Gokozy, a company known for its innovative products, kindly provided me with a heated vest for review. Heated apparel is truly amazing when it comes to keeping you cozy and comfortable! Specifically, I had the opportunity to try out their women’s heated vest, which is perfect for those slightly cooler days. It’s particularly useful during spring mornings and autumn evenings when the temperature can change drastically within a few hours.
Aside from vests, Gokozy also offers a range of other heated products, including jackets, scarves, and gloves.
Now, let’s dive into the specifics of the design before I share my overall experience of wearing this heated vest.
Materials and Fit
The heated vest is incredibly comfortable, although some individuals may find that it fits a bit snugly around the hips. I received a medium size, which is typically my go-to, but if you, like me, have curvier hips and you prefer a looser fit, it might be a good idea to opt for a larger size.
The outer shell of the vest is made of nylon, providing durability and a sleek appearance. During my initial attempt to zip it up, I noticed a slight catching sensation, but after sliding the zipper up and down a few times, it worked perfectly fine.
The lining is crafted from lightweight polyester, ensuring a breathable feel. Inside, the vest is lined with a mylar thermal material that is not only soft but also highly flexible. This material effectively conducts heat to keep you warm and toasty.
When it comes to washing the vest, it is recommended to place it in a laundry bag and hand wash it using cold water. Naturally, remember to remove the battery before washing. Afterward, simply line dry it, and you’ll be ready to go.
The heated vest features four heating zones strategically placed throughout. These zones include the left and right front areas, the collar, and the middle of the back. To customize your comfort, there’s a dual control system located on the upper left chest, allowing you to independently adjust the heating level for the front and back. You have the option to select from three temperature settings: high, medium, and low.
Located on the upper left chest of the vest, you’ll find two circular buttons that control the heat level. One button is dedicated to adjusting the front heating, while the other manages the heat for the back and neck. To turn the heating on or off, you can press and hold the button for about a second. A quick push of the button allows you to cycle through the three heating levels. Operating these buttons is straightforward and user-friendly.
To help you easily identify the heat setting, the color of the button corresponds to a specific temperature:
- Blue represents the low heat setting.
- Green indicates the medium heat setting.
- Red signifies the high heat setting.
As soon as you activate the heating function, you’ll feel the warmth immediately. The low heat setting is great for taking off a slight chill, while the medium setting effectively warms you up when the weather is brisk. When you’re already feeling cold and in need of quick warmth, the high setting does the job. The beauty of this heated vest is that you can effortlessly adjust the temperature up or down with a simple push of a button, according to your personal comfort needs.
To operate the heated vest, you can easily place the battery inside a zippered front pocket designed specifically for it. The pocket contains a small cord where you can plug in the DC output of the battery. When wearing the vest, the battery goes unnoticed as it is lightweight and doesn’t add any significant weight. It’s comparable to carrying your cell phone in your pocket.
Charging the battery is a breeze, as it utilizes a USB-C port. From empty to full, it typically takes approximately 6 hours to complete the charging process. Personally, I find it convenient to charge the battery overnight. USB charging is a great option, particularly during camping trips when you might have access to a USB power source but not a traditional wall outlet.
Here’s an estimated breakdown of the battery life for each heating level:
- High heat: approximately 3 hours
- Medium heat: around 5 hours
- Low heat: approximately 9 hours
To keep track of the battery level, there are four small dots that indicate the remaining charge.
One additional feature of the battery is its USB output, which allows you to use it as a power source to charge other devices. This can come in handy when you need to charge your phone or other USB-compatible devices on the go.
Overall Impression of the Gokozy Heated Vest
In my honest review of this heated vest, I must say that it is a great addition to my outdoor gear. I particularly appreciate it when I’m out during the morning or evening and don’t require a full coat. It is like a warm hug! Plus, it is compact enough that if the weather becomes warmer, I can easily roll it up and stow it in my day pack.
I highly endorse the Gokozy heated vest and believe it is a worthwhile investment. However, it’s worth noting again that if you prefer a looser fit, it may be wise to order one size up.
If you have any questions about the heated vest, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I’ll make sure to provide you with an honest answer based on my experience.