Max Goetzfried: Hunter
Since I'm a frostbite, the socks and vest from the Austrian company Lenz probably had the rather dubious honor of accompanying me in the truest sense of the word through the season, which is unfortunately almost over. The winter should have been tougher, even if I wasn't in a more serious test area like the Turkish mountains or Belarusian swamps this year.
Some real advantages of my test products can be generalized:
On the one hand, the batteries to be used are available in three different basic strengths. However, they all have the same shape and easy-to-use plug-in connection for most Lenz products, so they can be used variably on many of this company's heating textiles and can therefore be charged with the same, simple charger.
On the other hand, all items of clothing can be controlled not only on the lithium pack itself or with a remote control that can be ordered, but also very easily and ultra-modernly via Bluetooth using the Lenz heat app, which also precisely displays the charge status of the individual batteries. This eliminates the hassle of setting up the mostly hidden battery or carrying an additional remote control. One less vulnerable link in a service chain, because such a remote control is quickly misplaced, lost or simply broken itself. On the other hand, almost everyone has a smartphone with them these days. For example, I also have the trackers of my colorfully mixed little pack running on my cell phone, a device, three important functions during the hunt.
The products in detail:
heat socks 3.0: The socks are knee-length, a battery is attached to the waistband with three snaps and rolled up once. It sits over the edge of standard rubber boots. The internal heating wires only heat the soles, but they do so remarkably well and, above all, with powerful batteries over several hours of driven hunts. The socks are very comfortable to wear and overall absolutely recommendable.
heat vest 1.0: Heated vests are generally an urgent recommendation, especially for us dog handlers. Otherwise we are often overdressed, start sweating a lot at the latest by the third stand noise and cool down considerably the next time we are waiting for the dog or being transported back on a trailer. With a heated vest, especially one as thin as the one from Lenz, I can dress more easily, am more flexible and, if necessary, I can still switch on a lot of heat all of a sudden over the entire back, especially the loins. Standschützen can also dress lighter and more agile, i.e. optimized for the fast movement shot and start the turbo if necessary.
Overall, the Lenz vest, like the socks, is a high-quality product that, according to my impressions so far, was and is absolutely worth the money.