01 September 2017
TechNiche will be exhibiting at A+A this year. We hope to see you all there.
09 August 2017
Jordan Redman, a Motocross rider has tested our new TechNiche Evaporative Cooling KewlShirt, Powered by HyperKewl He has become a fan and as he says, “…he wont ride without it!” See his detailed video at the below link
14 July 2017
A recent article by Josh Tack of Adventure Cycling Magazine discusses the TechNiche Evaporative Cooling KewlShirt, Powered by HyperKewl
Keep Your Cool This Summer with Techniche July 14, 2017 - Josh Tack writes for his Touring Gear and Tips blog every month.
A couple years back, I wrote up some tips on how you can beat the summer heat during your bike tour. I still swear by those methods today, but if you’re looking for another advantage over the hot sun, consider the Evaporative Cooling Kewlshirt™ Tank Top from Techniche. Made from lightweight spandex and Hyperkewl™ fabric, all you need to do to get it ready for your ride is soak it in cold water and throw it on. The Hyperkewl™ material soaks in the cold water and slowly evaporates it, producing a cooling effect throughout your core. You’ll get the best results if you wear it against your skin, and there are no issues with throwing a jersey over it. Techniche claims you can get five to ten hours of cooling relief per soak. I didn’t quite see this happen on my test ride, but I’ll concede that these last few weeks have seen temperatures in the triple digits, and it’s a dry, Montana heat. If the vest does dry out on your ride, you can always soak it again at the next sign of water. With a retail of $55, it’s not an overly expensive solution to keeping cool. It’s also not specific to cycling. Use it on hikes, runs, or any other summer activities you partake in. It’s another great way to stay cool out there, because pretty much everywhere, it’s gonna be hot.
05 June 2017
Overall Summary Q2 2017 has been an exciting time for us. We have been able to complete several key studies on our HyperKewl fabric and add several new athletes to our growing list of famous users.
Proven Performance Improvement
The University of Hertfordshire recently completed their study on the effect on performance of an Evaporative Cooling Vest used during a 40km Time Trial. The results clearly showed a significant improvement in performance.
Some highlights of the report
There are additional findings that I would be happy to share with you. Please contact me for more details.
Two studies completed by SGS have shown that our HyperKewl fabric has a UVF rating of 50 plus and has a cooling capacity of 0.231 W/cm2, the equivalent of 2200 BTU/hr with our 6529 TechNiche Evaporative Cooling Sport Vest.
New Famous Users
Agnatius Paasi of the Gold Coast Titans
Thank you for your continued support!
Ioannis Anastasakis President TechNiche International www.techniche-intl.com
02 June 2017
Are you doing everything you can to avoid heat stress this summer!
22 May 2017
In physics, power is the rate of doing work. It is the amount of energy consumed per unit time (J/s).
The recent study completed by the University of Hertfordshire found that athletes wearing our HyperKewl cooling vest had a higher mean power output. The study found that the mean power output was significantly greater when wearing our HyperKewl vest than without the vest by 7.99%.
Wearing a HyperKewl cooling vest while exercising or working means that you have more energy for work or play. The idea of increased power output is a logical consequence of the HyperKewl vests ability to help manage your body temperature (see article HyperKewl Tied to Performance Improvement # 2). You can work or play longer and faster because your body is spending less energy trying to maintain its core body temperature, and can put more energy to its muscles.
When winning matters, when productivity matters, having a HyperKewl cooling vest by TechNiche matters.
11 May 2017
As a follow up to my previous article on the recent study by Hertfordshire University on the impact of wearing a HyperKewl cooling vest on athletic performance, I wanted to discuss one of the study’s findings as it relates to the impact of wearing a HyperKewl cooling vest on body temperature.
Some of the ways your body regulates its temperature are through blood flow and the release of heat through your skin. When you exercise, both your core temperature and skin temperature increase. Your core can release heat through your skin, but once your skin reaches a certain temperature, the skin is unable to act as a facilitator for the release of heat from your core.
