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Old April 6th, 2015, 10:04 AM   #11
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I thoroughly recommend heated gear, I had a battery powered heated vest for a couple of winters (never liked the idea of plugging myself into the bike) and it was a godsend in severe cold until it broke.

I haven't replaced it as I splashed out on top notch Rukka Gore-Tex gear and have learned to layer properly, plus the fact the last two winters here have been mild, but if next year is bad I'll definitely go for another vest.

I wouldn't bother with gloves or socks - science dictates that as long as you keep your core warm, your extremities will suffer less.

This stuff came highly recommended in my research:

Heated Clothing | Heated Gloves | Heated Socks | Heated Vests
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Old April 7th, 2015, 12:00 PM   #12
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I have these installed on my Gas Gas trials bike and my HS. Cheap, simple to install under the standard Ducati grips and very effective.

Enduro Engineering Heated Grips
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 12:54 PM   #13
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I've had a heated Gerbing jacket for about 10 years now, and it's great. Hook up a pig tail to your battery and have it extend just outside your seat. Plug in when desired. I also have the heat adjuster/potentiometer, but usually don't use it.
I bought the heated gloves, but sold them due to being so thick you lose "feel"
and not so much in control.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 06:58 AM   #14
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My wife and I have had heated vests for a long time. They are good down to freezing. Below that I'd rather not be on a bike! For weekend romps we wear leather, but for long trips we have Aerostich Darien suits. The suit alone, with fleece underneath, is good down to 40. Maybe not for all day at that temp, but enough for a cold morning in the mountains.

One thing about the Strada - the handguards are nearly useless at blocking the wind, most of your hands are out in the breeze. I've just ordered a pair of insulated rain gloves for our next trip.
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Old April 25th, 2015, 01:11 PM   #15
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I've had a heated vest for years but last year invested in a full heated liner with sleeves from CycleGear. The budget liner from CycleGear works well, comes with a 4 level controller and on high almost broils me.

Aside from the liner, the best investments I've made in foul weather gear are are Alpinestars gortex lined boots and gloves as well as A-Stars waterproof jacket and pants that zip together. This setup has kept me warm enough in riding temps to the mid 30s. If it's colder than that, i don't want to be on the bike!
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Old April 25th, 2015, 04:19 PM   #16
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Heated gear is the best thing since sliced bread. Speaking of sliced bread, my heated gear was cut off me in a nasty bike vs car 9 years ago (I was a passenger in the incident). Time to finally replace it.
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Old April 28th, 2015, 08:55 AM   #17
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After a couple of bone chilling night rides last year (got caught out) I got a powerlet liner and glove liner. They are wonderful - extended my riding season. Just a warm glow of heat.

Another thing is people think you're super tough - but apart from snotcicles - you're just really comfortable.

While the heated core will help your extremities - I still suggest the glove liners. I use them under a well armored set of waterproof gloves. The benefit is that the gloves aren't padded with insulation so I get better control feel, and unlike most winter gloves, the outer glove has nice armor.
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Old May 5th, 2015, 11:19 AM   #18
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I have Gerbing pant, jacket, sock liners and gloves. I control the sock and pants as one group and the jacket liner and gloves as another group. I have used the set on several occasions with temperatures around -10 celsius. I personally would not ride with temperatures below 5 celsius without using some heated gear. With the gear I stay very comfortable without having to wear multiple layers under my TPG jacket and pants. I would highly recommend heated gear, it is well worth the price.
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Old May 5th, 2015, 11:54 AM   #19
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I think I'm sold on getting some heated gear (jacket liner & pant liner) as I just did a 3 hour trip each way at about 6-8 deg C and had a miserable time trying to keep warm at 120 km/hr.

So, the next question might be.. Gerbing or Firstgear?

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Old May 25th, 2015, 11:01 PM   #20
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Ok, I guess brands are a wash.. they all seem to do the same thing, however Gerbing has a lifetime warranty on the heater elements.. where Firstgear I'm not sure if they do or not.

Next question, are people using the 12v sockets on the HS for their heated gear, or are you wiring directly to the battery. Obviously using a heat troller to control the temps.
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