Heated vests are a special commodity in the clothing world. They keep you extra warm but do it with style. So what if the wind chill factor is threatening to start a goosebump garden on our neck? Now, there are heated vests.
A heated vest is a cross between a futuristic runway outfit and a heating pad on steroids. All you have to do is wrap yourself in one of those cozy world warmers, and you’re set.
When prepping for your next Winter Camping trip, there are a couple things that must be figured out, staying warm is one of them, and thats where heated vests start to save the day.
The hardest part about finding the perfect heated vest is finding what’s right for you. Like most things, there are several good ones out there. You just need to talk to yourself a little bit before making a choice. If anyone hears you talking to yourself and tries to call for help, just start singing a song. Tell them it’s really bothersome, getting a song stuck in your head. Then smile (Works every time for us.).
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A HEATING VEST
When choosing a heating vest, the first person to listen to is yourself. Whether you are looking for a vest as a gift for someone else, or hunting for one for yourself, you need to know a few things. Such as—-
Where Will it Be Used?
If you are planning to give it to a friend who lives in Texas or Florida, a heated vest probably won’t see a lot of use. Unless, of course, that friend enjoys traveling to chilly places. Then, you are choosing exactly the right kind of gift. Because people who live in warm climates can feel cold very keenly. When they travel, a heated vest might be a life saver.
What is the “Personal Thermostat” of the Person?
If the person is you, do you find yourself feeling cold a lot? Can another person in the room say the temperature is just right, and you know it is just plain cold? That is a good case for a heated vest.
We are all different. We will all experience things in our own way. That includes the temperature of the room day by day.
HOW CAN A HEATING VEST HELP
Remember how a hot shower helps your muscles relax? Well, heated vests can have beneficial properties, too. Release of tension, among other things. You might be looking to stay warm on that hike or trip to the mountains, but don’t limit yourself.
SIZE MATTERS – BUT IT ISN’T THE END OF THE WORLD
At least have some idea of what size of heated vest you need. If there is a size chart available, take your measurements and follow the chart. You can be cozy while you are out in the wild.
GO WITH WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU
Do you need long battery life? Do you like the idea of a USB port in your heated vest so you can charge your phone? Do you want to look stylish? Oh, come on. If that one is most important, you can admit it. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good.
A LIST OF SOME OF THE BEST HEATED VESTS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW
HEATED VESTS FOR WOMEN
Runs on a 5-volt battery., which is smaller than many heated vests. So it might seem that you would have trouble staying warm in this vest. However, several things work together to be able to use less energy and still keep you toasty.
The zippers are made by YKK, a Japanese company that started clear back in 1934. Today, they make approximately half of all the zippers in the world. Sounds like they are doing something right. So what do zippers have to do with using less energy? A good zipper means things stay closed. But that is only the beginning of how we keep-our-goose-bumps-at bay.
The lining of this heated vest is made of a thermal material called silver mylar, the same kind of “fabric” they make emergency blankets out of. With the 10000 m/Ah battery, you can enjoy up to an amazing 11 hours before the next charge.
On both sides of the vest, there are pockets. Not just pockets, either. Pockets with zippers. After all, you don’t want to lose your phone before you get it hooked up to the USB port in your heated vest. Yes, you can charge your phone from your vest.
Well, it only makes sense. If you are going to be out for a while, you don’t want to be without a phone, now do you? Comes in four colors. Go ahead, get it dirty. It is machine washable. Comes with a battery pack and a waterproof bag.
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This heated vest features carbon fiber heating. Carbon fiber is incredibly thin—.0001968 inch. With that barely-there-but-very-efficient fiber, the Venture heated vest will warm your neck, back and chest. The heating panels have been made larger than they used to be—20 per cent larger, to be exact. You put those two characteristics together, and you have the start of a cozy friendship.
Then, add a button on the chest of the jacket for control. That’s right. When you need to change the temperature—there are three settings for heat level—you touch an insignia on the chest. Just don’t expect to be able to talk to someone on a ship in space. Maybe that upgrade will come in a couple years, who knows?
We like how straightforward this company is. Rather than say the heated vest will run “up to” a certain number of hours on a single charge, they get down to specifics. If you operate the vest on “high”, it will run for three hours. If you operate it on “medium”, it will run for six hours. If you operate the vest on “low”, it will keep going for 10 hours.
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Phone Charger and Flashlight: This heated vest has a USB port like most of the other heated vests, so you can charge your phone. But it takes it further. Press a button, and you have a flashlight. That is good thinking.
Washing and Warranty This vest comes with a packing cube and it has a one-year warranty. For cleaning, it can be washed and dried just like all your other gear.
HEATED VESTS FOR MEN
This lightweight vest is made of 100 per cent nylon. The design is specifically made to be sleek and trim, while still affording plenty of movement.
Heated with carbon fibers (.0001968 inch thick), the vest will keep you toasty warm. The heat generated is spread across the middle of the back, in the collar area, and in the pocket spaces. It is also resistant to wind and rain.
***10 HOURS BEFORE RECHARGE
This heated vest is quick starting, heating up in a few seconds, then holding a charge for up to 10 hours before needing to be recharged. Has a phone USB port because, come what may, we hate to be without our phones. Now, you can charge your phone off of your heated vest.
WEAR INDOORS OR OUT
Can be worn inside or outside. This is an easy-to-wear warm-up, wherever you happen to be. The company that made this vest made it to withstand at least—at least—50 machine washes.
Staying true to the Ororo type, breathability is a keyword with this heated vest. But it takes it a step—or two—further by adding a stand-up collar, and lining the vest with fleece. Using the incredible carbon fibers as futuristic heating elements, a button is pushed on the chest in order to control heat levels.
Whatever level is chosen, it will be spread across the middle of the back and the right and left chest.
Quick to Start, Slow to Stop
Push the button on the vest, and within only a few seconds, warmth will spread around your back and chest. It comes in fast, then the heat hangs around for up to 10 hours, keeping you at the level of warmth you want. Don’t forget to charge your phone—or other devices—while you are keeping warm.
Go Ahead and Wash!
In this time of things being built so they can fall apart, it is nice to know that this heated vest is made to go through more than 50 machine wash cycles.
Heated Vests Are Just Practical
These heated vests are about more than just being cozy. They are about practicality, as well. Hitting the slopes? Bombing singletrack in the winter? A heated vest is low-profile and effective.
You know the drill by now, GET OUTSIDE!