How to choose the best-heated jacket for your needs

With the outdoor sector getting ready for winter, the market for heated clothing continues expand. It can be a little difficult to determine what will work for you, so here’s an overview of what to look for in a vest or jacket based on the needs of your.

1. Size and Fit of Jackets

While sizing can vary from one retailer to the next, you must ensure that the jacket you purchase fits correctly so that the heat elements to be effective. Always check out the website of the manufacturer for size charts. If you aren’t sure what size to buy then go with a smaller.

Keep in mind, however, that not all jackets are created for warmth. These types of jackets often lack insulation compared to more robust winter cycling apparel. If you’re concerned that your current jacket is just not adequate when the temperature drops you should consider purchasing a more serious winter cycling jacket.

2. Thermal Layers

Most heated jackets require the use of an extra layer beneath to protect your body from the elements of heat within. Thinsulate is a popular choice to cover these layers. It’s light and will trap heat effectively. You’ll probably need to put this layer against your skin as you do not want it to rub against the outer layer of the jacket. If you’re thinking of buying an item with heating that does not come with an extra layer of warmth, keep in mind that additional layering may be required.

3. The time for charging and battery life

All jackets included in the table are supplied with a charger and a battery pack. Some batteries are fully charged in under two hours, while others need eight. Of of course, the more heating elements in your jacket the longer it’ll need to charge. But if you ever encounter a situation where you are unable to find the ability to plug in your charger, you can try an external battery pack to improve the battery’s performance.

Additionally, keep track of the estimated life of the batteries for each jacketso that you are aware of how long you will remain comfortably warm prior to recharging or swapping batteries. Try to find jackets that have Lithium-ion batteries whenever possible. They are more likely to last longer than other types of batteries.

4. Heating Levels

The majority of the jackets that we’ve looked at have both high and low heat settings. If you only plan to stay for a brief period and want to save power then the lower setting will be more than sufficient. However, if you’re planning to go out for a longer commute or expect to be biking at more speed, it’s advised to select the highest setting.

5. Comfort Controls

Although many of the jackets come with an integrated remote control or controller, you should have some kind of control over how much heat your jacket generates. So, if you’re moving from a warm space back into a cold one then you won’t feel shivering when you turn the jacket off. This is why I highly recommend all jackets that are heated come with an element of temperature control.

6. Battery Life Indicator

Like your car’s gasoline tank, it could be quite frustrating when the battery fails just as you’re due to return home. One way to avoid this is by checking the indicator of battery life prior to leaving for your bike ride , and checking that the battery is fully charged. Jackets can let you know the length of time your battery will last based on the temperature level. This ensures that you don’t end up stuck in the freezing cold.

7. Fit and Style

Keep in mind the purpose of the jacket you’re wearing. If you’re only wearing it to stay warm while out in the elements and activities, then a more loose cut is likely to work just fine. But if you want something more flexible and could be used as part of an everyday clothing, you’ll want to go with the more fitted jacket.

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