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duc May 12th, 2014 02:18 PM

heated Gear - yes or no?
For those that ride in the cold, do you use heated gear?

What kind of heated gear do you have and recommend? Or what is it that you still need?

hystco May 12th, 2014 04:08 PM

For the first time in about 25 years of riding,
this past few months was my first time with heated gear.

Only used in 40-60 degree weather.
Bestest awesomest thing ever.

One of those things where you say the cliche
"Why did I wait so long to do this?"

I use FirstGear products.
I wear the heated jacket under my Kilimanjaro coat,
with the gloves as well.

All wired through their "HeatTroller",
which remotely allows separate control of each circuit.

I don't ride in sub-40 degree temps. Don't feel the need for heated pants & socks.
Jeans with FirstGear overpants feels warm enough.

wildbill May 12th, 2014 04:19 PM

+1 what Hystco said. I use the same setup and ride down into the 20's.
PS. the first gear stuff is called Warm-N-Safe.

NurseDaddy May 12th, 2014 04:40 PM

I have been using heated gear for about 20 years and it's extended my riding season up here in NY. Now I have a FirstGear heated jacket liner, and FirstGear heated gloves. I might at some point get some heated socks, because my toes still get cold even with wool socks. I used to ride down to about 35 degrees F. Lately my cutoff is 40.

I have had some Hondas, including a Gold Wing (I'd sweat while riding in 30 degree weather will all that fairing and windscreen). I've had BMWs. I always made sure what I was riding had an adequate alternator or stator output. The Wing and BMWs were good for that. The KTM Duke I had only put out 224W. I had to put a battery gauge on it because the extra lights and heated stuff would soak up a lot of power and I wanted to make sure I wasn't sapping the battery. I was glad to see the HyperStrada's uprated alternator and two power connections.

I had heated grips thrown into the HS deal too. I'd always known about them but never had a bike with them and didn't think I needed them because I had heated gloves. But once I'd gotten a bike that already had them, I didn't know how I'd lived without them. I don't use my heated gloves as much now, because I can wear a less bulky glove with the grip heaters on. If you're covering the brake lever, your fingertips can get cold since they work best with fingers wrapped around the grips. It's good to have both heated gloves and grips, and using each depends on outside temps.

So yeah, I use heated gear. I've got a friend who has never understood my need for it. One day I gave him an old electric vest of mine, you know, just to try. He liked it. So in a moment of weakness with some money burning a hole in his pocket, he went for a jacket liner and gloves and thanked me for pushing him to do it. He has been enjoying them ever since.

dbmike May 12th, 2014 05:06 PM

I have used a Kanatsu?, Aerostich sells them, For two or three years now. If it failed today I would've not hesitate to replace it.

Best thing ever.


Serdar Yavuz April 4th, 2015 07:57 PM

I ride in temperatures down to 1 Celsius (about 33 Fahrenheit) and currently don't use heated gear, but have started to consider it. Main issue is keeping the fingertips warm if I'm doing any highway miles, as the breeze just cuts through the gloves at high speeds.

I've been considering heated grips until I saw in this forum that the dash shares the fuse with the heated grips, and any malfunction leaves the bike dead. I already had a couple of electrical issues (dash replaced twice, and bike pushed home for a mile after hitting the high beam left the bike dead when bringing the bike back from the dealer after having had the high-beam bulb replaced). I don't think I'll chance it with the grips unless I can find a solution to the fuse risk, but I am considering a heated vest and gloves for sure. Otherwise, the season here in Toronto, Canada is just too short.

BelloStrada April 4th, 2015 08:51 PM

Is riding in 50F considered cold? That's as harsh as it gets in mid-winter along the coast in SoCal.

pazzo April 5th, 2015 03:41 AM

Just did a 940mi round trip to Being Bend in Feb. Temps were as low as high 20's no heated gear, just grips. Thankful the high 20's was in the first day. Coming back, 48deg felt downright balmy.

Almost half of that ride was in the rain and more important than heated gear is staying dry.
Even mild temps in the wet will seem very cold.

AlpineStars touring suit saved my bacon on a couple of occasions where the weather took a turn for the worse. Goretex liners kept me warm and dry.

Bike wind protections is a big factor too, IMO

BelloStrada April 5th, 2015 10:25 AM

Riding in those conditions takes some cojones. I wig out crossing a street drain with water in it.

Serdar Yavuz April 5th, 2015 03:10 PM


Originally Posted by BelloStrada (Post 14155)
Is riding in 50F considered cold? That's as harsh as it gets in mid-winter along the coast in SoCal.

Now you're just making those of us further north jealous

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