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post #1 of 19 Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 9:34 pm Thread Starter
 
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Are they worth the money or just put on more clothes?
What about the BMW heated vest?
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post #2 of 19 Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 9:47 pm
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Gerbings rock! They are well worth the money if you are riding in the cold. No amount of clothing will keep you as warm as the Gerbings. In fact too much clothing will make you feel like the Michelin man and impede your riding.
I rode back from PA to CA last March in the cold and the rain for 4 days straight and I was so happy to have the Gerbings on. (thank you again Jeff for the loan!). I did not have the heated socks or gloves, just the heated jacket liner and pants, with the dual heat controller.

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post #3 of 19 Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 10:57 pm
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+1 Gerbings

And get the newer style temp controller - it's electronic.

I have owned vests in the past the Gerbing jacket liner is many times better. It's light enough that you can put it on in the late afternoon and ride into the evening as it gets cooler out you start to turn up the heat. I have used mine at -10 and been toasty warm.

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post #4 of 19 Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 11:12 pm
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Only used ours a few times but fantastic. No bulk, on as a liner, and then plug it in when it gets really cold. With a decent outer jacket, the combination will take you from Pole to Pole.

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post #5 of 19 Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 11:36 pm
 
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I have used the Gerbings Union Suit (Jacket and Pants) for the last 5 years and I wouldn't be with-out them. Great product!!
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post #6 of 19 Old Feb 4th, 2007, 2:09 am
 
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I've got a Widder vest, and a pair of Gerbing gloves.

After seeing how good just those two are, a jacket liner and pants on on the "gotta get" list.
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post #7 of 19 Old Feb 4th, 2007, 8:28 am
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I have the Gerbing jacket liner. Last year one of the cable ends for the gloves came off. I sent it back to Gerbing and asked them to extend each arm cable by six inches. Received it back with no bill. I am well sold on Gerbing!

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post #8 of 19 Old Feb 4th, 2007, 8:33 am
 
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Gerbing's ROCK! And I don't dare leave home without them.
I have the jacket liner, glove liners, pants liner, and socks.

I use Heat-Troller's dual controller, and love the control that it gives to me.
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post #9 of 19 Old Feb 4th, 2007, 9:07 am
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I think "this" is the best testimonial for Gerbings:

My wife has not complained about the cold (not even once)
since she got her Gerbings jacket (liner) and pants,

Now she only complains "when it's too hot"


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Absolutely worth the money! I have the whole kit, pant and jacket liners, gloves, and socks.

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When you order them, have them "split" wired so that you can use one controller for the pants and jacket, another for the gloves and socks.

I was not aware of that option, and always wanted more heat to the socks and gloves than I could stand on the pants and jacket. The normal way they are wired are that the gloves are controlled by the jacket controller, the socks by the pants controller. There will be extra wires to plug in split wired, and you will need splitters, but if you ride a lot in cold weather it will be appreciated.

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I am new to Gerbings and all I can say is I should have done it sooner. WOW, it is like turning up the heat in the car on a cold day. They come "split" stock now. I have the jacket liner, pants and socks. For the commute I just use the jacket. For day rides its all the gear and good to go @ 30 degrees.

By comparison I put on all the clothes I had with me at the October 2005 gathering at Iron Horse lodge for a 29 degree jaunt to Helen, GA. I was warm but I couldn't MOVE, let alone clear traffic before changing lanes. Had I had the Gerbings at the time it would have been a much more enjoyable (and safer) trip.

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I've been riding with my Gerbings Jacket liner for about 2 years. Never missed a beat. The only times it didn't work was when I negelected to bring it along. I have the older Analog temp controller. Works well.

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I have two BMW heated vests. The don't come close to comparing to the Gerbing jacket liner. If you get one with the toggle switch, you will want to buy the reastat for it also. Makes a big difference. Otherwise it is either on or off and you get too hot. Will definately be adding pant liner, sock, and gloves to the system. No better way to be comfortable without bulk. I have ridden at 8 degrees and wasn't uncomfortable. Wouldn't have wanted to ride for hours at that temp but not bad if you like to ride.

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Jacket liner is awesome. I've used mine for snowmobiling @ -26 F in northern Maine
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Worth every penny!

I now have the pants liner, jacket liner, socks and gloves. I struggled with the price as I knew I'd have to purchase two sets (one for me, one for the wife). That's a big chunk of change (approx $1600 for both).

The frst time I used it I remember thinking "... Man!!! why did I wait so long?" I thought of all the rides I'd been on where I had frozen my butt off. I was amazed at the difference. This stuff was/is worth evey penny.

The coldest I've been in with the gear is 25 degrees F. At this temp and at speed I still get cold spots, but overall I'm warm and comfortable.

Heated sock are a gift from God!

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Got jacket, trousers and socks great while on the bike, but you must remember to pack something warm for the cafe stops ( the ones where you sit outside) as unheated they have no real insulation value.

Either that or carry a 50 foot extension cable.

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Either that or carry a 50 foot extension cable.
That was my choice too!

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I know you can buy a small battery pack to run the heated clothing. May save on some wire. Can recharge once on the move again, probably last long enough for a coffee stop. Developed for sports events I believe.

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Gerbings good. Especially on that one night where you get caught out and the temps drop from the 80's into the 40's and you forgot your heavy jacket. You can keep them packed in the sidecases for use whenever you need them.


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