Get the heated gear. I am soooo glad I purchased the heated gear. No matter how cold it is (-1 Monday morning for the ride to work) I can just RIDE.
Two bits of advice:
1. Pick a brand and stick with it. I did not do this and now have way too many connections and had to create new routing holes out of my one piece. If you go all one brand the socks plug into the pants plug into the vest plugs into the arms which plug into the gloves. You can pick up the whole suit for under $500.
2. Buy an LED taillight with integrated turn signals. Saves you a lot more wattage then you would think and looks GREAT. You can pick them up on ebay for under 50 bucks. I can run all my gear at once + room for a GPS if I can ever afford one.
2.5 Spring for the rheostat on the gear. I started with a switch and its just WAAY too hot. Being able to dial it down is a MUST.
2.75 Careful when the snow begins to MELT. I was fine with cleared roads and even a snowy driveway while it was cold. When it warmed enough for a melt I lost the front wheel at the end of the driveway where there was mud under the snow from the melt. No harm done but landing in the mud was a blow to the ego, oh, and one piece suits are a bitch to clean.
"I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience, but I sure wouldn't give a red cent to go through it again" -Chester Russell
2005 DL650 "Maelstrom"
2003 KLR650 "Lou"
1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 "Boomer"
Stromtrooper Offroad Club Member #3
Blue Wee-Strom Club #69