Best Heated Clothing?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by stephenws, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. stephenws

    stephenws Wishful Wanderer

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    What's the best heated clothing? My local BMW dealer sells First Gear, although I know there are several other brands.
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  2. alansz400

    alansz400 Long timer

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    I was woundering the same thing and wasted a bunch of time looking around here and other sites over the last week or so. Seems like most other things everyone likes somthing diffrent. I bought the firstgear 90 watt liner today at my local dealer. He took $50 off the liner and that was the deal sealer for me. I was to cheep to buy the controller so I am using a toggle switch. I went for a short ride today and it works great. Hope that helps. Alan
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  3. Das Boot

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    I like the new Powerlet stuff. I have had Widder and Gerbings prior. The quality of Powerlet is better then Gerbings IMHO. The Widder stuff was great for their time but they are long out of business.
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  4. cardoctor1

    cardoctor1 Been here awhile

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    i have used gerbing gear for a long time . lifetime warranty and now made in the usa.. cruising down the road at temps below freezing and sweating your ass off is awesome.
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  6. Thunder Pig

    Thunder Pig Been here awhile

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    I am also shopping for heated gear. Currently between Gerbing and Powerlet. I would like to know where the Powerlet is made their website doesn't really say. Gerbing is USA made although you have to be careful getting from a dealer as my local dealer has a mix of import and USA made stuff, they look different and they are tagged.

    Das Boot what makes you say the Powerlet was better? Fit, finish, hardware or everything? Having a tough time deciding between the two. Experience of company to me says Gerbing but the Powerlet IFR heating sounds better.
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  7. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    Yep should probably be under gear, and you might get more responses there, but I'm not a ball buster.

    I've had gerbing gear for the last few years. It has always kept me warm, and always worked flawlessly. A bit pricey at first, but when you realize it will last a number of years the price becomes more reasonable. My brother in law turned me onto it and his coat is 12 years old with no issues. I've traveled 750 mile days at sub freezing temps in sleet and was pretty darn comfortable in a t shirt and gerbing liner jacket.

    One note though. You want it to fit snuggly, the closer to your skin it is the better it works, bear that in mind when purchasing.

    See you in the gear forum later :rofl
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  8. Das Boot

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    The quality of the jacket and thermostat made by Powerlet is better then Gerbings. With that being said, the Gerbings and Widder worked fine for me for years. I bought one of the first RapidFire Powerlets when they became available a few years ago and have been more then impressed with it.
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  9. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I bought a Gerbings jacket, pant and gloves in '03 and they through in a free pair of Gerbings socks. Never have worn the socks (still in the package) but everything else I have used every cold weather season and still warming strong.

    I like 'em.....................
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  11. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I love my Tourmaster heated vest!
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  12. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    Gerbing's is the Gold Standard. They have a lifetime, no-hassle warranty, and they're available all over the place.
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  13. BeachMoto

    BeachMoto Been here awhile

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    I have been using an Aerostich Kanetsu TLTec Wind Blocker electric jacket for 4-5 years and I am very happy with it. Mine is the older model, the newer models have zip off sleeves. The jacket by itself even when it is off is very warm, I only turn it on when the temps drop below 40. I wear a Darien jacket in the winter and this zips into the jacket which is a plus. I have ridden in low 20s with this set up for 3-4 hours at a time and have been very comfortable with a thin fleece and a poly undershirt.
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  14. JR356

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    Folks here would disagree.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=649013&highlight=Gerbings

    Warranty is great and yes they have great marketing and wide distribution,but they have their drawbacks.

    JR356
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  15. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    There is no best electric gear maker. That's like asking who makes the best motorcycle.
    The best thing to do is find out as much as you can about the brands that are out there.
    Figure out how, when, where and why you will use the gear and work out from there.

    For me... I've found that I like long torsoed jackets that are wind blocking have outside pockets and little to no extra insulation. I also want them to have stretch panels so the gear fits close to my body.
    I like taller collars that close but don't zip and a dropped hem in the back so it covers the lower back while I'm on a sporty style bike.

    I don't use or need a thermostat but a lighted cords that lights up to tell me the jacket is heating is good.
    I use sae style two prong connections and I don't like extra connections for gloves or pants since it just adds bulk and cost.

    I wear my heated gear close to my body and under the insulation layer. When I need my electric gear I NEED my gear and it's on full roast.
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  16. apexal

    apexal Been here awhile

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    That's exactly what I was going to say!
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  17. outsidein

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    Gerbings is Ok. I would consider Warm&Safe over FirstGear. Actually W&S makes firstgear's stuff but it is a cheaper product than what they sell under the W&S brand name. I've had some connector issues with my Gerbings and the lead to the right glove failed so the lifetime guarantee on the electrics seems to be of significant value. Believe W&S also have this guarantee. Gloves, full sleeve jacket liner and dual channel controller is what I would recommend. Skip the vest. The heated collar and sleeves are worth it.
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  18. StuartV

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    I believe that is not correct. First Gear sells the Gen 3 jacket and the Gen WP jacket. Just not the Gen 4 jacket. The ones they sell are the same as if you bought the same model directly from WnS.

    The Gen WP is the waterproof version of the Gen 4. My opinion is that a waterproof electric liner is better than one that's not waterproof. And since nobody else makes a waterproof liner, that means, by definition, the WnS Gen WP liner IS The Best.

    Also, the WnS dual wireless remote controller is awesome and nobody else has that, either.

    Instead of jacket and gloves, I use heated jacket and heated socks. Summer riding gear and clothes plus that and I'm good down to at least 40 degrees for an all day ride. And at that, I still never turned either heat channel up over 1/2 way.
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  19. Patch

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    No best... just find what you like and run with it. I have Gerbings for a few years - and have been very happy with my selection.
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  20. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    I had exactly the same. I wonder if our liners shared a manufacturing issue?

    Anyway at the start of the cool season I shipped mine back, and had the repaired liner back at my house within a week.
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