Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: America's Dairyland
Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket for cold weather?
I was at my local hardware store yesterday and saw they had a rack of Milwaukee Tool-brand battery-powered heated jackets. The guy at the store gave them a glowing review, and I figured that was just to get me to drop $190 in his store for the jacket + battery & charger.
By chance, I went to a university football game later that day, and temps were in the low 30s. I happened to see about a dozen people walking around wearing these jackets (very obvious, due to the lighted on-off/temp-control buttons on the left chest). While most people at the game were bundled up like Sta-Puff Marshmallow people, the M12 owners seemed perfectly comfortable in their light jackets.
I approached one and asked him about it. He said he was perfectly comfortable, had been running the heat on the medium setting for around 3 hours, and still had plenty of battery life left.
Being a rider who likes to extend my season as much as possible, I've been seriously thinking about getting some heated gear. But I also prefer stuff that is multi-purpose. I was thinking this jacket might be something one could wear under riding gear.
I did find 1 online review of the jacket specifically for MC use, but it was from 7 years ago. At that time, they indicated the jacket was about twice the bulk of a traditional heated vest, and put out less heat than a hard-wired system (12v with the battery vs. 30v-40v for something like Gerbing gear). The consensus was it could be useful to take the edge off cool weather, and you'd probably want to use it under a pretty loose-fitting jacket.
I might end up adding this one to my Xmas gift list.
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