The Olympic competition will be fierce, but Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniforms will be chill.
The Ralph Lauren-designed jackets contain a cutting-edge personal cooling system that can regulate body temperature in oppressive heat — essentially acting as a wearable air-conditioning unit.
“We had a conversation with the Olympic Committee several years ago,” brand executive David Lauren told The Post.
“And they made it clear that they wanted our athletes to dress up and be ambassadors, but since Japan is one of the technology centers of the world, [they asked] ‘What kind of fun surprises can we bring?’”
The label tapped Silicon Valley honchos, as well as leaders in the environmental and sustainability movement, and looked at what the Department of Energy was doing in the emerging field of personal thermal management.
The result is RL COOLING technology. It’s a “James Bond-like” battery-powered device inserted into the back of the jacket that gives the wearer a shot of cold to the base of the neck.
“It’s the one spot on your body where your brain senses it and it begins to cool your body. It helps you sweat less and your body will feel more like it’s 70 to 75 degrees even if it’s 90 degrees,” he said.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Kirsten Fleming