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Need advice on heated gear recommendations. I'm going to need some grip warmers and some sort of vest to keep me warm down to 25-30 degrees in the rain for commuting purposes. Anyone have experience?
 
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Yeah, check out Joel's post about heated grips in the thread Conq linked.

I use this vest and it works great with the electronic controller. Get the coiled lead, though. It will let you move a little more on the bike without pulling the connector apart. It was 30F this morning but I was comfortable.

edit: One more tip on the vest...buy one that fits closely. They don't work well when they're too loose.
 

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booth23 said:
25-30 degrees in the rain for commuting purposes.
Why would you want to ride in that kind of weather? Not being critical, it's an honest question.
 
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Pete said:
Why would you want to ride in that kind of weather? Not being critical, it's an honest question.
Deciding on 2 different jobs, neither of which do I really want. One of them has offices in TX so I could transfer down the road. That company is 33 miles from my place. In Seattle Traffic, that would be 1.5 hour commute in the cage, 1/2 that on the bike.
 

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Deciding on 2 different jobs, neither of which do I really want. One of them has offices in TX so I could transfer down the road. That company is 33 miles from my place. In Seattle Traffic, that would be 1.5 hour commute in the cage, 1/2 that on the bike.
Gotcha. Besides the mysery, wet roads and freezing temps would turn me into a nervous basket case.
 

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I like all of Aerostich's stuff... I'd probably get their heated gear too if you already have a roadcrafter. (and I seem to remember that you do. maybe? can't remember.)
 
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Gerbing makes a good product. A couple years ago when I bought mine there was an article in one of the bike mags comparing it to the Widder. Gerbing's put out more heat they said.

You might consider getting a full jacket liner instead of a vest. Gives you the option to run heated gloves (they plug into the end of the sleeve) if you ever decided to do that.

Gerbing will custom make their products to your size for no extra charge too. You'll want to have it fit snug but not tight. They have a slick outside so leathers and other gear slide over them easily.

I use their jacket liner, gloves, and for long trips in sub-temps, pant liner. The 3 all plug into each other so 1 thermostat runs them all.
 
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EatnAsphalt said:
You might consider getting a full jacket liner instead of a vest. Gives you the option to run heated gloves (they plug into the end of the sleeve) if you ever decided to do that.
I have the full jacket liner. It is very toasty. But like others I tend not to ride when it is wet and below freezing.
 
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Man, I hate to think of you riding in that shit. I'd get a load of books on tape and cage it. :crap:
 
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I rather enjoy riding in cold weather, as well as rain. It's different than nice weather, but still better than being cooped up in a cage.

I use heated grips and an E-Vest for cold weather. I'm good down to the mid 20s. Below that I need to put on my winter gloves, and maybe a rain suit to keep the cold air out better.

The rain is an interesting challenge in terms of traction management and visibility. The smells and sounds in the rain are completely different than the dry. I think it can help your riding skills to ride in the rain.
 

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Update: Like I said, I have a Widder vest and very happy with it, but today I got to check out Gerbings stuff, and I would buy it if I didnt already have the Widder vest. The Gerbing has a heated jacket liner that is very similar to a light windbreaker, nylon construction, knit cuffs, etc. And you can not even feel the wires in it. While keeping your torso is the most important, thus the popularity of vests, the Gerbing jacket folds the same size as my Widder vest so why not have heated arms. Also makes attaching electric gloves easier instead of runing wires down your arms. Also, I like their gloves better than the Widders, they are leather and less bulky.
 
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EatnAsphalt said:
Gerbing makes a good product. A couple years ago when I bought mine there was an article in one of the bike mags comparing it to the Widder. Gerbing's put out more heat they said.

You might consider getting a full jacket liner instead of a vest. Gives you the option to run heated gloves (they plug into the end of the sleeve) if you ever decided to do that.

Gerbing will custom make their products to your size for no extra charge too. You'll want to have it fit snug but not tight. They have a slick outside so leathers and other gear slide over them easily.

I use their jacket liner, gloves, and for long trips in sub-temps, pant liner. The 3 all plug into each other so 1 thermostat runs them all.

Gerbing's stuff rocks. :thumb: I've had Widder, and it works well also, but the Gerbing stuff is a step up. I have their jacket liner and gloves. I have used it in weather dipping into the teens and the stuff made the trips comfortable, definitely worth the investment.
 
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Also consider what you are wearing on top - if you are sticking to tight fitting leathers you may have to consider a waistcoat only as the sleeves may not fit under your leather sleeves.
 
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