Humans have always been drawn to the idea of wearable technology (just check out this abacus ring designed by hip 17th-century math nerds), and recent years have seen the industry expand rapidly in all sorts of directions—smartwatches and SOS-broadcasting jewelry, AR headsets, fitness and health trackers, even in-ear devices that can translate speech from one language to another on the fly.
But the hottest trend in the wearable tech sphere? Electrically-heated clothing. (Apologies for that truly horrendous pun, we don’t know what came over us.)
Nowadays, there are all sorts of heated garments on the market—gloves, slippers, socks, vests, and headbands, to name a few—but the real showdown exists between the heated base layer and the heated jacket. Both claim to keep your core nice and warm using battery-generated heat, so which is the better investment?
Call us biased, but we believe a good heated base layer comes out on top every time. Here’s why:
They’re more efficient.
Heated base layers apply warmth directly to your skin rather than to the air around it as heated jackets do. This means they don’t have to work as hard to maintain your body temperature, conserving power and boosting battery life.
Less is more when it comes to layers.
No one wants to waste time wrapping themselves in layer after layer every time they need to go outside in the winter—a heated base layer allows you to choose how much extra clothing you want to wear by putting the heat source right against your skin.
Taking the dog for a quick jog around the block? Throw a puffy vest over your base layer and call it a day. Venturing out into a blizzard? Top your base layer with a sweater and parka to combat the cold. Heated base layers are designed for maximum warmth and minimum bulk, meaning you’ll never feel restricted or weighed down.
Heated jackets, by contrast, are heavier and puffier. Every layer you add underneath not only hinders movement but acts as another barrier between your skin and the source of warmth.
They eliminate sweat.
Unlike heated jackets, heated base layers are made to deal with the twin problems of cold and sweat. Moisture-wicking fabrics carry sweat away from the skin, leaving you dry and toasty all day long.
They give you greater control over your body temperature.
At least, ours does! SKIINCore’s cutting-edge tech is able to sense your core temperature (thanks to its close proximity with your skin) and auto-adjust its heat output based on external temperatures, your own app-controlled preferences, and what it’s learned from your behavior over time.
Not only does our smart base layer keep you warm; it keeps you comfortable. No overheating, no sweat stains, and no constant fiddling with an on/off switch—think of it as a second (warmer) skin.
They’re easier to pack.
In terms of packability (is that a word?), the heated base layer’s got a leg up on the competition. Heated jackets—even the windbreaker-style ones made more for fall than winter—can take up a lot of room in a backpack or carry-on bag thanks to their thicker material and size. A base layer can be folded or rolled into a much smaller bundle, making it the obvious choice for anyone who likes to pack light. (Bonus: it won’t wrinkle!)
They’re comfortable and easy to clean.
Base layers are worn against your bare skin, so it makes sense that they’re designed to be supremely comfortable. And SKIINCore even goes so far as to knit the conductive fibres right into the fabric itself, meaning there will be no wires or pokey mechanical parts jabbing at you when you’re wearing them.
Most modern heated base layers are also machine-washable because ain’t nobody got time for handwashing.
They don’t cramp your style.
Thin, form-fitting, and discreet, a heated base layer can be worn under virtually any outfit—meaning you never have to choose between staying warm and lookin’ fly. You don’t get the same flexibility with a heated jacket since it’s ultimately your outer layer. It’s just nice to have options, ya know?