- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 14, 2003


The PolarWrap Co. of Memphis, Tenn., hit the bull’s-eye when it says you can increase your odds for a successful hunt by improving your shooting ability in cold conditions.

It’s talking about a recent test by St. Cloud University’s Human Performance Laboratory that discovered that shooters in cold weather could do much better when they are not breathing cold air.

The tests were performed by six skilled marksmen who fired three shots sitting, three standing, then repeated it after an hour-long exposure to temperatures in the 15- to 21-degree range. They alternately wore a PolarWrap Exchanger Mask or fired their shots without any face protection.

The PolarWrap mask covers the head and most of the face. It features a state-of-the-art heat exchanger panel that covers the mouth and nose. All that’s exposed are the eyes and a portion of the lower part of the forehead.

As you pull the Exchanger Mask over your head, you position the mouthpiece directly in front of your lips. Now breathe through your mouth and the exhaled breath travels through a thermal exchange module. The heat and moisture from your own breath is picked up and returned with the next incoming breath, in the process returning heated air to your body. In fact, there will be times while when you get so toasty warm, you’ll want to remove the mask/headcover combination for a while.

In the case of the lab tests, the shot patterns for shooters who did not wear the exchanger mask in cold weather were 23 percent larger. The total area of the shot pattern when wearing the heat mask was only 2 percent larger. In addition, mask wearers shot faster and surer while those with bare, cold faces required up to five seconds more to shoot.

I don’t have to remind you how handy such a body heat-supplying device would be for winter anglers, wildlife watchers and snow campers.

The PolarWrap Exchanger Mask is available in camouflage or solid colors. Learn more about it by visiting polarwrap.com or to order one, call 800/967-9727. Questions, 901/767-4171.

— Gene Mueller

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