Ice Cube Vest Is an Even More Ridiculous Way To Stay Cool at Work

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And to think last weekend we actually mocked those miniature shoe air conditioners. At least with those you could hide your feet under your desk and no one would be the wiser. It's impossible to hide the ridiculousness of wearing this Flexi Freeze Ice Vest.

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The vest's three removable panels house a total of 96 cubes in all, presumably containing a gel material like is used in freezer packs for a cooler. So you unfortunately can't sacrifice a cube or two to help chill your soda. The vest is actually designed for persons working in high-temperature environments, like say performers wearing a mascot costume. Or for people suffering from conditions that make them particularly heat sensitive. But for $65, the only thing stopping you from wearing it to work on a hot day is the abuse and ridicule from your co-workers.

Illustration for article titled Ice Cube Vest Is an Even More Ridiculous Way To Stay Cool at Work

[Amazon via 7Gadgets]

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We bought a couple of cool vests in desert tan from [coolvest.com] back in '05, and we still use them on hot days, particularly for gardening and garden parties. It's hard to stay social when you're sweltering. They actually do keep you a lot cooler for two to three hours. It feels like a much cooler day until either the cool packs warm up or you take off the vest. Then you realize just how hot it really was. They're really amazing.

We originally bought them for a trip to NYC in the summer and they were great. We like to take long walks around Manhattan, so we'll often walk from midtown to The Battery, and these made a real difference. When we stopped for lunch, we'd ask the restaurant to pop the gel packs in their freezer for a recharge while we ate, so we could wander for a whole day in relative coolness. The only downside was that they sort of looked like something a suicide bomber would wear and the city was still spooked by 9/11, but we weren't gunned down or anything like that.

[store.coolvest.com]