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With Toronto daytime highs approaching 25C this weekend, feeling like 30 with the humidity, we asked cosplayers how they coped with the heat at Fan Expo Canada.

How the coolest costumers beat the heat at Fan Expo 2016


Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Sunday, September 4, 2016, 5:41 PM - With Toronto daytime highs approaching 25oC this weekend, feeling like 30 with the humidity, we asked cosplayers how they coped with the heat at Fan Expo Canada.

The annual event was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. From Ghostbusters to Power Rangers and dressed head to toe in layers, there was a wide range of costumes, all composed of different materials.

So how do cool costumers cope with the heat?


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"I did not factor in the heat or the cold," Ryan Kellar, dressed as a red Power Ranger told The Weather Network. "I've been to many cons, some in snow, some about as hot as it is now and I always pick the wrong costume. Thankfully, today I just have a light layer on, but due to this helmet it's unbearable. I usually take it off for five to seven minutes."

In fact, Kellar says he sweat so much he rarely used the restroom while at the Fan Expo.

"Water is your best friend, your battle buddy, your life line. You sweat so much," he said.

Indiana Jones, otherwise known as Doug Cottrell, says when deciding on a costume, it's best to stick with natural fibres.

"Natural fibres like cotton, silk, wool, leather, all of these things breathe," Cottrell told The Weather Network. "Polyesters and man-made fabrics don't breathe and you'll really sweat and get hot."

Cottrell and many others were thankful for air conditioning at the convention centre.

"It's been OK. There is a lot of good air conditioning at the convention centre. It's just the subway getting here was a little hot," said Jade Gregory, dressed as Ghostbuster Abby Yates.

Foam is never a good idea when creating a costume, according to Andrew Werner, dressed as Commander Shepard, player character in BioWare's Mass Effect game trilogy.

"There is a lot of open space in the costume itself," he said. "So, if I were to be fully encased in foam for instance, that would be a recipe for heat exhaustion."

BELOW: Our favourite cosplayers of Fan Expo 2016

Commander Shepard (Andrew Werner and Lesya Holowczenko)

Jon Snow (Kyle Seybold)

Rey (Kate Knadle), Luke Skywalker (Brandon Bajdas) and Kylo Ren (Cory Knadle)

Indiana Jones (Doug Cottrell) and Henry Jones (David Tennant)

Red Power Ranger (Ryan Kellar)

Mal Reynolds ("Toronto Combat Medic") and Hawkeye (Aled Starkey)

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