Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published August 11th 2020
Heated clothing for tough winter months
We've all been there. You're out in nature doing something you love like photography, camping, fishing or watching the kids play sport and all you can think about is how cold you are. The cold is bitter and cuts right through you. Your thick winter coat just isn't cutting it. Single-use hand warmers work for a short period of time but only warm your hands while they're in your pockets. You start to dream about your electric blanket and how you can take it outside with you.
Heated jackets have been around for quite a while, but I've just invested in a vest which I purchased from a South Australian online retailer. And, because the business is based just outside of the CBD, I was able to do a local pickup and avoid postage costs!
Heated jackets are battery powered which sounds like it could be a disaster in the rain and snow, but they're safe as they do not use live electrical currents. The vest I have is even machine washable!
Wearing my heated vest as a middle layer over a light shirt and underneath a jacket means that I'm not overly bulking up with multiple layers which allows me a lot more freedom in my movement.
Heated vests and jackets use a lithium powered battery pack. Similar jackets used by tradies use very heavy batteries - usually the same as the ones that go into their power tools, which they carry around their waist on a tool belt.
My vest uses a standard size portable power bank, which is included in the price. The battery slips into an inside pocket and plugs into a USB connector. I have a few portable power banks and none of them are heavy or bulky. I can carry spare power banks with me and swap them over when needed. I can also re-charge the empty ones via USB in the car while travelling.
Enjoy the outdoors in winter (Photo by Candid Shots from Pexels)
Once the battery is plugged in the heating panels get to work within seconds. The warmth builds up fairly quickly and evens out to a pleasant temperature. The heating elements are located on key body areas - two on the chest and one on the lower back. The 3 heat settings are adjustable with a press of a button. Depending on the size of your battery, the jacket will give continuous heat for up to 10 hours.
The vest fits well. It's got a soft comfortable and durable fabric which is windproof and machine washable on a delicate cycle.
Heated vests and/or jackets are a brilliant option for those who like spending time outdoors in the winter. You'll stay warm and comfortable and will be able to get on with enjoying life outside.