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Whose got one? Anyone buy an "amazon version?" If so what are the reviews? Does yours require a proprietary battery and charger? Do you go USB battery bank as charger? Does it last all day? Thanks for any input.
I have a Gerbing and like it. 3 batteries last all day on High. It's heavy and bulky. An insulation layer without the heating elements.
I've heard great things about pnuma, and will try one some of these days
I have the Pnuma. I really like it. Last year on days with highs of 5-10, I was able to sit all day in a stand. You need two batteries to make it on medium all day. Last weekend it was 25 when I got in the stand and it was so nice to have it on my back!!! I love it.
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I have a Pnuma and like it but their customers service sucks.
My Amazon version has been good now on season 2. Attached the link - great battery life. It's sized smaller than US sizes but you also want it just over base layer and to be very tight / form fighting to maximize the heaters. Game changer for me - can really stay comfortable without adding extra bulky layers and pretty much get down to zero with Cabelas Wooltimate outer layer and Cabalas ECWCS base layers.
I have heard good things about Pnuma and Gerbing however. The "Warming Store" is another good source outside of Amazon.
I have the Gerbing. Two or 3 batteries will last all day. Have had it for about 4/5 years. Pa. sure is not Canada cold, but under 20 degrees it can’t be beat. (little heavy though) which means I don’t have to wear a heavy coat or jacket.
I have both the Puma and the Gerbing with 2 batteries for each and like them both but seem to be using the Puma more so have listed my Gerbing on Craigslist as I do not need both of them.
I have an Arris from Amazon. Very happy with it. I know of 4 others that have purchased this vest. I have not needed the heat for long periods of time but the battery life has been great. One of my batteries has a USB port that works great for phone charging.
Interested in this as well. I was doing some looking on Amazon earlier today. There are a few that are pretty cheap with decent reviews. DIY sportsman on YouTube has used pnuma with good reviews, but I’d like a cheaper option if there’s something reliable. I’ll add a photo of one I found
Used my Pnuma last year and really liked it so got 2 more batteries for this year. It gets cold in N. wis. in Nov!
My son bought me a Gerbing for Christmas last year, it is a game changer! Love it but cant run it on high, to hot for me.
Sounds like one piece of technology I might be able to make peace with; when you go #130-#135 dripping wet, you get cold fast....
Pnuma works for me don’t even know I have it on Good luck Lewis
Puma is horrible. When it works it works good. Problem is it only works once and then won't charge up again.
On my second vest/battery charger and both did the same thing. Bee. Trying to reach Puma for a month now and no luck.
I would look elsewhere.
Ordered an Ororo off amazon. Looks like it had lots of good reviews. People actually finding they are getting the advertised 10 hours of batt life and 3 year warranty on elements so we'll see. Temps are already below zero and have been for a week.
Broke out the Pnuma vest last night, it was 29° F when I got in the stand, with a stiff NW wind. I usually leave it on high when I'm sitting 3-4 hours, and one battery is done by the time I get down. I have 3 batteries, and if I am sitting all day, need em all.
The heat is pretty much instant when you hit the power button, there's almost no lag time, which is nice. It's definitely been a good investment. I'll look harder at their heated long underwear, probably not right away though. My legs aren't as bad as my torso when it comes to cold.
I have had the gerbing for 5 years now and have 2 batteries which gets me about 4 hrs on high. As Jack said you want it to be snug over your base layer so you can feel the heat best.
I bought one last year at Scheels. I got one because I hate having to wear many layers of clothes for that last hour, or 1/2 hour of a sit. I wear it over my base layer micro wool. That last hour / 1/2 hour I turn it on and it really helps.
2 Years ago I bough an Ororo brand vest. Love it.
I bought an extra battery for it. If you leave it on HIGH, it'll last 4-5 hours. There are 3 setting, and I normally keep it on MEDIUM. Good for 5-6 hours. Rarely use LOW.
The vest is quilted, and it really keeps the heat in, as well as your own body heat if using without batteries.
Can you wash heated vest ???
I believe it's washable (Pnuma) I can't see how that's good for it though. It is recommended you wear it next to your skin.... I don't. I wear a very light weight polyester or silk base layer, then the vest. I hang it outside and let it air out, overnight, between hunts.
I just looked..... hand wash only, hang dry only. Warranty is void if it is machine washed or dried. That's from Pnuma's website. I can't speak to other brands.
I watched a YouTube video on the Ororo vests, and they said that the vest is machine washable.
I will add even more versatility for the heated vest concept. The other night I got into a stand it was 65 degrees so I was wearing my lightest early season coveralls and very light base layer. I also put on the heated vest as "insurance" for when the temp dropped. Before I knew it the wind was blasting and it was now about 58-59. I was getting pretty chilled. I put a light beanie under my hat-face cover to warm my head and put the vest on medium - within minutes I was toasty warm for the remaining 90 minutes of the hunt. It's not just for really cold weather, it can be used for warm weather too when you want to dress as light as possible but know the temp will drop during the hunt.
Anyone try using a substitute 25000 Mah power bank with these vest to get longer use out of them?
Jack Harris, my thinking exactly. Sure it helps when it's really cold. But early / mid season, you can dress really light with the heated vest.
I've yet to wash my vest. It doesn't smell, as it's never next to my body. But I will be hand washing it...don't want to risk ruining it.