Heated kit is a winter essential for me and I’ve covered about 6,000 miles wearing the SHS Venture heated vest. Here’s how I’ve been getting on with it…
If you can keep your core warm, you stay warm, it’s that simple. This heated vest does just that. There’s a small rechargeable battery back that sits inside the jacket that keeps the vest warm for up to eight hours. There is a robust, easy-to-use switch on the outside, which changes colour depending on which one of the three heat settings you’ve selected. Unlike some heated vests, it’s simple and easy to use, even in winter gloves. As the switch changes in colour it’s easy to make a visual check if the jacket is on or off. The vest uses a light rechargeable battery and you’re not connected to the bike, therefore you’re free to move around without an attaching cable. I used this daily all last winter, and didn’t show any sign of wear even after extensive use.
The heated vest is designed for outdoor use, from walking the dog to snowboarding. This makes it versatile but you can’t connect it to your bike’s battery – you always have to use the rechargeable battery which sits in the inside pocket.