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  • Cyclist Duo Using TechNiche Vests while competing in the Race Across America (RAAM)

    Cyclist Duo Using TechNiche Vests while competing in the Race Across America (RAAM)

    This year marks the 37th annual Race Across America event. The race starts today, on June 11th for single cyclists, and June 15th for team cyclists. The race starts in Oceanside California, stretches over 12 states for a total distance of over 3,000 miles, and ends in Annapolis Maryland. During RAAM, cyclists will climb approximately 175,000 feet, travel through three major mountain ranges, cross four of America’s largest rivers, and pass through iconic American Landmarks. RAAM is open to both amateur and professional racers. Cyclist can ride solo, or in teams of 2, 4 or 8. The race has over 20 countries represented and is known to be one of the most challenging races in the world. RAAM is not a stage race, which means, once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line.

    TechNiche is proud to be a small part of the RAAM journey for the 2-person cyclist team “Eat Well”, consisting of two Frenchmen: Evens Stievenart and Jean-Luc Perez. TechNiche has provided the duo with vests and accessories to help them reach their goals of being the first French winners and beating the current 2-person team RAAM record of 6 Days and 10 hours. The duo plans to use the 4531 Hybrid Cooling Vest Powered by HyperKewlTM and CoolPaxTM for pre and post cooling, during the time their teammate is cycling. They also plan to use the 6201 KewlShirt Tank Top Powered by HyperKewlTM while they are cycling in high heat environments. (Parts of the ride pass through regions that are expected to be as high as 120oF).

    In order to compete in this race, the duo needs a strong crew to support them. This crew is composed of 13 members including: Chief Crew, Kinesiologist, nutritionist, strategist/data analyst, mechanic and and drivers (4 vans will be following the team, and 1 van for media staff).

    Evens Stievenart is a French race car driver and cyclist, some of his many accomplishments include: 2018 12 hours world Champion, holding the 2017 Le Mans World Record, double winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans, and many more. He and Jean-Luc Perez have been friends for 15 years, and have raced together many times, previously winning hundreds of races together; in fact, they were French national champions on a team of four.

    The duo will start the race in just a few days, on June 15th, and TechNiche is very excited to be cheering them on!

    Evens with bike and techniche vest

  • Cyclist Trials TechNiche Vests for their ride in Race Across America (RAAM)

    Cyclist Trials TechNiche Vests for their ride in Race Across America (RAAM)

    TechNiche is proud to be a small part of the Race Across America journey for the 2-person cyclist team “Eat Well”, consisting of two Frenchmen: Evens Stievenart and Jean-Luc Perez. TechNiche has provided the duo with vests and accessories to help them reach their goals of being the first French winners and beating the current 2-person team RAAM record of 6 Days and 10 hours. The duo plans to use the 4531 Hybrid Cooling Vest Powered by HyperKewlTM and CoolPaxTM for pre and post cooling, during the time their teammate is cycling. They also plan to use the 6201 KewlShirt Tank Top Powered by HyperKewlTM while they are cycling in high heat environments. (Parts of the ride pass through regions that are expected to be as high as 120oF).

    Evens tried the vest during training for the RAAM

    His testing conditions were as follows: Condition of test: 90 degrees Activity: Cycling Time of riding: 2 hours. Average Speed: 30 mp/H (all tailwind) Bike: TT bike Rider: Evens Stievenart

    He soaked the KewlShirt Tank Top Powered by HyperKewlTM for about 3 minutes before his ride and wore the vest under his cycling SkinSuit.

    Direct Feedback from Evans: “Right away I felt the cool effect. During the ride, it was still warm outside, but I was feeling pretty good and a rider who rode with me for a bit without the vest was kind of struggling with the heat! At the end of the 2 hours ride, the vest was still cool and humid, and I felt that it was still effective for cooling me down as I was ridding. I drank only one 1/2 liter of water which is low for 2 hours under 90 degrees. Typically, I would drink more under that weather. In short, it was great test and we will use them a lot in our coming challenge!”

