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The days are getting shorters, leaves are starting to fall, and temperatures are dropping. Fall is quickly approaching and as we start to search for warmer clothes, we discover something. That tattered old jacket, you know the one, that you’ve worn for several years now, is no longer going to keep you warm.
So now you start the search for a new jacket, one that is durable, fits comfortably, and will keep you warm in even the worst snowstorms.
Well, whether you are a tradesman that works doors, an avid outdoorsman, a sports enthusiast that enjoys attending fall sports, or are just plain sick of being cold, I have a jacket for you!
Over the past few years, several of the big-name tool companies have released heated jackets. And since then other companies have followed suit, releasing their own versions of the heated jackets. That’s why we decided to make this list of the Best Heated Jackets for Men. We considered Size fitment, Battery Life, Comfortability, and just how warm it keeps you, for our criteria for this list.
If you want to jump ahead to a certain Heated Jacket, Check out the Table of Contents. Otherwise, Let’s get started with the Milwaukee M12 Heated Jackets.
Milwaukee Heated Gear offers 2 different styles of Jackets, allowing you to choose the option that suits your style and needs the best.
The Original M12 heated jacket is made out of ToughShell Stretch Polyester. This material delivers 5x more wind and water resistance and is washer and dryer safe. It also includes adjustable cuffs and waist, with a drop tail extension on the back.
The Axis line of Milwaukee heated jackets is made of RipStop Polyester and while it can be used alone, it is designed for layering under Milwaukee’s durable outer shells.
Both Jackets are powered by Milwaukee’s M12 Red Lithium battery packs. They feature an LED controller on the chest to turn the jacket on and off and control the 3 heat settings. You can also control the back and chest area separately from the pockets.
The Milwaukee heated jackets are both machine washable and dryer safe.
How’s it Fit?
Customer reviews claim that the Milwaukee Jackets are true to size. And having adjustable cuffs and waist make a perfect fit easy to achieve.
You will also have no shortage of packets available with these two jackets. The feature 2 heated hand pockets, 1 outer chest pocket, and 1 inner chest pocket. There is also a lower side pocket for the battery to sit in. All of the pockets are zippered as well, so you won’t have to worry about losing anything.
Milwaukee claims that with the 2 amp batteries you can get up to 8 hours of heat. What they don’t say is what setting you are leaving the jackets on. It is reasonable to believe that to attain a full 8 hours, you are only running one set of the heating elements on low.
People that have purchased a Milwaukee Heated Jacket have claimed that on high, they can only get 2 hours of heat. However, because of Milwaukee’s battery compatibility, you could use a 4 or 6 amp battery to extend the heat longer.
The battery adaptor that the jackets use features a fuel gauge to check your battery life. There is also a built-in USB charger to charge your portable devices.
- Heated Pockets
- Made in the USA
- 1-year warranty
- Battery placement can be uncomfortable
- Could use more heated zones
Another great option, the Bosch Heated Jacket appears to have very few flaws in the design. With a very accurate battery life and quick heat-up times, you can be sure to stay warm this winter with this heated jacket.
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Along with their vast collection of cordless power tools, Makita offers an 18V heated jacket to help keep you warm in the harshest of conditions. Similar to the other heated jackets on this list, it uses the same 18V batteries that their power tools require. And being an 18V battery, you can expect a little more discomfort. It also has three heat settings and 5 pockets, Left and Right side pockets, a chest, and a sleeve. The battery pouch is on the rear left side as well.
How’s it Fit?
The Makita Heated Jacket is made from a polyester/spandex blend. It also has a fleeced lined collar for extra comfort. One feature that makes this heated jacket stand out above the others is the removable sleeves. Allowing you to go from jacket to vest in a matter of seconds.
As far as the fit, it seems to fit well if you are in the middle of the size chart. However, it is recommended to step up a size if you are towards the high end on a size. People claim that it fits larger in the torso area, but is sized correctly for the arms and neck.
Now for the real question, How Long does the battery last? Well, Makita claims that to be able to get 28 hours out of their BL1850 battery. But they don’t say on what heat setting that is on. A user that had a BL1820 battery stated that they used the jacket on medium from 4 hours and had ¾ of the battery life left. Which is pretty good, if you want to carry around a larger, bulkier battery.
- 1 year warranty
- Longer battery life
- Removable sleeves
- Bulky batteries = discomfort
Makita’s Heated Jacket definitely is a jacket to consider. With the versatility of the removable sleeves, and the extended battery life using the 18V batteries, you definitely will be warm and comfortable with winter.
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Just because this heated jacket isn’t made by a big name tool company, the Ororo Heated Jacket isn’t something to shy away from. Ororo has been making heated gear since 2015 and is one of the largest heated clothing company today.
This particular model of heated jacket is a softshell polyester exterior with a fleece lining for extra warmth. It also features a detachable hood for extra protection.
The Ororo heated jacket is wind and water-resistant and is also machine washable. It has 3 heating zones across the chest and mid-back areas of the jacket. It also has 3 heat settings, low, medium and high.
How’s the fit?
Reviewers of this heated jacket tend to feel that the jacket fits accordingly to the size chart. One thing that was mentioned was how the arms and midsection of the jacket seem baggy compared to the chest. But when they would wear a sweatshirt or flannel shirt the jacket fit better.
The Ororo heated jackets come with their own battery pack. It is a 7.4V flat battery pack that they claim to get 10 hours of heat on low. Having the flat battery pack also adds more comfort than a bulkier tool battery.
Users have stated that they can wear this heated jacket a full workday, around 8 hours, without having to change the battery.
- Detachable hood
- Flat battery pack
- 1-year warranty
- Issues with battery cable not staying connected
- Heat doesn’t radiate through heavier layers
The Ororo heated jacket is again, not something to overlook. Its wind and water-resistant material along with the long-lasting heat will keep you warm doing any activity you choose to.
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The heated jackets on this list all have special features that make them unique.
Battery life is debatable on all of them, however. One user might find that the battery life is excellent and exceeds their expectations. But the next person might find it a bit lackluster. My personal opinion of this is that it’s all how you use the jacket.
Keeping the jacket on high all day is obviously going to result in shorter run times. But so can turning the jacket on and off. While you might think you are conserving battery life, you might be doing the opposite. It takes more energy to warm the heating pads back up, then if you just left the jacket on.
While the heated jackets on this list might appear to be very similar to each other, you can be sure that each has a feature that makes it stand out. Be sure to check out each one to find the perfect match for your needs!