Join Date: May 2010
Location: Ottawa Ontario Canada
Gerbingheatd liner sizing - does it have to be snug?
I'm tired of being cold. I have taken several rides totaling 2000 Kms over the last 2 weeks, a couple 400+ Kms (250 miles) long, some in near freezing conditions (one in summer-like weather). For the last one I was wearing a high-tech long-sleeved undershirt, a favourite flannel shirt, a fleece vest, a fleece hoodie and a fleece jacket liner, plus the rain liner; all within my bike jacket. The small of my back was still cold, so I strapped my Alaska sheepskin seat cushion in place, like a kidney belt. I felt somewhat Bibedum-ish, but was warm enough for the near freezing and wet ride.
Now to the point (finally) of this post. I will be buying the microwire Gerbing heated jacket liner (with the sleeves). I have not decided on the gloves yet, I may just get heated grips.
Sizing. In Tall (I'm 6'-3", 215 lbs) they have L, L/XL (an intermediate size) and XL. I am considering the L/XL because their literature suggests that a snug fit is best, with the liner worn over a long-sleeved undershirt, with added fleece or whatever else over it.
First Question: From those who have worn electrically heated liners, how crucial is this snug fit?
2nd Q: The tall model is only longer in the sleeves. Is the jacket long enough in the body for other long-torso-ed individuals? Does it tuck into your riding pants?
Marc, rider of a black 2009 V-Strom 650A ABS
"To the Companion who knows how to go light and fare hard, who is friendly with the rain, and finds no road too long." William Blake in "Brown Waters and other Sketches", Malbaie, May, 1915.