    Evens in HyperKewl KewlShirt Evens with bike

  • Canadian Triathlon Team Using TechNiche Cooling Vests and Accessories in Preparation for 2020 Olympics

    Canadian Triathlon Team Using TechNiche Cooling Vests and Accessories in Preparation for 2020 Olympics

    Vista, California, May 28, 2019 –

    The Canadian Triathlon team is currently using TechNiche’s 4531 Hybrid Cooling Vests, and other cooling accessories, for post-training for the 2020 Olympics. The team recently came back from a Triathlon Hawaii Heat Camp, where they used the Hybrid Cooling Vests Powered by CoolPaxTM and Powered by HyperKewlTM Plus, for the first time.

    Feedback from the Team:

    1. Athletes loved the vests (4531) and found them comfortable and effective for post training.
    2. Preparation and transportation of vests was easy, especially with the bags that came with each vest.
    3. Cleaning seemed a little time-consuming. (The cleaning process used: Soaked in a tub with soap water, rinsed thoroughly, then hung to dry.)

    b. Washing machine capabilities are helpful.

    1. Athletes loved the TechNiche Evaporative Cooling Neckbands Powered by HyperKewlTM Plus (6519) and the KewlTowelsTM (6102). They said the neckbands would be a great option when they are wearing their wetsuits before racing, and for perceptual cooling. Most of the athletes used these two products regularly.

    The team also plans to try the vests and accessories for pre-training and warm up.

    Canadian Tri Team 1 on field

    CA Triathlon team group photo

    CA Triathlon team field photo 1

  • The Next Generation in cooling, the new TechNiche Evaporative Cooling fabric, HyperKewl Plus

    The Next Generation in cooling, the new TechNiche Evaporative Cooling fabric, HyperKewl  Plus

    Vista, California, May 20th, 2019-

    TechNiche is proud to announce the next generation in cooling technology, HyperKewlTM Plus! This technology has all the great benefits as the original HyperKewlTM with the added benefit of being machine washable. HyperKewlTM Plus evaporative cooling material is a unique fabric that quickly absorbs water and slowly releases it through evaporation. This process of evaporation is like “supercharging” the body’s natural cooling process, which protects the wearer against heat stress. HyperKewlTM Plus is great for use during competitions or strenuous activity.

    Key Features:

    -Low cost cooling system

    -Fast and Effective

    -Easy to use

    -Cooling for 5-10 hours

    -Re-usable

    -Lightweight, nontoxic and durable

    -Scientifically proven to help with comfort and performance

    -Machine washable up to 60C (or 100F)

    -CE Marked

    -Used in sport, military, medical, construction, pet and equine

    About TechNiche

    TechNiche LLC designs, manufactures, and distributes personal cooling products that enhance performance, improve safety, and increase comfort. They offer a wide variety of climate control clothing and accessories.

    TechNiche, keeping you comfortable at work, rest or play!

  • The New TechNiche KewlTowel™ ULTRA

    The New TechNiche KewlTowel™ ULTRA

    PRESS RELEASE: The NEW TechNiche KewlTowelTM ULTRA Evaporative Cooling Towel, Powered by KewlTowel™ Vista, California, May 13, 2019 –

    TechNiche LLC now offers an Evaporative Cooling ULTRA Towel that is made from our NEW 100% polyester cool knit fabric for enhanced performance. The KewlTowelTM is designed to help cool and refresh the user. It is easy to activate, simply submerge in water for 10-15 seconds, gently squeeze out the excess water and it is ready to cool! Once the user applies the towel to their exposed skin, it will create a natural cooling effect by releasing the water through evaporation. The KewlTowelTM will remain activated for several hours and can be reactivated over and over.

    Key Features:

    -Made from 100% Polyester cool knit fabric

    -Will remain hydrated for hours

    -Easily reactivated by submerging in water

    -Lightweight and durable

    -Machine or Handwash with mild detergent (Hang dry)

    -Size: 10” x 36” (25cm x 91cm)

    About TechNiche LLC TechNiche LLC designs, manufactures, and distributes personal cooling products that enhance performance, improve safety, and increase comfort. They offer a wide variety of climate control clothing and accessories.

    TechNiche, keeping you comfortable at work, rest or play!

    6102 ULTRA KewlTowel Tube Packaging

  • Heat Stress and Work Place Safety

    Heat Stress and Work Place Safety

    Heat stress occurs when our body is unable to cool itself down and becomes overheated. This heat can be generated internally through muscle use or externally by the environment.

