Skin Cooler Octovent™
We use Skin Cooler Octovent™ on the front and sides panels on a number of our garments. It is created by knitting small octagonal patterns on sections of the garment that are shaded and in direct wind. The result provides exceptional cooling. You will find tops that combine Skin Cooler™ Octovent™ and Skin Cooler™ 90 to be cooler and offer more sun protection, while actually being 40% lighter in weight than previous models.
When the human body gets hot, it sweats to cool itself. In the past, other brands have tried to help that process by developing fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin and expedite evaporation. Since 2005 De Soto has taken this concept a step further by using that moisture to create a cooling effect. Yes! We want you wet! Skin Cooler™ works by a series of channels knitted into light fabric. As these channels get wet, they absorb moisture and swell, which dissipates the heat making the fabric against your skin actually cooler. How much cooler depends on the following factors - airflow, humidity, ambient temperature, and moisture temperature. When you sweat, the garment’s temperature drops and creates an actual, physical cooling sensation. Skin Cooler 90™ offers this cooling effect while offering even more sun UVB protection and will never wash out.
Note: No garment should ever be a substitute so we always recommend you wear sunscreen underneath these, and all, 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 or zinc oxide.
Do the colored fabrics, or sections with logos affect the cooling technology? No! You will notice the fabric on the inside is all white despite the outside color or logos of the Skin Cooler product The sublimation process we use to place logos or color on our fabric turns the ink into a gas that adheres only to the outside of the fabric. Therefore this ink is non-absorbent and does not affect the technical integrity of the product in any way. The colored parts of the products will keep you just as cool as the white