Winter is coming (or already here for some of you) and dressing warmly sure makes it much easier to be productive out in the cold. Most of us have a favorite winter jacket. Mine is a light fleece that doesn’t see the light of day often because in Houston we don’t see real cold very often. My house doesn’t even have a coat closet! But if you live in an area where you need to prepare for really cold weather, you might want to take a look at these 5 super warm winter jackets.
Outdoor Research Ascendant
This is a very light weight, comfortable jacket. Features included internal thumb loops, zip chest pocket, dual hand warming pockets, internal front stormflap, and a key clip.
Building on the glowing reception of our Uberlayer Jacket, we ratcheted up the breathability while cutting the weight a little more to build the Ascendant Collection—Pertex Microlight movement-mirroring stretch fabric and Polartec Alpha insulation create the perfect combination for skinning uphill, belaying, or layering under a ski jacket on cold days at the resort. Meet your new favorite layer for fall, winter and spring.
The Ascendant is water repellent and stops the wind well. It is available in six different colors.
The North Face Ventrix
The Ventrix is a light weight hoodie that is soft to the touch. Specifically designed for climbing, so the overall design is form fitting and comfortable. It has large pockets to keep your hands warm. Additionally there is an internal chest pocket to keep valuables in.
Our new, dynamic ventilation responds to your body movements during aerobic activities for balanced warmth and breathability. Perforated micro vents open with motion to prevent overheating and close with decreased activity to keep you warm and ready for your next move. – The North Face
The Ventrix is water repellent and stops the wind well. It uses a synthetic insulation for warmth. The Ventrix is available in five different colors.
Columbia Heatzone 1000
This is a light weight but really warm jacket. It is the only jacket in the five that uses goose down as one of the insulators. Bulkier that the Ventrix. But handles colder temperature better.
Part of the Titanium line, the Heatzone 1000 gets its insane warmth from 900-fill, water-resistant goose down, 100g’s of Omni-Heat insulation, a thermal reflective lining, and finally our revolutionary wave baffle construction that eliminates the cold spots found in traditional down jackets. The Heatzone 1000 also features a helmet-compatible hood, a ski pass pocket and the ability to keep you warm, even when wet. – Columbia
The Heatzone 1000 is water repellent and stops the wind well. It is available in three different colors.
Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear
Honestly I had no idea that the tool manufacturers were making heated jackets. The Milwaukee M12 is a rugged work jacket. The 12V battery charges quickly and lasts between six and eight hours depending on what heat level you use.
Milwaukee® has developed a range of proprietary material solutions that drastically outperform traditional work wear. By analyzing common usage environments and applications, we’ve evolved our materials to be stronger, lighter, and more flexible than what exists today. It’s time to re-think the gold standard. Your go-to work clothing shouldn’t need months to break in, and it shouldn’t rip or tear right after it finally feel comfortable.
The M12 is water repellent and stops the wind well. It is available in five different colors.
Dewalt 20V/12V MAX Lithium Ion Camo Heated Jacket
Like the Milwaukee M12, this Dewalt heated jacket is built tough so it can handle outside work and hunting well. This jacket uses both the 20V and the 12V batteries that Dewalt makes. Batteries will last between six and eleven hours depending on what battery and heat level you use.
Powered by DEWALT 20V MAX or 12V MAX lithium ion batteries each heated jacket offers: an LED controller with three temperature settings plus pre-heat mode, and three or four heating zones (depending on model). The outer shells are built with durable fabrics that are wind and water resistant (depending on model). These heated jackets provide warmth and comfort on or off the jobsite. Included with every heated jacket is a USB power source that not only transfers the heating power from the battery to the jacket but can also charge up to two USB-compatible electronic devices at the same time.
The Dewalt Heated Jacket is water repellent and stops the wind well.