Do you also feel the cold on those winter hikes? I do. Fortunately, I got to test out this 8K Flexwarm heated jacket! 🙂
Winter hiking can be great, especially when the air is crisp, the sun is out, and the everything sparkles in the frost.
The downside, of course, is that it’s cold. Sometimes, very cold!
Like a lot of other mums I know, I tend to feel the cold. I always make sure I have a right amount of layers on, but sometimes, I feel a bit like the Michelin Man when I’m all wrapped up!
The Heated Jacket
First off, the jacket itself, even without the heating, is really good.
It’s quite a snug fit, with elasticated cuffs and waist, and a high collar, which all help keep the heat in. It’s also water resistant and breathable.
It might be a snug fit, but with the heating in the jacket, you won’t need quite so many layers underneath! 🙂
I think the women’s jacket is quite stylish. You can also get a gilet and hooded jacket, plus there are heated jackets for men too.
The Tech – How the Heating Works
The jacket comes with a USB power bank. The same sort of thing that you charge your phone with.
This has a special pocket inside the jacket. You just plug the jacket into the USB charger. You can also use the power bank to charge your phone at the same time, as it has two USB ports.
The 8k Flexwarm jacket has 3 heating zones: two at the front, either side of the zip, and a large zone on your back.
You can feel the heating zones embedded in the jacket, but they don’t feel bulky and heavy.
You can control the temperature of the heated jacket, and which zones are heated, with two buttons found on the side of the coat. These buttons light up to tell you how hot and which zones you have set.
The Flexwarm jacket uses Adaptive Sensor Technology (AST), which adjusts the heating to how cold it is and how warm you are, avoiding it overheating you or draining the battery.
After three hours on the hills, the power bank had only lost one bar of charge.
You can also pair your phone with the Flexwarm app to get much more precise control of your jacket.
To pair, you simply hold down the button with the Flexwarm logo on the jacket, and click pair in the app. It will then connect to your jacket and you can see temperature and adjust it.
Is it washable?
Yes. Despite all the technical gizmos, the 8k Flexwarm jacket is washable. But do remember to take the power bank out of it first 😉
Taking it for a test hike
With the sun shining, and the cold wind blowing, we set off up our local hills.
At first, the temperature of the jacket wasn’t that warm. I noticed the heat most when I had my hands in the jacket pockets. That was another great feature: warm hands!
That was another great feature: warm hands!
After I worked out how to control the temperature correctly, the jacket quickly became hot.
As we climbed the hills, the maximum temperature was far too hot!
If you’ve ever sat on a heated car seat, then that’s a bit like wearing the 8K Flexwarm jacket. It wraps the heat around you, keeping your core warm.
I like the 8k Flexwarm jacket.
Yes, it is expensive, but if you’re looking for a good technical jacket that will keep you warm without ending up looking like the Michelin Man, then you’ll be paying a similar price anyway.
It certainly gets the thumbs up from us.
There are other colours and styles available. Click here to view them on the 8k Flexwarm website.
Disclaimer and Thanks: This post was created in collaboration with 8K Flexwarm, who provided a heated jacket for review, but all views and opinions expressed are our own.
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- This jacket really does keep you warm. It can also charge your phone.
- It is expensive, but so are similar technical jackets without built-in heating.