Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 23
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Snowman This is a great product.
It's lightweight, durable and quite practical. The jacket warms up pretty quickly with 3 different heat settings.
December 17, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by dayton after reading the owners manuel we returned coat and charger because item was not rain or water proof
unworn product could not rate any further.the fact that it is not waterproof this is the wrong state to sell this product!
January 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by plumber11 Comfortable and looks good
Fitted very well, very warm, durable. I expected to use the heated part more, but the jacket material was fairly warm already. Wish the jacket material was a lighter material and had zip openings for venting. 4 star for the too hot material. coworker likes this jacket better than the *red* brand he purchased
April 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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