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Good day chaps,easy question. How effective is heated clothing and down to what temperatures can you keep warm. Also i heard that Gerbing is the best make as you can link sock,trouser,jacket and glove liners together. Please everybody chip in with there experience of heated clothing
 

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Good day to you from the snowy deep south of Vermont.
I've had a complete set of Gerbings for about 10 years now. Socks plug into pant liner, gloves plug into jacket liner, dual controller which allows separate temperature control of upper and lower zones.
Sometimes when riding with just jacket and pants liner, I plug 'em together and run as one zone.
My wife has a set of jacket and pants liner sans gloves and socks, plugs 'em together and runs as one zone.
They work very well and I have ridden in 20 degree F temps with relative comfort; gotta watch the road surface though.

Gerbing now has micro wires or something that make the wires less noticable. I've never been bothered by the wiring except in the socks where if you spend any time walking the wires will become annoying.

Learning how to dress with them is important in the coldest weather. A normal layer under the Gerbings and a fairly snug fitting garmet over the liner will help eliminated hot and cold spots which can occur when running them at full heat.

My wife has the quilted pant liner and I wouldn't get the quilted version again, just the plain heated liner. The quilted one doesn't pack down and store as compactly, and the quilting doesn't seem to have any real advantage over just layering with something else.

HTH

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Good day chaps,easy question. How effective is heated clothing and down to what temperatures can you keep warm. Also i heard that Gerbing is the best make as you can link sock,trouser,jacket and glove liners together. Please everybody chip in with there experience of heated clothing
 

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I just received an Aerostich Kanetsu heated vest, not sure how it is compared to Gerbings but I use their Roadcrafter suit which is a great item. Just another manufacturer option.

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I just received an Aerostich Kanetsu heated vest, not sure how it is compared to Gerbings but I use their Roadcrafter suit which is a great item. Just another manufacturer option.

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There are several threads about the topic, and everyone has their opinion, but from personal experience using the Aerostich Kanetsu AirVantage vest - it has worked for me better than the Gerbings I used to own. Not that there was anything wrong with Gerbings, it is that the design of the Aerostich, with it's inflatable air bladder makes it much more effective as it puts the heating coils next to your body and provides a layer of air which insulates so much better. I can't say enough as to how well it works - and this was before I lived in AZ, and I lived in Minnesota and most of my riding was in the cold.
http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-kanetsu-airvantage-electric-vest.html

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Have used full Gerbings for several years now. Love them!! When it starts to get a bit chilly, the full jacket liner goes in, once it gets cold, then the heated pant liners go in too. I just got a pair of heated insoles which seem to work very well also as they just radiate heat up into your foot to keep them toasty warm. Even during the spring time when it can be chilly in the mornings, I wear the heated jacket liner under my mesh jacket. Once it warms up some, turn it off, warms up more, take it off. I have ridden with my Gerbings on a GS down to 5 degrees F. It heated up plenty to keep me warm. The important thing is to get a set that is properly sized, they should be snug in fit. I also find it is helpful to turn them on before you get up to full highway speed, so they get heat into your jacket and aren't fighting against any air blast also trying to get into the jacket.
 

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Only tried the Gerbings. I use the Jacket w/ sleeves. Best piece of equip I've purchased. Cuts down on the amount of clothes I need to take on trips. I've ridden many times in the mid 20's and not turned it up to the highest. I would like to try some other brands but just ut of curiosity...not disappointment. I don't have the heated pants or socks. I just don't seem to get that cold on the LT. It's amazing how the LT protects you with its fairing design and windscreen.
 

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I don't ride below freezing BUT..........................
Gerbing jacket liner at 34F has to be turned down for comfort.
 

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Sit said:
Have used full Gerbings for several years now. Love them!! When it starts to get a bit chilly, the full jacket liner goes in, once it gets cold, then the heated pant liners go in too. I just got a pair of heated insoles which seem to work very well also as they just radiate heat up into your foot to keep them toasty warm. Even during the spring time when it can be chilly in the mornings, I wear the heated jacket liner under my mesh jacket. Once it warms up some, turn it off, warms up more, take it off. I have ridden with my Gerbings on a GS down to 5 degrees F. It heated up plenty to keep me warm. The important thing is to get a set that is properly sized, they should be snug in fit. I also find it is helpful to turn them on before you get up to full highway speed, so they get heat into your jacket and aren't fighting against any air blast also trying to get into the jacket.
My wife and I love our Gerbings jackets and gloves. With the LT faring protection, I haven't found it necessary to have pants or socks and have ridden in 19 degree weather.

