2014 Skin Cooler Longsleeve Top with Ice Pockets
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Another De Soto Original Invention!
The 3 vertical pockets might not make sense to someone who has not endured an Ironman distance or half Ironman distance in very hot weather. However, the pockets line up along your spine designed to help your body cool. Our Shirt is great for aid station ice, sponges, or for carrying gel packets. You might be used to only using the lower pocket of your current jersey, but you will quickly find the upper pocket to be great for carrying sunglasses, a cell phone or your mp3 player. The center pocket may require the help of the aid station or a bit more flexibility on the part of the wearer.
Pockets are not designed to carry excessive weight such as water bottles, gel flasks, or any comparable weight.
Skin Cooler™ Fabrics Clarified
Do not be deceived. Simply because a garment is white does not make it Skin Cooler™! It is time for us to redefine and make clear what makes Skin Cooler™ so unique. Since 2004, when we invented Arm Coolers, we have been telling this story, but in different words. While the rest of the world has been trying to wick moisture away from your body, we have not. WE WANT TO KEEP YOU WET like a tropical rain on a hot sunny afternoon, like the sprinklers on your lawn when you were a child, like the cool misty sea spray of a wave on a warm San Diego day at the beach. Skin Cooler™ fabrics are designed by De Soto to cool you in hot weather.
Our Black Skin Cooler™ fabric keeps you just as cool as the white. It inherently has a reflective virtue that is created by a combination of the fibers, the fiber content, and the special way the fabric is knitted. Once the black fabric gets wet it keeps you cool in hot weather. This is no gimmick, we guarantee it works or you money back!
As you sweat, the special moisture-radiating composition actually offers a cooling effect by dissipating the moisture through channels to the outside of the fabric and just the slightest breeze will cool you down. The fabric will be wet, yet you will be cool.
Skin Cooler™ fabrics block 75% of UVB rays (the burning rays), about as much as a cotton t-shirt or a bike jersey. We recommend you wear sunscreen underneath these products. It is crucial to keep in mind that a sunscreen's (whichever brand you may choose) SPF/UPF rating refers only to its ability to protect skin from UVB radiation. Because we know that UVA damage can be just as insidious, it is essential for the health of your skin that you use a sunscreen that contains the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and/or avobenzone.
- Does this product block UVA rays?
NO. NO GARMENT IN THE WORLD MADE OF A BREATHABLE FABRIC BLOCKS UVA RAYS.
All of our Skin Cooler products are designed primarily to keep you cool in hot weather. This is their main function. The special moisture-radiating composition actually offers a cooling effect. The moisture dissipates through channels to the outside of the fabric so that it dries 3 times faster than regular polyester and 5 times faster than cotton.
The secondary purpose is to protect you from the sun. Skincooler fabrics block 75% of UVB rays (these are the burning rays), which is about as much as a cotton t-shirt or any bike jersey you may wear. This is why we recommend you wear sunscreen underneath these products. It is crucial to keep in mind that a sunscreen's (whichever brand you may choose) SPF/UPF rating refers only to its ability to protect skin from UVB radiation, the rays that cause sunburn. Because we know that UVA damage can be just as insidious, it is essential for the health of your skin that you use a sunscreen that contains the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and/or avobenzone.
We do not claim in any way that any of our fabrics block UVA rays (aging rays). A fabric would have to be laminated to a point that is so opague that NO LIGHT would be able to pass through. If you find any company that claims their garments block UVA rays, be skeptical until you can test it outside. A simple way of testing that their claim is true, is to put it up toward the sun and see if you can see the sun through it. If you can see sun coming through it, then it is not blocking UVA rays. A few examples of things that block UVA rays are: wood, metal, concrete, aluminum foil, none of these permit light through them.