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Old 12-02-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Heated vests opinion.

Looking at getting a heated vest for my wife. Has anyone got any opinions on the battery powered vests, as this would better suit. pillion comfort down to about 5 C would be what we are after. Any real life comparisons, battery life etc would be most appreciated.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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I have an exo2 Stormrider vest. I use the battery and get about 3-5 hours from a charge depending on the setting. Down to around 5C I set it at 1 or 2 and still have charge left when I get home 3 hours later. Below that I set it at around 3 or 4 and it keeps me comfortably warm, but I don't often ride more than an hour or so when it's that cold. I bought a spare battery but I've never run out of charge on the first one.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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What kind of length rides are you typically going to be using it on? That could make a big difference on whether a battery powered one will work for you or not bceause the battery will only last so long. I bought the Gerbing's battery powered microwire vest about this time two years ago, along with an extra battery. I mainly use it commuting on the bike (about an hour each way on the interstate) and it suits me just fine. It's got two heating panels on the chest, and one in the middle of the upper back. So coverage isn't as much as you'd get with one that hooked into the bike's electric system, but it's a tradeoff to keep battery life acceptable.
Battery life greatly depends on what setting it's on. 50% seems to be good for a real gentle heat; enough that I notice it's there if I think about it but nothing too crazy. I figure I'll probably get around 4-5ish hours out of the battery at that setting, though I've not left it on long enough that the battery died.
Once the temperature outside gets much below 40F, I usually set it at 75%, and the heat is much more noticeable. It lasts probably in the 2 1/2 to 3 hour range or so at that setting.
I almost never have it set up at 100% as it gets pretty toasty at that setting and kills the battery pretty quickly; probably no more than 1-2 hours at that point.

Overall I rather like it and it works well for my typical use, though I'm considering a full plug-in jacket liner as I think I'd like to have heat on my arms as well.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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I forgot to mention: the exo2 vest has the option of either connecting it to the bike battery (which heats up all the panels, front and back) or its own battery that fits in one of the pockets (only heats up the back panels).
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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I forgot to mention: the exo2 vest has the option of either connecting it to the bike battery (which heats up all the panels, front and back) or its own battery that fits in one of the pockets (only heats up the back panels).
I can see cutting it half running off a battery but why the back? You need to keep the heart warm.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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The best I've heard from a battery model is 6 hours on medium heat.

As for a vest, that's how I started, with one for my wife. But nowadays, I can't suggest strongly enough to get a full jacket liner. I have one myself, and I'll never go back to just a vest. I wear a t-shirt, the liner, and a Darien jacket (which is just a shell), and I'm good down to the teens. Plugged into the bike, of course.

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:01 PM   #7
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I can't suggest strongly enough to get a full jacket liner. I have one myself, and I'll never go back to just a vest. Plugged into the bike, of course.

You will not regret the money you spend on this, I promise you.
Just go ahead and get what you will eventually end up with. A full jacket liner hooked to your bike battery
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:22 PM   #8
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I, like so many others, resisted "plugging in". Once I finally decided to give it a try, it was discovered that it only takes about 15 seconds extra to connect the cables. I have the Gerbing full jacket liner and the gloves.
Any gear that is powered from the motorcycle itself will provide considerably more warmth, and over a larger percentage of area, on most any garment.
We did, however, find out that a BMW G650GS doesn't generate enough watts to power the bike, plus a jacket and gloves.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:14 PM   #9
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I can see cutting it half running off a battery but why the back? You need to keep the heart warm.
It keeps me warm down to the freezing point. I don't want to ride on ice.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #10
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But nowadays, I can't suggest strongly enough to get a full jacket liner. .
+ 1, I really noticed it when one of my sleeves went out. nice to have warmth down your arms. helps.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:32 AM   #11
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Looking at getting a heated vest for my wife. Has anyone got any opinions on the battery powered vests, as this would better suit. pillion comfort down to about 5 C would be what we are after. Any real life comparisons, battery life etc would be most appreciated.
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In short don't get a heated vest, get a heated jacket liner instead. There is not a significant difference in price, especially when the required controller is included.

A heated jacket liner keeps the neck and the arms warm. It also can replace the insulated jacket liner in a motorcycle jacket were as a vest cannot since it is only a vest. It also provides a connection point for heated gloves if they are later added. It has a lower temperature comfort point. Finally because of the increased insulation it provides it can often be run on a lower setting than a vest and provides more even heat and is less subject to hot and cold spots.

Battery models are fine in slightly cool but not cold conditions. Most are designed for general use where being exposed to a cooling breeze is not a factor. A heated jacket liner uses up to 100w of energy in cold weather at highway speeds. Batteries are usually maxed out at 10watts.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:33 AM   #12
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A heated jacket liner uses up to 100w of energy in cold weather at highway speeds. Batteries are usually maxed out at 10watts.
This brings up a point: Check to see which liner will fit your power availability. You can get some that only draw 65w on high. They vary by manufacturer.

Though I run my 100w one off my dr350 fine, so long as I turn off my heated grips.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:55 AM   #13
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In short don't get a heated vest, get a heated jacket liner instead. There is not a significant difference in price, especially when the required controller is included.

A heated jacket liner keeps the neck and the arms warm. It also can replace the insulated jacket liner in a motorcycle jacket were as a vest cannot since it is only a vest. It also provides a connection point for heated gloves if they are later added. It has a lower temperature comfort point. Finally because of the increased insulation it provides it can often be run on a lower setting than a vest and provides more even heat and is less subject to hot and cold spots.
another vote for heated jacket, not vest .. your arms gets coverage and just as important. heated gloves needs wiring that's part of heated jackets.

old style Gerbing don't have hot spot issues newer models have. preference is older heated jacket/pants with insulation. allows double duty during outdoor activities when not connected to your bike.

don't know about other brands, but old style insulated Gerbing are more functional. microwire thinner profile mates good with gloves.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:25 AM   #14
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If at all possible, go jacket, jacket, jacket. Can't say it enough. I've been there done that, and sleeves make all the difference.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #15
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I am considering getting my wife a dual source heated Harley Davidson women's jacket. It can be powered using a lithium battery or any 12v source (like a bike).

I beleive it is waterproof, insulated, cut for a female and not overtly branded. I'm not sure who makes it. Gerbing makes the men's single source.

Me? I now use a heated jacket after years of using a vest. Jacket much nicer. Mine is wired to the bike.
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