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Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

I am thinking about buying a heated jacket liner or a heated vest. Does anyone have any suggestions or preference [for riding an LT]. A riding buddy of mine suggested the jacket liner due to the arms getting colder on the LT.

It would be great to hear your preference and your manufacturer of choice.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

You're buying it for warmth, right? The extra price difference for the sleeves is minor in comparison to the additional warmth. Go for the jacket, IMHO.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

I have the heated jacket liner and it's outstanding, highly recommend.
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You're buying it for warmth, right? The extra price difference for the sleeves is minor in comparison to the additional warmth. Go for the jacket, IMHO.
100% agree. There are times I'd like to be able turn off heat to the chest and back, leaving heat to the arms. That's not possible (with the Gerbin's products), and since my arms are where I want the heat, I want the jacket liner not the vest. I can always adjust airflow to the jacket by opening a zipper or a vent.

Regarding the question of manufacturer: I have the Gerbing's jacket liner, gloves, and socks, and I'm satisfied with all of them. The good news is you have more choices than you used to - Gerbing's, Widder, Tourmaster, and others I can't remember. They all seem to be priced about the same, though.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Get the heated jacket liner. I have ridden at 30 degrees and did not have any idea it was that cold. I felt as warm as being inside a heated car. Jacket liner wins hands down....
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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

I think Widder is out of business.

http://www.widder.com/

Having said that, I have two "used only once" vests with power cords. I will have to look up the exact sizes.

One his, one hers.

PM me if you are interested. I will let them go for $35 each, includes the respective power cord.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Go with the jacket. Should you decide on gloves later you can easily connect them at the sleeve cuffs. If you want your arms to stay warm, get the jacket.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Go for the jacket, not just because of the sleeves,
the high collar makes a lot of difference also.

My wife occasionally wears her (Gerbing) under her mesh jacket
(no heat) for those cool mornings and evenings.

When you do buy the jacket get it a little on the long side,
the cold tends to creep up at your lower back.


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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Yes, the jacket is the one. I have a very nice heated inflatable vest, there have been a few times in very cold rides that I wished for warmer arms. (wish did not come true) You might also want to consider the thermostat version instead of the full on and off type, for more control

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Jacket. I often wear my gerbings under my summer mesh/solid jacket in the spring and fall and under my all season 3/4 length during the winter. For the minor extra cost, get the full jacket. Once you go heat, you wont go back. I have ridden in 10 degree weather on a GS with slacks and a long sleeve polo type shirt on under my jacket and overpants with full gerbings and was comfortable. Heat is where it is at.


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Gerbings Jacket. A+

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Vest. Aerostich AIRVANTAGE.
http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-s...tric-vest.html

The air bladder puts the coils right next to your body and is MUCH warmer than traditional vests and jackets. (of which I've had both) The inside of the vest is fleece as well, so even just having the air compartments inflated creates an envelope of warm air next to your body even without having the vest turned on.

In keeping your core warm, I've never had cold arms, even riding in 30 degree weather all day.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

I don't understand. When it get's down to 30F just zip up your jacket the rest of the way. But seriously, a thin windproof ski mask used as a helmet liner and covered with a fleece neck gaiter will make a lot of difference in your comfort level at lower temps. When it goes below 20F you can turn on the seat and grip heaters.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

I have the aerostich darien with the electric liner for cold. All I wear underneath is a tee shirt. I turn up the liner and just enjoy the ride. Example - yesterday it was 38 in my home town and i went on a little 75 mile ride. I actually turnedthe liner control down as I was getting too hot. lectric liners are great!!!!! Vest don't cover enough
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I have had a Gerbing jacket liner for over 8 years, and it works as good as the day I got it. I'm sure Gerbing and everybody else have advanced their product over the years, but I am still very happy with mine.
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+1 for the Gerbing Jacket with a dual controller (in case you ever buy heated gloves or pants)

I ride with the Grebing and a t-shirt all winter. One of the best purchases I have made.

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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Jacket. I have a Powerlet (100 watt I think) and my wife has a FirstGear (60 watt).

Both work great but my wife wants more heat so we went to an open house at a local BMW dealer and a Powerlet person was there and showed us a new jacket they have coming out in about 3 or 4 weeks.

I forget what it's made of (sorry) but it doesn't have the usual wires. It's 105 watts. Seemed very nice. I don't know what kind of price for this.

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Jacket.
Vest left my shoulders/arms cold.
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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

Powerlet & First Gear are made by Warm & Safe. They're a 90 watt liner, and you can buy a 65 watt size if you choose.
The Gen 4 liners are the panel/microwire design. Same heat, thinner wires
Check my site out. I have some closeouts on Gen 2 liners!!



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Jacket. I have a Powerlet (100 watt I think) and my wife has a FirstGear (60 watt).

Both work great but my wife wants more heat so we went to an open house at a local BMW dealer and a Powerlet person was there and showed us a new jacket they have coming out in about 3 or 4 weeks.

I forget what it's made of (sorry) but it doesn't have the usual wires. It's 105 watts. Seemed very nice. I don't know what kind of price for this.

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I think Widder is out of business.

http://www.widder.com/
Their store in Ojai has been closed for over a year now...
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Re: Heated Jacket liner vs. heated vest

I have a vest, which I bought first, and a Gerbings jacket liner. The jacket liner is far better. When sizing your heated liner, be sure you size it a little snug. If it is loose on you it won't keep you as warm. Also, you need to wear the jacket close to your skin. A thin shirt is all you need underneath the jacket. The newer jackets are wired so you can use a dual themostatic control which allows you to set the temperatures of your jacket and gloves independently. I have the old style with one control and find that my hands sometimes get too hot when I set the jacket temp to where it is comfortable. Since electric clothing came along there is no reason to be cold when you ride. As long as the roads are clear you can ride
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I have a Gerbings Jacket. The jacket is probably the best purchase I've ever made...besides a helmut...because I use it even when I don't plug it in. On cool mornings or evenings it's enough to keep you comfortable w/o plugging it in. It's very light weight and takes up very little space when you pack it away. I've worn it and been very comfortable in 50 degree temps then when it gets cooler I just plug it in. When it gets COLD.....then I wear it under a jacket. I also own the gloves but don't need them on the LT until it gets pretty chilly. Don't seem to need pants because of the LT's excellent protection also. I've ridden in 28* weather and been warm.

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