    The body has three natural mechanisms for dealing with heat: Breathing, sweating and changing its blood flow. Sometimes these defense mechanisms are not enough, and the body’s temperature continues to rise. As heat increases, the body’s temperature and heart rate rises, and the body becomes susceptible to heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, fainting, or a potentially fatal heat stroke.

    Many occupations require workers to be exposed to environments of high heat in both indoor and outdoor settings. Unfortunately, “[e]very year thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some are fatally injured (osha.gov)”.

    Working in hot conditions leave workers at risk to heat related illness and cause them to be slower and less productive. Therefore, preventing heat stress will protect workers health, improve their safety and increase their productivity!

    Take precautions, like the following, to reduce the chances of severe heat-related illnesses: -Drink plenty of water and electrolytes. -It is recommended to drink a ½ quart of water per hour (Or 1 Pint per hour, or 2 cups per hour, or 16 Fl oz per hour) -Sip water many times throughout the day (every 15 mins), rather than gulp down lots of liquids fewer times per day.

    • -Avoid beverages that contain alcohol, soda, caffeine or other diuretics
    • -Wear loose-fitting lightweight, light-colored clothing
    • -Wear headgear that provides shade
    • -Try to eat fewer warm foods and eat cooler foods instead (like salads, yogurts, and sandwiches)
    • -Take 10-15 minute breaks every 2 hours
    • -Use cooling fans or other personal cooling devices, such as cooling vests
    • -Use technology like HyperKewl (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/hyperkewl/) in conditions with high airflow and lower humidity
    • -Use Technology like CoolPax (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/coolpax/) in conditions with high humidity, low to no airflow, and under protective gear (PPE) such as welding suits.

    What Employers can do to help:

    • -Provide cold beverages (water and/or sports drinks)
    • -Provide rest breaks and water breaks in cool areas
    • -Provide heat stress training to employees and supervisors. Including information about prevention, symptoms and what to do in the event of an emergency
    • -Provide protective attire, such as cooling vests
    • -Provide technology like HyperKewl (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/hyperkewl/) in conditions with high airflow and lower humidity
    • -Provide Technology like CoolPax (http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/coolpax/) in conditions with high humidity, low to no airflow, and under protective gear (PPE) such as welding suits.
    • -When possible, provide fans or other means to circulate airflow
    • -When possible schedule work when the temperature is cooler (i.e. Early mornings)
    • -Be sure to allow workers to take 10-15 minute breaks every two hours
    • -Acclimatization: start new workers, that are not used to working in the heat, at 50% of the normal workload and time exposed to the heat for their first day, and gradually build up to 100% by the fifth day.

    If all attempts fail at preventing Heat-related illnesses, here is a list of the most common signs and symptoms and what to do if a worker becomes a victim:

    Heat stroke- occurs when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating mechanism fails and the body can no longer dispel excess heat. Heat stroke may result in permanent disability or death if not treated immediately. Heatstroke is fatal in 80% of cases.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech, loss of consciousness, Seizures, hot dry skin.

    What to do:

    • -Call 911 for emergency care (Stay with the victim until care arrives).
    • -Move victim to a shaded or cool area
    • -Remove outer clothing or soak the clothing in cool water
    • -Place cold clothes on head, neck, armpits and groin area
    • -Circulate the air around the victim
    • -Do Not give the victim fluids
    • -If the victim is unconscious, lay them on their side and clear their airway

    Heat cramps- Painful muscle spasms that occur when the body is depleted of salt and moisture.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Muscle cramps, pain, or spasms. (Most commonly in the abdomen arms or legs.) These can occur during or after work.

    What to do:

    • -Stop the activity immediately
    • -Move victim to a cool place
    • -The victim should drink water and a snack (Preferably a carbohydrate-electrolyte replacement liquid) every 15 to 20 minutes.
    • -Rest several hours before returning to activity
    • -Medical attention is needed if the victim has heart problems or is on a low sodium diet, or if cramps continue after 1 hour.

    Heat Syncope/Fainting- an episode of dizziness usually occurring with a prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position. Most common in those that are not used to working in warm conditions.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Brief loss of consciousness, dizziness, light-headedness, sweaty skin with normal body temperature, and no signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion

    What to do:

    • -Sit or lie victim down in a cool place
    • -If completely conscious, the victim should slowly drink water, clear juice or an electrolyte drink (Sports drink)
    • -Medical attention may be necessary if symptoms persist after lying down

    Heat rash- occurs when the skin is irritated by excessive sweating. Most commonly occurring in hot and humid environments where sweat is unable to evaporate easily. The rash could cover a large area and could get infected, both of which will cause discomfort.

