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I am no stranger to doing projects in the cold weather. Working on the farm, my Dad would always save the larger farm upgrade projects for the winter-time. In the Spring, Summer and Fall we were always too busy with the grain and alfalfa work, and we usually had less turkeys to raise in the winter.
A few years ago, I was helping him build 2 new 480 ft long turkey sheds in the dead of winter. My home town in Utah will often get down to -25 deg F at night, subsequently inside the sheds it was around 0 deg F. For these new sheds, my Dad trying out this ceiling and insulation technology that is quite common for poultry farms in the south. The ceiling was installed by a special crew that came up from Alabama.
The crew had a few experienced older guys and a younger guy, who seemed to get all of the ‘bad’ jobs. The poor young guy was freezing trying to work up here, being from the south and not having the outerwear for winter. A couple days into the job, he had enough and decided to quit right then and there. He started walking back to his hotel room, 7 miles away! About the same time, my Dad was driving down the farm road and saw him. He stopped to give him a ride. My Dad asked where he was going, and the young Alabaman said that he quit because ‘these are the WORST CONDITIONS HE’S EVER BEEN IN’.
What that young Alabama man needs is a Ridgid heated jacket, heated with 18 volt batteries!
This jacket would’ve made those miserable work conditions much better.
This winter I have been testing out the Ridgid 18V heated jacket, and enjoying it’s benefits.
The Look and Feel
First off the material and the construction of this jacket is really nice. I really like the outer jacket material. The outer shell is 95% polyester with 5% spandex, it looks and feels really nice and smooth. The inner shell is 100% polyester. The sizing is a little large giving you room to move around comfortably and wear layers underneath.
The hood is removable. The jacket has 4 good size pockets with zippers. It has eyelets and tunnels to route cell phone charging cables/wires through the jacket to the battery pocket.
How It Works
To run the jacket you’ll need a charged Ridgid 18V battery and the power source adapter (comes with jacket).
Slide the power source adapter onto the battery until it locks. Then plug the jacket cord (in the battery pocket on the left hip) into the power source adapter.
Press the activate button on the power source adapter.
Note: the power source adapter also has a USB charging port that you can use for your phone or music device.
Once the power source adapter is activated, either place the adapter in the battery pocket or clip it on your pocket or belt. This is helpful if the battery pocket is not in a comfortable position for your body.
Then the jacket is ready to turn on the heating elements. The power on button is on the inside of the left lapel. Press and hold the power button until it turns red.
There are 3 temperature options. The jacket will automatically start on high – red. After the jacket is heated, I press the power button again to get medium – yellow, one more time for low – white.
The Ridgid jacket starts is $159 if you just want the jacket. It is $199 if you want the jacket, 1.5 Ah battery and charger.
In conclusion, if you work in the cold, or need a little heat while outside, you will want take a look at this jacket! I think the only real critique I have for this jacket is that I wish the heating element/zones were larger for a bigger distribution of heat, but overall it is a great jacket.
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