Cold Black …… by Under Armour
I was recently contacted by Under Armour during a Blog outreach program where they chose unassociated athletes suitably qualified ( I use the term “athlete” loosely 🙂 ) to test and independability review their products , on this occasion the new Cold Black technology in the form of a wicking outer T-shirt. Its a combination of its existing Heatgear principle with a new heat reflecting fabric called Cold Black that is meant to keep you cooler in the heat of the sun. It reflects the suns rays and stay cool …… does it work ? watch the videos then read on compadre’ …….
I don’t do a lot of reviews on the blog to be honest , it really has to be something that blows me away to the point I need to tell everyone but this time I was super stoked to do it as Under Armour is one of my favorite brands for compression/wicking and whether kayaking, climbing or running, 99% of the time I’m wearing their product …. Under Armour has kept me comfortable all over the world from kayaking the Grand Canyon of the Himalaya to running the Marathon Des Sable …. so I agreed to independently test and blog my opinion , good or bad . And a week later a Cold Black T-Shirt arrived through the post . It must be stated though that the Cold Black technology is aimed at use in the heat of the sun so as I live in Scotland, and we were going through a spell of horrendously wet and cold weather I had to wait a while to review it properly , however it was worth the wait as a heat wave hit Scotland on the same week the Edinburgh marathon was being run and luckily enough I was entered. Game on Cold Black !!! lets see just what your made of …..
I decided to try it out the day before the marathon with a short 10 mile blast across the countryside on my local trails , the sun was high and the temperature a touch over 25 degrees Centigrade , the T-Shirt was comfortable enough on , clean inside seams so no chafing and looked to be very good quality especially given that it was only £22 in the shops , that is pretty cheap for a running T-shirt, let alone one which apparently blocks the heat of the sun. So off I went and after a mile or two being baked in the open I could visibly feel the difference , the T-shirt was actually feeling like it was cool to touch , sweat was dripping off my brow and the heat of the sun burnt down on my arms but the T-shirt was not hot at all , not only did it reflect the Suns rays, it did not retain any heat either so it felt cool to wear. I felt I could have done with a smaller size to benefit fully from the sweat wicking but it was fine and I sailed up the trail back to my house pretty impressed. My final opinion is that I wish I had one when I was running across the Sahara and Gobi , I can guarantee the next time I’m in the desert I will be wearing one
Absolutely nothing to do with running but check this video out !!! Awesome !!