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Irritation or itching, appears as red or pink bumps or clusters or small blisters.

    What to do:

    • -Keep the rash area clean and dry
    • -Move victim to a cooler less humid environment
    • -Unscented talcum powder may help symptoms
    • -Avoid creams and lotions, they may keep the skin warm and moist causing symptoms to worsen

    Heat exhaustion- Occurs when the body loses too much water and salt, usually due to excessive sweating and not consuming enough fluids. (Most commonly occurs in high temperatures with high humidity and strenuous activities).

    Common Signs and Symptoms include: Excessive sweat, weakness or fatigue, pale clammy skin (Sometimes flushed), headache, nausea, dizziness, irritability, thirst elevated body temperature.

    What to do:

    • -Move the victim to a cooler environment
    • -If fully conscious, have the victim drink an electrolyte solution (sports drink) and avoid caffeine
    • -Cool the victim with cool water or cold compress.
    • -Circulate air around the victim
    • -Seek medical attention if vomiting or fainting occurs, or if symptoms persist for more than 30 minutes

    References: “CDC - Heat Stress - Heat Related Illness - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 June 2018, www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html.

    Department of Health & Human Services. “Heat Stress and Heat-Related Illness.” Better Health Channel, Department of Health & Human Services, 26 Nov. 2015, www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/heat-stress-and-heat-related-illness.

    Flouris, Andreas D, et al. “Workers’ Health and Productivity under Occupational Heat Strain: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” The Lancet Planetary Health, Elsevier, 4 Dec. 2018, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542519618302377.

    “Heat Stress Facts.” Princeton University, The Trustees of Princeton University, ehs.princeton.edu/workplace-construction/occupational-health/heat-cold-stress/heat-stress-facts.

    “Heat Stress.” NASD, nasdonline.org/137/d001702/heat-stress.html.

    “Understanding the Dangers of Heat Stress.” Safety+Health Magazine, Safety+Health Magazine, 25 June 2017, www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/15818-understanding-the-dangers-of-heat-stress.

    “UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/.

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  • Announcement: TechNiche is now ISO9001:2015 Certified!

    We are proud to announce our ISO9001:2015 Certification! Our production facility in China became certified in December 2018.

    What is ISO?

    ISO stands for the International Organization of Standardization. This organization is an independent organization that develops standards and currently has over 22,000 international standards and related documents published. These standards provide “requirements, specifications, guidelines, or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes, and services are fit for their purpose” in almost every industry.

    What is ISO9001?

    The ISO9001, also known as the ISO9001 Quality Management Standard, sets standards for a quality management system. These standards “provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements and that quality is consistently improved”.
    The standards are based on several quality principles, “including a strong customer focus, the motivation, and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement”. Implementation of this certification helps to improve both efficiency and customer satisfaction. Using ISO9001 helps ensure that customers will continually receive consistent, high-quality goods and services.

    For more information about ISO and the 9001 Certification, visit the organization’s website: https://www.iso.org/

    ISO9001:2015 Certificate
  • When You Are The Best, The Best Know It

    Many globally recognized brands use our patented HyperKewl™ technology in their jackets and vests for cooling solutions. Here are 6 recognized Motorcycle brands that incorporate our technology in some of their products. Motorcyclists use these vests while riding to keep themselves cool and comfortable on hot days, allowing them to ride comfortably for longer periods of time.

    Globally Recognized Motorcycle Brands

    HyperKewl™ Fabric’s “magic” happens in the process of evaporation, so the vest needs airflow to be most effective. The more airflow on the garment, the more cooling power it has. In order to get the best effect, typically motorcyclists will wear one of these vests under a ventilated protective jacket. Once they get moving, the airflow hits the vest through the vents and can cool the rider up to 25° F below the ambient temperature.

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  • THORZT’s new HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest

    THORZT’s new HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest

    THORZT’s new lightweight, evaporative cooling vest can provide temperatures that are 10-15oC cooler than the ambient temperature, protecting workers from heat stress and helping to prevent dehydration.

