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Turn on the heat with battery-powered clothing

March 5, 2012


You’re outside on a nippy winter day. Old Man Winter claws his grip into your frigid bones. Painful cold gnaws at your fingers and toes. How to fend off their icy bite? It’s simple. Just turn on your clothing.

A small but growing collection of outdoor garments utilizes onboard batteries to provide heat, enabling you to fine-tune your temperature level with the touch of a button. Electric clothing isn’t new (it’s been around for a decade or more) but a recent high-profile entry into the market by Columbia Sportswear may mark its transition to the mainstream. Or perhaps not, as consumers debate the merits and numerous drawbacks of this technology…
This column originally appeared in the February online edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here.
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

(Photograph courtesy Columbia)

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.