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Milwaukee M12 Toughshell

Nothing drags like a frigid, eight-hour work day; but thankfully, Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, Bosch, Ridgid, and Ravean all offer solid heated jacket options to get through that grind. Jackets from power-tool manufacturers are especially appealing since they share batteries with their corresponding tools.

In that category–Milwaukee leads the pack. They offer more heated products than most and their batteries are twice as discreet as DeWalt–much more wearable.

The Milwaukee M12 Toughshell is the latest improvement on their original softshell design:

  • Complete wind and water resistance–literally zero penetration during testing.
  • Heat pads at upper-back, chest, and lower pockets offer above-average coverage.
  • Stretch-polyester shell feels tougher (advertised as 5x more durable than original) without compromising mobility or comfort.

Battery location and size set Milwaukee workwear apart:

  • “Pass-thru” battery pocket allows you to plug in at the front or back as needed.
  • Per industry standard, the battery locks into an adapter that has a DC port for the jacket plug.
  • It has an extra USB-A port for device charging.
  • It can be charged in the adapter via Micro-USB, or on a standard Milwaukee tools charger–usually included with the purchase.

The battery is about the size of an 8oz. juice can. Clunky compared to less industrial brands, but sleek against DeWalt’s obnoxious system–which is like having half of a brick in your pocket.

Available in blue, red, grey, black, and camouflage, its range of colors is almost as wide as its range of prices–which vary erratically from $200-350.

Your purchase should always include a battery and charger. Double check that you’re getting the full package when shopping third-party sites. Lastly, shop around. With so many other  options available, this jacket is more expensive than comparable jackets.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

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    Heat pads at front pockets add increased hand and core heat.
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    Heat control on chest switches body and pocket heat separately
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    Versatile, “pass-thru” front and back battery pockets
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    Sleek fit makes mobility easier in tight work spaces
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    Stretch polyester, underarm gussets, and lower shoulder seam add mobility
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    Durability equivalent to duck canvas
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    Great wind and water protection.
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    Very large interior stuff pocket
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    Micro-USB and standard Milwaukee charging
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    USB Port on adapter to charge devices

Things we don't like:

  • check-markLoud outer shell
  • check-markHard to get
  • check-markPrice fluctuations
  • check-markBattery and charger not always included
  • check-markTwo batteries needed for an 8-hour shift on medium heat setting.
  • check-markNo hood when the job site gets rainy.

Where to buy:

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Milwaukee M12 Toughshell

Specs & Features

  • Design: Men’s workwear; full-zip
  • Shell: 100% Polyester with DWR Coating
  • Lining: 100% Polyester
  • Battery: 3ah 12v, DC output; Micro-USB input, USB-A output for devices; 3-settings
  • Battery-life: 2.5 hours on high, 8 hours on low; light level indicator display
  • Heat-Pad Locations: Right/Left Chest and Lower, Front Pockets; Upper back
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Extras: Milwaukee 12v Charger; FreeFlex mobility Gussets, “Pass-Thru” Front or Back Battery Position
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Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Heat pads at front pockets add increased hand and core heat.
  • check-mark
    Heat control on chest switches body and pocket heat separately
  • check-mark
    Versatile, “pass-thru” front and back battery pockets
  • check-mark
    Sleek fit makes mobility easier in tight work spaces
  • check-mark
    Stretch polyester, underarm gussets, and lower shoulder seam add mobility
  • check-mark
    Durability equivalent to duck canvas
  • check-mark
    Great wind and water protection.
  • check-mark
    Very large interior stuff pocket
  • check-mark
    Micro-USB and standard Milwaukee charging
  • check-mark
    USB Port on adapter to charge devices

Things we don't like:

  • check-markLoud outer shell
  • check-markHard to get
  • check-markPrice fluctuations
  • check-markBattery and charger not always included
  • check-markTwo batteries needed for an 8-hour shift on medium heat setting.
  • check-markNo hood when the job site gets rainy.

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