If you’re the type who loves going outdoors even in winter or you have a farm smack dab in the middle of Alaska, you no longer need to wear 3 or 4 layers of upper clothes. A Norwegian company called The Heat Experience has recently launched a new line of performance outdoor apparel on Kickstarter that features battery-operated heating elements integrated right into the clothes itself. Those heating elements can be turned on when you’re outdoors in the winter, thus providing extra heat from a garment that is both thin and lightweight. This heated performance outdoor apparel comes in the form of a vest with versions designed for both men and women. This vest is used as a mid-layer, and as such it uses Thinsulate, a high-performance synthetic insulation that is popular in outdoor apparel, to help keep the user warm.
The Thinsulate alone would make this a viable wear for use in cold weather conditions, but with the integration of a lightweight rechargeable battery pack and the carbon heating elements, the vest can keep you in heat for hours at a time (sorry we couldn’t help ourselves with the pun). The integrated heating panels are located in the upper back and chest area. When paired with one of two battery options (4400 mAh and 6000 mAh), the thin and sporty looking vest can provide additional heat for up to 10 hours before needing to be recharged. The wearer can choose between one of three settings that allows them to dial in the exact level of warmth they need based on the conditions around them. Designers from The Heating Experience say that the vest has already been tested in temperatures as low as -25ºC where it has performed very successfully. Additional design features include breathable mesh fabrics on the side of the vest to help with moisture and temperature control, two hand pockets, and a smartphone-sized pocket located on the chest.
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The lithium-ion battery pack gets its own special carrying pouch located inside the jacket behind the left pocket as well. This not only helps to keep it out of the way, but allows it to collect warmth from the body, which can help extend the power cell’s life in extremely cold temperatures. The vest is very much machine washable, making it easy to keep clean after wearing it several times. The Heat Experience is trying to raise 150,000 in Norwegian currency, or around $17,680 to get into full production mode. If they do manage to hit that goal, the vest will begin shipping in August of 2017. That means it won’t be available for this winter or as a gift for the Christmas holidays. When it does finally become available to consumers, the vest is expected to sell for around $235. Those who will support the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter can receive substantial discounts. So for now customers will have to find other ways to stay warm this winter.