Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Jacket Kit 2331
Never have snow angels been easier!
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Milwaukee what will you think of next? You're handing out a lifetime worth of tools in exchange for permanent skin-scarring loyalty, your 12-volt line has about 15 times the number of tools as all of your competitors combined, and your new lines of hand tools and measuring devices are hitting the scene with stellar reviews. We know, why don't you get into apparel? Actually no, why don't get into heated apparel? Oh wait, it looks like you're doing that too.
We got a chance to check this jacket out a couple months ago at the Milwaukee Product Symposium and it's honestly really cool. It's lightweight and has that Patagonia vibe to it (meaning it's a hit with the ladies). Most importantly, there is zero attention called to the fact that it has the ability to heat itself (other than the sweat pouring off the wearer in thirty below weather).
The coat has three heat settings which warm three distinct areas of the coat (if we recall correctly it's the chest and the backs of the shoulders...we could be wrong on this). Controlling the unit is all done with the little symbol/Star Trek button on the left chest of the jacket above the pocket and the battery is tucked away in an interior pouch to the rear of the coat where it's unlikely to get in the way. According to Milwaukee, six hours of warmth can be had on a single charge. It's likely that this number corresponds with the lowest of the settings, but still it's a decent amount of time.
In colder weather this coat is meant for layering and we were assured by the guys at Milwaukee that burning and/or electrocution are simply not possible with this jacket.
Unfortunately there's not a 'snowball fight' setting which blazes the jacket heat to 500 degrees, instantly vaporizing any and all snowy projectiles before contact.
It's looking like pricing for this is going to be $120 with no battery or charger and $170 with battery and charger.
We actually heard a rumor that Milwaukee will be following this release with a line of 12-volt heated union suits next year.**
**By rumor, we actually mean that we made that up.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 9, 2010 1:00 PM