Product Review: Exo2 heated jacket

Exo2 heated jacket, £259.99

Time tested: 3400 miles/three months

What’s good? The arrival of the Exo2 heated jacket has been a genuine game changer for me this winter. Despite having ridden through December, January and February for the last 20 years, up until now I was a heated clothing virgin. I‘d piled on the layers and dealt with being cold to the core on my 70 miles of motorway commute in sub-zero temperatures. But my days of arriving in the MCN office a shivering mess are now well and truly over. Unlike a lot of heated clothing the Exo2 is not just a heated body warmer. It’s a full heated jacket that warms everything from your back to the full length of your arms and even your neck. It uses FabRoc® polymeric technology, which produces infrared heat when a low voltage is passed through it and that means there are no obtrusive wires to cause discomfort once it’s under your outer jacket. The jacket is also made from material that wicks away sweat to ensure you stay dry and warm. It comes at a high price, but if you’re a regular winter rider it’s hard to put a price on staying warm and ultimately safer on the road.

What’s not? While the heating simply cannot be faulted, the actual shape of the jacket isn’t perfect. It’s too long and unless you ensure it is tucked under the level of a standard motorcycle jacket, it sticks out the bottom, which is a problem if it rains as it gets wet. The other area I don’t like is the neck, which is too high and that makes it difficult to know what to do with it. Do it up to the top and it’s over your chin and it sticks out the top of your outer jacket, undo it and fold down the collars and it’s uncomfortable.

Contact: www.exo2.co.uk 

Quality rating: 4/5

Value rating: 4/5

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Exo2 heated jacket, £259.99

Time tested: 3400 miles/three months

What’s good? The arrival of the Exo2 heated jacket has been a genuine game changer for me this winter. Despite having ridden through December, January and February for the last 20 years, up until now I was a heated clothing virgin. I‘d piled on the layers and dealt with being cold to the core on my 70 miles of motorway commute in sub-zero temperatures. But my days of arriving in the MCN office a shivering mess are now well and truly over. Unlike a lot of heated clothing the Exo2 is not just a heated body warmer. It’s a full heated jacket that warms everything from your back to the full length of your arms and even your neck. It uses FabRoc® polymeric technology, which produces infrared heat when a low voltage is passed through it and that means there are no obtrusive wires to cause discomfort once it’s under your outer jacket. The jacket is also made from material that wicks away sweat to ensure you stay dry and warm. It comes at a high price, but if you’re a regular winter rider it’s hard to put a price on staying warm and ultimately safer on the road.

What’s not? While the heating simply cannot be faulted, the actual shape of the jacket isn’t perfect. It’s too long and unless you ensure it is tucked under the level of a standard motorcycle jacket, it sticks out the bottom, which is a problem if it rains as it gets wet. The other area I don’t like is the neck, which is too high and that makes it difficult to know what to do with it. Do it up to the top and it’s over your chin and it sticks out the top of your outer jacket, undo it and fold down the collars and it’s uncomfortable.