Rock Products

MAR 2019

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92 • ROCK products • March 2019 LAST CALL While Rock Products will never be considered a high-fashion magazine, we do get sent work apparel to try out every now and again . Everything from welding helmets to steel-toed boots, lined trousers and protective gloves have been sent our way . I was recently sent a sample of a new kind of flannel shirt . The traditional fit, 100-percent cotton brushed flannel shirt incor- porates something called MagnaReady patented technology . The shirt features magnetized closures down the front and at the cuffs for ease of dressing . I asked the company about the ease of dressing thing . While their products were actually developed as adaptive clothing for people with disabilities, they also envision the construction and quarry industries a potential market, presumably to help tough, thick-fingered foreman and equipment operators forego the tedious task of getting those tiny buttons through the buttonholes . Just slap the two sides of the shirt together and you're on your way . I tested out the shirt on a particularly cold and snowy Ohio morning . My initial thought was that the two sides would never stay together, resulting in an embarrassing gap through which everyone could see my white undershirt and snow flurries could penetrate . I headed up to Marie's Café for breakfast, removed my coat and took a seat . No, the two sides did not come apart . Inter- esting . I did not spill coffee or egg yolks on it either . Wore the shirt all day, and the shirt maintained its stability . Surely the magnetic effect would dissipate after washing it a few times, right? So I washed it several times and wore it again . Nope . Magnets worked just as advertised . Additional features include a rounded breast pocket, mag- netized barrel cuffs, side pleats at the back yoke, and a magnetized pieced placket . Kudos to company CEO Maura Horton for developing this product . While the original concept came about in order to help her husband, who has Parkinson's Disease, the idea has other applications as well . If you want your own magnetic shirt, go to www . magnaready . com . The company also sells other kinds of "adaptive clothing . " The Shirt on Your Back I Was Recently Sent a Sample of a New Kind of Flannel Shirt. It Was Magnetic. By Mark S. Kuhar

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