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Aqua Cool Body Cooler: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

Chances are on a hot day in the Heartland, you've seen a few people wearing water-soaked bandanas around their neck.  Anne Gooch has.  She and I wonder if this way of cooling down really works. Anne's the perfect tester for this product, the reusable body cooler called "Aqua Cool."

Anne posts the signs during weekend races at the SEMO Raceway track near Blodgett.  It's a part-time gig she loves, except on the really hot days.

"It's very hot and no shade," says Anne.

It's also a long run from Anne's spot to the stands for some shade.  That's why she emailed me wondering if Aqua Cool could help.

"Ready to soak!"

In the middle of the Aqua Cool are silicon crystals.  The instructions tell us not to put this in a freezer, but you can soak it in ice cold water or in a refrigerator for at least three to five minutes.  Then, towel off the excess water, being careful *not* to wring it out.  I guess that might affect the beads.

"Oh we'll see. Wow!" says Anne taking the Aqua Cool out of the ice water in the cooler.

We both notice the middle of the Aqua Cool is puffed up, almost like a pillow.  She and I thought this was just a regular old bandana.  It now looks like an ice pack, but it's much more lightweight.

"It's nice and cold back there," Anne says as she ties the Aqua Cool around her neck.

I've seen people wear these before, but I never knew there was an actual cooling device back there.

"I'm pleased with it already," she says.

Will she be pleased with it after a few days? Aqua Cool promises it's re-usable.  Anne agrees to wear this bandana for a few races.  She'll also work as normal, without the bandana so she can see if there's a difference.  Anne also took the Aqua Cool on a recent camping trip.  When I caught up with her after two weeks, is she steaming mad or cooling down quite nicely?

"I love it.  I took it out of the cooler yesterday and it's still puffy and cool.  It stayed cool for a couple of days," she says.

Anne says the Aqua Cool tie works best if you soak it in the cooler or fridge.  She definitely noticed a difference when she didn't wear it during the races.

"I'd give it a grade 'A'.  I love it, and I'm going to use it all the time," says Anne.

The price tag isn't so bad either: $5 at the outdoor section of Wal-Mart.  It's a finish line frenzy for the Aqua Cool and its grade 'A' on this Does it Work test.

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