Torch Offers The World's First Universal Coat Heater
Sure, spring is upon us, but not everyone in the U.S. is out of the woods when it comes to inclement weather and last-minute blizzards. Up in the Dakotas and parts of the Pacific Northwest they can get some of their worst snowfalls in March and April. Nonresidents of places like Maine and Minnesota can visit these Northern states in July and August and feel the cold. It may be normal for the locals, but out-of-towners might be freezing their heinies off. With that in mind, it’s not too late or too early to look into a product like Torch, a heating device that’s being touted as the world’s first universal coat heater.
By universal, the maker of Torch means you can use the product with almost any jacket you choose, because you don’t need a specific or dedicated coat designed to work with it. Torch is a battery-operated heater specifically developed to fit inside your coat and can easily be moved from one coat to another. The battery is fully rechargeable and comes with four heat settings, and one charge can give you up to 5 hours of toasty warm usage. If you’ve got it cranked on High, you’ll only get 2-3 hours of heat before needing to recharge, but that’s still a significant amount of time to stay outdoors.
The applications for this device are varied. You could use the Torch when hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, skating, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, motorcycling, farm work, construction and so on. The heater consists of two pads for the chest area and one for the back. There are other parkas and cold-weather coats on the market with built-in battery-powered heating elements already, but they don’t offer the ability to transfer the inner workings to other jackets. The versatility of Torch is what makes it so cool.
There are also other advantages to the product beyond the ability to transfer the unit from one coat to another. First off, the heating elements are not buried deep within the lining of a coat, so they’re nearer to your body to keep you warmer. Secondly, the price of Torch is a fraction of the cost of coats with built-in units. The Torch Indiegogo campaign page offers a convenient breakdown of their product versus competitor's dedicated jackets on price, batteries and hours of usage. While Torch meets or exceeds other manufacturers on all specifications, there’s no comparison when it comes to price, with the Torch winning hands down.
Another nice thing about this gizmo is it’s super easy to install and remove through positionable Velcro pads, if and when you want to. It’s also fairly lightweight, so it’s not going to weigh you down or make your jacket droop or sag, plus it’s no problem to pack and bring along for those just-in-case applications. This is a huge benefit for hikers and bikers that have to pack light out of necessity. Backpacks and saddlebags fill up quick and you don’t need them to be heavy or have all your space ate up with something bulky. Finally, if you get the device wet it’s not an issue, because the soft, flexible materials are machine washable.