that it's the middle of winter)... 

"Its best feature is its flexibility. It doesn't have to just go around your neck. Sometimes I wrap it around my head. Other times I put it under my breasts. Sometimes I just hold it... 

"I can't imagine going through pregnancy without it."
- Rachael in Chicago, IL

We were so excited to get this product review from Rachael! How great that she's found a new use for the neck tie? We love hearing about all the ways that our customers adapt our products to meet their unique needs.

Rachael writes the laugh out loud funny blog In It For The Parking about her life with MS and a seizure disorder. In her words, "This blog is all about living well, finding your happiness, maintaining positive relationships, and caring for ourselves and our caregivers." 

In September she wrote a great post reviewing our Secrets Cooling Vest and comparing our Kool Max® and Cool58® packs. Check out the post A Very Cold Love Story to see what she had to say!

We wish you and your growing family the best, Rachael!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fraa-jeel-aay! Must be Italian!

Happy New Year! We hope you celebrated a very jolly holiday season! Here are some Polar highlights from December... 

Our friend Pete from MSAA visited us and took great delight in touring the Christmas Story House in Cleveland.



"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

No visit to Polar is complete without a Browns game!

Go Browns!

We sent Pete home with a "Major Award" of his own! 
Here is it proudly displayed in his office... 
Merry Christmas, Pete!


Holiday Soft Ice® Hot/Cold Therapy Packs were included with every order!

Good to know that we're on the "nice" list... 
check out this e-mail we got from Santa!

"The Kool Max® Poncho Vest works great for 4 hours to keep me cool in my Santa suit. The Kool Max® Packs refreeze quickly. I work with three sets so that there is one set in the freezer at all times. I keep one set in a small ice chest and a set in my vest. They are GREAT!!!" 
- Santa in Bellevue, NE

Our friend Terry stopped by for a visit and at first we didn't even notice he was wearing our men's fashion cooling vest! Although it's chilly outside this time of year in Ohio, he recently suffered a back injury and the cold packs along the spine are therapeutic.

Fashion Cooling Vest with Kool Max® Packs

A customer recently sent us this message from Africa: 
"Staying cool on Rufigi River in Tanzania. Thank you. David"

Cool Comfort® Bandana
 
Kool Max® Neck Wrap

Kool Max® Wrist Wraps

We're here to keep you cool wherever your adventures take you in 2015! Cheers to a healthy, happy year for you all!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eaten Alive: Cooling Beneath the Snake-Proof Suit

We were so surprised to see one of our custom cooling systems on the Discovery Channel this weekend! 


Paul Rosolie, a snake researcher and conservationist, contacted us last spring to request a custom cooling vest to be worn in Peru while filming a show about anacondas. 

He failed to mention that the show was called Eaten Alive and that his intention was to be swallowed by a massive anaconda!

The show received many mixed reviews, and we won't spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't seen it. We will say that Paul, the snake and the cooling vest were not harmed during production. (Well, we can't say for certain that the cooling vest wasn't harmed... but we hope it's ok too!)

The suit worn by Paul Rosolie in 'Eaten Alive' (Discovery)

Paul's protective suit was made of multiple layers, each designed to protect against a specific threat:
  • First, Paul wore a biometric vest to enable his team to monitor his heart rate, his respiratory rate and his core body temperature during the action
  • He then added a custom Cool Flow® cooling vest designed by Polar Products (that's us!) to keep him from overheating while inside the snake's body
  • The next layer is a full-body Tyvek hazmat suit to protect against the snake's gastric juices
  • A layer of chainmail-type material to defend him against the snake's fangs 
  • Finally, on top of all of that, Paul wore an ultra-strong carbon-fiber shell to defend against crushing constriction

You can watch behind-the-scenes videos about the suit on YahooTVbut here are some of our favorite quotes:

"Here's the cooling vest. That'll keep you cool through the whole thing." - Ron (engineer)

"I am so &$@!ing freezing!" - Paul Rosolie
(Best. Testimonial. Ever.)

"Ok, let me turn the vest up a little." - Dr. Cynthia Bir

"Clearly overheating is not a problem." - Paul

"We're down in the Amazon in June. 
You're going to want to stay cool." - Ron

"See these little channels all  through here. There's going to be cool water running through that vest to cool you off." - Ron 

"It weighs less than a pound full of water." 
- Ron 

100 feet of insulated tubing between the vest and the cooling reservoir

We created custom Cool Flow® blanket systems to keep high-def cameras cool while filming The Hobbit in New Zealand, but this was our debut in front of the camera. We're proud to work with individuals to create custom cooling for their very unique applications!

Cool Flow® Cooling Vest System by Polar Products Inc.

Do you need to stay cool during high intensity work, strenuous activity or crazy adventures? We've got you covered! 

Contact us at 1-800-763-8423 or polar@polarproducts.com.

Visit www.polarproducts.com to see our complete line of personal cooling systems. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Equestrian Cooling


The Equine Insider recently wrote a great review about our Kool Max® Fashion Vest for horseback riders.

Paige says, "I wore this vest both while riding and doing barn chores, and simply loved it!"

Kool Max® Fashion Vest

She really liked using the Cool58 packs with the vest because riders don't always have access to a freezer. 

Cool58 packs for the Fashion Vest


We received an e-mail this week from Carolyn. Here she is riding her horse Boo-Berry. Can you tell she's wearing a cooling vest beneath her jacket?!


Carolyn wrote: "Hello! I just wanted to share with you my experience with the vests. We gave the Kool Max® Vests out to MS patients in an event we call 'Ride To Be Cool'. It is a barrel racing event that promote awareness to MS patients with problems with heat. I wanted to share my photo at the Maine State championships. Here I am riding my horse Boo-Berry at the show. It was almost 90 degrees and I could fit my vest under my fancy shirt. Proof that you can stay cool and still look great! We were blinged out and cool enough to be able to compete! Thank you!" 

Yesterday another horseback rider posted this photo on Polar's Facebook page:

Joie is wearing our
Kool Max® Secrets Vest beneath her shirt!

"I am wearing the torso cooling vest under my shirt. It was a great day to go ride Dusty. Thank you for bringing me this joy again!" 
- Joie T. via our Facebook page

Over the years we've had many happy customers tell us that our cooling vests have helped them continue riding horses:


"Having a cooling vest changed my life! I ride horses and I was actually able to show on an 85 degree day! Now I don't have to plan around the weather to compete. Thank you!"
- Carolyn in Pittsfield, ME

"I have been training horses and teaching riding lessons for almost 40 years, and the heat of the summer gets harder to take as I get older. I am so thankful for the cooling vest, neck wrap, and wrist wraps that allow me to continue working with horses in the stifling heat and humidity. Without these cooling items, I'd have to give up the horses and work in an office! Thank you so much!"  
Annalisa in Kansas City, MO

"I have the Kool Max cooling vest and love it! I ride horses and this vest works great at keeping me cool."
- Sherry in Madill, OK

"I am really enjoying the Kool Max vest in the dog days of August and September in hot, humid southwest Georgia.  I have had trouble all summer with Lupus flares due to the intense heat and humidity.  The vest has allowed me to spend time with my horses even on very hot days without having to spend the next day in bed."
- L. Kelley in Georgia

We are so happy our cooling vests can help people continue doing the things they love - even when they experience heat-sensitivity!