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With Record Heat on the Rise, Athletes Need Climate Adaptive Gear

With Record Heat on the Rise, Athletes Need Climate Adaptive Gear
HONOLULU, Aug. 24, 2021 -- July 2021 was the hottest month on record to date, and the Tokyo Olympics offered a glimpse of what the future of sports may look like as climate change progresses. Reports from the Games were sobering: several competitors passed out or suffered from heatstroke, events and matches were rescheduled to avoid midday heat, and sidelines were dotted with portable AC units and misting stations. And although Olympic athletes had the best cooling technologies available, there were still over 30 instances of heat-related illness.

19°N Hawai'i Launches the Next Generation of Outdoor Climate Gear

Honu Active Cooling pack and accessories to help keep people cool while outdoors

HONOLULU, Aug. 24, 2021 -- 19°N Hawai'i is launching a first-of-its-kind active cooling pack built to beat the heat: the Honu Cooling Pack. Over 60 feet of patented thermally-conductive polymer tubing makes up the heat-extracting circulatory liquid cooling system at the heart of Honu.

The liquid cooling system, called ThermoCore, provides up to 50% better heat extraction compared to best in class cooling vests, reducing the wearer's perception of atmospheric temperatures by up to 20°F. The system includes a reservoir that feeds cool water through the patented polymer microtubing sewn throughout the pack's chest, shoulder, and back, which captures heat from the body. Designed for the realities of climate change, Honu enables better endurance, higher performance, and faster recovery for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in increasingly hot environments.