Cooler heads prevail
The “air-conditioning” technology behind Real X Gear’s Cooling Caps and Visors is as basic as this: Wet it, wear it, and let good old evaporation do the cooling. The trick is in extending the cooling evaporation time as long as possible. The headband area of RealX Gear’s head wear is lined with a strip of absorbent and water-retaining fabric called Poly-Vinyl Alcohol. Embedded alcohol beads chemically react with water to lower the temperature of the material and slow the drying process. This may sound way too lowtech to be anymore effective than dunking any old hat, but a test run on a recent hot summer day showed Real X Gear’s caps and visors do indeed stay cooler substantially longer than standard head wear. Keep an extra “wet” cap or visor in a cooler to switch off when your head wear runs out of cool. The caps and visors come in blue, black, white, camouflage, khaki, red or pink. Caps or cooling visors cost $20. Info: www.lat.ms/1KdfVTb.