Types of Heated Clothing

Types of Heated Clothing
When the body remains in cold temperatures for an extended period of time, the nervous system restricts blood flow to the fingers and toes. This process occurs to keep the body's temperature from falling to a dangerously low level, and lead to frostbite and, possibly, hypothermia. To combat cold weather and wind chill, heated clothing must be worn whenever hiking, hunting, cycling or camping in low temperatures. Heated clothing is a safe and easy way to keep the body warm in low temperatures.

Heated Vests

Heated vests are designed with bundles of microscopic, stainless steel wires. The type of wiring and placement of each bundle determines how quickly heat is delivered and to what degree of intensity. Heated vests are available in lightweight designs. A temperature device is mounted or embedded inside the jacket for easy adjustments. Digital controllers are wired, but wires are tested for safety in all weather conditions. Temperature controllers with a power-save feature allow you to maximize the vest's power source while hiking, camping or cycling for long distances.

Heated Pant Liners

Heated pant liners are worn over base-layer pants and under outer shell pants. Because this type of layering is necessary, heated pant liners are lightweight and generally made of soft materials such as nylon. Lightweight materials also minimize bulk and increase breathability when using the pants for a long period of time. Flex panels make it easy for hikers to maintain a full range of motion, while heating pads offer an even distribution of heat down the front of each leg. A battery harness or plug-in feature offers two power options, so the pants can be worn at a camp fire or in a chilly cabin.

Heated Socks

Battery-operated heated socks are available in wool and stretch nylon varieties. Fisherman, hikers, hunters and campers can stay warm and comfortable while in damp, cold weather conditions and harsh environs. A wired battery pack controls heat distribution and power. The battery pack is generally worn on a belt, pant or jacket pocket or pouch as a wire rests comfortably down the side of the leg. Position the wire against an outer pair of pants to prevent chafing. Heated socks are safe to wear. Low amperage reduces the possibility of shock or injury.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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