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post #1 of 12 Old 09-12-2007, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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"Gears Canda" heated clothes

Hi All,


I asked in the general forum and no one seems to have had experience with this stuff so I thought I might have better luck here:

I was in my local dealer recently and noticed the "Gears Canada" heated clothing. the stuff looks well thought out and is priced reasonably. I don't know enough about this stuff to know if it is good quality or not.. truth is I hadn't really thought about heated gear until I saw and thried it on.

Have any of you used it or do you know anything about it?

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-12-2007, 07:29 PM
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I remember seeing a writeup about it in a magazine. I've done a hunt around my house but I can't find it. I'll let you know if it turns up though.

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Don't know about their heated gear but bought a set of soft bags for Lynda's bike. Seem to be good quality and reasonably well thought out. So far so good.

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i bought the heated vest, but it's been so warm this summer,even with a trip to the soo, that i've only used it once. it works well but i can't say anything about the longevity.
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I have GearsCanada stuff...

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Hi All,
I was in my local dealer recently and noticed the "Gears Canada" heated <snip>
Have any of you used it or do you know anything about it?
Thanks,
Tom
I have the old-style vest (no arm chap connectors) and leg chaps. I love them both.

I had written a short writeup for the Yahoo DL650 group back in March. Here it is:

Got out for a ride yesterday along the Niagara Parkway. It's a favourite ride here in Southern Ontario.
It was about 4 degrees C, so I thought I'd try out my new GearsCanada heated chaps. They connect directly to the heated vest (also from GearsCanada, then one cable goes to the cable I normally used for my heated vest.
I didn't want to use them alone over my jeans as I'm sure they offer zero protection if I get into an accident, so I wore my summer-weight mesh pants over them. I was out for about an hour and a half, and this combination worked quite nicely. I think if I were out for a longer ride or slabbing it at high speeds, I'd probably use my winter pants (without the liners) over the chaps. I have a few rides planned in the next few weeks to see my school's robotics team compete in Waterloo and Toronto, so that will give me a chance to test out that combination.


I did get to use them a few times more in the spring, and the chaps were HEAVEN! I think I like the leg chaps better than the vest, although the vest is the one I carry with me all the time now (haven't needed it yet this season, thankfully).

I have zero regrets getting the GearsCanada clothing. In fact, I may be springing for some of their heated gloves in the next little while.

-Peter in Niagara Falls and Toronto
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I have tried on a Gears vest. Very comfortable, and seems well made. I didnt use it on my bike though. The price is right and it comes with wiring and an on/off switch.

My question is this......my current vest is only 22 Watts (Blackjack, made in BC) and it seems to be warm enough for even the coldest of days. The Gears i believe is 45 watts. I am thinking I would have to be either turning it on and off constantly, or going the added expense of a thermostat for it.

The Gears is more attractive and could be worn at any time.

The newest version has connections on the shoulders to use the heated arm chaps, which sounds like a good idea for sure. You can get it with or without a heated collar.

Here in Manitoba, it gets downright chilly in Sept/Oct and for abit we generally even ride in November if there isnt any snow. Heated clothing extends the riding season by up to 2 months for me. I have heated grips on my Wee, as well as the new style Widder heated glove.

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The Gears i believe is 45 watts. I am thinking I would have to be either turning it on and off constantly, or going the added expense of a thermostat for it.
Yup, that's true. If I wear the vest close to my body, I'm always cycling the power 'cause it gets so hot. But if I wear it over a number of layers where it has less effect, I can sometimes leave it on all the time.

-Peter in NF & TO
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I just picked up the vest last night... I couldn't resist as Newmarket Suzuki has the Gears Canada heated stuff for 20% off.

I used it riding to work this morning and it is really nice and toasty! What impressed me most was how nice and warm my lower back felt.

I did find I cycled it on an off several times as it really wasn't all that cold when I left home (about 5 degrees C) and warmed up to about 9 by the time I got to work. I can see getting a variable controller for it.

The other effect was how cold my legs felt when I turned on the vest.. it wasn't so much that they actually got colder but I think that they felt left out. I imagine I am going to convince myself into getting the the arms and chaps as well. (Would current draw be a problem with them and my heated grips?)

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Yup, that's true. If I wear the vest close to my body, I'm always cycling the power 'cause it gets so hot. But if I wear it over a number of layers where it has less effect, I can sometimes leave it on all the time.

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I've seen the ads for Gears stuff but know nothing about it. I bought an el-cheapo trucker's jacket on sale at K-Mart and had it wired by the folks at Cruzan Engineering. Jacket was ten bucks or so and the wire job was 89.95. The jacket is a bit bulky as its lined but I bought one a size smaller than I usually take and it works very well. It fits under both of my 1st Gear jackets with the stock liners removed and provides excellent insulation all by itself due to its quilted construction even without the heat on not so cold days. I cycle it but Cruzan also makes a controller to adjust the temps. At $89.95 its a real bargain to have a jackets existing liner wired by these folks. Thier website is www.CruzanEngineering .com
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I bought the Gears vest a few weeks ago as I'm making the trek from the beaches to Brampton daily this fall... I love it. Its great to wear even without the heat on as it provides the extra insurance of knowing you've got heat if needed.
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