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Old 01-27-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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Having spent many winters on the flight lines of North Dakota at 40 below repairing airplanes, I'm wondering why I never owned a pair of electrically heated coats or under shirts (gloves too). I'm doing a little research now but thought I'd see if anyone has any insight. I see there are lots of makes/models and some look like they'll work pretty well. Anyone have anything like this?

Here's an example of what i'm talking about.
Gerbing's Heated Clothing // The World's Warmest Clothing!
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:38 PM
 
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Using lithium batteries makes them better for cold weather operations, but if the battery goes in the middle of the day, you're going to be pretty uncomfortable. Dressing in layers means that you always have the warmth you need with you. Just a comment.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Us Alaskans just like to kick it old school.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Using lithium batteries makes them better for cold weather operations, but if the battery goes in the middle of the day, you're going to be pretty uncomfortable. Dressing in layers means that you always have the warmth you need with you. Just a comment.
+1 on this.

Just imagine being out there on a snowmobile, far from a warm place, and the clothing batteries dying all of the sudden

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Old 01-28-2012, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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I have some battery operated gloves as my fingers are pretty fragile and get frozen easily. They are ok but you couldn't work in them. They are a bit awkward.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:55 AM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
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If you layer properly with a good base layer then there is no need for heated clothing.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:08 AM
 
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I would never go for any amount of time using anything electrically heated as the exclusive piece of warm material. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong right? I'm just thinking it'd be something worth checking out. Throw it on if you're just going out for a bit or on the way to work. Bring it as a back up or just for short trips to and from so you're not big and bulky everywhere you go. I'm going off past experiences here. Plus most come with a car charger so it'd be like having heated seats if you don't already

I found some for sale locally on C's List so I might go scoop one up for a good price. Maybe go roll around in the snow for a bit and see if I end up needing a snorkel. HA!
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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When I find that layers don't cut it, I use those single-use hand warmers. I've used the toe warmers too, but usually the boots can keep the cold out.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I've used the single use hand and boot warmers too but I was TOO hot and ended up taking them out and giving them to someone else. It's more dangerous to sweat and be wet then get cold then layering.. I'm not in Alaska but have been in the cold quite a bit here.. sounds like you will have back up and testing this type of clothing and I think that is a great idea.. good luck
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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Oh, and in 14 years I've never met an Alaskan who has used electric clothes. A few that have used electric blankets, yes, but clothes, no.
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