Milwaukee Tool has updated their line of M12 heated gear with three new-to-market products – a TOUGHSHELL vest, AXIS hooded heated jacket, and women’s heated hoodie – and have also made significant updates to existing styles.
Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear Updates
Let’s start by talking about the changes made to existing styles.
Most notably, Milwaukee has relocated the battery pocket from the garment’s rear, to a new, pass-through side pocket. This allows wearers to access or change the battery from either the front or back.
Milwaukee describes this as a “total portfolio battery upgrade.”
The latest heated workwear products also feature improved heating elements, which Milwaukee says will heat up to three times faster than with previous versions.
Lastly, re-engineered materials provide even greater durability and longevity, along with slight design changes aimed at improving comfort and mobility.
The new gear is now available at Milwaukee tool dealers.
Here’s a quick rundown of the other new additions to Milwaukee’s 2022 line of heated gear:
Milwaukee M12 Heated AXIS Hooded Jackets & Vests
The AXIS line of jackets and vests received a significant redesign, with larger and easier-to-access front pockets that feature a button instead of a zipper closure, a hood, and the aforementioned pass-through battery pocket.
Like its TOUGHSHELL cousin, the AXIS jacket features the same updated heating technology and re-engineered materials to increase durability.
Men’s Sizes: S – XXXL
Men’s Jacket Color Options: Black (205B), Gray (205G)
Men’s Jacket Pricing: $219 kit (add $10 for 3XL)
Men’s Vest Color Options: Black (305B), Blue (305BL)
Men’s Vest Pricing: $149 vest only (add $10 for 3XL)
Women’s Sizes: S – XXL
Women’s Jacket Color Options: Black (234B), Gray (234G)
Women’s Jacket Pricing: $199 kit
Women’s Vest Color Options: Black (334B)
Women’s Vest Pricing: $149 vest only
Milwaukee M12 Heated TOUGHSHELL Jackets & Vests
Long the anchor of Milwaukee’s heated gear line, the TOUGHSHELL jackets received updated heating elements, materials that Milwaukee claims to offer five times longer life and three times more stretch than previous generations, as well as the pass-through battery pocket.
New this year is a TOUGHSHELL vest, offering the same comfort, protection, and durability as the jackets but without the sleeves.
Sizes: S – XXXL
Jacket Color Options: Black (204B), Blue (204BL), Gray (204G), Red (204R)
Jacket Pricing: $169 jacket only; $199 kit (add $10 for 3XL)
Vest Color Option: Gray (304G)
Vest Pricing: $149 vest only (add $10 for 3XL)
Milwaukee M12 Heated Hooded Sweatshirts
Ladies, rejoice: Milwaukee heard your complaints and requests over the years and has finally added a women’s version of its popular heated sweatshirt while the men’s version gets an updated closer-to-the-body fit for more efficient heating and better mobility.
Like the TOUGHSHELL and AXIS offerings, the heated hoodies also get the new battery pocket.
Men’s Sizes: S – XXXL
Men’s Heated Hoodie Colors Options: Black (306B), Gray (306G), Green (306GN), Red (306R), High-Visibility Yellow (306HV)
Men’s Heated Hoodie Pricing: $129 hoodie only; $159 kit (Add $10 for 3XL)
Note: Men’s kits only available in black or gray.
Women’s Sizes: S – XXL
Women’s Heated Hoodie Color Options: Black (336B), Blue (336BL), Gray (336G)
Women’s Heated Hoodie Pricing: $159 kit
Whether you’re watching a high school football or soccer game from the sidelines, taking the dog out for a walk, or just getting around town, nothing has made the long Wisconsin winters more bearable for me than Milwaukee’s heated gear.
My collection currently consists of a TOUGHSHELL jacket, AXIS jacket and vest, an older red hooded sweatshirt, and the original heated ripstop vest. While I honestly love all of those garments, accessing the battery has been a pain, both figuratively and literally.
So, it goes without saying that the updated battery pouch is more than enough to make me consider investing the money to update or maybe replace my current collection.
I’m also a big fan of the redesigned AXIS jacket, from both a design and color standpoint, as well as the addition of a hood. The TOUGHSHELL vest is likely to replace my AXIS vest, which I currently reach for every time I walk out the door for work.
Lastly, I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve heard from significant others or female friends that they love the heated sweatshirts but wish they were offered in a women’s cut. It seems like a long-overdue but nonetheless great addition that should do terrific from a sales perspective.
Where to Buy the Latest Milwaukee Heated Gear
Milwaukee dealers should now have the new M12 heated jackets, vests, and hoodies in stock.