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Old 11-25-2008, 06:45 AM
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Does anybody have any experience with any of those battery powered heated jackets/vests/gloves/socks/pants? My grandfather is getting a bit older and doesnt like to go out as much as he used to because of the cold. I'm thinking something like this might be helpful but I'm hesitant to buy something without hearing some first-hand reviews of it.

Are they worth it? What particular brands are good?
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:24 AM
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I've never tried any of it personally but from what I've read about such gadgets is that they work maybe once or twice but
because it's electronics either during the washing or dry cleaning, they get damaged and stop working.

There's always the throw away hand warmers, foot warmers, body warmers, etc etc and I know those help out tremendously.

Another thing you might consider is a Blind with a heater.
I use the "Doghouse by Ameristep" you can easily fit 2 people in it very comfortably or you can get a one person blind.
This is the Doghouse model. The windows on all sides are zippered so you open them as much as you want,
you can either use the full window or port holes visible in the pic.

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Old 11-25-2008, 07:43 AM
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Bruce's idea about the blind is probably the best. Now about clothing I also agree with him and have tried them-----Suggestion save your money and buy him Arctic Shield H7 Coat and Bibs. You can also buy the gloves, hat, and boot covers. With this stuff believe me you will not get cold. You won't even need to layer up. The only problem is you really have to take your time walking to your hunting spot so you don't get too hot. Taking your time is good hunting as well as easier on the hunter. This stuff works.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:49 AM
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I agree with all the above, I have never seen any of those battery thingies work for long. I know when my dad got older and got on the meds you could have put him outside in a furnace and he would still get cold. I think Bruce has the best option with a heated blind.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:46 AM
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Buckshot , a light just went off on the meds thing you said. This year I've been on some pretty nasty stuff, legal, and for the first time could not keep warm. I've bowhunted many times in -20* and wasn't this cold and it was only 30-40*. I see the doc on Dec 3rd and will raise this with him. I still use polypro and wool as it has worked for many years. Just something has changed this year?????
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:30 AM
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HM please give the stuff I mentioned a try. Lighter and warmer than wool. AND it is scent control as well. I wouldn't steer you wrong.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:47 PM
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Be careful with a heater in a portable blind. Most if not all are NOT flame resistant. If you are going to have one of these, I suggest you also have a good fire extinguisher! Get excited and tip it over on the blind or some dry vegitation and you could have yourself one big fire. Good way to lose your hunting privileges and have a very big bill to pay. If you smoke, please do the land owners and wildlife a big favor - smoke before and after the hunt. We had several acres burned by a hunter who dropped his smoke.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:49 PM
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Spent 18+ years in the military, out in the rawest of weather and never found a heated type of clothing worth it. Most of the stuff would make you sweat and was not functional enough to do anything in. Let me tell you the last thing you want on a cold cold day is to sweat and then have that heated device give up on you, I'd compare it to turn yourself into a block of ice and have someone spray water on you in a 50mph wind, not fun at all. Just plain old layered clothing designed for artic conditions will fare one well on that sub-zero, keep yourself still in it, kind of weather.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:29 AM
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Spent 18+ years in the military, out in the rawest of weather and never found a heated type of clothing worth it. Most of the stuff would make you sweat and was not functional enough to do anything in. Let me tell you the last thing you want on a cold cold day is to sweat and then have that heated device give up on you, I'd compare it to turn yourself into a block of ice and have someone spray water on you in a 50mph wind, not fun at all. Just plain old layered clothing designed for artic conditions will fare one well on that sub-zero, keep yourself still in it, kind of weather.
If you think about it, having a heated vest with a controller that allows you four settings (high/medium/low/off) would probably be better than just layering up, especially if you are going to be somewhat active. With a heated vest, you can turn it off while your walking, and then turn it on once you get on a stand. With layered clothing, you end up having to take off layers and carry them around with you, or just deal with sweating your butt off while your walking.
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