Best Everyday Jacket

As one of the bigger names on the heated clothing market, Ororo’s Classic Heated Jacket sets a good example of today’s industry standard.

It is midweight (battery-included) and well-built. The durable polyester materials and super-waterproofing pair nicely with the versatile technology and functional design that make it fun to wear and a fair deal at around $200.

A 7.4V , USB-C battery powers three heat settings, not including the “preheat” feature—like warming up your car. The jacket plugs into the battery with a DC port, and the heat is controlled with a glowing (red, white, or blue) button on the jacket’s left breast. Easy, and classy. The battery also has a USB-A (“regular”) port and doubles as a charger for your other devices.

There isn’t much bad to say. The tags boast “YKK” zippers, which are, ironically, the most frustrating feature—the zippers for the chest pocket snagged repeatedly, and the main zipper came undone from the bottom twice.

Considering this coat’s other great qualities, that feels nit-picky. It’s not perfect, but let’s dive-in to see why Ororo’s Classic Heated Jacket is still a great addition to your wardrobe this year.

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

Things we like:

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    Reliable waterproofing
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    Heat control button on chest
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    Battery lasts long and is a power bank too
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    3-Year Warranty on heat elements
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    1-year Warranty on battery
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    Fair Price ($179-210)
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    Pre-heat setting
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    Optional, oversized, fleece-lined hood
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    Fleece lined collar and pockets
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    Color options (Full olive, or black with a variety of accent colors)

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markTricky zippers
  • check-markStubborn cinches at waist and hood drawstrings
  • check-markBare-minimum heat-pad location

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Ororo Classic Mens Heated Jacket

Specs & Features

  • Design: Men’s midweight, full-zip, soft-shell
  • Shell: 93.5% Polyester and 6.5% Spandex
  • Lining: 100% Polyester
  • Insulation: 100% Polyester
  • Battery: 7.4v; USB-C, DC, and USB-A (3.75” x 3.25” x .75”); 3-settings + Pre-heat; doubles as device charger
  • Heat-Pad Locations: Right and left chest, Upper back
  • Extras: Reusable, zip-up bag; Charger and cord; Removable, oversized hood; Logo stickers
  • User Guide included
See the complete list of the best Heated Jackets here!
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Industry Standard in Heated Apparel

Ororo is one of the biggest names in heated clothing. This is partly for its quality and partly for its variety of stylish options for mens and women’s heated apparel that seamlessly incorporate its technology. The recent addition of a smaller battery with the same capacity as their original, larger version is just one example of their consistent innovation. The Ororo Classic Heated Jacket is their stalwart. 

With a single, long-sleeve baselayer, we ran it through the gamut of weather ranges–sunny and clear (50-60 degrees F); cool wind and rainy (38-45 degrees F); and a full-on snowstorm (22-30 degrees F)–and we were impressed.

The midweight, polyester shell, lining, and insulation collaborate with the three heat settings from its sturdy, 7.4V battery to make a jacket that feels like a parka ready for harsh weather–and can charge your phone in the process.

Its waterproofing is very reliable–you can quickly shake your arm dry. Drawstrings at the waist help cinch in heat and tighten fit, and it features a detachable, oversized, fleece-lined hood that cinches and velcros at the neck.

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Some of these details started out clunky–we struggled with each of the stubborn cinches. The battery takes up its own, whole pocket. The chest-pocket zipper snagged, and the zipper for the main closure came undone from the bottom more than once–which may have been our fault, but it shouldn’t be that easy to fumble.

With a little practice, however, the user experience is much smoother. These minor issues seemed to go away, and we were left enjoying a heated coat that is clearly well-designed.

Technology

It may be called the “Classic,” but this jacket’s tech components are all up-to-date. The included battery is a bit big but on par with the industry average and makes up for it with functionality. The heat components, controlled at the chest, respond quickly and exemplify what you should expect from most heated jacket experiences–especially around the $200 price range.

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Battery (3.75” x 3.25” x .75”): The size of a wallet, the battery is capable of sustaining the high heat setting for 3+ hours, and can maintain lower levels for up to 10 hours. Indicator lights display the charge with the touch of a button on its side. It performed as advertised–if not a little better–during our variety of trial runs.

Ororo advises using the block included with the jacket package for charging, and–after an aftermarket block seemed to charge the battery painfully slowly–we now know why. The factory block returned it to capacity more quickly–but the process still required some patience. A full recharge can take between 5-7 hours, and ours was near the low end of this.

Compatibility, however, is mostly this battery’s strong suit. It charges via a USB-C Input, powers the jacket via a DC output, and can also charge smartphones and other devices (up to 2x per full charge) with a standard USB-A port. It is a level of versatility that makes it tempting to buy one or two extra just to have ready for whatever the need may be.

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Heat: With the heat off, the Ororo Classic is already a warm, weatherproof jacket. This is

only made better, however, with the user-friendly heating.

Unless you’re recharging or plugging in another device, there is no need to handle the battery. The jacket remains constantly plugged in, and power is ready whenever the rubber Ororo button on the left side of the chest is held in–a luxurious-feeling, convenient feature which glows to let you know heat is on or has been activated.

The button’s glow varies according to the three settings–red for high, white for medium, and blue for low–but each time, the jacket begins in the “preheat” phase. It is a great feature–like a car’s remote start–indicated by the blinking red button. Even though this stage occurs for five minutes, you can feel it working within 30 seconds–and will be ready for the weather shortly after.

The heating pads are on the mid to upper back and each side of the chest. Set on high, the rush can be a little overwhelming if you’re still inside. But ultimately, the heat never feels uncomfortable.

