Zero athletic compromise.
TCCC Shorts are the most comfortable base layer shorts you'll ever wear. Using TCCC Hypothermia treatment techniques (heating elements over pulse points), TCCC Base Layers keep you warm and at the top of your game in the most extreme climates while preserving maximum range of motion and mobility.
Single use hand warmers (sold separately, available everywhere) sit over the pulse points (Femoral Artery for TCCC Shorts) to heat your body from the inside out as you do work. This conductive thermoregulation increases performance.
BEST USED FOR: Range Days/Work, Training, Courses, On-Duty Wear, Crossfit, Skiing, Snowboarding, HIIT, Track & Field, Running, Hiking, Backpacking
Designed and manufactured in the USA from US materials. Fulfilled from our Sterling, VA HQ. Not subject to ITAR.
The inserted cooling gels do not stay cold for long at all. They become unnoticeable after 20 minutes of wear. The shorts are great but I'm interested to see if it would be beneficial to make more pockets for the inserts on the shorts. Please make the shirt in AR 670-1 compliant coyote.
Thank you for taking the time to share your TCCC Base Layer experience with the community! We are sorry to hear that the HydraQore Inserts may have fallen short of your expectations. On the Cooling/Hydration side, TCCC Base Layers are designed to boost hydration during workouts in the body by extracting heat from the vascular system, but they are not designed to make you 'feel' cool per se. If you use your shorts in the winter time with disposable hand warmers, you will find that the warming sensation lasts for hours. If you are looking to feel 'cold' while also boosting hydration in the process, we'd recommend you check out our IcePlate Curve:
Please don't hesitate to contact us should there be anything else we can do for you: Info [at] Qore Performance [dot] com.
As with the short sleeve TCC shirt, the anti-microbial anti-stink properties were phenomenal. Fit was excellent, comfortable, unnoticed all day long.
Two things that make the shorts more challenging than the shirt.
The first is the nature of the beast, but in order to change the cold packs, I have to basically take my pants off and on. I'm a competitive pistol shooter, and doing this between every stage, every 45-60 minutes, is a disruption. Which leads to the second request. If the cold pack pockets were 2-3 times as big, or even if there were 2-3 sewn in a row, allowing me to add additional packs, maybe they would last longer and be more effective. The giant arteries in my thighs could use a little more heat exchange, I think, and there is room to add more cooling without compromising mobility or comfort.
I bought 6 pairs of these when they went on sale last year and can confidently say this is one of the best decisions I've ever made. These are literally the only underwear I leave the house wearing and its been this way for 10 months straight. These underwear do not trap odors or moisture and could theoretically be worn multiple days in a row without laundering. The ventilation on the groin and all up the crack are ingenious and highly effective at cooling these high temp areas and also provide a nice stretch that does not restrict your package uncomfortably. It's a nice fit to keep you secure and concealed but not enough to be uncomfortable. I can't speak for the ice inserts because I have literally never used them. However, these ice insert pockets do not get in the way of daily use. Wearing this underwear increases my confidence significantly moreso than any garment or haircut ever could. I feel capable and comfortable in any situation - on a photo assignment or sitting for 3 hours at a play. After dozens of laundering cycles they have kept their elasticity and still perform incredibly. These are absolutely worth the money. Bravo to Qore Performance!
These are Great shorts, I wore them during a 12 hour exercise event, and they worked awesome. I wear them everyday for performing Crossfit workouts and they keep my cool and moving. I have recommended them for everyone at my gym and anyone looking to performance better.
These are great performance shorts. They feel like second skin - super comfortable and keep me cool on the long and hot runs, even without the cooling inserts. I sometimes use the insert channels for keys and other little essentials. My key fits in there with the insert.
I believe these are flattering as well. The legs are long enough, tight for support, but not too restrictive. I bought them right after I ran a 1/2 marathon in inappropriate leg wear. I wish had been wearing these. I know I would have been sooo much more comfortable. They should not be dried in the dryer, but air dry very quickly.
If you are running or cycling in hot weather like me (Hawaii), the base layer shorts are highly effective at keeping you cool. The shorts come with 4 plasma packs, which I keep in the freezer. These packs can be inserted into slots sewn in the front of the shorts. These slots align with your bodies natural thermal channel at the pulse points. Basically acting as a cooling system for the lower extremities. Tested the shorts out on both the bike and a tough hill run....they did very well! Try them out!
Bottom line, the concept of the cold packs near the big arteries in the legs have a direct impact on improved performance in warm climates. When I did the Half Ironman in Kona back in 2011, we dumped chucks of ice down our shorts in the half marathon to get the same effects. I have trained with your shorts and they work great. One set of frozen packs keep me cool for at least an hour in the heat of the day.
USAF retired, current triathlete
I bought these because I had races coming up in warmer temps (I'm a marathoner). I ran two half marathons a week apart; the first without the Qore performance shorts. I did well, but the heat slowed me down and I missed a PR (personal record) by 20 seconds! The following week, I wore the Qore performance shorts under similar conditions on an extremely hilly course and I set a new PR by 2min 20sec! Do I think the shorts contributed to my fastest half marathon time ever? Absolutely! I never felt hot or uncomfortable and was able to mantain my desired pace. These shorts are awesome and I've been telling my friends all about them.
I've been using Qore-Performance shorts and sleeve for about 4 months now. I'm a 47 year old very active male. I played college and semi-professional baseball when I was younger and I continue to remain very active! Once an athlete always an athlete!!! I lift weights 3 to 5 times a week, run at least 3 times a week, play softball and golf once a week. In addition to being very active, I have a condition called Myasthenia Gravis (MG), which in Latin means "weakness of the muscles." (It's the cousin to Multiple Sclerosis). Because of this condition, I am very sensitive to extreme heat and extreme cold weather. I was diagnosed with MG in February of 1996 and because of my familiarity with this disease, I am very in tune with my body and how certain factors/conditions affect me.
The first time I used the Qore-Performance sleeve I was playing golf in over 100 degree, very humid weather in Palm Springs CA. I immediately noticed I wasn't sweating as much as I normally do and the heat wasn't really a factor. What I noticed most is I really felt my MG was under control!!! I was so excited that I immediately sent Justin a text message telling him how I felt after wearing the Qore-performance sleeve. "I felt like a kid at Christmas who just received his first bicycle." I knew right there in then I had to purchase the Qore-Performance shorts. Qore-Performance is now a part of my athletic gear weather I'm golfing, working out in the gym, running or playing softball!!
I wore the shorts with cooling inserts for an approximately 2.75 mile run (25 minutes at about a 9 minute-mile pace), on urban sidewalks with low- to moderate-grade incline changes. The weather was 82F with 40% humidity, and about a 10mph wind.
I perceived a noticeable cooling effect throughout the run, with only minimal sweating until after the run was finished (I usually sweat a lot more than that during similar suns in similar temperature/humidity). The biggest benefit was the overall comfort, which I thought contributed greatly to my endurance on the hilly portions, overall positive mindset, and general enjoyment of the activity.
I really want to try running with both the shorts and the sleeves, to see what the combined effects will be!