We hate to say it, but winter is coming. In many states, the cold snap has well and truly arrived, bringing with it all our least favourite things about the chillier months: icy toes, dry skin, and a struggle against the morning alarm.
But at least one of these things can be remedied with Uniqlo’s Heattech blanket and now, Heattech thermal shirts. Bye-bye, frozen joints; hello never leaving the couch again.
Anything heated that we can wear is obviously heaven, however, usually requires some kind of power source and thus are not always entirely safe. But analog technology that is designed to generate and retain heat? Now that’s what we’re talking about.
Taking its signature and infamous Heattech technology, which uses bio-warming fabric that generates warmth with exclusive capabilities that converts body moisture into heat, Uniqlo has applied this to a cosy blanket perfect for lazing about or throwing over the doona while you sleep.
The blanket itself is made from soft and smooth fabric that has moisture-absorbing, bio-warming, and insulating features. With a super-micro acrylic fabric, a high level of heat retention is able to be achieved, essentially bringing instant warmth to the wearer, that only continues to become more snug the longer you cuddle up.
Even better, the rayon blend textile has bacteria-fighting properties, repels static, and helps to absorb moisture, converting this into heat. It’s easily machine-washable at home too.
As for the Heattech thermal shits, Uniqlo is giving away 10,000, to help keep Melburnians a little warmer in this wild weather. With 50% of the portion being donated to its three charity partners, Melbourne City Mission, St Vincent’s Foundation and Thread Together, it’s the definition of a good cause.
At 10.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm on June 25, Melburnians can jump online onto Uniqlo’s dedicated microsite for the chance to redeem a free Heattech shirt (to the value of $19.90) in-stores with the exciting return of last year’s online game, “Hot or Cold”.
Once online, players are to find three levels of hidden Heattech shirts – Heattech, Extra Warm, Ultra Warm – by moving your cursor to find the invisible shirts which move in the unseen background. With the cursor acting as a heat seeker, it will change colour to advise when you get closer or further from the Heattech shirt.
Move further away from the hidden shirt and the cursor turns “colder”, move closer and the cursor gets “warmer”.
As limited quantities available, Melburnians are encouraged to get in early during the release slots (10.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm) as Uniqlo is expecting that the Heattech shirts will be won quickly.
But there’s a new feature of the giveaway this year that has won us over. Uniqlo want to support at-risk communities, so not only will players be able to win a free Heattech shirt, they will also have the chance to gift one to someone in need by selecting from one of the three charities partnering with Uniqlo.
With the cold front well underway, the partnering charities — Melbourne City Mission (MCM), St Vincent’s Foundation, and Thread Together — will be in the best position to surprise and delight those that would most benefit from an added layer of warmth with a Uniqlo Heattech shirt.
“The pandemic has undeniably impacted Melburnians with various lockdowns and ongoing restrictions in place. With our first ever Australian store opening in Melbourne in 2014, we wanted to do something for the local community by providing one of our signature items, the Heattech shirt, as a way to say ‘thank you’ especially during these challenging times.” said Uniqlo Australia Chief Operating Officer Kensuke Suwa.
“Our focus in 2020 during the peak of COVID-19 was on assisting Australian frontline workers wherever we could through the donation of medical masks, but with our three charity partners this year, we truly hope that local, at-risk communities will be able to benefit from the warmth provided by our Heattech shirts.”
Jump onto this dedicated website on June 25 to play a virtual game of ‘Hot and Cold’, win a Uniqlo Heattech thermal shirt, and give to communities that need us.