New Craftsman heated jackets have just launched at Lowe’s, and they’re powered by Craftsman’s V20 cordless power tool battery.
The product descriptions describe these as hybrid jackets that feature a rip-stop quilted polyester shell and knit sleeves, hood, and pockets.
The body of the jacket is lined with fleece for warmth, and the sleeves are lined with nylon taffeta to make the jacket easier to put on and take off.
Additional features include D-rings in outer pockets and at the shoulder for holding keys, headphones, or other accessories, toggles at the waist and hood to help block out the wind and cold, and fitted ribbed cuffs.
There are 2 lower zippered pockets, 1 upper zippered chest pocket, 1 upper interior pocket, and 2 lower interior pockets, as well as a rear battery pocket.
There are 3 heat zones, 3 temperature settings, and a pre-heat function.
The model number, CMXCGRAJ10GD1, suggests that the kit comes with a single 2.0Ah battery. Craftsman does not disclose runtime estimates in their Lowe’s listings.
Sizes: S to 3XL
There is a separate women’s jacket, model CMXCGRAJ11GD1.
It looks like Craftsman designed the women’s jacket with slightly different heating zones.
The Craftsman hybrid women’s heated jacket does not appear to have a hood.
Sizes: XS to 2XL
The kits – men’s and women’s – come with a battery (likely 2.0Ah), charger, and power adapter for the jacket.
The $250+ pricing surprises me a little, but it looks like Craftsman put a lot work into making distinct heated jackets that are powered by their V20 cordless platform.
I haven’t made up my opinion on the D-ring that’s located close to the right shoulder. That seems like a good place to clip something for hands-free carrying, but I can’t say I recall ever wishing I could do this with a jacket.
I am also curious as to why the women’s jacket does not appear to have the same hood as the men’s jacket. Perhaps Craftsman polled potential users, and these are the majority preferences? I suppose there’s always room for additional jacket styles in the future.
These are Craftsman’s first-ever heated jackets since Stanley Black & Decker acquired the brand. Sears also came out with Craftsman heated jackets a couple of years ago.