Almost a year ago, we originally reported on the Rapid Thermal Exchange (RTX) glove and after rigorous testing, it is now reaching the market place.
While traditional body cooling systems such as ice vests, wet towels and misting fans may feel like they’re working to the benefit of the user, they’re actually quite ineffective at reducing the body’s core temperature, as they work against the body’s natural insulation and heat retention systems. Through extensive research into mammalian heat regulation systems, AVAcore has developed a simple, portable device that effects heat exchange to the body core extremely quickly. You don’t necessarily feel cooler, you just feel completely refreshed and less fatigued – and the system is producing some remarkable and unexpected results for athletes.
In humans, the key radiator zones occur in our palms, the soles of our feet, and hairless facial skin. Looking at a thermographic image of a runner who is reaching high body temperatures, you can clearly see the heat radiating from these areas whereas the torso is quite externally cool.
AVAcore’s Core Control Rapid Temperature eXchange (RTX) devices apply this information to draw heat directly out of the body core without trying to push cooling in through the skin and insulating fat. By increasing bloodflow to the palm of the hand using a slight vacuum, and cooling it directly, the body is able to shed core temperature 2 to 5 times faster than through skin surface treatments.
The system has been in testing now for 2 years with a range of elite sporting teams, firefighters, the military and sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, who often suffer badly from an inability to regulate core temperature. Testing has been an unmitigated success – no adverse side effects have been found, the system has been shown time and again to cool the body core quickly and effectively – and some unexpected performance gains have become apparent.
Using the RTX system while exercising under a thermal load increased athletes’ endurance by 25%, increased the initial recovery rate by 50%, and increased fat oxidation by 15% – meaning the athletes burned a greater percentage of fat instead of carbohydrates during exercise.