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Self-Heating Jackets to Keep You Warm in the Shop and Garden

Zip them up, switch them on and feel the penetrating warmth enter your body. Self-heating jackets will keep you totally toasty this winter.

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What Is a Self-Heating Jacket?

Unlike regular winter jackets which are designed to keep body heat from escaping, battery-operated heated jackets deliver radiating warmth to your core. Heated jackets are extremely popular with winter sports enthusiasts and those who like to putter in their chilly basement workshop.

Whether you choose soft shell (made of flexible and breathable material like fleece) or hard shell (waterproof for protection against heavy rain and snow), a heated jacket is a blessing to those working in extremely cold conditions, such as construction workers, farmers, park rangers, police and military.

Most heated jackets feature:

  • An outer and inner layer embedded with thin heating elements;
  • Heat zones;
  • Rechargeable battery packs;
  • USB charging ports and cables;
  • Multiple temperature control settings;
  • Average battery life of eight to 12 hours;
  • Water-resistant fabric;
  • Machine or hand washability.

The North Face introduced the first electric heated jacket in 2001, with a hefty price tag of $500. Thanks to improvements in fabric heating technology, the next generation of jackets are much more reliable and affordable. Here are our picks for the top heated jackets to keep you warm at work or play this winter.

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Heated Soft-Shell Jacket for Women

Being warm and comfortable is always in fashion. The Venture Heat Women’s Heated Jacket delivers high-performance warmth with great style.

Designed with three heating panels to spread the warmth evenly throughout the body for up to 10 hours, the soft-shell quilted jacket has a trio of outer and inner zippered pockets to carry keys, money, lip balm, etc. You can even charge your mobile phone using the USB port.

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Heated Soft Shell Jacket for Men

Ward off the cold with the ORORO Men’s Lightweight Padded Heated Jacket. Pliable and featherlight, the soft-shell fabric allows for unrestricted movement and breathability, making the jacket ideal for everyday activities such as walking the dog or shoveling snow.

Features include Thermolite insulation, stretch cuffs to block the wind and a detachable hood for light rain days. Three carbon fiber heat zones transmit warmth for up to 10 hours on a single charge. Batteries are included.

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Heated Parka for Women

Searching for a mid-length jacket with a faux fur-lined hood and three heat zones? The ORORO Women’s Heated Parka Jacket is it.

Recessed rib-knit cuffs and Thermolite insulation keep the heat in, and the battery warms you for a good 10 hours. The jacket has eight pockets to store the battery pack, as well as hold your phone, snacks and a lot more. For a customized fit, adjust the waist using the interior drawcord.

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Heated Jacket For Hunters

Made of a tough outer camo shell suitable for hunting, fishing and camping, the DeWalt Camo Heated Jacket stands up to the harshest weather. The jacket features seven-and-a-half hours of run time, four heat zones (left and right chests, mid-back and collar) and seven pockets.

The removable hood has a neck and face guard to provide even more protection against the cold, especially welcomed during long hours sitting in a duck blind or on an icy lake. Power source, battery and charger are included.

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Heated Vest for Women

While long-sleeve jackets provide full coverage, they can be restrictive. The ORORO Women’s Lightweight Heated Vest keeps your core comfortably warm while allowing arms free range of motion. Neat and tailored to fit a woman’s curves, whether you’re working in the garden or the office, you’ll stay warm and look great too! The vest is made of 100 percent flyweight nylon and runs up to 10 hours on one battery charge.

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Heated Vest for Men

Ideal for layering, the Mobile Warming Men’s Heated Peak Vest has a four-way stretch, anti-static soft shell and a moisture-wicking mesh inner liner. Perfect for late autumn and early spring when the weather is unpredictable, pair with a sweater or hoodie. If temperatures drop, switch on the integrated lithium-ion powered 7.4-volt heating system. Techies will dig the vest’s Bluetooth capability and that its battery life can be viewed from a smartphone.

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Heated Waterproof Jacket For Men

From blizzards to torrential downpours, the Milwaukee 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Heated Quilted Jacket Kit will keep you warm and dry. The innovative layering system consists of a lightweight AXIS Ripstop Polyester heated jacket and a HYDROBREAK outer shell for optimal waterproofness.

You can also opt for the Gridiron work shell which affords the wearer maximum durability. Wear the jacket on jobsites in the most brutal conditions. The kit also comes with a lithium battery, compact charger and power source.

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Heated Jacket for Motorcyclists

Get out on the open road this winter in the Venture Motorcycle Deluxe Heated Jacket Liner that’s powered by the bike’s battery! Just plug in the liner using the battery harness (included), and in seconds the six carbon-fiber heating zones emit unlimited infrared warmth that lasts all ride long.

Designed to wear underneath your existing motorcycle jacket, the nylon shell features an access tab to easily cycle between three temperature settings. Optional wireless handlebar remote controller and matching heated pants and gloves are sold separately.

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Heated Jacket for Outdoor Activities: Women

Gobi Heat is a 100 percent female-owned company specializing in heated apparel for those who love the outdoors. The Sahara Women’s Heated Jacket was created with avid runners and winter sports enthusiasts in mind.

Don’t let the soft polyester material fool you; the jacket’s outer shell resists rain and wind, while the inner polar fleece lining adds extra comfort. The high-capacity lithium-ion battery works for 10 hours with just one touch.

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Heated Jacket for Outdoor Activities: Men

On or off the slopes, stay comfortable in the Gobi Heat Shift Men’s Heated Snowboard Jacket with five-zone heating and nine-hour battery life.

Made from polyurethane-coated polyester fabric with an easy-to-clean nylon lining, the jacket features a built-in snow gaiter and adjustable Velcro cuffs to keep out the unwanted white stuff. It also comes with a media pocket, helmet-capable hood and armpit zippers for controlling ventilation.

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Bonus: Heated Scarf

An essential winter accessory, the Rechargeable Heated Scarf by Sharper Image is made of plush, super soft micro-fleece fabric (in black or gray) and has a built-in retention hole so you can position the heat precisely where you want it. Throw the neck wrap on when the mercury dips — the battery-powered flexible heating panel stays warm for up to six hours on a full charge.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.