    The benefits of cooling vests are well known, with several studies showing their ability to help industrial athletes moderate their body temperature – improving thermal comfort, reducing sensatations of effort during work and boosting productivity.

    In a 2004 study, firefighters wearing a one kilogram ice-vest experienced these benefits and more – including reduced skin temperatures, a 13% reduction in sweat and heart rates 10 beats per minute lower than those without cooling vests. The study also concluded that the vests may help increase work efficiency by 10 per cent. Another study found that phase change cooling vests helped to reduce the rate of increasing core temperatures in miners during moderate work, resulting in lower core temperatures during work and recovery periods compared to miners who weren’t wearing the vests. Furthermore, cooling vests have been shown to help people exercise for longer than those without cooling vests due to reduced heat stress.

    HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest Design: Thorzt’s new cooling vest is designed to provide industrial athletes with five-to-ten hours of cooling relief for every one-to-two minute water soaking. The vest’s core is made from HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling material which uses a unique polymer chemistry to rapidly absorb water and slowly release it through evaporation, while also providing stable water storage and helping to ensure the vest’s longevity. This evaporative cooling material is sandwiched between a quilted nylon outer layer and water-resistant nylon liner to keep the wearer dry. Those wearing the vest can experience skin temperatures up to 10-15oC cooler than the ambient temperature – protecting them from heat stress and reducing the amount of fluids required to keep them hydrated. However the exact temperature difference depends on humidity, airflow and other environmental conditions. Furthermore, the zipper allows workers to easily don or remove the V-neck vest while the Hi Vis yellow outer means workers can wear it over their clothes without compromising visibility.

    What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to cool its core temperature to 37oC – leading to physical discomfort, impaired cognitive function, reduced productivity, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. While PPE and industrial clothing can further increase the risk of heat stress, it’s vital that workers continue to wear them to avoid more serious injuries. Fortunately, cooling vests such as Thorzt’s new HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest can be worn over protective clothing and can be highly effective at reducing heat stress in the workplace.

    Try our new THORZT HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest:

    The HyperKewl Plus Evaporative Cooling Vest has a RRP of $75 and can be purchased through the website or at any THORZT stockist. For more information, call 1800 THORZT (1800 846 798).

  • HyperKewl PLUS Highly Commended by CBRE

    HyperKewl PLUS Highly Commended by CBRE

    With innovation at the heart of everything we do, we are delighted that our Hyperkewl Plus range of cooling products has been recognised by CBRE as one of their Top Ten Great Ideas in 2018.

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    Having navigated through the ‘Dragon’s Den’ styled regional heats, our team lead by James Russell of TechNiche Europe were delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award for Hyperkewl Plus at a ceremony held at Billingsgate Market. In 2010 in the midst of the financial crisis, we created our own ‘Innovation Initiative’ to explore ways to further add value and possibly diversify through new products and processes relevant to its experience in working in the property and construction sector. Hyperkewl Plus was discovered and is now marketed across EMEA through our sister business TechNiche Europe, partnered with TechNiche LLC.

    The opportunity to develop Hyperkewl Plus into a range of PPE (personal protective equipment) products followed each aimed at reducing the risk of heat stress for construction operatives across the globe. With extreme heatwaves happening with ever increasing frequency the business today now exports worldwide and has established itself as a leading authority on the issue of heat stress and worker wellbeing. Tech Tab When applied into cooling workwear, HyperKewl Plus is activated by placing the garment in water for 2 minutes, removing the excess water and wearing. The users stay totally dry however thanks to a waterproof lining on the inside of the garment. With evaporation the garment will cool down by 15˚C and the user will see a thermal skin temperature reduction by up to 8˚C. HUD display

    Key facts about Hyperkewl Plus

    1. Super Absorbent Polymer Fibre Fabric
    2. 5/10hrs of evaporative cooling
    3. Cools down with just water and airflow
    4. Apparel cools down by 15˚C
    5. Leaves user with up to 8˚C reduction in thermal skin temperature
    6. Works in extreme temperatures up to 50˚C
    7. Can be machine washed at 60˚C fifty times
    8. Non-toxic, CE certified and lightweight

    For more information please contact Ioannis Anastasakis at ioannis@techniche-intl.com

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