UNBOXED: Reviewing Mobile Warming's Performance Heated Apparel
We've officially reached the heart of the fall and the colder weather is starting to creep in. Luckily for us Philadelphians, the warmer weather stuck around well into September and the better part of October. But once the weather dropped below 50, I knew it was time to give the Mobile Warming Sierra Women's jacket a try.
This was my first experience with heated apparel and I have to admit I was surprised at how “normal” this jacket looked. Aside from the small (but bright) orange logo on the arm and the heat indicator on the front, you’d never know that it had a 7.4volt Lithium-Ion battery inside. The battery, which charged up rather quickly, was only a couple inches big and fairly light. It tucked away neatly inside a compartment in the right-side pocket and never felt obtrusive.
Once the battery was situated and the jacket was turned on, I was able to pair my Sierra Women’s jacket to the MW Connect app via Bluetooth. Pairing was simple and I liked that I could monitor the battery status without needing to fish it out my pocket. You can also add other Mobile Warming garments to the app and adjust the heat settings individually for each one.
To get started, I wanted to put the jacket on the highest setting to see how hot it could get. The heat settings are based on the amount of charge on the Lithium-Ion battery and are indicated using four different colors:
- Red: 100% power; 135°F
- Orange (although mine looked yellow on the jacket): 75% power; 120°F
- Green: 50% power; 105°F
- Blue: 25% power; 90°F
It only took about 30 seconds to a minute for the jacket to warm up and I felt the heat hit my upper back first, then my collarbone area. It felt slightly warm until I sat down and pressed my back up against a chair. That extra pressure made it feel much warmer, almost like a heating pad on a medium-high setting.
I sat outside for about 10 minutes on this setting and found myself needing a little break so I switched to a lower setting. The other options offered ample warmth and I liked that I could easily switch back and forth between all of them while on a full charge which lasts up to 10 hours.
The jacket runs true to size and is form fitting since it’s women’s cut. The 100% polyester material is comfortable and lightweight. Since the jacket ends at my hips, I could see myself layering it underneath a longer coat if I planned on being outside on a cold winter day.
This jacket retails for $219.99 and is a solid investment if you spend a lot of time outside in the cold. And when you really think about it, the only other options for on the go warming are those pop-and-shake hand/feet warmer packets that last maybe an hour if you’re lucky. The Mobile Warming jackets gets hotter, covers more surface area, and lasts 10 hours. Even if you need to replace the battery down the road, it’s only $40 on Mobile Warming website. They also offer tons of other heated apparel including gloves, pants, vests, and jackets for your dog.