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post #1 of 26 Old 11-12-2017, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket for cold weather?

I was at my local hardware store yesterday and saw they had a rack of Milwaukee Tool-brand battery-powered heated jackets. The guy at the store gave them a glowing review, and I figured that was just to get me to drop $190 in his store for the jacket + battery & charger.

By chance, I went to a university football game later that day, and temps were in the low 30s. I happened to see about a dozen people walking around wearing these jackets (very obvious, due to the lighted on-off/temp-control buttons on the left chest). While most people at the game were bundled up like Sta-Puff Marshmallow people, the M12 owners seemed perfectly comfortable in their light jackets.

I approached one and asked him about it. He said he was perfectly comfortable, had been running the heat on the medium setting for around 3 hours, and still had plenty of battery life left.

Being a rider who likes to extend my season as much as possible, I've been seriously thinking about getting some heated gear. But I also prefer stuff that is multi-purpose. I was thinking this jacket might be something one could wear under riding gear.

I did find 1 online review of the jacket specifically for MC use, but it was from 7 years ago. At that time, they indicated the jacket was about twice the bulk of a traditional heated vest, and put out less heat than a hard-wired system (12v with the battery vs. 30v-40v for something like Gerbing gear). The consensus was it could be useful to take the edge off cool weather, and you'd probably want to use it under a pretty loose-fitting jacket.

I might end up adding this one to my Xmas gift list.

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I'm waiting delivery of another Gerbing jacket. Supposed to be here Monday. I paid $204 at the Warming Store. I looked at a number of 'other brand' jackets but have had 2 other Gerbings that worked a number of years. Hopefully the new technology will have good heat dispersion. The other jackets I looked at all seemed to be ni-chrome heating element style and as shown in the pictures didn't have the same heat coverage the Gerbings seem to have.
I wanted something that didn't have it's own battery too. Plug and play into my existing controller.
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I see that Gerbings now has micro wire, my old Gerbings liner was pre micro wire technology, I like my First Gear jacket liner better than the Gerbings I had, it's not only micro wire, it is also more wattage on high

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Warm & Safe has their heated waterproof liners in colors on sale, 40% off with code WPCOLORS-E.
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post #5 of 26 Old 11-14-2017, 08:30 AM
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Multi-use is good but riding in the cold generally your feet and hands are the areas that need heat more than the core assuming you have a 3 season jacket.
Look at the functionality of the entire heated gear package before you jump.


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but riding in the cold generally your feet and hands are the areas that need heat more than the core
I have NEVER found that to be the case, and I ride in sub freezing a lot

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I have a bunch of milwaukee m12 and m18 cordless tools and I've been very happy with them along with milwaukee service, since I already have 6 m12 battery's and three chargers I've looked into this as you can buy the clothing with or without the batteries and chargers so save some money if you buy "tool only". Batteries and chargers are the Achilles heel of cordless tools and it used to be if your batteries went or you charger died it almost didn't make sense to replace them cost wise, just buy a whole new setup but that's changed as almost all milwaukee tools can be purchased tool only and the batteries are economical to buy.
Myself I'd probably buy the m12 heated vest rather than the full jacket or hooded sweatshirt because it would still fit under my regular gear.
milwaukee also makes a cigarette lighter adapter for the heated line of clothing so in theory you could just plug it in without using a battery at all but my attraction to the milwaukee heated vest was that it did run on batteries taking some of the load off the stroms weak electrical output leaving those available watts for some heated gloves or socks.
You should also be aware that Bosch and Dewalt also make heated clothing so if you already have compatible batteries they might be a better choice, that being said if you don't have any cordless tools then milwaukee is probably the best place to start, for example I have the m12 cordless 3/8 drive ratchet wrench and it's awesome.
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I have NEVER found that to be the case, and I ride in sub freezing a lot
Interesting denial of physics....extremities always lose heat faster than the core especially in 100 kph windstreams.
Perhaps your 3 season jacket and layers are less than optimum if you need a heated jacket to ride in cold temps.


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Interesting denial of physics....extremities always lose heat faster than the core especially in 100 kph windstreams.
Perhaps your 3 season jacket and layers are less than optimum if you need a heated jacket to ride in cold temps.

or maybe you need to wear better boots and gloves

your hands & feet are only cold cause yer not keeping your core warm, you are denying/fighting physiology and what the body does to survive, get a winter jacket instead of a 3 season jacket
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Same as OydnaR. Gobs of miles and my extremities survived with a minimum of frostbite.
Having your core kept warm means the blood that flows out and back can do it's proper thing. Hand guards, heated grips and really good gloves help a lot.
It's the whole package that keeps the body happy while Mother Nature tries to kill you!
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