There are few people who have never wished that they could carry around their own heating in winter. Previous attempts at creating heated clothing have resulted in garments that have to be “plugged in” like electric blankets. However, in recent years, mobile warming technology has produced clothing that can keep the wearer warm for hours on end while allowing freedom of movement. This is so whether the wearer is riding on a motorcycle, watching a football match or trekking deep in a forest. What is more, the garments are very stylish.
The Ansai Heated Vests utilise this mobile warming technology, which works like this. All garments are fitted with three heating elements, one on either front side and one in the middle back of the vest. This allows for core body warming. These elements connect to a battery that is plugged into a lead, which fits into the left pocket of the vest. The battery, which is a lightweight lithium-ion unit, has three functions. It provides the heating power to the vest, has four different power settings and acts as the heat controller. A fully charged battery provides three hours of heat on the highest setting and up to ten hours on the lowest heat setting. The battery can be charged from either a vehicle motor or wall charger. Extended life batteries are available and, of course, it is perfectly possible to take more than one charged battery on an expedition.
This technology lends itself to the Classic vest and the Jackii vest, both made for women, and the Classic vest for men. The men’s Classic vest comes in three colors, black, midnight blue and gun metal (gray). There are eleven sizes, from Small to 2X-Large Tall. It is made of Windshark, a material that is waterproof, yet stretchable and allows the skin to breathe. It is a sleek and stylish garment with a high “Mandarin” collar, and fastened by a front zipper and a hem draw cord around the base. For extra style, there is a brand graphic on the left breast and on the left front base. It will look great worn over a shirt, though it can also be worn underneath a jacket. Visit Bob’s Cycle at http://www.bobscycle.com/ansai-mobile-warming-battery-heated-mens-vest-black.html to shop heated vests.
The Classic vest for women is styled in a similar fashion and made in three colors, black, pale blue and wine. It is available in eight sizes, from X-Small to Plus Large.
The Jackii vest is made in four colors, black, silver, pale blue and wine, and is available in eight sizes. Though made along the same lines as the Classic vest, the panels of stretch material at the sides of the Jackii allow more fitting flexibility. This version of the vest has a circuit breaker fitted inside, to protect the wearer against damaged heating elements. Also, it is made of Windshark “soft shell”, a reflective material that is both waterproof and windproof, and lights up so that its wearer is visible at night. Really, there is no better way to stay warm and stylish while out and about this winter.