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The Self-Warming Jacket that Charges via USB

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There’s nothing worse than standing outside in the cold, freezing off your various appendages and wishing you could have just brought the electric blanket from your bed with you when you left the house. Well, now you can. Kind of.

This looks like a pretty normal Columbia jacket, right? You might even have one that looks just like it. Still, I bet your jacket doesn’t have a built-in battery pack that powers its handy-dandy self-heating feature. Rechargable via USB, the jacket was designed by a former Intel engineer and has a heat-conductive carbon fiber mesh running through it. That battery pack we mentioned earlier is good for five hours. 



At $900 it costs a very pretty penny (looking at Columbia’s website, that’s roughly triple what you’d pay for one of their regular jackets), but can you really put a price on warmth?

No word on an exact launch dates, but GearJunkie has it down as ‘soon-to-be-released’ so we’ll cross our fingers and hope Columbia doesn’t make us wait until next season.

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    j3ff86 , January 27, 2011 4:12 AM
    Your jacket is now dry!
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  • 11 Hide
    j3ff86 , January 27, 2011 4:12 AM
    Your jacket is now dry!
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    the_krasno , January 27, 2011 4:25 AM
    j3ff86Your jacket is now dry!


    That was EXACTLY what I thought!
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    lashabane , January 27, 2011 4:49 AM
    j3ff86Your jacket is now dry!

    lmao, BTTF reference ftw.
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    micr0be , January 27, 2011 4:55 AM
    does it come with the crysis nanosuit voice activator?

    MAXIMUM ... warmth!
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    alyoshka , January 27, 2011 5:00 AM
    Just wait till you see the Laptop they made to charge this baby..... :) 
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    fonzy , January 27, 2011 5:33 AM
    How durable are these things? can you wash it,change battery..etc
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    joytech22 , January 27, 2011 6:16 AM
    It would be good for the winters, but here at the moment it's around 30C+ daily.
    Maybe when I go on holiday next I might consider getting one.. then again maybe not.
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    TunaSoda , January 27, 2011 8:55 AM
    It's about time, I had battery heated socks as a kid in the mid to late 70's... (2 D bats in each sock)
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    amk09 , January 27, 2011 9:57 AM
    WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS?????????????????????????????????

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    amk09 , January 27, 2011 10:01 AM
    $900, triple of a normal jacket?!?

    I bought a very nice brand new Columbia winter jacket with a detachable lining for $80 dollars last year.

    Who the hell spends $300 on a coat?
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    JohnnyLucky , January 27, 2011 10:29 AM
    Sounds like a toy for the rich and famous.
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    g00fysmiley , January 27, 2011 11:15 AM
    amk09$900, triple of a normal jacket?!?I bought a very nice brand new Columbia winter jacket with a detachable lining for $80 dollars last year.Who the hell spends $300 on a coat?



    i spent $500ish on my jacket ... then again it also has kevlar, and titanium plates, and impact foam ... and designed to help protect me in cse a i fall at up to 90 mph... did i mention its a motorcycle jacket... i'd liek to see this tech in them though .. it can get awfully cold when riding at highway speeds even when its only a little chilli out
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    jj463rd , January 27, 2011 11:29 AM
    Add Kevlar,some ceramic armor inserts to the coat and it would be useful.
    Oops G00fySmiley just mentioned that too
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    sagansrun , January 27, 2011 12:03 PM
    THe Milwaukee tool company has a heated inner coat that runs off a 12 volt tool battery. At 150 bucks, its a lot cheaper and does the same thing.
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    sagansrun , January 27, 2011 12:07 PM
    Google this;

    M12™ Cordless Heated Jacket Kit 2331

    Made by Milwaukee tools.
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    youssef 2010 , January 27, 2011 12:47 PM
    At least we know a solution for cold weather. But if it is 40+C out there. what will you do?
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    Memoscorp , January 27, 2011 2:08 PM
    youssef 2010At least we know a solution for cold weather. But if it is 40+C out there. what will you do?


    I know for a fact that an air conditioned jacket exists.
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    nukemaster , January 27, 2011 2:30 PM
    Cool, get me a hover board and I will be set.
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    Villers , January 27, 2011 3:07 PM
    Craftsman and Milwaukee already have jackets like these.. not a new concept. Milwaukee has 8 hours of battery life, quicker charging, and removable battery packs. only $150!

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    f-14 , January 27, 2011 3:20 PM
    sagansrunGoogle this;M12™ Cordless Heated Jacket Kit 2331 Made by Milwaukee tools.

    +1 ty for the tip this will match very nicely with my HD (heavy duty) sabersaw
    all my cordless tools are dewalt :(  guess i will have to check newegg to see if they still have $35 18v battery packs for this.
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