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Just got my heated vest in the mail. I got it from ocean edge outfitters. really helpful guys and quick shipping.
I realized when I was doing my research on this that there exist basically no good pictures of this thing in the wild.
so here are a bunch of pics for those of you thinking about buying one. my initial impressions are that it is awesome
here are the connectors it comes with. they look pretty solid:
open showing the inside. kinda blurry:
and one for size. this is my 13.5ah halcyon can and 10ah salvo can that I'll be using with it:
I had very briefly the opportunity to try the Santi heated vest. It made a great 1st impression. Fit me well, seemed well made. Little refinements makes me think it will hold up. Super warm in the water.
I would like to see the ability to adjust temperature setting - I've found that a *very* useful feature in heated gear for motorcycling. But there are ways around that.
The sticker shock though ... yikes. Especially if you also have to go buy another battery can.
Lid, switch, E/O cord, bulkheads. its a full production.
Or go to one of the dive shop garage sales and buy one of the really old light cannisters. Two 7 Ah batteries can be had for under $40. Rig it up and leave it with the 70 bottle (support can move it ). I just setup mine using my first cannister which will provide heat for over 3 hours.