Larson wrote in with a good question about whether we knew anything about an upcoming Ridgid heated jacket. After asking around, we learned that Ridgid really is coming out with a heated jacket!
The new Ridgid heated jackets will be powered by their 18V Li-ion batteries, with runtimes of up to 18 hours with a 4.0Ah Hyper Li-ion battery pack (sold separately).
- Black and camo style options
- 3 core heating zones
- Heated pockets
- 3 heat settings per zone (i.e. separate core and pocket settings)
- Water and resistant fabric shell
- Multi-layered fabric for greater warmth
- Expandable battery pouch (to fit compact or high capacity 18V batteries)
- Removable belt clip for battery power source
- Power source has a USB output with 2.1A max current
MSRPs and Availability
Black jacket (bare): $149, HomeDepot.com and select MidWest Home Depot stores*, models R8702B, R8703B, R8703B.
Camo jacket (bare): $169, select MidWest Home Depot stores*, models R8712B, R8713B, R8714B.
*Select stores in MN, WI and AK.
Black jacket (kit): $199, HomeDepot.com, models R8702K, R8703K, R8704K.
Each bare jacket comes with the heated jacket with power cord, an 18V power source, and operator’s manual. The kit comes with a compact 18V Li-ion battery and charger.
I presume that the 3 model numbers for each jacket corresponds to medium, large, and extra large sizes.
ETA: January 2014
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There are a few things I am happy to see Ridgid designed into their new heated jackets: separate core and pocket heating zones, multiple heating settings (which is pretty much expected on any new heated jacket), and a belt-mountable 18V power source with high output USB charger.
At first look, the styling is unobjectionable, and the pricing seems reasonable.
Right now there are only three sizes available, presumably medium, large, and extra-large, and I hope that Ridgid makes additional sizes available later on.
I also find it curious that the jackets will only be available in-store at select MidWestern locations, and hope that next year we see wider in-store availability. This might reflect low initial inventory or could be a strategy to gauge whether it will be worth putting these jackets on display at all Home Depot locations next year.
Overall I am optimistic about the new jackets, but am a little worried that their release might come a little too late in the season.
The new jackets look similar to Milwaukee’s, and seem to be similarly featured, which is a very good thing.