It’s minus 26 with the wind chill factor, the TTC is slow and packed, and you are late for work. You have to walk, at least a few blocks. The ewool Pro heated vest, for men and women, is the answer to combat all that.
My wife was wearing one this past weekend, a great mid-layer under a winter coat, on that cold Saturday morning before the snow came in, wind blustering. She reported back that the vest heated her entire core walking the mile or so to get beyond the slow streetcar and road construction headaches eastward along King St. W.
The small power pack that rests in a pouch on the back of the vest, resting against her back, felt a little odd at first, but that had to do in part with the fact she was wearing a backpack. She adjusted fast to that. She went with the XS size, and that’s what you want – it needs to fit against your body, form-fitting, not too tight, but comfortable. The operation of the heating system is push button, really simple (three levels of heat, at the push of a button). Plug in the vest at night to re-charge it. Built to last, machine washable, Canadian-made. The vest delivers eight hours of battery power – four hours per 12V lithium battery.
She soon became oblivious to how cold it was outside, except for the bundled, shivering people who walked past her on the street. The vest even heats up around the neck area – no need for a scarf. My wife had her hair tucked in to her outer jacket, under the vest, and said when she got to work, her hair was warm to the touch, like she had just blow dried it. A nice bonus – if you are a real walker, like she is, the ewool vest even helped more with her posture – it made her stand up straighter.
Overall, the vest delivers constant warmth, no burning sensation at all. This week is going to warm up a little in these parts, but the longer range forecast for the later this week, into the weekend, calls for another deep dive into frigidity, so she has the ewool vest powered up and ready to go.
The ewool Pro heated vest sells for $499.
We spoke with ewool president Alain Desmeules:
RL: Tell us a little about the history of the company. How many years have you been in existence, how many employees, where are you based?