Product Test – Milwaukee Tools Heated Jacket

Product Test – Milwaukee Tools Heated Jacket

I don’t know about you, but I like my creature comforts. It’s nothing to do with getting old – not that I am, of course – but I may just be a softy. Keeping warm is one of those comforts I like. Our job can often mean we have to endure the elements and there is nothing worse than getting chilled to the bone. Not only is it uncomfortable, but long-term it isn’t good for you regarding the likes of rheumatism and arthritis.

Turns you toasty
Before Christmas I was given a Milwaukee heated jacket to test, which, after our cold spell, I was only too pleased to put it through its paces. It is made of black material, boasting water and wind-resistant properties and has an inner-lining, which is fleecy, soft and warm. It also features a zipfastening, making it wind-tight.

The big feature of this jacket, however, is the heater. Yes, with the touch of a button and a small pause, you are warm as toast. The three elements are situated on either side of the chest and one on the back. It is powered by a rechargeable 1.5Ah Li-ion battery, which is placed in a side pocket. The battery has six hours continuous use run time.

To add to this, the two pockets can also be independent of the main jacket. The heaters are operated by easy touch control pads, situated just below the lapel. When turned on, the buttons illuminate and there are three levels of heat with a different colour for each setting.

Not just for workshop use
Recently, I wore the jacket on a night out down the pub. When I went home, I got in the queue for a taxi and whilst chatting to my mate, I was accosted by a young lady.

Sadly, she was more interested in the lights on the Milwaukee jacket and its heating ability than yours truly! As she was so interested in the garment, I did allow her to put her hand inside to feel the warmth.  

Before any of you start to get the wrong idea, I should add that I allowed her boyfriend to do the same. He too thought the jacket was a superb idea and enquired where he could purchase one. I’ll have to ask for a commission next time I see the Milwaukee rep!

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