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Old 11-17-2011, 08:17 PM   #451
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I had to send my Synergy jacket in earlier this year because the wiring covers coming out of jacket to the controller unit started cracking. I received the replacement yesterday which is version 2.0. They have removed the stupid dangling controller thing and it is now more like the Gerbings one. It has a dual controller which can control the jacket or gloves separately. Not cold enough yesterday to go out and use it but it appears to be better thought out.


I was told that I would have to wait until October for the new model to come out so I was not worried about not having one for the several months before the new one came out.
So do you like the new jacket compared to the old one? The new one uses steel core wires whereas the old one used carbon fiber.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:30 PM   #452
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So do you like the new jacket compared to the old one? The new one uses steel core wires whereas the old one used carbon fiber.

So far yes. I've was able to use it Wednesday & Thursday of this week. It was able to feel the heat quickly - within a block. The nice added touch is the second inbound power for gloves which can go on a separate controller. I had both the jacket & gloves on the same controller as I had not fished the other cable out from under the faring yet. The gloves (Gerbing G3s) worked just fine and I stayed warm. The temps were from 25f to 35f both days.

I did have to turn them down and the grip heaters off while stuck in traffic when the radiator fan kicked in. When I got cold I got cold enough I decided to turn up the RPMs which helped me out.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:28 PM   #453
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How much current does this jacket draw?

I can't find the specs for low, medium, and high settings.

Thanks in advance! I'm riding a '76 Kawasaki and the stator is marginal at best- so I gotta count my watts.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:21 AM   #454
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I was an early-adopter and got one of the very first Synergy jackets. Never had a controller failure but I did have the controller cable pull out of the liner twice. Both times, Tourmaster sent a replacement jacket, no questions asked, which was encouraging. I am now more careful not to pull hard on the controller cable and have had four or five years of service with no problems. The liner has kept me warm on a 20-hour marathon ride in 40-50F weather and lashing rain, and numerous shorter rides in the 30's. Every other jacket I have owned or tried has had hot spots that became bothersome on long rides but the Synergy seems to heat far more evenly.

Have used the jacket on medium setting while riding my DR350 for hours at a time and not had any charging issues.

Interested in the jumper plug as an emergency measure although I think I could fairly easily find and short the right pins together I had to.
Warm-n-safe makes a plug (for only $10) that goes into the controller plug of the Synergy jacket, that allows it to be used with theirs, Gerbing's, or any other inline controller:
http://www.warmnsafe.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=362

Cyclegear has this plug on their site for $9:
http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...ter/web1002230
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:23 AM   #455
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I have one of those plug/adapters. Works fine if you want to use the cited alternative controllers.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:56 AM   #456
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Warm-n-safe makes a plug (for only $10) that goes into the controller plug of the Synergy jacket, that allows it to be used with theirs, Gerbing's, or any other inline controller:
http://www.warmnsafe.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=362

Cyclegear has this plug on their site for $9:
http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...ter/web1002230
I have not had any problems with the current controller so I'm not going to buy a Heat Troller or other inline controller at this time. However the adapter cable would be useful to stash away somewhere so I could just use the jacket on max or nothing in the event I do ever have an issue with the controller.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:59 AM   #457
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jacket + gloves

I have last years model jacket and gloves. The jacket is very warm and keeps me happy down to 0 and below. Gloves work great on their own, but the thumbs are not covered well, and still get cold. Combining the two using the wiring in the jacket is just fail. As only one controller sets the heat, this never works out. jacket gets too hot and gloves too cool. Need a newer model that takes two controllers. Other than that, they have been working great.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:48 PM   #458
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I too bought the Tourmaster stuff early on {year they came out if I remember right} and I have to say, I'm still running both vests {me and my wife's} and the chaps. Lots of miles and use on them and have only had two controllers crap and they crapped due to a regulator gone nutty, the bike was making something like 16+ volts. They replaced the controllers and all has been good since. I actually like the long controller stalk because I can fish it through my jacket or one piece suite so it's easy to adjust the temp while riding. For the money, damned hard to beat in my eyes.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:59 PM   #459
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Tourmaster Pant controller and jacket?

I have a tourmaster jacket and the controller quit.I've read about the adapter that warm and safe makes for use with there heat-trollers.
What I would like to do is make my own adapter using the plug from my defective controller and then use my pant liner controller with the jacket.
There's a thread about jumping the wires but the pics and details are missing.
Anyone have the diagram for making your own jumper?
Thanks!
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:47 PM   #460
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I have a tourmaster jacket and the controller quit.I've read about the adapter that warm and safe makes for use with there heat-trollers.
What I would like to do is make my own adapter using the plug from my defective controller and then use my pant liner controller with the jacket.
There's a thread about jumping the wires but the pics and details are missing.
Anyone have the diagram for making your own jumper?
Thanks!
I found a copy on an old laptop:

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Old 12-04-2011, 03:02 PM   #461
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Just solder all the wires except the red one together and you are ready to use a heat troller
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:47 AM   #462
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Thanks for the info!

Thanks for posting info on the jumper.I'll try it out Thursday,it will be 38 degrees.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:58 AM   #463
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I bought the plug for my first-generation Tourmaster, and use it with a Gerbings dual controller (will work equally well with the Warm-n-Safe one). The plug was only $8 -- IMHO better than having more wire dangle.

Anyway, it works great! It was 28 degrees friday morning, and I was nice and snug in it.
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #464
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I just had the controller cable pull out of the lining for the third time (i.e. third jacket.) Everything still works and it is probably quite easy to fix but an annoyance nonetheless.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:41 PM   #465
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Controller died on mine.

Soldered all the wires together and now is in constant high.

If I need it turned off I just unplug it.
Which all? The 4 in the drawing above?
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