The pad locations exemplify a common weakness across many brands that ignores the core organs. There is a clear discrepancy between heart and core temperature. That  makes layering and/or determining the right heat setting a process of experimentation to find the right combination.

This is not exclusive to the Ororo Classic, though, and this jacket–though it runs small– actually maintains a more spacious feeling, which prevents the pads from pressing too closely against the body and allows heat to resonate more effectively throughout the inside of the coat. Cinch the waist, and it’s all quite toasty.

Features and Construction

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The Ororo Classic is a well-built jacket. There are just a few exposed seams on the weathertight outer shell. Key features, like the detachable hood and interior pockets, benefit the overall experience too.

Ororo has made an obvious effort to seek quality collaborators like YKK and Bluesign to ensure their reputation as an attentive manufacturer.

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Material: The soft-shell exterior is made of Polyester and Spandex. It’s flexible,

breathable, and lightweight–which improves mobility and gets the jacket closer to a sleek fit. It is also fairly quiet on the “swish-scale”–you won’t be noticed walking down the street, but you won’t silently sneak past security, either.

The lining has a similar feel but in a lighter ply. It can feel cool against the skin when worn over a short-sleeved shirt–breathability that’s good on warmer days or during vigorous activity but is chilly in weather that’s too cold without layers. Be sure, if that’s the case, to have a long-sleeved baselayer.

The three-panel hood, pockets, and collar are all lined in fleece. We wish this were also true for the arms. It is a lovely accent of insulation that adds a cozy touch to the areas that do have it.

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Waterproofing: One of the Ororo Classic’s best qualities. Three shakes of your sleeves or the coat once you’re inside a garage or mud room, and it’s dry. Or, at least most of the beading is off. There are no weaknesses at the closures, either, and whatever the fleece is lining the pockets does not saturate as easily as other brands.

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Pockets: Average. It’s got five pockets, but the left inside pocket is filled by the wallet-sized battery/power bank—so, four usable pockets. A second interior pocket with a velcro closure is ideal for a smartphone, and the fleece-lined outer pockets are nice to warm the hands.

Comfort and Style

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With its simple construction, matte-outer sheen, and variety of color options–including jet black–it’s hard to pick a time when you couldn’t wear The Ororo Classic. We would say anything up to a wedding or funeral. And maybe even a funeral is understandable, if it is a wintertime, outdoor burial.

The point is–this jacket’s minimalist design makes it very versatile. The logos are small and placed modestly on the chest and arm. The olive version, like our test model in black with accent colors, are all gentle variations of that same simplicity.

With the hood on, it can combat harsh weather and long hikes in the woods. With the hood off, it has the look of a polished professional.

This uncomplicated design and light materials also make it comfortable. The fleece-lined collar, cuffs, hood, and pockets are welcome against the skin, and the polyester lining breathes, keeping movement uninhibited.

The Ororo Heated Jacket

Despite its materials’ lightness, it is surprisingly heavy–which is why we don’t recommend it for day hikes. Generally, we wouldn’t take this on any type of physically demanding activities. It works best for your moderately active to more relaxed events like spectating.

But if you aren’t necessarily thinking about all that, it is an easy one to throw on and walk confidently out the door.

About Buying Heated Jackets:

Just because technology has made its way into our jackets like it has everything else, the reason we wear one hasn’t changed: to stay warm.

The only change–the main upgrade that heated jackets provide–is to keep us warmer longer, while giving us the option to wear less. More heat, less clothing.

This balance and efficiency is the key, so–when shopping for your heated jacket this season–let that be your guide.

There will be many variations in price, style, fit, color, and function to choose from. As you consider these features, also make sure you are getting heat coverage in areas that you need and battery features and capabilities that align with the amount of time and type of activity you’ll be enjoying outdoors.

Check out other Heated Jackets for comparisons and more specific suggestions on finding brands and styles that work best for you.

As for the Ororo Classic, here’s what you need to know:

When to Wear The Ororo Classic

With a good base layer, the Ororo Classic can get you a long way. As a midweight coat, it has the heft and weatherproofing to keep you comfortable on a cold day without turning it on. But harsher weather and other factors get trickier. Here’s when the Ororo is best:

  • Fall to early winter leisure and sedentary activities (36-55 degrees F)
  • Cold-weather light to active working and downhill skiing (32-45 degrees F)
  • Cold-weather vigorous exercise (ex. cross-country skiing)(18-32 degrees F)

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Reliable waterproofing
  • check-mark
    Heat control button on chest
  • check-mark
    Battery lasts long and is a power bank too
  • check-mark
    3-Year Warranty on heat elements
  • check-mark
    1-year Warranty on battery
  • check-mark
    Fair Price ($179-210)
  • check-mark
    Pre-heat setting
  • check-mark
    Optional, oversized, fleece-lined hood
  • check-mark
    Fleece lined collar and pockets
  • check-mark
    Color options (Full olive, or black with a variety of accent colors)

Things we don't like:

  • check-markWeak insulation in sleeves
  • check-markTricky zippers
  • check-markStubborn cinches at waist and hood drawstrings
  • check-markBare-minimum heat-pad location

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How to wash an Ororo heated jacket?

Ororo’s heated jacket is machine washable. Be sure to remove any items–especially the battery–from the pockets and wash on low heat. Hang to dry.

When is a heated jacket needed?

A heated jacket is needed most during outdoor activities that aren’t enough to keep you warm on their own.

What are good activities to wear a heated coat for?

Fishing, hunting, photography, tailgating and watching sports, walking a dog or walking around town, and camping are all great activities to have a heated jacket. Always remember, different jackets cater to different peoples’ activities and needs.

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