Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 23
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Parker Toasty warm & nice looking.
This jacket has lots of great features and works very well. After charging the battery, you plug the battery pack into the wire that is preattached in the lower left pocket. It stays warm for hours. There are 3 heating areas-- the left and right upper chest, and one in the upper back. It stays warmest in those areas, but the heat radiates everywhere on your torso. The wrists are size adjustable by velcro and the waist is adjustable by toggle cords for as snug of a fit as you want. The jacket material is good quality and is rain and wind resistant. There are 3 temperature options. I used the highest and was very comfortable outside in zero degree weather for a couple of hours. My son wore it skiing in below zero weather and it stayed warm all day. You can also charge your phone with the battery pack. The jacket itself is very nice looking. It's black with small areas (5"x0.5")of reflective silver color on the chest &back. It also has a thin (3mm) six inch reflective line of silver fabric on each lower arm.
December 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LTUSNRET WOW-PERFECT JACKET FOR THE COLD
The jacket all by it's self is a high quality product. Looks really sharp. Now add to that a small lite weight battery that heats up to three separate zones in the jacket, and you have what I call AAAHHHHHH.
The jacket offers three heat levels High (heater switch turns red) Medium (switch turns blue) and Low (switch turns green) Low is the recommend setting for maximum battery length. It only takes a few minutes on high, for the jacket to get warm.
If you work out doors, or have sore achy muscles then I recommend this jacket for you.
December 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doc766 This jacket brings on the heat!
The 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Soft-Shell Heated Jacket really came in handy during the cold snap we recently experienced. I used the jacket in sub-freezing, blustery weather to keep my body warmly oblivious to the outdoor weather while working my property. The low setting keeps me comfortable while the medium and high settings provide a boost of warmth or a quick warm-up when needed. The battery lasted about as long and I did working outside. The jacket is comfortable and soft to the touch. The look is stylish enough to wear to the city while shopping and running errands. The side location for the battery pocket with internal hookup is convenient my pocket items and phone. I like the USB plug on the battery holder for boosting my cell-phone battery when it gets too low-a-charge. The jacket is warm and cozy--even without the battery in place or the heat elements energized. I recommend this for every winter wardrobe.
December 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sarah Easy to Use, Beats the Cold
I recently received this jacket and I am so pleased with it. I got it for my husband to use and he is thrilled with it. When you get it you need to charge the battery. Once it's charged you stick it in the holster that you can affix to your belt or pants. The jacket plugs into the battery (and you can also charge your cellphone with the battery power). There are three levels of heat and at the highest setting you can stay quite toasty. It's easy to adjust, you just push a small button on the outside of the jacket on the chest area. My husband has been wearing it for activities that are not labor-intensive like an outdoor tree lighting, playing in the snow with the kids, heading to work early in the morning, etc. and it's been perfect for that. When he's doing more labor intensive activities it's so effective that sometimes he needs to turn it off completely, but that's fine as it looks nice and a normal jacket and the holster is easy to take off (or even to leave on, it's not heavy).
As far as fit, he found that it runs slightly small. He is about 5ft 11in and 165 pounds and got the medium. It fits and he wouldn't change sizes, but definitely not a lot of extra room. However, since it heats so well you don't need to wear a lot of bulky clothing underneath so it's actually nice that it's a good fit.
As far as looks, it looks like an ordinary jacket. The holster is discrete and concealed well by the jacket. It's a basic black jacket that would fit in at a work site or normal casual dress.
December 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinUT Great Jacket, but don't like the battery
This Jacket is pretty nice. It been keeping me warm when the temperature has been -8 the past couple of days. The jacket itself will keep you warm enough, but the heating element is great for when you would need extra layers. there are 3 external pockets that all have zipper closures (chest, and left and right side pockets) the chest pocket is small and not very deep. it will fit a smart phone, but not much else. there is also a drawstring around the waist. The size was pretty accurate. I normally purchase XL jackets and shirts and this fit pretty well.
The jacket comes with a battery pack, charger, and an adapter so you can plug in the jacket and USB plug to charge a device like a smart phone. I used the battery pack to charge my iPhone, it took a little longer than a wall charger, but only by 15 minutes. wasn't bad. there is a button on the power pack adapter that supposed to turn the USB on, however once I plugged the USB into my phone it started to charge regardless if i pushed the button or not. The battery plug for the jacket is located on the inside of the jacket in a smaller zippered pocket.
the jacket has 3 heat settings that are color coded on the jacket. The button will glow according to the color of temp selected. Red for high, Green for medium, and Blue for low. the power/ on-off button is located on the left chest panel. hold the button down to turn it on. it will default to high. just keep pressing the button until you get the desired heat setting. press and hold the button to turn it off.
the only thing I do not like is the battery pack that is used to power the jacket. it is a somewhat awkward shape and size. it's not a flat battery and it sits about hip level inside the jacket. there is a small slot to clip the battery pack to the jacket and a way to feed the power plug through a hole. if the placement was improved the battery would not be as much of an issue for me. however this is a small complaint, and not enough for me to not buy the jacket.
