Heated vest VS Heated jacket

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  1. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    For those of you with some heated gear experience, what do you prefer, A heated vest or full heated jacket liner. I just tried a heated vest and along with my heated gloves it was good but I did feel a little cool on my arms. Enough to bother me?? I just don't know. I did like the fact that I was not filling my jacket sleeves with more gear though.
    Your input appreciated
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  2. hdxbones

    hdxbones Adventurer

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    If it's cool enough for me to use heated gear, I prefer to use a jacket liner.
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  3. Patch

    Patch Long timer

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    +1 on full liner. Cold enough for warm hands & torso... warm the arms too in one shot. Plus this allows even very little layers under the gear.
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  4. VStromTom

    VStromTom Long timer

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    Don't mess around with a vest when a liner is only a couple $ more. Most of us have a drawer full of crap we bought trying to skimp and ended up buying the right thing after all. Want to stop by my garage and shop for some half measure gear? I have it. DON'T SKIMP, do it right the first time.
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  5. mookybird

    mookybird Gramps

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    One of the benefits of the jacket is that the sleeves carry the wiring for the gloves and for winter commuting it is great.

    I have a vest made in Canada by Blackjack, the wire matches the wiring from battery tenders and it plugs directly in with no controller and provides a perfect level of heat.

    I use the jacket a couple of months a year and the vest pretty much daily year around. I have a switch on my battery tender wire and having that vest under my pressure suit allows me to wear fewer layers and still be warm when wanted without having to stop.

    I suspect like most gear related questions the right answer for you depends on what your riding, for most of my use the jacket liner even unplugged is to warm.
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  6. keiji

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    I have both - I bought the vest because my bike had limited electrical overhead. After I upgraded to a new bike with power to spare, I picked up a heated jacket liner.

    However, I still use the vest pretty regularly any time the temperature in the day isn't going to drop below 35F - it packs down easily, plus it has a much higher comfort range than the jacket liner.

    I agree with mooky- the vest fits my needs for the bulk of the year, but the jacket liner is needed for the deep winter months. Not everyone rides when it is 20F out there, so the jacket can be pointless for some..
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  7. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Thanks for the collective input. It has nothing to do with skimping and everything to do with comfort. I did like the vest for the way it fit. But I am thinking now to just get the jacket liner. I am doing a cross country trip this year starting mid June and only want to pack a mesh jacket rain wind liner heated vest or jacket and rain coat. I do not want to have to pack a bunch of extra layers for the mountains nor do I want take two different jackets with me.
    Thanks again for the input
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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I prefer the jacket. Its my first line of defense and is on my bike year round.
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  9. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    I wear a light weight leather jacket most of the year. A heated liner goes underneath in cooler weather. It gets plugged in when it's cold.

    Works much better than my previous vest, which I've not used once since I got the jacket, last fall.
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  10. Ron from BC

    Ron from BC Long timer

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    For all the aforementioned reasons plus...

    the jacket liner also doubles as a walk around jacket after the day's ride when on trips....one less item of clothing you have to pack!
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  11. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    I have a Gerbing jacket that I use around Colorado November through March . Wind stopper fleece the rest of the time is what I carry . I am in the market for a vest for some winter days.
    I would get the jacket if I wasn't going to get anything else .
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  12. Jim K.

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    I've worn a vest for years for cold weather rides & commutes & it has served me well, but when & if the aerostich vest fails me, I'll go for the full jacket. Pricey but worth it.
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  13. JR356

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    Don't forget to wear an insulating layer over the top of your electrics and just a light wicking layer underneath.This gives you the best heat transmission to you and prevents heat loss.
    Electrics should fit snug,not tight,on you.
    I Like a Gore windstopper or similar over layer and the best thing is that this layer will serve the majority of your off bike needs too.

    Some electric liners have insulation,others are just a shell covering the electrics.

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  14. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    I have owned both. I gave the vest away, after I got my Jacket liner. I like having warm arms.

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  15. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    Me too - bought a vest - arms got cold - bought a Warm-n-Safe heated liner.

    A very nice addition was a Columbia Omni-Heat fleece to wear over the liner. It has a reflective metallic liner that keeps me toasty even in the very cold stuff. But - it's not too bulky.
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  16. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Jacket -- even when the temps rise to the point I don't need heat, the extra insulation of the jacket makes it a bit more flexible a piece of gear.

    If I lived in San Deigo, and didn't go far, a vest would likely suffice.
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  17. TonyKZ1

    TonyKZ1 Been here awhile

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    Well, I like a Widder electric vest but it's because my bike is "electrically challenged" :huh or in other words can't supply the needed electrons to power a jacket. It also fits fine underneath my jackets or my one-piece suit whereas the heated jacket might be a little snug on the arms, but the jackets and the suits are sometimes adjustable on the sleeves tightness too.
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  18. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    If I'm heating, I want the heat against me. I'm not interested in keeping my jacket warm and comfortable, I want to keep me warm and comfortable.

    I've had and used an old Wider vest for years. It's worked quite well. A wee bit snug, which helps ensure I get the heat, not my jacket.

    That said, experimenting with the newer IR heating stuff was quite interesting. More heat, more effectively, less wattage. All good things, imo.

    Then too, I've become more of a wimp as I've aged. If it's cold and wet and icky out there, I'm a lot less inclined to go riding than I used to.
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  19. duck

    duck Banned

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    This. I have heated glove liners that I rarely use since I have heated grips but when I do need them they are invaluable.
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  20. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    No question, if you are going through the expense and added plugs of putting on electric heat, go with a jacket.

    The new ones are light years better than the old ones and it's amazing how much difference it is to have your arms warmed. Plus the ease to attach electric gloves and the difference those make.
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