Heated gear.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by bob393, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

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    I know this has been hashed to death so I'll keep it simple:

    I've read most of the posts but I want to cut through all of it.

    Would you buy Gerbing, Warm and Safe, or something else.

    Please no drama: lol3
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  2. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Warm n Safe is my choice.

    Gerbings is more widely avilable on retail level if you want to get into a shop to try on and buy.

    Don't think you will go wrong with either choice.

    Comfortably snug over a light base layer is the best fit for maximum warmth.

    JR356
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  3. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    Gerbing, because thats what I have now and I have been happy with it.
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  4. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    Happy with Gerbings :1drink
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  5. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    I'm happy with my Tourmaster Synergy vest, but I've not tried any others.
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  6. mitroutbum

    mitroutbum Adventurer

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    I like my powerlet jacket with the wireless controller. Very nice. It is better than my old gerbings, but that was not microwire, so it is not really a fair comparison.
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  7. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    warm n safe, because it is so damn reliable, and well you can upgrade for a small fee every couple years just for fun:lol3 Plus, Mike seems like a cool guy that actually rides and you can speak directly with him. Give it a try; send him an email and see if it takes more than a couple hrs. for a response. He's a little salty, but that is what makes him cool:lol3
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  8. VStromTom

    VStromTom Long timer

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    I have both a Gerbing and a Tourmaster liner, happy with both. Have the Gerb single and dual controller and use my Tourmaster gloves with both liners.
    If I had none now, I'd buy either one.
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  9. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    Warm and Safe. Because :

    - you can get a waterproof jacket liner

    - I had a Gerbing vest. Disliked it enough to sell it and buy my Widder.
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  10. johned

    johned green noob

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    What about Storm rider? Are they the only ones that have a fabric "heating element" and don't use wires? Can they all be washed and drip dried? I am leaning towards the Storm so if there is any bad news out there I sure would appreciate the heads-up.

    Thanks,

    John
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  11. Max Buffet

    Max Buffet Been here awhile

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    I have Gerbing and I'm happy with it!
    But, as a universal caveat, carry non-heated equipment that will get you home if that stuff fails...
    Reserve chute, belt and suspenders, etc.
    Think, "What if...".
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  12. johned

    johned green noob

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    Solid advice....

    thanks

    John
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  13. NHADV

    NHADV Been here awhile

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    Gerbings I have had nothing but luck also I was at Americade two years ago at the Gerbings bothe talking to a guy for about 15 minutes about their products and come to find out he was the owner. He was genuinely excited about their new products coming out and he rides.
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  14. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    I'm quite pleased with the Powerlet jacket, glove liner, and wireless dual remote.
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  15. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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    i like the powerlets simple sizez, they stretch.
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  16. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    WnS, because they support their gear very well, have wonderful customer service, have a presence here on the forum, and offer discounts to inmates.
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  17. thetable

    thetable Long timer

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    From the exo2 stuff I've had, the vest has held up well (from a heat standpoint), the gloves have been garbage.

    The StormRider vest still keeps me warm after three long seasons, but the outer fabric definitely is showing it's age, and then some. The gloves, well, I've had to send them in for warranty twice, and leather of the third is falling apart so quickly, I'd hate to see what would happen if it touched pavement. I've since gone to hippo hands and like the result much better.

    If I were to buy right now, Warm-n-Safe for the nearly unanimous positive reviews.
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  18. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I've got an old skool Gerbings jacket (HD branded, picked up on sale for 50% off, years ago) that I keep waiting to die so I can upgrade to micro wire . . . . though it isn't gonna do the job completely if the electric heat fails (great caveat for all heated gear, btw), it IS warm enough on it's own that I won't become a fatality . .. .

    Same Same some Gerbings gloves (also super-sale from the local HD dealer) . . . . .

    If either were to go peaar shaped today, I'd buy more of the same . . . . .
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  19. johned

    johned green noob

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    Thank you TT and Yos and all who offered info Looks like WnS for the win.

    John
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  20. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    One more for W&S. Zero problems, and exceptional people to deal with.
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