December 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jimmy Keeping me toasty!
I wasn't quite sure what to expect wearing a jacket powered by a battery but I was shocked at the craftsmanship and level of heat this Jacket from Bosch puts off. The fit on the jacket was perfect and I am glad that I went with the larger size. Being a very tall person it can be hard to find a jacket that caters to the proper sleeve length and overall jacket length.
The jacket is extremely comfortable and is definitely something you can wear even when its mildly cold outwith out the battery. Being water proof makes this jacket very versatile and working in a windy area it helps to have something that protects you from extreme winds. The batter pack fits very nicely inside one of the many inside jacket pockets and there is a convenient hole for running a USB cable through to charge any USB device. The button logo on the outside of the jacket that says "Heat" actually turns the heating feature on or off. You just simply have to hold down the button until it turns red, and within a few minutes you can really feel the heat.
My only complaint here is the battery pack itself, I believe mine just may be a slight manufacturer defect. I had a difficult time getting the battery into the holster pack and even even harder time trying to remove it for charging. I think the holster for the battery may be a little too small as it took all of my strength to get the battery out. Other than that I have no complaints against this jacket and I will not remove a star for a small manufacturer defect.
December 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tom3 Made winter feel like summer.
If you're the type of person that wishes you could put your clothes in the dryer before you get dressed on cold mornings you're going to really like this jacket! It can keep you very warm and it heats up within seconds.
Sizing info is a little confusing so I tried to provide my experiences. Some small issues could make it better but I'm rounding up to 5 stars.
- Nice Styling
- Good quality construction and materials
- Reflective accents
- Three heat levesl
- Heats up a lot and very fast
- Good insulation
- USB port to charge phone
- Ample pockets including a cell phone pocket
- button holes for passing USB charging cable inside jacket
- Size chart is confusing.
- Zipper not so great and on wrong side for USA
- Scary legal warnings.
- Hand wash and dry only
HOW WELL IT HEATS
I think you get better performance if you don't wear too many layers underneath. Plus, the whole point of a heated jacket like this is to eliminate some of the bulk so don't get it a size bigger so you can wear a heavy sweater underneath unless you'll be using this regularly in a very cold climate.
That just defeats the whole point. You don't want to have so many thick layers on that you wind up crying like Randy from "A Christmas Story" because you can't put your arms down.
I think a good combination underneat would be an undershirt and something like a thin sweatshirt or cotton thermal long sleeve tee under the jacket.
I've worn this jacket for a few 45 minute walks with only a short sleeve or long sleeve t-shirt on. Temperatures ranged from 30-40 degrees F.
Even without the heat on the jacket kept me from freezing. I started the heat on high but after a few minutes needed to lower it to medium, then again to low. Now I wind up turning off the heat completely in the middle because it gets too hot.
Before I even stepped out the door this jacket came in handy. My cell phone battery was dead. No problem. I ran a USB cable through the jacket and was able to keep warm and charge my phone at the same time.
One problem is during the day the LED button can't be seen even in overcast conditions. Just know... hold the button down 4 seconds to turn the heat off or on.
Once the jacket warmed me up, with the bright clear sky, I almost felt like it was summer. My mood was better than it was when I first stepped out into the cold because of it.
Even my hands were warm in gloves that usually leave them cold. Heating your core must allow more blood flow to the extremeties?
I jogged a couple of blocks to see how the jacket felt. It was very comfortable and the reflective accents on the chest, back and forearms help improve visibility during early morning or late afternoon road runs in the winter.
FIT, STYLING AND SIZING
I hate when people leave a review saying "large fit me perfect". Good for you. Have a cookie. If I'm ever in the mood to buy YOU this jacket I know what size to get. I'm going to try to be as thorough as I can about the sizing and fit.
The jacket looks very nice with its red and reflective accents. In some of the pictures the white stitching appears very bright but in person the stitching looks grey and doesn't stand out much. The cuffs are big enough to wear a pair of work gloves and velcro straps allow you to close them up. It also has a drawstring around the bottom to help seal up the waist. Both help keep the heat in.
I think the PSJ120 is meant to have the look and fit of a motorcross jacket. That means it has a slim fit. It tapers down a bit from the chest. With the jacket fitting snuggly (not tight) the heating elements are closer to your body which will make you feel warmer and/or allow you to use a lower heat setting to get more use out of the battery. If you buy it too big you may feel uneven heat with more heat felt from the back heating pad and less from the two heating pads over the chest.
If you look at the current sizing chart it shows you the measurements of the jacket. For example the medium size has 33" arms, 29.1" height and 51" chest. These are the measurements of the jacket from the outside, not the body measurements that will fit in the jacket.
