Most guys love hoodies. In fact, most guys love hoodies so much that they'd venture out into the harshest blizzards while wearing nothing but their favorite sweatshirts, if there weren't a good chance they'd eventually freeze from exposure. Which sucks, because freezing is never fun.
But now you can give hypothermia the decidedly warm shoulder, thanks to the new Evolve Heated Hoodie, a stylish zip-up sweatshirt with three flexible electric heating panels that'll keep you warm and toasty in even the nastiest weather.
The Heater Hoodie's base level of heating will keep the wearer a toasty 95 degrees, with an impressive battery life of 12 hours. And if the weather takes a turn for the worse at your football tailgater or mountaineering expedition, no worries—you can crank this baby up to its midrange setting of 110 degrees (battery life of 7.5 hours) or max it out at 125 degrees for 3.5 hours of portable sauna action. It's all controlled by a little button on the left chest.
The source of all that coziness: A removable USB "power bank," which is basically a fancy battery pack with the added ability to charge your arsenal of gadgets when you're not using it to power those heating panels. Plus, it's machine-washable (as long as you remember to take the charger out first, obviously).
Venture Heat, the maker of the Evolve Hoodie, certainly has a hot hand when it comes to portable heated gear: The California-based retailer makes everything from heated motorcycle jackets to heated recovery gear (take note, injured gym junkies). Venture Heat has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $30,000 for the initial production launch. If they succeed, they're promising the sweatshirts will be available on December 1—just in time for your Uncle Larry's annual Hypothermia-Fest tailgater in Green Bay. Man, is he gonna be jealous of you, Mr. I-Only-Wear-Sweatshirts-No-Matter-How-Cold-It-Gets.
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"We designed the hoodie for all types of activity in mind," says Venture Heat owner Eddie Chen. "It's warm enough for all-day skiing, or walking your dog on a brisk morning. Our goal is to keep as many people as possible warm."
The Heated Hoodie's "power bank" is essentially a battery pack, with the added perk that it's compatible with any standard 2.1-amp USB charger. That means you can also use the pack to charge your phone while you're not using the sweatshirt's heater. (If you have a USB power pack with multiple outlets, you can charge both at the same time).
The Heater Hoodie will eventually go for $119.95 each without the USB Power Bank, and $179.95 each for the hoodie/power bank combo. Early birds can snag one for $89, though, so check out the Indiegogo page if you're interested.
At launch, the Heated Hoodie will be available in black and gray. "If we get a lot of interest for new colors, we will strongly consider creating new colors," Chen says.