Wall Street Journal Article on Heated Jackets

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on heated jackets titled “These Heated Jackets Actually Work—And Charge Your Phone, Too.” It’s great to see so many manufacturers starting to offer products that can help Raynaud’s sufferers get through the winter months in warmth and comfort!

The companies include: Ralph Lauren, Ravean, Ororo and Kelvin. The jackets range in prices from $150 to $900, with the top of the line being the Ralph Lauren 750-fill duck down that works with your smartphone to adjust the temperature. The technology for this jacket was originally created for Team USA athletes to stay warm during the 2018 Olympic games. What’s unique about the technology behind the Ralph Lauren jackets is their use of a “flexible, new-to-market carbon and silver ink conductor that is literally drawn onto the fabric.” This jacket is quite stylish, but appears to only be available in men’s sizes. Of course, there’s nothing stopping women from shopping in the men’s department.

We had the opportunity to test the heated down jackets from Ravean. The company appears to have some sizing and technical issues to overcome, but the jacket did warm up nice and toasty on a cold New Hampshire day. The price on these jackets is more reasonable, with a sale on their site now for $100 off the base price of $300. You could easily pay $200 for a quality down jacket; for a heated one, that’s a pretty good deal.

The Kelvin jackets appear similar to those from Ravean, in that they have multiple heating zones and are priced in the same range, currently on sale for $200 to $300. Their jackets aren’t down-filled, but are made of water resistant neoprene to combat rain, sleet and snow, with a polar fleece interior.

The jackets from Ororo are the lowest priced option reviewed in the article. The collection includes heated jackets, vests and hoodies. The most expensive jacket is the women’s mid-length heated parka priced at about $300, now on sale for $200. But there are several other options in the $100 to $150 range. They don’t go into much detail about the fabrics, except to state they have trademarked their SMAWARM® insulation. Some are water repellent, while the lighter jackets appear to resemble the polar fleece heated jacket I bought from Brookstone years ago.

All of the above jackets, except for the Ralph Lauren, are available at The Warming Store, one of our Sponsors. Use RAYNAUDS10 for our 10% member discount. But check the manufacturers’ sites, too, as their sale prices may be lower.

Good to see so much innovation and experimentation in the area of heated apparel. If you’ve tried any of these jackets, or have another one we should be aware of, please let us know!

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