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Essential Heated Gear for Construction Pros Working in the Cold

You can layer up your standard workwear in the winter, but sometimes that bulk can get in the way. Enter battery-heated clothes that offer hard-working heat for serious cold. They're pricey, but fans swear they'll never go back to unheated workwear.

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Ororo Heated Fleece Hoodie

This unisex hoodie can keep you warm for up to 10 hours (3 hours on high, 6 hours on medium, 10 hours on low). The material is thick and soft to the touch, and the rechargeable battery stays in its own special zippered pocket and features an extra USB port for phone charging. This hoodie also has a durable zipper and is machine washable.

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Rechargeable Heated Gloves

Powered by a rechargeable battery pack, these heated gloves stay warm for up to six hours, depending on which of the three temperature settings you’ve chosen. We like that the thumb and forefinger tips have touch sensors so you can operate a phone or tablet without removing the gloves. In addition, these heated gloves are waterproof, windproof and can be cinched tight around your wrist.

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Ergodyne Fleece Balaclava

A balaclava is essential for keeping your head and neck warm when working in frigid conditions. This version features a high-visibility yellow/lime color and longer length that helps keep out cold air.

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Pnuma IconX Heated Core Vest

The carbon fibers in this vest concentrate on three areas: your chest, your kidneys and the base of your neck. Wear it over a base layer or even right next to your skin. The manufacturer claims the vest will provide up to 6.5 hours of heat at the lowest setting. The vest itself is made of moisture-wicking and anti-microbial material.

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Mobile Warming Heated Base Layer

The body-hugging, antibacterial base layer shirt boasts eight hours of heat on the low setting. The heating microwires are built into the shirt’s chest and upper back. The battery pack is small enough to not get in your way, although its placement at the bottom edge of the shirt makes it hard to tuck in—only a problem if you prefer to wear your base layers that way.

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ThermUp Heated Insoles

The tiny battery pack for these insoles is meant to be worn above the ankle via a strap. Sounds uncomfortable, but users claim it stays in place, never needs adjusting and that you quickly forget it’s even there. Each insole has a 7.4-volt lithium ion battery and puts out about five hours of heat on the low setting. The fibers are evenly distributed across the cushiony rubber insole for support and warmth.

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HeatMax HotHands Handwarmers

These odorless, air-activated heat packs are a classic for a reason. Buy them in bulk for your crews to help keep them warm on the jobsite. These warmers can be tucked into your gloves, boots, hats— anywhere you need a little pocket of heat. Some cold-weather gear comes with built-in pockets into which you can tuck these warmers- check for those spots on coats you already own.

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Autocastle Heated Beanie

Heat rises, so keep the top of your head toasty and you’ll feel warmer all over. This all-acrylic fleece cap has such a non-intrusive battery compartment that some users have reported having trouble finding it! The 7.4-volt lithium-polymer battery puts out up to seven hours of warmth when fully charged.

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Jomst Heated Socks

These breathable, quick-drying heated socks feature extra thickness at the toes and heel. Plus, to solve problems reported with some heated socks (too hot and not enough area heated), these have three temperature settings and a large heated area. They’re the perfect work socks for anyone who has to work out in the cold.

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Ergodyne 2-Layer Winter Hard Hat Liner With Mouthpiece Kit

This winter hard hat liner features two layers of insulation and a thermal mouthpiece attachment for full-face coverage. The lightweight thermal liner is shoulder-length to keep head, ears and neck covered and fits comfortably under helmets or hard hats without feeling too bulky.

The hard hat liner has four hook-and-loop straps on the exterior to securely attach to the interior of a hard hat. The liner also has a couple of those pockets designed to hold regular-sized hand warmers.

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Alyssa Ford
Alyssa Ford is a long-time freelance journalist in Minneapolis. Her published credits include the Star Tribune, Utne Reader, Crain's,, Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home, Experience Life, Artful Living, Momentum, Minnesota, and many others. She is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists.