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post #1 of 48 Old 09-04-2014, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Gear in order of importance!

Have never had any heated gear. In Georgia wanting to ride a little more this winter season (30F-40F). So what gear do you think I should most look into (or do I even need any at all). In order of value and bank for the buck or most needed. Looking to see if there is a common thought on this. Thanks
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My Gerbing jacket (not vest) can keep me comfy when it is in the 30s.

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Have never had any heated gear. In Georgia wanting to ride a little more this winter season (30F-40F). So what gear do you think I should most look into (or do I even need any at all). In order of value and bank for the buck or most needed. Looking to see if there is a common thought on this. Thanks

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Heated gear makes things sooooo much more pleasant when riding in temperatures near freezing. And if there is some rain thrown in it may be a life saver.

I ride with a heated jacket liner and heated grips. I've ridden in well below freezing weather and had chilly knees and once, oddly, toes, but so long as the core stayed warm I was fine. The Tourmaster heated liner I have is too hot to run on high. The OEM heated grips are a little anemic but do the job.

If nothing else, pick up a heated vest. Keep it in your cases or near your riding gear and throw it on when the temperatures drop. A reasonable heated vest can be had for $100 - $150. You can usually wire them straight to the battery. The improvement in your riding attitude when it heats up will be miraculous.

Take a look at Tourmaster, Warm'n'Safe, Gerbings. They're all good. I bought the Tourmaster because it comes with the temperature controller. Some of the others didn't when I bought mine.

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most important imho is heated grips, you have them with you all the time, I probably turn my grips on more in summer on cool nights or when it is wet and rainy and I am wearing summer gloves

heated grips is the first addition to every bike I have ever owned

next would be an electric vest to keep your core warm, unless you are going to ride in more extreme cold, an electric vest is adequate vs an electric jacket liner , but for the price difference, you may want to just spring for the jacket liner

I ride in temps as cold as -25f and have found no need for other electrics like socks or pant liner, but I do wear Sorels (boots) in winter



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Grips first, since they're most convenient to kick on/off at will and they can take the edge off without having to change anything. As temps change throughout the day it can be a hassle to stop and change gear.

Second, jacket. I have the Tourmaster heated jacket with long heated sleeves and collar since my arms get cold. And it makes it easy to plug in my heated gloves. Keeping your core warm can usually keep the rest of you warm as well.

Third, gloves. I rarely use these but when I need them it's usually a showstopper if I don't have them. Having them means I can keep riding in otherwise weather that is too cold for me.

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For 3 months of the year heated grips over heated gloves? Seems like the gloves would be a better option?
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1--Core. Vest or jacket
2--Heated gloves. An alternative is chemical heat packs on the backs of your hands ( where all the blood vessels are) inside insulated gloves.

Keeping the brain warm is critical. Wool or poly fleece helmet liner or balaclava is important.

Also keep in mind that the rubber in your tires needs to be normally warm for good traction. Tires warm by flexing. Higher tire pressure flexes less. Running at the swing arm sticker pressure at most is my way.

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If I had heated gear, it would be gloves at the very top. I only have a short commute, but I would ride ride well into the teens and below.

After 6 miles, my hands really hurt. Everything else was fine, but I was wearing thermals under everything, three or so layers up top, wool socks with thick boots, and a scarf of some sort. Even with the most decent gloves I could afford (which isn't saying much), it became very hard to ride in the teens.
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When your body temperature gets dangerously low your body defends itself by concentrating available blood flow and warmth to your vital organs. That is why it is always your hands and feet feel the cold first. On that basis any assistance anywhere will give you some comfort, although personally a good jacket and heated gloves would be my first choices - or do what I did and move to Queensland.

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Heated grips first! Heated Jacket second. Gloves not needed. IMHO

Grips keep hands warm, do not need any wiring disconnected when getting on or off the bike, various heat setting near grip. Are always with the bike in case there is a change in the weather. Most used heating for myself. In rain, cold temperatures. I use thinnest glove possible to use available controls. Electric gloves are bulky.

Jacket is wired to bike with a temp controller on the bike. With the jacket sleeves being warmed, and heated grips my hands are good below 32 degrees F.

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