Assuming everything is functioning, however, then the Ravean down jacket ticks a lot of boxes, with a Durable Water Repellent finish, an attached hood, multiple useful pockets, device charging, and a decent (if not top of the range) responsibly sourced down construction. The jacket also comes with a stuff sack for easy packing, making it another contender for the best heated jacket for skiing and camp trips.
How’s the Brand reputation?
Funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 that’s now reached in excess of 1.3 million dollars, Ravean defines themselves as “not the first people to come up with the idea of heated jackets…just the first ones to do it right.” And there’s something to the brand’s catchy line. While they might not match the construction quality of the premium traditional outdoor brands, their jackets do legitimately compete with the mainstream outdoor market in terms of design, appearance, and build quality—something that many heated garments struggle to do.
Ravean’s commitment to research and development shows in their jacket’s construction, with its 750 sustainable down fill and custom ripstop shell that helps to prevent snags (an issue for all down jackets). The jacket also comes with an aluminum heat reflective lining and Durable Water Repellent finish, which bounces water droplets off the fabric before they have a chance to seep in, letting you stay outside for longer.
Ravean’s jacket used a 12V C6 system to heat your chest, back, and handwarmer pockets.
Battery power and lifespan
The Ravean heated jacket is unique in this review for using a 12v battery while staying portable. This should mean that wearers can expect more powerful heating over a larger surface area than the usual 7.4V battery designs. Ravean says that their jacket is designed to last 6.5 hrs on the lowest temperature setting, although customer experiences have been varied with a concerning number of people receiving faulty batteries with their order.
When it comes to extra features the Ravean is stacked. Not only can you charge devices on the jacket’s battery, but it doubles as a handy torch. It also offers all the usual convenience of a down jacket, being stuffable, lightweight, and machine washable.