The Best Heated Vests for Hiking, Camping, and Other Cold-weather Adventures

Ororo Lightweight Heated Vest is the winner.

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Two heated vests
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If you'll be spending time outdoors this fall and winter, whether you'll be hiking, camping, hunting, or attending sporting events, heated clothing and accessories are an often overlooked way to stay warm while spending prolonged periods of time outside. Heated vests are a solid option because they're great for layering. We've rounded up some of the best heated vests according to customer reviews, including both fleece and puffer vests, collared and hooded versions, and more.

When you're shopping for a heated vest, you'll want to consider whether you want a wind- and water-resistant puffer material or a cozy, layerable fleece, depending on whether the vest will be an outer or under layer. The placement of heat zones, battery life, and pocket placement are also other features you'll want to think about before purchasing. For example, some vests have flat collars that make it easier to layer, while others have high collars with heating zones inside that will keep you extra warm and protect you from the wind on colder days.

Our top choice, the Ororo Lightweight Heated Vest lasts up to ten hours on a single charge and includes a USB port for your smartphone.

Keep reading for our top heated vest picks to wear this winter.

Best Overall: Ororo Lightweight Heated Vest:

Heated Vest Polar Fleece Lightweight Waistcoat Vest
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Ororo makes a variety of heated apparel, and its vests for men and women are stylish, functional, and well-rated by Amazon reviewers. The women's version features a flattering, slim cut while the men's version is made with a roomy, classic cut. Both are available in three colors and have a 10-hour battery life. Each vest has four heating zones: on both sides of the front in the pocket area, in the upper back, and in the collar. Designed to withstand 50+ machine washing cycles, they couldn't be easier to clean. The vest's exterior is also water- and wind-resistant, making it a durable option for extra cold days. Our favorite feature? A USB port to charge your smartphone so you'll never be caught without connection (unless you want to).

To buy: (men's) amazon.com, $140; (women's) amazon.com, $140

Best Option With Pockets: Tidewe Lightweight Heated Vest

Heated Vest Polar Fleece Lightweight Waistcoat Vest
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This heated vest from Tidewe has four heating zones: in the front core on both sides, on the upper back, and in the collar. Three heating levels allow you to find a comfortable temperature, whether you're hiking, fishing, or spending prolonged periods of time outdoors in cold weather. Each vest has a 10-hour battery life, and recharging is especially easy, since the quick-charging mode only takes two hours (a regular recharge takes three to four hours). The pockets on the vest make it stand out, since in addition to two zippered hip pockets, you'll also find a zippered chest pocket — so you'll have plenty of room for the vest's battery pack and other small essentials.

To buy: (men's) amazon.com, from $70; (women's) amazon.com, from $70

Best Fleece Option: Prosmart Heated Polar Fleece Vest

Black fleece vest
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While many heated vests on the market are made from puffer material, this unisex option is made from cozy polar fleece. The black color features two heated areas (upper and lower back) while the grey has extra heated areas in the front; all of them are powered by an external battery pack and have three heat levels that can be adjusted with a button on the chest's left side. When fully charged, the vest has a 10-hour battery life, depending on what heat setting you use.

To buy: amazon.com, from $100

Best Hooded Option: Foxelli Heated Vest

Heated Vest Polar Fleece Lightweight Waistcoat Vest
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If you're looking for extra features on your vest, a hood is a great option to consider. The Foxelli Heated Vest features a removable heather grey sweatshirt-like hood on the women's version and the men's version has a removable hood made from the same weather-resistant puffer material that's on the rest of the vest. The hood is not only a stylish addition to the otherwise simple vest, but it's also a great way to add extra warmth and protection from the elements. It heats up in just three to five minutes, and the heated elements will last eight hours on a single charge.

To buy: (men's) amazon.com, $70; (women's) amazon.com, $70

Best for Layering: Srivb Heated Vest

Black puffer vest
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This zip-up puffer vest has a flat collar, which makes it great for layering, especially if you're planning to wear a hooded sweatshirt underneath. The unisex vest has five heating zones that spread from the waist, chest, and upper and lower back. It's powered by a rechargeable battery that fits into the side pocket, and has three heat settings so you can easily find a comfortable temperature that will keep you warm all day long, since the battery lasts eight hours on a single charge.

To buy: amazon.com, $80

Best Camouflage: Gobi Heat Colorado Heated Hunting Vest

Heated Vest Polar Fleece Lightweight Waistcoat Vest
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If you're looking for a heated vest to wear while hunting, you'll want to check out this camouflage vest from Gobi Heat. The vest is made from water- and wind-resistant polyester with three heat zones: two in the chest and one large zone in the back. The 10-hour battery life makes the vest ideal for long days outdoors, especially for hunting.

To buy: (men's) gobiheat.com, $199; (women's) gobiheat.com, $199

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