Thursday, March 20, 2014

Polar in the News: Featured in ORToday Magazine!

We were honored to be featured in the March issue of ORToday magazine to announce the launch of our CoolOR® System, our circulating water cooling vest system designed specifically for cooling surgical staff in operating rooms.

Read the full article below:

This year, Polar Products is celebrating its 30th year as a family-owned business manufacturing a full line of body cooling systems and cold and hot therapy products.

 “Polar Products has grown and prospered due to our commitment to manufacturing innovative, high-quality products and by listening to our customers’ feedback to continually improve our products and service,” says William Graessle, President and CEO.

Their highly successful operating room and surgical cooling systems have recently been redesigned with new innovative features that deliver outstanding cooling benefits in operating rooms.

“We are excited to announce the product launch of Polar’s new CoolOR® System, a circulating water cooling vest unit designed specifically to meet the needs of surgeons and OR staff,” says Jacob Graessle, Vice President and Surgeon and OR Systems Specialist for Polar Products. “We’ve taken our best-selling Cool Flow® vest and updated the system specifications based on years of feedback from hospitals nationwide.”

CoolOR® System

“Our new CoolOR® System is a great example of Polar’s commitment to providing customers the finest body cooling and therapy systems available,” added Jacob. 

Polar Products recently moved into a new 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Polar began manufacturing cold and hot therapy packs and therapy wraps in the early 1980s and expanded to body cooling systems in the late 1990s. Circulating water therapy and cooling systems like the CoolOR® System were developed in the 2000s. Today, Polar Products manufactures every type of cooling technology.

CoolOR® System

“We are so confident that medical professionals will prefer Polar Products’ cooling systems that we offer hospitals a free 30-day trial on any product we sell,” says Jacob. “If after 30 days the cooling system or product does not meet your needs, return it and pay only the return freight.”

A key feature of the new CoolOR® System is that electrical cords have been eliminated! The system is run on an efficient, convenient lithium-ion battery pack which provides increased portability and more than six hours of power. All of the electrical components are UL Listed. This, along with a wheeled cart and dry quick disconnect couplings, makes the CoolOR® System the most portable and flexible cooling vest system available for operating rooms worldwide.

Multiple styles of cooling vests allow the surgeon to choose his or her preference, which is an example of Polar Products’ focus on meeting the unique needs of each individual customer. 

Heavy-Duty Vest       Fitted Vest       Adjustable Vest

Polar Products currently offers three different vests styles for the CoolOR® System; with two new additional styles currently in development, Polar Products offers the most comprehensive line of OR cooling systems on the market.

Polar Products is a worldwide leader in manufacturing body cooling systems, with over 25 years of experience cooling people in diverse applications, including industrial safety, construction, emergency services, athletics and fitness, the military and people with medical heat-sensitivity.

Polar Products will also manufacture custom systems to meet unique needs, including multiple person cooling from a single system. In addition to providing cooling systems for OR staff, Polar Products has supplied systems for research studies to a wide variety of institutions such as American universities and hospitals, including Joslin Diabetes Center, Inc. at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, University of Hawaii, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital. Polar Products has also supplied international universities and hospitals, including University of Roehampton in London, University of Copenhagen, and Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou in Paris.

You can personalize your vest with custom embroidery.

Polar Products is committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction and long-term customer loyalty.

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to stand by our products unconditionally and to always do what is right,” says President William Graessle.

Polar Products also manufactures Active Ice® therapy systems for patients’ post-surgery pain relief. This easy-to-use circulating water cold therapy system offers comfortable, convenient and portable drug-free pain relief, includes a convenient 30 minute timer and is ideal for after surgery, when serious
pain relief is required.

Active Ice® Therapy System

For more information on Polar Products’ complete line of body cooling systems and hot and cold therapy products, visit

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Kool Max® Difference


What makes the Kool Max® Zipper Front Vest the best choice for so many diverse applications? 

#1: A cooling vest must fit comfortably and snug to the body to be effective. Polar accomplishes this with four separate vest sizes that have adjustment straps at the chest, waist and shoulders.

#2: This vest uses separate smaller cooling packs that allow the number and location of these packs to be easily adjusted to fit each individual's need. This also enables each vest to have the appropriate number of packs in proportion to the wearer's size.

#3: Our patent pending spinal cooling design enables you to use fewer packs and still receive effective cooling. (See picture below!)


This cooling vest is adjustable at the chest, waist and shoulders for a snug, comfortable and customized fit. 


Once the cooling vest has been 
adjusted for size, it is easy to put on every time with the zipper-pull front. The clean design (with no logos or visible pack pockets!) is available in several unisex sizes Wear over clothing or discreetly underneath.


The cooling vest shell is constructed of durable, machine washable, 100% cotton twill. Available in Khaki or Blue.


Reusable, water-based Kool Max® cooling packs freeze solid to provide constant cooling for up to 3 - 4 hours. These Kool Max® packs are 
4.5" x 6". 
(Please note: cooling times are estimates and will vary depending on climate, body metabolism and activity. The different vest sizes include eight (8) to twelve (12) packs. See the size chart below for more information.)


Packs fit into insulated pockets inside the cooling vest. The pockets have a comfortable all-cotton fabric to protect the skin and an insulated outer composite fabric to direct the cooling energy toward the body. 

Weight may be adjusted by varying the number of cooling packs used. 
The use of separate, individual packs allows the number of cooling packs used to be customized for each person's preference and size. 


Pack pockets are placed strategically down the spine for optimal cooling. (Patent pending design!) The location of desired cooling is easily controlled by which pack pockets are used.


The extra set of Kool Max® Cooling Packs is offered at a special discount when purchased with the vest! Keep the extra set in the freezer or a Polar Cooler, ready to use to double your cooling time. The soft-sided Polar Cooler measures 7" x 14" x 12" and will conveniently carry multiple sets of Kool Max® Packs for vests and accessories.

If you have any questions about this product, please call 1.800.763.8423 and we will be happy to help!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March is MS Awareness Month

 As we celebrate our 30th year of business, and honor Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month, we look back at three decades of relationships with MS non-profits, MS clinics and individuals with MS. Today we are proud to be the leading manufacturer of high-quality and effective cooling garments for the MS community worldwide. 

Learn more, spread awareness, and get involved this month!

Many people living with MS experience heat intolerance. When a person with MS experiences a rise in body temperature, nerve conduction may be slowed or even blocked which can cause a temporary worsening of MS related symptoms. The effects are reported to be temporary with symptoms returning to their normal level as the body cools. 

Cooling garments are a major resource that can be used to help beat the heat. There are many types, technologies and styles of cooling garments that can help in a variety of situations.

Here are some resources to help you learn more about MS and cooling:

Cool Comfort® MS Awareness Neck Band
MS Awareness Fashion Scarf with Kool Max® and Quick Cool Packs

Show your support with our "MS Awareness" cooling scarves while getting comfortable relief from the heat! 20% of sales of Polar's cooling scarves benefit national MS non-profits!

There are many outstanding MS non-profits worldwide. Each has a unique mission; for example, focusing on a research for a cure, programs to offer assistance to people with MS, and/or offering support to the MS community. We have a list of resources on our website. 

Our mission is to be the leading provider of effective, high-quality and affordable body cooling products for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) throughout the global MS community.