With a price on Amazon spotted as low as $58, the FlexiFreeze vest excels in exactly one category: price. And with so many MSers on razor-thin budgets, this benefit cannot be discounted, as the vest is half the cost of many on the market and nearly six times less expensive than some. That said, there are few other areas where this cooling apparatus excels. It should be noted this ice vest with 96 small cubes of “100% purified USA water” (their words, not mine) failed our cold safety test, matching temperatures commonly used in icing an injury. ActiveMSers strongly advises all users of FlexiFreeze vests to wear an additional layer of clothing for protection if the vest is going to worn for more than 20 minutes.
The 96 cubes are divided into three sheets—one large panel for the back and two for the chest—and when fitted snuggly, directly contact the clothing layer. All three cold packs attach by Velcro strips, which is somewhat ponderous to line up correctly. The vest is then sealed vertically with another line of Velcro, which does not always stay closed and may be tricky for bumbly MS fingers. Unlike its ice packs, the vest itself is hardly flexible—think Trojan warrior chest plate—so if you sit, your lap will act as a table, causing the vest to tilt up into your chin or shift awkwardly to one side (I am sitting rather straight in the photo below). For this reason, fit on smaller individuals is problematic. Even so, reviewers on Amazon (over 70 of them!) gave the FlexiFreeze vest an average rating of four stars. Why? It's a perfectly serviceable, inexpensive vest that is a cooling boon if you are mowing your lawn in hundred degree temps or watching your kids play at the pool. But I question its functionality and durability when using this vest day-in, day-out. If saving money is paramount, this vest is a significant improvement over duct taping a few bags of ice to your shirt, but there are better options if budget allows. If not, this vest will do the trick for a song.
Cold Sensitivity: 1
Weight: 3 lbs 13 oz
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