To determine which size to get I grabbed a couple of jackets I own that fit well and have a similar weight and shape and measured them. The proportions of the PSJ120 were different than my other jackets. The chest was wider
I normally buy L clothes but the sizing said M.
To give you a better reference. I'm a little over 6' tall, weigh just under 190lbs, with an average build. I exercise semi regularly but have been slacking off much of the year, my BMI is on the high-end of the normal range and a little thicker around the belly than I want. Need to lose maybe 8 lbs to get to where I normally am. My chest measures 42.25" and about 40" around the midsection. I normally don't have a problem finding clothes that fit well. If there's ever an issue it's usually that the shoulders are too tight or the arms are too short.
Size from German Version
I found the sizing info on the German version to be more useful. They only give the chest size and they are as follows:.
When the jacket arrived I was eager to try it on to see if the Medium size would fit. For the most part it did. Sleeves were a good length. My actual arm measurement is about 31".
The chest and shoulders fit well. The chest/armpit area is actually cut pretty generous and there's a lot of room in the shoulders even though according to the German chart its 2 sizes too small for me. Chest/midsection were ok.
The length of the jacket feels like it should be a little longer. The bottom of the jacket sits around 3-1/4" bellow the top of my jeans but I'm used to jackets being a little longer. I frequently find myself grabbing the waist to pull it down.
I don't have an unusually long torso compared to my other measurements so I can only assume the jacket was meant to be that way. Everything else I think fits okay. Not too tight and I have a good range of motion.
Surprisingly it doesn't ride up too far when I bend over or if I lift up my arms to my head but if I was reaching all the way up to the ceiling it starts exposing my midsection. So, good for plumbers, clumsy carpenters that drop a lot of things, foremen that walk around with a hard hat and clipboard like the model in the photos or if you're stuck in an unheated bank during a robbery and told to put your hands up but if you're constantly hanging drywall on the ceiling not so good.
Then something occurred to me. Maybe it's for a reason? While wearing the jacket I strapped on my tool belt and noticed the jacket didn't obstruct the pouches like other jackets do.
I measured the actual jacket from armpit to armpit to get a 1/2 chest measurement of 25". Actual measurement from the bottom of the collar to the bottom of the jacket is 28.25" and sleeve length from bottom of collar to end of cuff was 28".
A 42" chest would be the top range that I think would fit comfortably in this jacket.
I included a side by side photo of me wearing the large and medium.
I'm not sure the large fit "better". It's marked as a 41" chest I'm at 42.25" and it feels roomy. 43" is my guess for the upper limit and it would fit snug but comfortable. The actual 1/2 chest measurement I get is a bit over 26" which tapers down to 23" around the belly button.
From the bottom of the collar to the bottom of the jacket is 29.5" and sleeve from collar to cuff is just over 33".
If I put items in the pockets the jacket doesn't look lumpy and I could easily wear a thick sweater underneath. The length is more appropriate for me. The arms are a little longer but both work fine.
Compared to the medium, the neck doesn't seal up as well. This causes some of the warm air inside to escape and I found it not to retain heat as well as the smaller size but they both kept me very warm.
I did have a slightly larger range of motion without the waist riding up or cuffs sliding down.
In the US I think it's standard that zipper pulls on men's clothing are on the right and on women's clothing on the left. In Europe (and some other parts of the world) they don't follow that convention and most zipper pulls are on the left.
The zipper pull is on the left. Made me check to make sure it wasn't a women's jacket.
A tab of fabric on the top of the zipper protects your neck from the metal.
NOT FOR USE IN RAIN???
The warnings seem a bit excessive considering it's only a 12V battery. Seems odd to market a jacket as water and wind resistant and then warn not to wear it in the rain?
"Do not expose heated jacket to rain or wet conditions. Jacket is not waterproof. Water will increase the risk of electric shock."
The jacket doesn't claim to be water proof, just water-resistant. It does have pretty good water-resistant qualities. It's inherent in the fabric and not a coating so it should last.
I included some photos of how well water beads on the outer shell and inner lining. Some water penetrates but not much.
Not rain gear you'd want to spend hours out in a torrential storm or on the back of a crab fishing boat but it will keep you dry if you unexpectedly get stuck out in the rain. Just turn off the heat in the rain.
HAND WASH AND HANG DRY ONLY
Jacket can only be hand washed and hung to dry which is inconvenient but it looks like most spills should roll right off anyway.
December 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bhcdiy What a GREAT Idea for Cold Weather!!!
Had seen these jackets online before and wondered how they would work. After getting one I can tell you --they are great. The battery fits inside the pocket in it's holder and so
compact you don't even feel it. Press the heat control tab on the front of the jacket and that guy heats right up! You have 3 temp. High, Med. and Low.Even on low you get plenty of warmth. You can feel it in your back,shoulders,
and around your chest.This is going to be one jacket I use all winter!! (also has place to charge your cell phone--how neat.)
December 6, 2013