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It’s getting cold up here in the Northeast but we try to shoot all year. 

 

Anybody use use battery powered heated vests? 

 

There are are so many out there but the majority seem like cheap Chinese stuff. 

 

Anybody have any advice/input? 

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My hands & feet get cold long before my core does.  Smartwool full base layer/socks, snowboard hat & winter golf gloves.    

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I have a Milwaukee heated jacket thats nice in between shooting 

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The daa shooting vest is actually really warm and functional at a match. Put hand warmers in the pockets and it keeps your core very warm. It Just looks really stupid imo but that hasn’t stopped me from wearing it yet. Every cold match I’m in that dumb looking vest. 

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I have a Gyde heated vest that’s been working well in 30* or so. Set at one or two it lasts a while. I wear a Carhartt zip up hoodie or something over it I’m between shooting. 

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On 10/25/2018 at 8:48 PM, Shmella said:

The daa shooting vest is actually really warm and functional at a match. Put hand warmers in the pockets and it keeps your core very warm. It Just looks really stupid imo but that hasn’t stopped me from wearing it yet. Every cold match I’m in that dumb looking vest. 

 

I have one. I don't think it looks that stupid. It does keep you very warm.

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On 10/18/2018 at 1:04 PM, Yeti said:

My hands & feet get cold long before my core does.  Smartwool full base layer/socks, snowboard hat & winter golf gloves.    

That works well, but the heated vest thing is a good idea. When your core starts to cool down blood is drawn away from the extremities making them get cold in a hurry.  You might not even notice your core is cooling because of this. Since I shoot in Vermont year round I have played with using the big body warmer on my core and I can tell a difference in my hands and feet. 

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On 10/18/2018 at 1:04 PM, Yeti said:

My hands & feet get cold long before my core does.  Smartwool full base layer/socks, snowboard hat & winter golf gloves.    

 

Correct, and that's why you keep the core as warm as possible and your hands and feet will be far better off.

 

The heated vest idea isn't a bad one. 

 

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Have you tried the larger hear packs made for sore backs, etc..  Used them a few times in years back when bird hunting in western Ks.

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+1 for the Milwaukee heated jackets. Expensive, but they work. It’s a plus 1 if you’re already a tradesman that works outside and can use it outside of shooting matches 😬

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I have the Cabela’s heated vest, made by Gerbing, it works great!  I use it mostly for hunting. Get a couple extra batteries and you can use high power level all day. One suggestion is to put it as close to your body as possible, less layers beyween you and the vest. I usually do 1 base layer and then the vest and and insulation on top of that to keep the cold out. This way you can use a lower setting and feel the heat quicker and more efficiently in my opinion. 

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I also have a Cabelas heated vest that I bought for ice fishing but is now used for shooting.  Keeping my core warmer often allows me to ice fish with no gloves, even in single digit temps.  It is remarkable how much more blood circulates through our hands and feet when our core is warm.  This vest is windproof, too.  Bmeehan19 is exactly right in everything he says.  On colder days it is important to stack layers on top of the vest, not underneath it.  I have a large down parka that does this well, it is thick insulation but lightweight.  If I need to be very active I will strip down to the vest and turn off the heaters to prevent sweat saturation of my base layer.  When I sit still I begin to layer back up slowly on top of the vest after I allow any perspiration to evaporate.  I have also discovered that outer layers with hoods help store and recover heat quickly, especially compared to just wearing a hat.  Wind factor is a major consideration for body heat loss.

 

I paid $200 for mine and invested in an extra battery.

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I have the dewalt Heated jacket, and I love it.  It's not much of a jacket by itself, but as a directly over the tshirt first layer, with some insulation over it, -14 degrees today seemed nice...

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I've used the Millwaukee heated vest for 2 months and think it was money well spent.  If you already have their cordless tools you can buy just the vest or jacket w/o the battery and save some scratch.  

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I use the Carhart Extreme Socks. Keeping my feet up warm is always a problem. For me it’s much more difficult to keep my feet and hands warm than keeping my core warm.  I put hand warmers in my mittens.  I take the mittens off and heavy coat off right before I shoot. I put them both back on before I look at the targets with the RO. 

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I love the body size stick on warmers for shooting. For motorcycles I've worn a heated vest I might try that for shooting now...

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Geez I missed all the replies last year. Starting to get cold again and I still don’t have a vest. I never thought of the body size disposable ones. I’ll give them a shot before spending big $. 

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Just bought a Dewalt heated coat off Amazon.  I already have batteries so it was a little cheaper.  I’m thinking it will be nice to put a still warm coat back on after shooting a stage.

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Sort of related but...get a paster gun. Then you only have to take your gloves off to shoot. 

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Warm and Safe ---MC heated gear that I have used for years.

I have used this gear for years. My 8 yr old liner is still going strong and my gloves wore out, but they still keep me warm. 

Battery pack and troller (reostat) will be needed. 

ETA: They now have a battery pack troller combo that looks pretty daggon cool. 

I may have to order one of them, or two. 

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Being both a motorcyclist and a foul weather shooter, I have put MUCH research into heated clothing.  The only problem I see with the ember kickstarter stuff is that they seem a bit to clever for their own good when it comes to their battery.  By making it USB-C they have effectively made it just shy of proprietary in that other than some phones, nobody has usb-C anything.  With the drill-pack coats you can bring a bag full of batteries, and quick chargers are normal.  With any of the single battery coats, they may tout slightly better performance, but you are stuck waiting to recharge, and unfortunately nothing USB of any type can charge as fast as a regular drill pack, and spare battery packs are individually much more $$ when you equalize for capacity and run time.  I am not real sure of some of their performance claims either.

 

They are also cherry picking their competitors.  Dewalt runs at 20V and their smallest 1.5 Ah battery is 30 watts by their measurement, watts instead of Amp Hours.  A 3.0 Ah battery gives you 60 watts, and there are 4.0 Ah, 5.0 Ah and 6.0 Ah readily available for 80, 100 and 120 watts respectively.  There also doesn't seem to be any technical reason why you couldn't lug around the 12 Ah flexvolt monster for 240 watts, other than needing a cart just for the battery.   The 6.0 Ah battery is a tight fit in the pocket, but it works...

 

Most importantly, if you use the Dewalt on max heat and keep it there, you cannot discharge any size battery faster than it takes to charge a replacement - to put that another way, run battery #1 down to dead, then plug in battery #2 and start charging #1.  Battery #1 will be fully charged and ready to go well before #2 runs out.  I have tested this up to the 6.0 Ah batteries, and a 6.0 Ah battery charges from 0 bars to full faster than i was able to discharge a 1.5 Ah replacement.  I don't have any of the flexvolts to try.   I presume that the Milwaukee and Bosch will work in a similar fashion, and the guy at Home Despot told me that Ryobi is or has come out with their own line of heated clothes - but I havent seen them.

 

My next project is to try to hack my Gerbing gear to run off of drill batteries, because they have heated hoods, gloves and pants too...

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