Emphasis on the snug fit. In fact, you want it snug to the point it really feels a bit tighter than you would normally wear a jacket. This ensures a more even heat.
 

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Give me a shout. I sell Warm & Safe heated gear. Oldest mfgr out there.

Liners are 90 watts to. Gerbing is 77 watts.

I got some cheap prices right now!!
 

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I've used the Aerostich Kanetsu for several years. It is an incredibly effective, logical and durable design. I ride a naked R1150R all winter long...sometimes down into the teens Fahrenheit with no problems.
 

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I have the Warm and Safe, couldn't be happier with it and I live in upstate NY! The customer service is second to none, I just received and email from them about and exchange I asked for almost a year ago, asking me if I still wanted to exchange the item!!!
 

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We have and enjoy Tourmaster heated clothing. She likes the controller being on the thigh where it is easily accessible. I like that I can use it easily on the LT or GT and the heat contoller is always on my thigh. The jacket, pants, gloves all connect together. If you get electric socks, they plug into the pants (not the chaps). Same for gloves connecting to jacket (not the vest). Enjoy!
 

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I have owned Gerbings and now own the First Gear (made by Warm & Safe). Gerbings worked great, well made & very good customer service. The only reason I went to the First Gear liner is the store had a nice deal on it. I do notice the First gear/Warm & Safe liners fit me better. I have ridden in cold weather down to 28 degrees and never cranked the heat troller higher than half way and have never found the need for heated pants liner. Heated liners are a very worthwhile investment.
 

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I also have a Tourmaster heated jacket liner (I just purchased it last week) and it was too hot in 37 degrees when the controller was set on the high temp setting. This liner comes with a 3 year warranty vs. the Gerbring's lifetime warranty. The difference was $100 since I purchased the Tourmaster on cyber Monday at a 16% discount (net price was $151) from Jafrum.com. Since I live in the Philly area, the jacket won't get used too often but seems to be a nice option to have when riding.

Good luck on your search as it seems you cannot go wrong with either Gerbing or Tourmaster - I just can't speak for any other manufacturers.
 

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I also have the full body Gerbing setup; socks, pants, jacket and gloves. They plug into each other and then, into a dual zone controller that gives me the ability to regulate my temperature and divide the body based on your individual needs. I prefer to regulate by “top half and bottom half” per controller. I’ve had this system for several years, and even though the LT provides great weather coverage in its own right, the Gerbing provides that added comfort level that allows extensive riding on those really cold days.

The equipment has operated flawlessly, although as previously mentioned, the wires running through the socks can very quite annoying (even painful) if you plan on walking any distances. That being said, the socks keep your entire foot and leg up to the calves toasty on the coldest of days. Gerbing has recently switched from the socks to foot liner. I just received a pair as a Christmas present and because of the recent snow, I haven’t had a chance to give them a try…

I consider it to be a great investment, since even if it’s too warm to plug in the gear, it can still be used as an effective jacket/pant liner, ready to be called into action should the temperatures drop into the uncomfortable range.
 

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I've been riding with a Gerbing jacket liner and pants for the past five years. Temps in the mid twenties are no problem. (Ditto what CharlieVT said about road surfaces at those temps). The jacket heats up very quickly and the controller has settings for light, dark, bagel and pop tart. :rotf: The pants seem to take a bit longer to hear up and I never really feel the warmth in them as I do from the jacket. I attribute this to wind on the legs and protection from the windscreen on the chest. I've never needed the gloves. The heated grips and some decent downhill ski gloves work fine for me. I've thought about getting the socks, but I've never suffered from cold toes while riding.

One comment I have heard is that the temperature setting should be a touch on the low side so you feel a little bit of the chill. The reasoning is that being toasty warm can lull you to sleep. I've never experienced that. Lowering the windscreen and raising the face shield at 65 with 20 degree temps is a real wake up call.

Good luck!
 

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For those of you interested in heated gear, I received an email from a company I just bought my heated jacket liner from and they are running a 16% discount. You can now buy a Tour Master heated jacket liner for $150 - just use the discount code "jafrum" when ordering. Here is their website www.jafrum.com.

The details are:

76 watts
6.4 amps
167 = high temp
151 = med temp
126 = low temp
3 year warranty

Glenn
 
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