What's the current best electric inner jacket?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by decodent, May 25, 2012.

  1. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Well ... sold my bikes about a year ago and have been out of the loop. A woman friend just bought a Bimmer R1200 and wants to get a heated inner jacket.

    She wants to be able to wear it under her motorcycle jacket which is fairly snug, but would definitely have room for a non-bulky inner heated jacket. As I recall, there were some electric liner jackets coming out that used something akin to a wire mesh/ fabric vs. wires and spread the heat more evenly.

    What might be some good brands to look at?

    Also, I'm assuming the heat troller is still the best way to control the heat?

    Thanks for any suggestions you can pass on.

    ~Doug
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  2. North6633

    North6633 Been here awhile

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    I a Warm and Safe Gen 4 jacket, can't say enough good about it. My only problem with it is I should have bought it a long time ago.
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  3. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    I use the Powerlet jacket and glove liners. Wireless remote lets me adjust both part independent. Works a treat.
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  4. ScEd

    ScEd Dances with Deer

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    I'm still using a older Warm and Safe liner. Never a problem and you can contact the owner Mike personally with any questions or issues. He is a rider and checks in here at times.
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  5. OkieTom

    OkieTom Been here awhile

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    Love my Gerbing Microwire..........
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  6. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    The Aerostich jacket has no "loft" insulation and the pit zips align with the jacket pit zips. I can start in the cool morning and wear it into the 70s and not have to pack it at all. I just use the in-line switch to turn it on and off.

    The downside is that at freezing it really needs some loft insulation outside it.
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  7. cccbarkbuster

    cccbarkbuster Been here awhile

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    +1 on the Warm&Safe gen4 with remote control heat troller.
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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Warm n safe waterproof.
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  9. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Another vote for Warm n Safe Gen 4 with the wireless remote controller.
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  10. WeRide

    WeRide Adventurer

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    Warm N Safe
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  11. Parrothead

    Parrothead Cu Dubh

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    Bought it this winter, have used Widder's over the past 8 years. Loved 'em but the Powerlet's fast response time, heat coverage & wireless controller are the bomb.
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  12. Pete O Static

    Pete O Static Adventure Seeker

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    I don't know which one is best because I haven't tried them all. But I can say that I really like my Powerlet rapidFire. It is like sitting inside a toaster oven and the jacket works well as a basic shell when off the bike.
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  13. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    It looks like Powerlet is manufactured by Warm 'N Safe....so if you add up all the +'s for each, it is high praise.
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  14. Treewakr

    Treewakr throttle junkie

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    Finally splurged this winter and bought a Warm-n-safe jacket liner and wireless remote controller. Absolutely love it. Now I can ride all year. I call it my 12 volt cocoon. Should have bought this years ago.
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  15. Pete O Static

    Pete O Static Adventure Seeker

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    I am pretty sure that the new rapidFire line is not made by warm n safe. He older line was.
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  16. omen

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    Warm'n'safe gen 4 and wireless controller, fantastic! Also have the gloves and socks, equally as good.
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  17. Haul Ass

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    Gerbing with hard mounted controller. Jacket liner rather than vest. can wear as a wind breaker too.Can attach gloves and pants and sock liners.
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  18. outsidein

    outsidein Been here awhile

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    Tourmaster are cheapest with an integrated controller. Warm & Safe gen. 4 and PowerLet are the same jacket. Warm & Safe gen. 3 and FirstGear are the same jacket. Harley Davidson & Gerbings are one and the same. I would say Warm & Safe gen. 4 and Gerbings are the two best. Jacket liner is MUCH, MUCH better than vest.

    Get a dual channel controller because almost everyone adds heated gloves. Heated liners don't have much insulation of their own so need to be worn under an insulating liner at temps much below 50F so you don't get hot and cold spots.
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  19. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Are you sure the Powerlet and Gen 4 is the same jacket? They seem to have different pricing.

    I like my powerlet gloves. If teh jacket liner is a similar heating system, I'd be tempted to go there. The Gerbings is cheaper, though. Not sure about the heat controllers, but $350 all in for the Powerlet system is a bit stiff.


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  20. firebug24k

    firebug24k Been here awhile

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    Check out the blazewear battery powered (!) electric jackets. I have one, works great for commuting. Get about 2-3 hours on a charge, which only takes an hour or so. Comes with a controller to change between settings of 1-5. Wouldn't recommend it for long trips due to the battery life issues, but for commuting it's great, put it on in the house get nice and warm and hop on the bike and go. No fiddling with wires is very handy.
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