Super Moderator "Loose Nut"
Yesterday a late Christmas present from my wife came in the mail. She had heard me talking about getting a heated vest to wear on the bike and loading dock area at work, I just couldn't decide on which one to get. She saw this one on facebook, ordered it, figured at the price if I didn't like it, no big loss. I took down our outside Christmas decorations today so decided to test the vest out. It was 44 degrees when I started so pretty good test. First off, the fit, it's small. I normally wear either a small or medium in most jackets and the vest is a medium, a small medium. They say you want heated gear to fit snug, so this will work. This vest works with a power pack that is not included, I have one, so no big deal. I can't remember what the capacity is of the power pack, I've had it for about a year and it was 100% charged. I wore a long sleeve T-shirt, vest and hoodie. Most of y'all have heard me talk about how cold natured I am. So, for 44 degrees I'm under dressed to my norm. This vest has three settings, low, medium and high. I turn it on high and start taking lights off roof. In about 15 minutes, I'm hot, pretty great. Turned vest to medium, in about another 15 minutes, I'm still toasty. Wow, I'm impressed. Now I turn it to low. On low I'm not hot, but very comfortable. I had set a timer on my phone to test battery usage. It took me about an hour and 45 minutes to finish removing the roof decorations. It had now warmed up to 50 degrees and was back on ground. Turned vest off, didn't need the extra heat. The vest was on for about 20 minutes on high, 15 minutes on medium and about an hour and a half on low. The battery pack was at 89 percent. It's too early to really tell how long a battery will last but appears on track for 8 hours of usage utilizing different heat settings. The construction of the vest seems pretty good. No loose threads and zipper looks ok. It's supposed to be upper 30s to mid 40s the next few days so I'll test on bike and at work with a follow up review.