What you need to know before buying a heated jacket

As the outdoor industry is getting ready for winter, the demand for clothing that is heated continues to grow. It’s difficult to figure out what size of jacket or vest is suitable for your requirements. This guide will help to help you pick the appropriate one based on your plans.

1. Size of the Jacket and Fit

Although the sizing of a jacket can differ from retailer, your jacket has to be properly fitted to ensure that the elements that heat are able to work. Always refer to the manufacturer’s website for the size charts. If you’re not certain what size you should order then go with a smaller.

Be aware, however, that some jackets are not designed to keep you warm. These jackets typically have smaller in insulation than the more advanced winter cycling clothing. If you’re feeling like your current jacket is just not cutting it when the temperature drops think about investing in the most serious winter-time cycling jacket.

2. Thermal layers

Most heated jackets require the addition of a layer underneath to help insulate you from the heat elements within. Thinsulate is a common choice to cover these layers. It’s light and will trap heat effectively. This layer should be put on top of the skin to stop it from rubbing against the jacket’s surface. If you’re thinking of purchasing a heated jacket without an additional layer of warmth, it may be necessary to layer it with more.

3. The time for charging and battery life

All of the jackets included in our table above come with their own charger and battery pack. Some batteries are fully charged in two hours while others take eight. Of of course, the more heating elements in your jacket, the more time it’ll require to recharge. But if you happen to encounter a situation where you are unable to find access to your charger, consider using an external battery pack to help give your battery a boost.

Also, take note of the estimated battery life for each jacket, so you are aware of how long you will stay warm and comfortable before charging or changing batteries. If you can, select a jacket with Lithium-ion batteries, as they are able to hold their charge better than other rechargeable batteries.

4. Heating Levels

The majority of jackets we’ve tested have both high and low heat settings. If you plan to stay out for a short period and want to save power, using the low setting will be more than sufficient. If you’re planning to go for a ride with higher speeds or travel for a longer duration, the higher setting is recommended.

5. Comfort Controls

A majority of jackets come with a remote control, however it is important to regulate the amount of heat your jacket produces. If you are moving from a warm area to one that is cold, the jacket won’t cause you to shiver immediately after you switch off. This is why I highly recommend all heated jackets come with an element of temperature control.

6. Battery Life Indicator

Just like your car’s gas tank, it can be stressful when your battery dies right before you’re about to get back home. One way to avoid this scenario is by checking the battery life indicator prior to your departure for your ride and making sure that the battery is charged. Certain jackets can tell you how long the battery will last, based on the heat level you have selected so that you do not be stuck at night without warning.

7. Fit and Style

Finally, always keep in mind the activities you will be using the jacket heated for. If you are only planning on making use of it to stay warm while doing outdoor activities A looser cut should be just fine. But if you want something more versatile and can be used as part of an everyday outfit, then you’ll need the more fitted jacket.

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