Ox­ford Hot Vest £149

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Tested by Jor­dan Gib­bons Time tested 2925 miles

What’s good? This the first win­ter I’ve tried a heated vest and it’s pretty much changed my life. In­stal­la­tion is sim­ple, but there is a bat­tery op­er­ated one if you pre­fer. It pumps out plenty of heat even on the mod­er­ate set­tings and kept me per­fectly warm in a mo­tor­way snow storm on the high­est set­ting. The real ge­nius is the heated col­lar, which am­pli­fies the feel­ing of warmth. On one ride I gave it to my pil­lion, who is slim­mer than me, and it didn’t work es­pe­cially well as the body con­tact was un­even, so en­sur­ing you get the right size seems key for proper per­for­mance.

What’s not? The con­troller sits be­tween your legs when you ride, mean­ing you can’t see it, so you have to rely on feel to change the set­tings but with thick win­ter gloves it’s guess­work at best. The cord is very lightly

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