As someone who struggles with being cold almost year-round, and is also a winter lover (yes, those two aspects can go together), heated apparel is a game-changer. No longer do I have to rely solely on layering for warmth, but I now have the option to use one garment to keep me warm on my winter outings. The Ridge Women’s Heated Hoodie by Gobi Heat offers an impeccable amount of warmth that is not found in your everyday hoodie.
Feel The Heat
With a 7.4 volt, 6700mAh battery, the warmth this hoodie provides it truly powerful. With a click of a button located on the hoodie, you can choose one of three heat settings: low, medium, and high. So, depending on the chill outside, you can adjust your heat level as needed.
The highest setting produces heat up to a whopping 140 degrees F (60 C) and lasts up to 5 hours, even though my adventures did not exceed 1.5 hours. The lowest setting produces up to 113 degrees F (45 C) and can last up to 10 hours. As I enabled the high heat setting on a frigid mid-day walk of 20 degrees F, I felt warmer immediately.
The heat radiates from three zones: two areas in the chest and one large area in the back. This displacement keeps your core warm, and in my tests, helped to radiate heat to my extremities as well. As we know, keeping your extremities warm is critical.
The conductive thread technology combined with the ultra-soft fleece lining makes this hoodie an excellent insulator, too. Consistently, the Ridge Heated Hoodie kept me warm while out on my mid-day walk with my pup. On a cold but sunny 30-degree day in April, I didn’t even need to turn on the power source and instead relied on the thick fleece lining for warmth.
One afternoon, I also donned the hoodie for a short snowshoeing outing to a park just a block from my house, and again I stayed warm. I found it incredibly helpful to be able to adjust the heat setting while on my outing.
Keep in mind that the outer layer of the hoodie is a cotton/polyester blend, which means you don’t want to get it wet. Thus, the Ridge Hoodie is best worn as a mid-layer when there is no active snowfall or rain. Or, you can throw on a waterproof outer layer over the hoodie when it is raining or snowing.
If you’re looking for wind or water-resistant outerwear, Gobi Heat has a wide range of other heated products, such as the Sahara Heated Jacket (Women & Men), which are better suited for inclement weather conditions.
No matter your adventure, though, remember to charge the battery to ensure your next warm outing.
Comfort, Size & Fit
Along with being incredibly warm, the Ridge Women’s Heated Hoodie is comfortable. As mentioned, the hoodie has a polyester/cotton blend outer fabric with an ultrasoft fleece inner fabric. This combination makes this hoodie soft, and it didn’t lead to any skin irritation on my mid-day walks or snowshoeing outing.
As a bonus, the Ridge is also machine washable. Just remember to take the battery pack out first!
Regarding size, I tested a women’s medium heated hoodie. Compared to other hoodies I own, the Ridge has a snug fit, especially around the waist when fully zipped. Also, the battery (which is in an inside pocket near the waist) produces a slight bulge, results in a tighter pocket fit. So, for those who prefer a looser fit or are concerned about waistline snugness, I recommend ordering a size larger hoodie than anticipated.
Color options for the Ridge Heated Hoodie include steel, skyline (the color I had), and onyx.
The Gobi Heat Ridge Women’s Heated Hoodie is an excellent mid-layer for apres outings and for snowshoe adventures close to home. The heat provided in the three battery-powered zones can keep even the coldest of us warm throughout the winter season. Keep in mind that since the Ridge has a cotton/polyester outer layer, it is not waterproof. So, remember to bring along a waterproof outer layer to wear over the Ridge on days with inclement weather.
What are your experiences with heated apparel? Let us know in the comments below!
Gobi Heat provided my Ridge Women’s Heated Hoodie. As always, the views and opinions expressed in this article are entirely my own.
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