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Gianni
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Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on what can be worn to keep cool while performing. Choosing the proper clothes is, of course, critical. But I am wondering if there are any other garments or devices that would help.

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Lots of people will wear a vest instead of a jacket. Do I know you? I am a member of the SAM, IJA, and IBM in Philadelphia.
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Wear a long sleeve button down shirt.
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I have recently found that a careful choice in fabrics will make a huge difference in how your body helps you stay cool, or warm as needed!
It may cost a little more at the outset, but a jacket in a wool/linen blend, or a good wool will be worth it, and shirts in Linen will move moisture faster than cotton. They will require a bit more care than just wash and wear. Avoid clothing with too high a synthetic content, Polyester and Spandex(R) will seriously trap heat and sweat.
Now then, if you are a costumed performer, then there are cool vests and suits of several varieties, the easiest uses packs of Blue Ice (R) type freezer bars held in pockets on a body garment, either vest or shirt style. This type is fairly inexpensive.
The more complex Cool Suit uses tubes sewn to a garment with a cold water re-circulating pump- and a waist belt for the unit and ice water, jsut like the astronauts wear. Nice, and great in 100o+ heat, or sealed clothing like Tyvek(R) or Haz mat suits. A bit pricey, but if you need it you sure do like what you get!
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On 2005-09-26 21:09, juggleral wrote:
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Lots of people will wear a vest instead of a jacket. Do I know you? I am a member of the SAM, IJA, and IBM in Philadelphia.
Al


Al, I am a member of IBM Ring 6.

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On 2005-09-27 18:17, kaytracy wrote:
...then there are cool vests and suits of several varieties, the easiest uses packs of Blue Ice (R) type freezer bars held in pockets on a body garment, either vest or shirt style. This type is fairly inexpensive.
The more complex Cool Suit uses tubes sewn to a garment with a cold water re-circulating pump- and a waist belt for the unit and ice water, jsut like the astronauts wear. Nice, and great in 100o+ heat, or sealed clothing like Tyvek(R) or Haz mat suits. A bit pricey, but if you need it you sure do like what you get!


kaytracy:

Thank you. These are the items that interest me. Do you know where they are available?

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One note, if performing on stage, the lights are hot, undenianbly. Also, adrenaline during performance will raise your body temperature. Fiber content and color fabric as well as style, can help to alleviate the high temperatures, but you'll never get rid of the heat. Silk, the strongest natural fiber, is a great insulator from cold and heat. It can also soak up 30% of its weight in moisture and still feel dry. Special care must be used when cleaning it, but it's a wonderful costume fabric. When looking at the wools, don'tthink strictly sheep wool as there are many other worsteds and woolens on the market. Cotton and flax (linens) both absorb moisture and release it quickly, flax being the stronger fiber of the two. In fact, flax is stronger when wet than dry. Unfortunately, neither is very elastic and flax tends to yellow with age.

I hope this helps a bit...
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Take a look a product called 'body armor'. They sell it in sporting good stores. Basically it's a first layer and it moves the mositure away from your body. It helps to make you feel cooler. I have used it before it really helps to make you feel better.
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You are a man, or woman of mystery. When I go to the next IBM 6 meeting should I get Eric to make the announcement WHO IS GIANNI in order to meet you. I suggest you consider your cleaning bill before you buy toooooo many silk shirts. I'm paying $15 to $20 a week for the washable shirts at the cleaner.
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I prefer cotton it cools quickly. if I am wearing a coat then I have a short sleeve shirt on underneath, or at least roll up my sleeves.

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On 2005-10-10 16:55, four elements wrote:
Take a look a product called 'body armor'. They sell it in sporting good stores. Basically it's a first layer and it moves the mositure away from your body. It helps to make you feel cooler. I have used it before it really helps to make you feel better.


Actually, the product is called Under Armour (http://www.underarmour.com/). I wear the long-sleeve "turf gear" shirt under my ice hockey equipment and it definitely pulls the moisture and heat away from the body and the skin is actually cool to the touch underneath. I don't know that this is exactly what you're looking for, but you may find something on their website that suits your needs.
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I use the under armour at work under body armor and it works well the trick is to have something so that it wicks to it. Also depending on the location the cooling gel packs that go on your neck might help.
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I work and live in Houston Texas. I often do events in suits, outside, in July. How hot can it be in Philly?
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Good question Jack. The weather ih Philadelphia in June, July, and August, is the same as the weather is in Houston from May to September hot, humid, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
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Actualy, now that I have made a useless reply, I think I will add one that might actualy help. Rayon. Lots and Lots of Rayon. In my opinion Rayon is the single best fabric to be wearing in a hot and humid climate. Originaly I had been under the misconceotion that rayon was one of the man made fabrics, but it turns out it is cotton. But not just cotton. It is a light, delicate, breathing form of cotton fabric. Hard to do a coat out of rayon, and pants are a maybe at best, but you would be astounded at what a rayon shirt will do for your comfort.
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