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Old 11-28-2012, 10:24 PM
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What you get depends on how warm you ride without heat, just insulating layers, and how cold you'll ride in. I ride down to 40°F (+4°C), and I do OK with just a heated vest, warm layers over the vest, warm helmet liner, fleece pants inside the M/C pants, and thick winter socks, plus warm gloves with heated grips. Some people are "cold" and need more warmth. You decide. You can always add more heat up to the limit of the electrical system. Wearing a heated liner over a t-shirt and a down or fleece jacket over the liner and inside your riding jacket holds warmth near your skin and allows a lower controller setting to save electricity. Hippo Hands (US$90) or similar handlebar muffs is a great heat saver for your hands.

My cheap Tourmaster electric vest hasn't let me down. It keeps me warm on its lowest setting. The controller is included with the vest, and a controller is included on the cuff of their gloves if one wants Tourmaster heated gloves. Other brands require separate purchase of a controller ("Heat-troller®" is a registered trademark of the Warm & Safe company and a terrible mangling of the English language).
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:33 AM
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I'm running the Gerbings Jacket, Pants and T-5 gloves. I haven't experienced any problems in the electrical department. I ride between 10 and 30 miles per day one way. I have to agree that the T-5 gloves leave some heat to be desired. If it's 20 or below it's pushing the limits on keeping my fingers warm enough. I have the suzuki hand guards that help with the wind. The jacket and pants keep the rest of me plenty warm. I'm wondering if there is enough voltage drop going through the jacket to make the gloves not work up to parr? I may try running the gloves by themselves sometime.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:12 PM
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I'm wondering if there is enough voltage drop going through the jacket to make the gloves not work up to par?
It shouldn't be a factor. They are directly wired, not running through the heating elements. Heated gloves can't put enough heat into the fingers to keep them warm throughout without localized burning in very low temperatures. It sounds like it's time for Hippo Hands.
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I do like PTRider. My wife bought me a newer Gerbings micro wire vest. Its all I need down to mid 30f, then my toes get cold. I have used mine weekly for 2 years now and its holding up well.

The micro wire responds very quickly to thermostat changes. Its better than any other single piece of riding gear I own. I keep the vest and controller rolled up and with me in the topcase. Great for rain riding also.

I suspect you will fall in love with any heated gear. I bought extra power leads and use them on my atv and tractor when plowing snow. Have a lead in my duck boat that makes my hunting partner very jealous when I plug in up during frigid mornings.
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I'm running the Gerbings Jacket, Pants and T-5 gloves. I haven't experienced any problems in the electrical department. I ride between 10 and 30 miles per day one way. I have to agree that the T-5 gloves leave some heat to be desired. If it's 20 or below it's pushing the limits on keeping my fingers warm enough. I have the suzuki hand guards that help with the wind. The jacket and pants keep the rest of me plenty warm. I'm wondering if there is enough voltage drop going through the jacket to make the gloves not work up to parr? I may try running the gloves by themselves sometime.
I run my T5 gloves on a seperate circuit using a dual controller which allows me to crank them right up. I hardly turn the jacket up at all. You will get hotter gloves the less other heated gear you're running.
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I used to use heated grips , gloves, vest, LED lights and phone charger on my 06 red Wee and never had a problem. BTW , have she used heated grips at the day ( or day before) when the battery died?
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:20 PM
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I have gerbings jacket linner and works well on the bike. I have been attempting to purchase the flex battery pack for it for 2 years now and I keep getting told next month they are expecting a shipment. Works great on the bike, but sure could use the battery when I am in the field.
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I was disappointed with the T5's and will install Oxford heated grips instead. I borrowed a friend's old style Gerbing gloves to compare and they are much better. Can't beat the jacket liner though!
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:59 AM
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I am very happy with my tourmaster heated jacket and gloves:

Tour Master :: Heated Apparel :: Synergy® 2.0 Electric Jacket Liner

it comes with the controller. I unplugged my left side headlight completely, really should wire it in on a switch but I'm a lazy bastard.
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