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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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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.

Good Luck and Welcome to the Club.

 

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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.:coffee:
 

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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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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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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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the heated blind thing is way too much. He would never go for that. Plus, how would I get a heater working in the middle of the woods?

He is the type of guy that doesnt complain and doesnt want to look like a sissy.

I'm going to buy this:
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and try it out before I decide whether to give it to him or not. Its gotten great reviews compared to most of the other heated jackets and it isnt that expensive.

plus, since its not a camo pattern, he can wear it anywhere he goes, fishing, yard work, whatever.
 
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the stuff wmi is talking about is warm. i use the Remington 6 way parka system and i think its made by the same folks. water proof,wind proof, and warm as toast. another thing to try are those back ache heat things. they are like the chem hand warmers but "tape" where you want them.
 

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ronn, I do use those belt type heater packs around the lower back area, they do help. Neck pain is getting bad so they may help that too. The clothes that you guys are using is it quiet like wool/fleese?
 
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I think its quite enough. Had deer bear turkey with in a few yards and was able to draw a bow on them. Like I said I think the remington stuff I have is made by articsheild but I could be wrong. I know what I have works for me along with good under clothes.
 

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Not that quiet but I don't seem to have any problems as you have seen. Found a trick that works good is one of those fluff rings that you put in the drier. I use to use big super balls but the ring works better. The down side is you have to listen to it for an hour.LOL But it does a great job. Cabelas or Bass Pro has them for about the same price. 213 for the parka and 199 for the bibs.
 

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go with the heater and blind :D me and my dad do that when we dont stand hunt and its amazing :D u can sit in there with short sleeve shirt on if u have a good heater. :ph34r:
 

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I have that vest your looking at and for 2 years now it has continued to work with no problem. I use mine while riding my Harley during the Winter months to break off a bit of the 75-80 mph wind chill. These types things can be expensive but what ever your price range is just make sure it has an adjustable heat setting. What may be warm to you might feel scolding to me and so forth. If he still moves around good in the cold just over insulate a box stand and invest in some quite sliding windows. There are many options for comfort but like you say it will have to meet his approval personally or it could wind up being a waste of effort.
 

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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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I have that vest your looking at and for 2 years now it has continued to work with no problem. I use mine while riding my Harley during the Winter months to break off a bit of the 75-80 mph wind chill. These types things can be expensive but what ever your price range is just make sure it has an adjustable heat setting. What may be warm to you might feel scolding to me and so forth. If he still moves around good in the cold just over insulate a box stand and invest in some quite sliding windows. There are many options for comfort but like you say it will have to meet his approval personally or it could wind up being a waste of effort.
awesome, thanks for the information. This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I was concerned how it might hold up over time. Do you know if replacement/extra batteries can be purchased?
 

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That particular vest is made by activheat. They have their own website you can order from. The one you are looking at from brookstone has a awfully small battery pack for 5 hours. My battery pack is larger but I believe was advertised for 10 hours use and I know it will work consistantly for 6 to 8 hours. It does not state on your site but mine came with 2 batteries and a 2 chargers (1 wall A/C and 1 Auto 12volt) for around $165.
 

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That particular vest is made by activheat. They have their own website you can order from. The one you are looking at from brookstone has a awfully small battery pack for 5 hours. My battery pack is larger but I believe was advertised for 10 hours use and I know it will work consistantly for 6 to 8 hours. It does not state on your site but mine came with 2 batteries and a 2 chargers (1 wall A/C and 1 Auto 12volt) for around $165.
does it say anywhere on the battery what the amperage rating is? It should say something like "4400mAh".
 

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I'm at work right now but I called my wife and she said all the numbers were worn off or can't be read on my battery. Sorry I couldn't help.
 
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