Disclaimer: This post contains a gifted item. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In every group of friends, there’s always that one person to utter the fateful words any time you’re outside: Guys, I’m freezing! And hands up, that person is usually, always me. As someone that does a huge amount of outdoor activities, such as hiking, scuba diving, and my biology degree in general, I’m not built for the outdoors. No matter how many layers I wear, I’m always cold. And in Scotland, I’m doubly cold. Sure, over time I’ve adjusted. But I’m still shivering, even when it goes above 10 degrees.
When 8K Flexwarm got into contact with me and asked if I’d like to try one of their jackets, I jumped at the chance so fast I may have come off as slightly desperate. The jackets they make are an absolute innovation. Not only are they weatherproof and stylish, they heat themselves up. That’s right – they are coats with inbuilt heaters. An absolute dream come true for us perma-cold guys and girls!
So, how does it work? Each jacket comes with a powerbank, which when fully charged gives 6 hours of power to your jacket. The powerbank fits into it’s own dedicated pocket, and plugs into the coat via USB. Once in, you simply switch on the coat using the power button, and use that same button to adjust your temperature. The button is colour coded according to how hot you want it and comes with 3 settings; low, mid and high heat, giving you a temperature between 40 and 50 degrees, depending on your preference. A second button controls the heat zones on the jacket. It has 3 dedicated heat zones; one on the back and two on the front. You can have just the front, just the back, or both areas switched on at any time. The full temperature is reached within 6 minutes, and is even all round. The Flexwarm technology is surrounded by insulated cotton to keep the heat in, and whilst the outside protects both you and the technology with a waterproof fabric, the inside surrounds you with a breathable fabric. Despite all the technology, the jacket maintains a slim, stylish fit. In it’s minimalist black colouring, it’s perfect for all situations and goes with everything. And even with 5 layers to it, it’s a thin jacket that can be worn either as a coat, or a layer under a bigger coat.
Don’t fancy faffing about with buttons? No worries, 8K Flexwarm has an integrated smartphone app to be used with your coat. Simply pair the coat to your phone using bluetooth, switch the coat on using it’s power button, and control the temperature using your phone. It’s super simple to use and makes changing the temperature a breeze. It’s also free to download and an essential accessory to your new jacket! Each jacket also comes with a user manual and full warranty.
So, is it a perfect jacket? I’m hard pressed to find a better one. If self heated isn’t enough, it looks amazing on and makes a great wardrobe staple. Fair enough, if you layer over any more than 3 layers, the heat won’t make much of a difference to you. I find putting it over a thin t-shirt and jumper works best, and then you can add another coat over the top where needed. It also doesn’t have a hood, despite being waterproof. Easily remedied though, by wearing a hooded jacket over the top, or simply taking an umbrella. So any faults are minimal, and really easily remedied.
I absolutely love my 8K Flexwarm self heated jacket. They retail for £189 for the jacket, and can be bought for men and women. If the jacket seems a little too much material for you, they also make a super stylish gilet for £159. Although this may seem like a high price, I think it’s totally justifiable. Overall, this is a great investment, with a timeless style and technology that can’t be beaten. Who doesn’t want a jacket with a built in heater? They ship worldwide too, for free!
And also, 8K Flexwarm and I have teamed up to give you a product from their line of your choice via Instagram! You too can enjoy the immense feeling of a jacket that heats itself up! To enter is simple – click here to be led to my Instagram post which explains what to do. Simply follow both me and 8K Flexwarm, like my post, and leave a comment tagging a friend to enter! I’ll be announcing a winner on July 1st 2018, so get going!
Would you love a self-heating jacket? Let me know in the comments!
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