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Agu winter riding jacket is battery heated

Agu claims six hours of heating endurance - which equals a very long ride
The Agu deep winter thermo jacket does what it claims
(Image credit: Agu)

Dutch riding gear and accessories brand, Agu, has a new winter jacket that is sure to keep you warm.

Although layering is the answer for most riders who wish to keep up their training mileages during the severest winter months, Agu believes they have a better solution.

To avoid the complexity restriction of additional layers, Agu has designed a winter riding jacket which features its own battery pack and heating function.

The idea of a heated jacket might not appear that original, but the lack of lightweight batteries, which have enough power and cold weather resistance, have thus far been  a barrier to producing any electro-thermal garment. 

As battery technology continues to develop apace, thanks to the consumer electronics industry, Agu finally found a power source that was small and potent enough for its requirements.

Serpentine shaped heating elements are located on the chest and upper back areas, powered by a compact battery pack, which fits in a snug front pocket.

Keeping you warm - especially when you have stopped 

Agu claims that up to six hours of heating is possible, with riders controlling the intensity with a simple exterior button function, mounted below the collarbone area.

Beyond its heating function the Agu deep winter thermo jacket also features three pockets and is made from windproof and water-resistant X159 material.

The deep winter thermo jacket perhaps has its greatest appeal for when you are stationary, at a coffee break or admiring scenery in freezing conditions. As your core body temperatures starts dropping, when you have stopped pedalling, the electric heating function will keep you warm and comfortable.

A very generous range of sizes are available, from S to XXL. Agu is positioning the deep winter thermo jacket at €169.99.

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Rides: Morewood Kwela Cotic Simple 26 Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype