Review of Arctic Cool Shirt

Disclaimer:  I received a shirt from Arctic Cool. I was intrigued by the technology and asked for a product to try, and was happily sent a shirt. How cool is that (I couldn’t resist the pun)? All opinions expressed below are entirely my own.

OK. I saw Arctic Cool on Twitter and was intrigued. A shirt with cooling technology? I’ll admit I’m a heavy sweater, so the idea of a running shirt that would help keep me cool sounded like something I needed to try. I wrote to them and asked if they would consider sending me one of their products, thinking they would send a towel or headband, but no, they said they would be happy to send me a shirt. Yes!


When I received the shirt in the mail, I wanted to go run in it that very day but my next long run was only 2 days away, so I waited until then. First impressions of the shirt were that it seemed like an ordinary running shirt by all appearances. It’s made of 94% Polyester amd 6% Spandex. The difference is in the “Hydrofreeze X Technology.”

How does all of this work? According to Arctic Cool, the material wicks moisture from skin, moisture is dispersed, Hydrofreeze X activates, and the fabric keeps you cool and dry. One little tidbit I missed before my run is it says to activate cooling with a spritz of water and recharge as needed.

For my first test, I ran 7 miles and even though it was a bit cooler out that day than it had been, I was still sweating like crazy. Like magic, though, my shirt was mostly dry even at the end of my run. I did spill some Nuun on my shirt accidentally, so if you see moisture on the front, it’s most likely from that. You can see sweat on my face and neck, though.

After test 1:  long run

Similar to my previous run, I still felt like I was sweating quite a bit but I also felt like the shirt was getting cooler, the hotter I got. It reminded me of a slogan I think I heard a long time ago, “We work hard so you don’t have to,” or something like that anyway. I definitely like this shirt. While it won’t stop you from sweating, especially if you sweat a lot like I do, it does help cool you off. Normally when I get home from a run I take off my wet, sweaty running shirt, but I left this one on for a bit, to let it help cool me off.

After test 2:  hill repeats

I was intrigued about what would happen if I were to wet this shirt entirely and then put it on for a run. Before I did speed work on the treadmill, I wet the shirt under the faucet then put it on. It was wet but not dripping. It turns out this wasn’t a great idea. I don’t think the shirt is meant to be that wet before wearing and I didn’t feel like it helped cool me off any better. In fact, I felt like the best was when I flicked the shirt with some water and ran hill repeats.

After test 3:  speed work

Arctic Cool also has long sleeve shirts, hats, headbands, towels, and shorts for men (alas no shorts for women). I’m seriously thinking about buying a few of these shirts for my summer running shirts. A hat would be great too.

Here’s the link if any of you would like to try Arctic Cool for yourself. Unfortunately I didn’t even think to ask for a discount code to pass along to you guys so I don’t have one. Their stuff seems very reasonably priced, however.

Happy running! Donna

Author: runningtotravel

I'm a long distance runner with a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states in the US. I also love to travel so I travel to other places when I'm not running races. Half the fun is planning where I'm going to go next!

27 thoughts on “Review of Arctic Cool Shirt”

  1. I bought a couple so I could get a free cooling towel as well for those hot summer runs. I didn’t think it kept me cooler than my underarmour shirts the one time I wore it but my nipples were nice and raw when I got home.

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  2. I’m glad it worked out for you. I have one shirt made with that material that I bought solely because I love the print. I didn’t notice any difference or cooling. The shirt’s really nice and I bought it for the print anyway.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting and feasible idea…I’ll have to check out their product line as I’ve not heard of them. Unfortunately going to be a while before I can run…but that’s a whole other depressing story!

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  4. The shirt you tested sounds like the cooling towel that I got in my 5kcrate box. I’m still trying to figure out how it all works since soaking my towel didn’t make it that much cooler for me. I’m glad the shirt worked out for you!

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    1. I’m still trying to figure out the best condition for the shirt, too. Soaking the shirt didn’t work any better but I think just flicking some water on it worked pretty well. I’ve been curious about cooling towels but have never bought one.

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    1. It’s become the shirt I wear for my long runs on the weekend during the summer (usually around 10-12 miles) so yes, I’ve worn it many times since writing this post last fall. While I still sweat profusely because of the heat and humidity, the shirt does seem to keep me cooler. Also, if you wet it slightly it seems to work better. I think as long as you don’t have expectations of the shirt working miracles and keeping you from sweating completely, it’s a good choice.


    1. The shirts are made in China. As much as I would love to say they’re made in the US, they’re not. They are well-made, high-quality products, however. I have 6 shirts at this point and love them for long-distance running.


  5. I realize I’m very late to the party, but this is a nicely done review. As the owner of a company that does custom decorated apparel, I have a lot of experience with “moisture wicking” fabrics. No argument here that 94% polyester / 6% spandex will keep you cooler, but I guess the scientific method (not that you claim to be a scientist) would be to wear another shirt with the same blend and see what happens. It’s possible they’re all the same, but Hydrofreeze X Technology is just “cool” marketing .

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    1. Thank you. You make a good point (and btw, I actually am a scientist for what it’s worth). I have compared other shirts I have that are the blend you said and they don’t keep me as cool when I run in them. I don’t think Hydrofreeze X Technology is just a gimmick, but I realize this is just my personal experience with the shirts.


  6. I bought one of these and did feel like it got cooler the more I sweat. Was it in my head? I have Under Armour and Nike shirts as well and so I tried those out and compared. There definitely is something different. I live in Texas and it gets hot and I sweat like a pig so I really think I am a good tester. Not a HUGE difference but enough that it is my go to shirt when I know it’s going to be a hot/sweaty workout.

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    1. I’ve also compared other brands and definitely don’t feel like it’s something I’m imagining. The Arctic Cool shirts really are cool to the touch, especially around my back and around my chest. It seems like for very short runs (20 minutes) I don’t notice much of a difference but for longer runs, there’s no doubt they get cooler. Thanks for your input!


    1. I don’t see why not. Just know, you will still sweat (I think some people expect the shirts to make them stop sweating altogether), but for me I definitely notice a cooling sensation especially around certain areas of the shirts. They have a guarantee I believe, as well, so if you don’t like it, you can contact them.


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