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19 Apr 19

Ergodyne’s New Lightweight Phase Change Vest Delivers Big Cooling Power

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Chill-Its Phase Change Cooling Vests

St. Paul, Minn. (April 19, 2019) — Ergodyne is changing the game when it comes to keeping workers cool in the heat with the launch of their new Lightweight Phase Change Cooling Vest. Designed to be 30-60% lighter weight than other cooling vests on the market, this vest maintains temperature of 59 degrees F (15C) for up to two hours when activated.

Most cooling vests work by evaporation, which means they require airflow to work properly. This also means that they can’t be worn under clothing or PPE. Ergodyne’s newest Phase Change Cooling Vest solves that problem by using two biodegradable phase change cooling packs that are quickly charged in a freezer or cooler and require no airflow to work – all while remaining lighter than other phase change cooling vest options, at only 4lbs / 1.8kg when filled with packs.

Heat stress on the job is cause for concern for safety managers and crews. With summers on average trending toward higher temps and more heatwaves, it’s important to have solutions to keep workers cool. And workers who work inside are still at risk of heat-related illness if they’re in areas with no air conditioning, or working around furnaces or other hot equipment. This new Phase Change Vest works both indoors or out, under clothing or over it, and stays at a comfortable 59 degrees F (15C) for up to two hours.

The 6260 Lightweight Phase Change Cooling Vest comes with four removable biodegradable cooling packs. The packs can be activated in a fridge, freezer, a cooler of ice, or near an air conditioner, and will provide up to two hours of cooling. The cooling packs feature a grid design to maintain flexibility and range of motion. “This vest can be worn under PPE or other gear, so it will be an excellent option especially for those working in foundries, pulp/paper and similar hot environments,” says Alsie Nelson, Senior Product Manager for Ergodyne. A vest-only option, the 6255 Lightweight Vest, is available as well.

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About Ergodyne

Since 1983, Ergodyne has pioneered the development of products that Make The Workplace A Betterplace. What started with just one product has grown into a line of top flight, battle-tested, Tenacious Work Gear®; all precision crafted to provide protection, promote prevention and manage the elements for workers on jobsites the world over. The current lineup is extensive and constantly growing: ProFlex® Hand Protection, ProFlex® Knee Pads, ProFlex® Supports, Skullerz® Head Protection, Skullerz® Eye Protection, Trex™ Footwear Accessories, Chill-Its® Cooling Products, N-Ferno® Warming Products, GloWear® Hi-Vis Apparel, Squids® Lanyards, Arsenal® Gear and Tool Storage and SHAX® Portable Work Shelters.