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post #1 of 17 Old 01-21-2008, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Heated Equipment-Suggestions

Wouldn't mind getting some feedback from the Canadian Collective on what would be the minimum suggested heated equipment, in your experience.Ie
Gloves, grips or vest.
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Check out my report here on Widder products:

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ps: the canadian distributor is in Calgary, she is very helpful, and you can probably make arrangements to go over and look at the stuff yourself.

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Wouldn't mind getting some feedback from the Canadian Collective on what would be the minimum suggested heated equipment, in your experience.Ie
Gloves, grips or vest.
A number of us here have the Gears Canada clothing. The heated vest is a must, but I must admit that sometimes I find the heated chaps nicer when I'm slabbing it. I just also picked up their heated gloves but haven't had a chance to try them out on the road. They're certainly nice and comfy in the garage...

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I do alright down to about 3C with just heated grips. I wear longjohns underneath my riding pants, a balaclava under the helmet, regular leather riding gloves, woolie socks and a nice warm sweater.

I am a few years younger than most Strom riders and I am somewhat well insulated naturally (ie. overweight) which goes a long way to improving cold tolerance and maintaining proper core temperature.

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Have a Synergy heated jacket liner somewhere in the delivery system. The sleeves are heated too. Can't wait to try it out. Come with it's own heattroller too. Also for consideration, check out WarmGear. Lynda bought the self contained model with it's own lithium battery. Nice appearance and looks to be a quality product. Wear it anywhere and be warm.
Heated grips and handguards are another way to keep warmer.

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A number of us here have the Gears Canada clothing. The heated vest is a must, but I must admit that sometimes I find the heated chaps nicer when I'm slabbing it. I just also picked up their heated gloves but haven't had a chance to try them out on the road. They're certainly nice and comfy in the garage...

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I see that Gears Canada doesn't yet have a working list of distributors, nor do they list prices.

Anyone willing to tell us what they've got and approximately what they paid?

I also notice their controller appears to be a rebadged or maybe cloned Warm'n'safe Heatroller:

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Distributed through dealers using PartsCanada. Pretty much any bike or sled dealer can get you the stuff.

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http://www.partscanada.com/catalogue...ages/0175.html

just click on the page forward, or page back for other Gears items, prices are right there too.

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No one has asked you what kind of riding you are lookng to do.

If you are taling about going out on occasional short trips in temperatures above freezing you likely wouldn't need much more than hand guards (if you don't already have them) and decent gloves. Heated grips are nice anytime you get caught in cooler weather without heavy gloves, but as things get colder or you are doing longer trips in colder weather they become less effective and I think heated gloves would be nicer (I don't have any yet.)

I do have the Gears Canada Vest, arm chaps and leg chaps and the variable controller. I bought them from my local Suzuki dealer and always get discounts from her on pretty much everything I buy.

For 45 minute commutes to work, the vest is nice, as are the arm chaps as things head below freezing. I have the leg chaps but have kind of mixed feelings on when to use them. In colder weather I almost always have on a set of what I call tights, which I got from a ski shop. If it was real cold I would have long underwear on top of them. The combo keeps me pretty warm on most rides.

In southern Ontario I find that when it gets cold enough to need the heated gear then snow tends to hit and I am reluctant to ride on roads that might have ice or snow on them. I did a fairly long ride in October from Ottawa area to home (550 or so KM) in weather that started out as -4 and all the gear was appreciated!

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Check out my report here on Widder products:

ps: the canadian distributor is in Calgary, she is very helpful, and you can probably make arrangements to go over and look at the stuff yourself.
Do note that Pat Widder is closing his company at the end of 2008. This shows up on the warranty information on his website, and has been mentioned on the LDRider mailing list. As a result, you may want to go with somtthing other than Widder gear.

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