I recently came across an article over at www.oneprojectcloser.com about the upcoming tools at Milwaukee, one of which included the M12 Heater Camo Jacket. Ethan over at www.oneprojectcloser.com traveled to the Milwaukee’s headquarters and was able to see the new and upcoming tools and shared a little about what he saw. There were lots of cool tools and one of the new items was the M12 Heated Camo Jacket. You can check Ethan’s whole article at: http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/new-milwaukee-tools-201/
After reading their post, I was interested in finding out more about the M12 heated jacket. I have not found a Milwaukee tool that I do not like, so I am hoping this jacket is no exception. I am always cold on those super cold days in January, so I always said a heated jacket could help. Now if only they would come out with heated gloves next I would be in good shape. I think if this jacket performs as they say, this could be great addition to any hunter that hunts in cold climates. The jacket says a single charge of the M12 Lithium battery will give you 6 hours of heat. That does mean that for a lot of us, we would need 2 batteries, but what cordless tool do you have that you do not need 2 batteries for? I think depending on the jackets price point, and how well it performs, that it could be well worth it. I will also note with a fall release date this could be the perfect gift come Christmas time for the hunter in your family.
I was unable to find out a lot about the jacket online since it has not been released yet, so I was able to contact Milwaukee themselves and get the picture above as well, as the press release about the new M12 Heated Realtree AP Camo Jacket. I have included the whole press release below for everyone to read. I really hope this new product is as great as it sounds and is priced decently. Hopefully this jacket makes it into your hunting arsenal if you get cold like I do!
I just got an email back from a Milwaukee PR dept. The jacket is set to release in mid-September just in time for hunting season. The price point will be $149.99 without a battery and $199.99 with a battery and charger. So the price falls right in line with most high end hunting clothing. We cannot wait to see one of these jackets and hopefully we will be able to use one this upcoming winter.
Milwaukee® M12™ Heated Jacket Available in Realtree AP™ Camouflage this Fall
MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation continues to expand the industry’s largest sub-compact battery system with the introduction of the new M12™ Realtree AP™ Heated Jacket. The new addition to the M12™ family follows the Fall 2010 launch of the very popular red M12™ Heated Jacket to satisfy mounting user requests to expand the jacket line to include gear for activities off the jobsite like hunting and fishing. This fall Milwaukee will offer the M12™ Heated Jacket in the most popular and versatile camouflage pattern, Realtree AP™. Coupled with Milwaukee innovation and powered by RED LITHIUM™ battery technology, the new jacket provides unmatched performance for the outdoorsmen.
“Compatible with the entire line of M12™ professional power tools, users can easily utilize the same battery they have been using all day on the jobsite for a weekend of hunting or fishing with their M12™ Realtree AP™ Heated Jacket,” says Mark Senske, Sr. Product Manager, M12™ Cordless Tools for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. “Features such as a special fabric blend to reduce noise during movement, a concealed heat controller and a back tag patch to visibly display hunting licenses, demonstrate Milwaukee’s commitment to provide innovative products whether users are on or off the jobsite.”
Designed with best-in-class durability, the jacket will actively warm the body and stimulate blood circulation in even the coldest conditions. Hidden in a sleek back pocket, which can now expand to hold an XC battery, the M12™ RED LITHIUM™ battery delivers superior runtime, with up to six hours of continuous heat on a single battery charge.
Providing unparalleled warmth and comfort, the new heated jacket utilizes three carbon fiber heating zones, positioned in key areas, to warm the user’s core. This durable heating element can be set to high, medium, or low with a simple touch of a button. While the red M12™ Heated Jacket’s easy-touch heat controller is located on the lapel, the controller for the M12™ Realtree AP™ Heated Jacket is concealed just inside the lapel so that the blinking light of the controller is not visible while the user is trying to blend in to their surroundings. The heated jacket is also water and wind resistant to provide comfort and durability in harsh environments.
With constant innovation in Lithium-Ion, MILWAUKEE® continues to expand its leadership position in the sub-compact category. With over 30 tools currently in the system, the M12™ platform is the largest sub-compact system in the industry, offering innovative solutions in power, productivity, and portability.
About Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY) is an industry leading manufacturer and marketer of professional, heavy duty power tools and accessories. Products include the legendary SAWZALL® reciprocating saws, M12™, M18™ & M28™ LITHIUM-ION cordless tools, HOLE-HAWG® drills, portable band saws, circular saws, driver drills, hammer drills, rotary hammers, grinders, sanders and a line of Test & Measurement tools. Accessories include SAWZALL® blades, SWITCHBLADE® self-feed bits, BIG HAWG® hole cutters, THUNDERBOLT® drill bits and SHOCKWAVE Impact Duty™. For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® power tools and accessories, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit www.milwaukeetool.com.
Do you get cold in January like me? What do you think about this new heated jacket? Would it be something you would buy?