Your body also uses blood flow to help regulate body core temperature. As you exercise, different parts of your body compete for the flow of blood for cooling and energy. Two key concerns for us are your core body temperature and the power output of your muscles. Each part (core and muscles) need the flow of blood to maintain optimal performance. In the battle of blood flow priorities when exercising or competing, regulating your body temperature will win out over power output to the muscles, so the hotter you get, the less blood flow to your muscles, and the lower your power output.
Wearing a HyperKewl evaporative cooling vest helps to lower your skin temperature. This has been proven in several studies. When the HyperKewl cooling vest keeps your skin temperature lower, you are able to release more heat from the core over a longer period of time. Releasing heat through your skin because it stays cooler with the HyperKewl vest means that there is less competition for blood flow between your core and muscles. As a result, your muscles get more blood flow for longer allowing you to generate a greater power output for longer. Hence, your performance improvement. You can push yourself harder, for longer with a cooling vest because the HyperKewl cooling vest allows your body to naturally cool itself. As I like to say, HyperKewl helps to supercharge your body’s natural cooling system.
During the 40 km time trial used by the study, the temperature of several parts of the body were measured. The mean body temperature was found to be significantly lower when the HyperKewl evaporative cooling vest was used (36.13C vs 37.14C).
During the 40 km time trial study, the relative performance improvement was 5.56%. Time trials went from 74:16 mins without a HyperKewl cooling vest to 70:05 mins with a HyperKewl cooling vest.
One of the key conclusions of the study was that cooling during exercise in the heat will reduce thermal strain and the rate of perceived exertion.
Please keep in my that I am trying to summarize my understanding of the report and that I would be happy to answer questions, but the research team at the University of Hertfordshire are the experts on the results.
05 May 2017
We recently completed testing with SGS on the cooling capacity of our HyperKewl fabric. The results were better than expected. HyperKewl PLUS fabric, when quilted as the middle layer between a waterproof nylon and a breathable outer nylon, generates an average 0.231 W/cm2. In terms of the cooling capacity of a standard vest (6529), that equates to up to 2287 BTU/hr of cooling from HyperKewl PLUS. Considering that a small air conditioner generates up to 6000 BTU/hr, the capacity of HyperKewl PLUS to cool you down is very impressive.
25 April 2017
A recent study completed by the University of Hertfordshire demonstrated that using a HyperKewl cooling vest can help improve athletic performance. We know that TechNiche Cooling products improve user comfort when working or playing in hot conditions. We know that TechNiche cooling products improve worker safety by helping to reduce the risk of heat stress. Now we know that TechNiche cooling vests can help to improve the performance of athletes. Our motto “PERFORMANCE. SAFETY. COMFORT.” is now not only proven in the field, but is also proven in the lab. The testing was conducted around a 40km Time Trial in a hot environment. As we continue to dig into these most recent findings we will get you more details. STAY TUNED!! We would like to thank Joseph Procter and the team at the University of Hertfordshire for their efforts in this research.
13 April 2017
Heat Stress ‘Dramatically’ Reduces Productivity, Study Finds BY LAURENCE STEVENS | APRIL 11, 2017
Research into the effects of heat stress on sugarcane workers in Kompong Cham province found that productivity was dramatically reduced as daytime temperatures soared, a troubling finding given Cambodia’s lagging labor efficiency and expected warming over the next 30 years due to climate change.
The study, based on research conducted in early 2015, found that the number of sugarcane bundles individual workers collected each day fell by 42 percent when temperatures rose by 2 degrees Celsius—down from about 35 bundles per day at 29.9 C to 20 bundles at 31.1 C—largely due to fatigue and heat exhaustion.
Kongkea Phan, dean of the science and technology faculty at Phnom Penh International University who worked on the project, warned that by 2050, the agricultural sector could incur major productivity losses due to climate change-related warming. “The findings relate to all agricultural workers,” he said. “We want to develop guidelines with the government to help workers.” Moeun Tola, head of the labor rights group Central, said that although there were no specific health guidelines for heat stress, Cambodian Labor Law compels companies to provide a safe environment for workers.
Neither the health nor labor ministries could be reached for comment on the study, which is currently undergoing peer review. (email@example.com)
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