polo skull caps for men Olympic uniforms are wearable heaters
By Ahiza Garcia
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Average temperatures in Pyeongchang in February, when the 2018 Winter Olympics open, hover around 23 degrees, and may plunge below that for the opening ceremony. But Team USA will be ready for the cold.
Ralph Lauren designed the uniforms and developed an exclusive heating system that’s made out of carbon and silver ink printed on the apparel. The flexible ink conducts heat and is bonded to the inside of the jackets in the shape of an American flag.
The heat is controlled by a slim battery pack and can be adjusted to a high or a low setting. It lasts up to five hours at the highest setting and 11 at the lowest. The buttons on the battery pack are extra large so they can be pushed with gloves.
The best thing about the jackets, given how low the temps can drop in Pyeongchang, may be the fact that the heat comes on immediately.
The heated parkas will be the centerpiece of Team USA’s uniform during the opening ceremony on February 9.
The rest of their outfit will include slim jeans with moto inspired seams,
a red, white and blue wool sweater, a navy wool ski hat, an Americana navy bandana, a leather belt and brown suede gloves with fringe and hand beading. They’ll also be wearing brown, suede mountain boots with red laces. The jackets went through rigorous testing to make sure they were safe before being worn by Olympians.
During the closing ceremony,
athletes on Team USA will swap their parka for a heated bomber jacket.
The entire uniform can be purchased online and in select Ralph Lauren stores.
This will mark the sixth time that Polo Ralph Lauren has designed Team USA’s uniforms for Olympic and Paralympic athletes. It’s had the gig since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.