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Try It Review: Coolware personal cooling system

1:37 PM, Aug 29, 2011   |    comments
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Coolware personal cooling system

CEDARTOWN, GA -- Every Postal worker knows this famous quote. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds".

Kriston Glushko delivers mail for the U.S. Post Office and she says can handle anything but our oppressive Georgia summers.

"When it's cold you can always get warmer," she said. "You can dress in layers and put your gloves on but this (heat) there's just no relief."

So when Kriston ran across the Coolware Personal Cooling System, she couldn't wait to see if it really could help her beat the heat.

The gadget only needs one AA battery to operate. The first one's included.

Kriston poured water into the unit then shook it out. You might want to do this part outside because it's messy. Then she flips it on high and cradles it around her neck.

"It feels a little cool around my neck," she said, "but I guess once I get moving I'll feel something."

So Kriston got moving. Part of her postal routes is on foot in downtown Cedartown and always a challenge on a hot day.

She said as far as comfort goes, the Coolware isn't bad.

"It's very comfortable," she said. "It wouldn't bother me to have it on. It didn't seem like it tried to slide around. I think it would be alright for yard work."

The directions say the Coolware does best in humidity levels under 70 percent. That could be a problem on Georgia's hot, sticky days. It's supposed to cool for up to two to four hours before you need to add more water.

After about a half an hour, Kriston has delivered the mail up and down Main Street and heads back to the office.

"I'm a little dewy, which is typical after I've walked downtown," she said. "It did feel cooler on the sides. I cannot say honestly that there was a big cool breeze which I was kind of anticipating."

So does Kriston think it would be worth spending 30 bucks plus shipping for the Coolware? She says probably not.

"I think I'm going to give it one thumb up and one thumb down," she said. "It did cool off some but I was really hoping for a little more fan action, I guess you'd say." 

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