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Self Heating Clothes

Updated on July 11, 2016

I'll admit it, I am a total wimp when it comes to the cold. I think there might actually be something wrong with me because as soon as the temperature dips below 80, it is time for me to start pulling out the sweaters. As you can imagine, I am not a happy camper as it gets deeper and deeper into the winter.

Despite my hatred of all things cold, I still find myself outside way too often in the chilly weather. I live in New York City, so that means lots of walking around the city to get where I need to go in the freezing cold. I'm also a huge football fan which means many cold days tailgating and sitting in a freezing stadium. So you can imagine my delight when I found out there is self-warming/self-heating clothing that can help keep me toasty and warm!

These clothes aren't just good for city walking and tailgating, but also skiing, camping, and any other activity where you would otherwise be freezing!

Battery Powered Vests

Ok, one type of self heating clothes include those that are battery powered. Basically it's like wearing your own heated, electric blanket that is battery powered since you can't exactly wear clothes plugged into a wall! Carrying around a battery pack is a bit of a pain, but the warm toasty feeling you get wearing self heating clothing is well worth it.

Below are some battery powered vests that provide up to 10 hours of warmth per battery pack charge--you can also purchase back up battery packs for multiple day camping trips. Vests are great for layering because you can wear your self heating vest with a big, winter jacket on top of it.

Below is a women's warming vest which not only provides three battery powered heating panels but also gives you insulation on its own. It also offers 4 different heat levels. It's a bit pricey at around $150, but if you're a wimp when it comes to cold, like me, and will be spending lots of time outside in the cold, it's definitely worth it.

Below is the men's version of the same vest. It also has three heating panels and four levels of heat and retails for around $150. It has great reviews on Amazon.

Battery Powered Heated Jackets

If you want to spend a little more money, you can skip the vest and go for a battery powered jacket to get more coverage and warmth. Below are some battery powered self-heating jackets.

The women's self-heating fleece jacket below offers 2-6 hours of heat with temperature zone control.

The men's heated jacket below offers three heat zones, three heat levels, and up to six hours of heat. It is also wind and water resistant.

Battery Powered Warming Pants

In addition to vests and jackets, you can purchase battery powered self-heating pants to keep your legs warm on the slopes or while camping in the wilderness in the cold.

Venture Heated Clothing MC-20 SML Black 12V Heated Unisex Nylon Pants Liner
Venture Heated Clothing MC-20 SML Black 12V Heated Unisex Nylon Pants Liner

These heated pants liners sell for around $150 and have heating panels around the entire length of the legs. They are also wind and water resistant.


Heated Gloves

When you're out in the cold, your hands will likely get very cold and sometimes regular gloves just won't do the trick. No worries, there are also heated gloves.

Warmawear Heated Glove Liners - Medium / Large
Warmawear Heated Glove Liners - Medium / Large

These battery powered warming gloves provide heat via ceramic infra-red heating elements that run the length of the gloves to provide heat to all ten fingers.


Heated Socks

There is nothing worse than cold feet! For me it seems like my feet are always icicles and I can never feel warm unless my feet are warm. No worries as there are all types of heated socks on the market.

The socks below provide battery powered heat (via a "D" battery) to the toes.

The socks below provide warmth to your feet by providing pockets to place HotHand warmers in,

Below are the HotHand warmers that you can place in the socks above.

Heated Insoles

Another way to keep your feet warm is with warming insoles. These may have a benefit over warming socks as warming socks are more limited to one area, typically the toes, while insoles warm the entire bottom of your foot and thereby, your entire foot. It's generally a personal preference on what you like best.

Below are battery powered insoles that will provide you warmth for up to 6 hours with a battery pack that can be strapped to your ankle. They are great for skiing and winter hiking.

Below are self heating insoles that stick to the bottom of your foot (sock!) and provide 9 hours of heat, but unlike the battery powered insoles. They are single use.

Heated Neck Wrap

Then there is the area of your body that is not always covered--your neck. You can use a scarf or try a self heating neck wrap. These are great because in addition to providing warmth, they provide double duty and if you have neck/shoulder pain, the heat is a great pain relief so use them to keep you warm or relieve pain.

Venture Heated Clothing SH-65 Heated Neck Wrap
Venture Heated Clothing SH-65 Heated Neck Wrap

This battery powered neck wrap provides up to 6 hours of heat with 4 different heat levels.


If you've used heated clothing, what has been your experience and what do you think is best?

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      Maya Frances 4 years ago

      Yeah, some of the clothes are a bit pricey. I plan to continue to update and add more clothes that are hopefully more affordable. I believe Uniqlo sells clothes that warm up themselves without batteries. I need to research that more!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Thank you so much for sharing all this good info. We heat with wood, and so I spend a lot of time in the frigid cold. Somehow it never seems to get done when it's warm out! LOL

      Anyway, I am pleased to know this information. The clothing is a little out of my price range, but the gloves and insoles sound like winners to me! Have a great Thanksgiving ;) Pearl

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