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Anyone have any experience with the FirstGear line. They offer a 65 & 90W jacket liner. I've looked at Powerlet and am familiar with Gerbings, but not available. The price point on the FG is lower and I have had good results with a pair of TPG pants. The wires in the jacket are noticeable heavier than Gerbings, but other than that I don't see much difference.

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For more information on the Firstgear heated liners, check out http://www.warmnsafe.com. They are the OEM for Firstgear heated clothing. Excellent stuff. The fit is a little different than Gerbings, where WnS has a bit more room in the shoulders.

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Not sure if you were asking specifically about the jacket liners, but thought I would mention that I recently bought a pair of FirstGear heated gloves, only to discover one of the gloves would not heat. I know it wasn't the wiring harness since my Gerbings glove liners worked OK. For this to happen to a brand-new pair of gloves with quality-assurance tags still attached did not give me a lot of confidence in this brand. My local Cycle Gear made it right and ordered me another pair, although the clerk said I was not the first customer to experience this problem with their gloves.


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My wife and I have this line, they work well and should, as they are made by Warm & Safe who make very good products. They have kept us warm as low as 34 degrees (my wife's jacket is the 65 watt version) which is the coldest we have ridden since purchasing them.

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Anyone have any experience with the FirstGear line. They offer a 65 & 90W jacket liner. I've looked at Powerlet and am familiar with Gerbings, but not available. The price point on the FG is lower and I have had good results with a pair of TPG pants. The wires in the jacket are noticeable heavier than Gerbings, but other than that I don't see much difference.

Thanks,

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I've had the First Gear Warm and Safe for a couple of years. I really like it. Not as bulky as the Gerbings and the stretch panels in the sides and sleeves allow for a snug fit so you get the most out of the heat.

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I sure wish I had some, headed to Texas in the morning and the low here tonight is supposed to be 13. That is if the sun melts enough snow off with only a high of 28 today to get out of this subdivision I'm in. Once I hit the main road though, I'm good to go.
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I ride year round as a motor officer and have purchased both brands of heated clothing.
The small difference in price does not even justify purchasing the First one on your list. The second one stands behind their product with a "no quarrel" return policy. If it ever fails, they replace it. Try to find that kind of customer service with the First one.
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Thanks for the feedback, I figured it would be mixed based on actual experience with each product. I couldn't find the right size in Gerbings and bought a First Gear. Just wired the accessory plug and will test it out in the morning. Seems like a lot of extra wires to deal with.
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My wife and I both have the Warm & Safe heated jacket liners. Hers has the optional remote control Heatroller, mine is the standard Heatroller. As far as wires go, it is simply two wires connected to the battery for power, and everything else is a quick disconnect, so I don't see where there is any problem there.

The remote control is great as she can just keep it in her outer riding jacket pocket and adjust the temp of the liner from there. I just have mine in the Tank Bag for now, since I can use it on either one of the Bikes this way by simply plugging it into the power I have plumbed to each Tank Bag. The Heatroller is easy enough to access while riding in the Tank Bag, so no probs there.

Granted you do have to plug in the jacket before you ride off. I have forgotten that a couple of times, but the cold air is quick to remind me to pull over and plug it in!

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Thanks for the feedback, I figured it would be mixed based on actual experience with each product. I couldn't find the right size in Gerbings and bought a First Gear. Just wired the accessory plug and will test it out in the morning. Seems like a lot of extra wires to deal with.

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My pillion has the jacket liner and gloves. She loves them. I found the quality to be very good, and the Warm N Safe remote heat controller was a bargain price and very nice to use. We have a local dealer who discounts very nicely, ended up with the jacket at $92 and remote dual controller for $65.

Installation was easy, just connected the supplied cable to my existing fuse block. It can just as easily go on the battery if you don't have a fuse block already installed (they include an inline fuse).

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I ride year round as a motor officer and have purchased both brands of heated clothing.
The small difference in price does not even justify purchasing the First one on your list. The second one stands behind their product with a "no quarrel" return policy. If it ever fails, they replace it. Try to find that kind of customer service with the First one.
Buy Quality !
First Gear heated liners, controllers etc. are made by Warm & Safe which is a quality outfit who also helped Gerbings make a better product.

Regards & Ride Safe!

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If you have questions or need help with the gear, Give me a shout, Larry

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