I have been researching heated clothing for a while and finally decided to get a heated vest.
Why a vest? Well I hate when I have to wear warm clothing and the extra weight on my arms makes me feel l am carrying around lead weights. So with a vest, my arms are free to move about and I can wear a light, long sleeved shirt and still be a functioning human being. The trade-off is colder arms, but I can live with that.
So I picked up a heated vest by Gerbing’s and have been trying it out for the past week. I love it!
It comes with a small battery that fits in the pocket of the vest and has several power settings. Of course it lasts the longest (approx 6-8 hours) at the lowest setting, but for the most heat you’re going to want to crank it up to full power. At that setting it’ll go for at most 2 hours, but if you’re just going in and out of the car you can just turn it on/off as needed. One concern I had was that the battery would be heavy or inconveniently located, but once I got it and tried it out, there were no problems.
The next thing I might try is the heated pad they have that you can sit on. This would come in handy for those times when I plan on being outside for some time or if it gets REALLY cold out.
One of my friends and a reader of this blog, Gord, mentioned that there is a way to create “do it yourself” heated clothing and passed along this link as well. I haven’t tried that yet, but looks like a way to get your pants blazing hot for those cold days!
Here are some other tips I have for staying warm during the upcoming winter months!