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Old 10-19-09, 05:00 PM   #1
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Rechargeable heated Soft shell jacket

Okay, I know I'm going to get ridiculed for this. But after a cool ride today feeling a bit damp and cold I came home to the mail with a Brookstone catalog sporting a heated soft shell jacket on the cover.

I doubt anyone will admit to using these but surely someone has? Is there any merit in such an item? I guess the obvious answer is ample heat can be gained from spending the same $200 on a regular jacket.

This goes a bit beyond the old battery heated hunting socks from the 70's.

Here's a link for laughs.

http://www.brookstone.com/catalogser...st1FDT|8391937
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Old 10-19-09, 05:18 PM   #2
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No need to spend 200 bucks on a jacket when there are 100 dollar jackets which work just as well.
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Old 10-19-09, 05:43 PM   #3
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I think I'd melt in a heated jacket!! I can see the heated socks ... and they still sell them, and someone recently told me that they work quite well ... because your extremities tend to get cold when cycling. But your core can actually be quite warm all on its own out there in the cold.

One of my best cold weather combinations is a merino wool baselayer, a polypro sweatshirt, and a fairly light breathable jacket. I think the whole combination cost me about $120.
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I think that product is intended for someone sitting still in the cold,
like a hunter in a blind, heart at resting rate, not generating any heat.
Also would be good for a mechanic who has to work outside in the cold
with hands exposed, if your core has heat to spare then your body doesn't
do that "reducing the circulation to the extremities" thing (I saw a show
about it on the Discovery channel)
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Old 10-21-09, 06:56 AM   #5
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.... if your core has heat to spare then your body doesn't
do that "reducing the circulation to the extremities" thing (I saw a show
about it on the Discovery channel)
Tell my toes that.

Okay, but really, My toes do get cold (I'm still thinking about investing in winter bike shoes), but my upper body is toasty warm while I'm riding - stop and I cool off quickly. It is all dependant on proper layering for the conditions.
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So...I'm just curious. Have you tried a windproof jacket like Gore Windstopper? Or maybe you're already using one...I actually use my shower's pass jacket.

Windproof gear has made me sooooooooo much warmer and toastier on cold days... :-)
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Old 10-22-09, 07:41 PM   #7
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Besides the fact that such a thing would overheat me in nothing flat, I'd have nightmares about a cold rain lighting me up like a string of Christmas lights with a short!
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