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post #1 of 50 Old 10-05-2011, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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heated gear experience?

Hi again,

I'm looking at investing into some good heated gear to extend my season up here.

the stuff from FirstGear has got my interest. They have a full set of pieces that work together, so I can extend from a basic vest.

any pros/cons? anyone use it? any other brands I should be looking at?

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post #2 of 50 Old 10-05-2011, 12:41 PM
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First Gear is made by Warm & Safe. I've had good results. Warm & Safe Heated Clothing and the Heat-troller for the Real Thing!

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post #3 of 50 Old 10-05-2011, 12:44 PM
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I use Gerbings gear. I have the jacket, gloves, pants. Wouldn't be without heated gear. Mine is the previous generation and I use it with a single controller. Very satisfied.

There may be a couple other brands that are good quality, but do your research before choosing. This stuff can last MANY years, cost shouldn't be your deciding factor. If you buy something that doesn't do the job properly it is money wasted.

If I can give one piece of advice: Don't buy a vest! Buy the jacket. Your arms are typically in the wind more than the torso. You will have to crank up the vest to the point it may have hot spots while trying to keep your arms warm.
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I have the gerbings jacket and love it. The PO gave it and the dual controller to me with the bike. I would freeze or have on slot of layers without it.

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I also have a First Gear jacket and love it. If it dies I'll get another just like it.

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thanks for your feedback so far.

i'm heading down to Philly this weekend and might see if I can find anything on sale on the way down

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post #7 of 50 Old 10-05-2011, 01:28 PM
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I use the warm and safe jacket liner with an EXO controller.

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post #8 of 50 Old 10-05-2011, 04:07 PM
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Another Warm N Safe fan. I didn't like where the power connector is on the Gerbing.

+1 for getting the jacket liner, not just a vest.

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post #9 of 50 Old 10-05-2011, 04:24 PM
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StormRider Heated Clothing Controller | EXO2 The Heat Inside

I highly recommend this controller. When I had an inline controller on the power cord, it was difficult and distracting to set the temp I wanted. Could easily have caused an accident. Having a digital controller on your left handlebar is a huge step up.

Agree that a jacket liner is far superior to a vest, especially since the Strom leaves your arms in the breeze.

Another issue that folks may disagree about is how tight the heated jacket liner should fit your torso. I had one that was deliberately snug on the theory that I would need less power, something that the Strom does not have a lot of.

Using the digital controller, I find that I really don't need a lot of power anyway so that isn't an issue. The snug jacket liner became uncomfortable after an hour or two and I couldn't wait to take it off. I recently got one a size larger and it is far more comfortable to wear on long rides.

If anyone wants to buy my old Gerbing jacket liner and/or the inline dual controller, let me know. I think the size is 44 with regular length sleeves.

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post #10 of 50 Old 10-05-2011, 04:31 PM
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Now that Tour Master has worked out their controller issues I'm very satisfied with my Synergy heated vest and gloves. They did have problems 2 or 3 years ago, but they always replaced my faulty controllers under warranty. Have not had any issues after the last replacement and they've worked great ever since.

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