August 12, 2010

Ergodyne Extreme Balaclava with Hot Rox Heat Exchanger

ergodyne_hot_rox.jpgFile this one under, "strange, but yeah, I guess it kinda makes sense." Ergodyne, a company serious about their work gear has recently released an extreme balaclava (bet you never thought you'd hear those words) with a little built-in heat exchanger called the Hot Rox. The gizmo works by trapping heat and humidity from your exhale (aka your nasty coffee breath) and adding it to your inhale, thus keeping your core temp nice and toasty. in a way it's like you're constantly kissing yourself.

It's pretty easy to make fun of this thing now, especially since we've been sweltering in about three weeks of 95 degree weather, but come February, we probably won't be laughing anymore (and if you think you hear us laughing, it's probably just our teeth chattering). There's going to be a time when we'll be needing warmth so badly, we're going to want one of these things, even if it does mean looking like a robotic ninja.

The press release is after the jump.

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Ergodyne Introduces New Product For Extreme Cold Conditions
Company expands N-Ferno product line with Hot Rox heat exchanger

ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 19, 2009) - Ergodyne today announced the introduction of Hot Rox, a new technology designed to help workers stay warm in extreme cold conditions.

The Hot Rox heat exchanger mouthpiece captures heat and vapor in worker exhalations, then warms and humidifies air for return to the body during inhalation. With its 80 percent efficiency rate, the Hot Rox is an effective way to help keep core body temperatures in the safe zone on frigid days. Breathing warm, humidified air also slows dehydration and reduces the risk of hypothermia and overall body stress.

Hot Rox is found in the N-Ferno® model 6970 Extreme Balaclava, which features thick, stretchy fleece for maximum warmth of the neck, head and face. The product is ideal for workers subject to extreme cold temperatures, including those in construction, freight and baggage, drilling and mining, oil and gas refining, iron and steel work, delivery and service, landscaping, cold storage warehousing and material handling.

"Our patented Hot Rox advances the technology found in your standard winter liner, and it makes our N-Ferno Extreme Series a category-leading product," said Tom Votel, CEO and president of Ergodyne. "The unique Hot Rox safety features protect workers on the job in the harshest of temperatures."


320g fleece for warmth in extreme conditions
Four-way stretch fleece covers neck, ears, face and head
Patented Hot Rox Heat Exchanger to warm incoming air


The N-Ferno warming products line includes a variety of winter hard hat liners, balaclavas, knit caps and oxygen-activated warming packs. All are designed to help reduce the risk of hypothermia and to help workers stay warm, comfortable and productive on the job.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 12, 2010 3:30 PM
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