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Heated gear recommendations

I've heard good things about first gear. Heard tour master gloves are terrible. Anybody have advice? I'll be going for a jacket, gloves (liners or regular gloves), and pants.


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I have First Gear Mesh Jacket, Mesh Summer Pants, Insulated Overpants. I have found FG to fit me the best and are reasonable in price.

The quality is excellent in appearance and fit. If you are looking for the absolute best in protection, I think there are better choices. I decided to go for comfort and value over absolute best in protection but I wear the gear all the time.

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Gerbing. Lifetime warranty on the heating elements.

Great stuff.

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Gerbing. Lifetime warranty on the heating elements.

Great stuff.
I picked up Gerbing gloves at the IMS in Washington over the weekend. Went on a test ride (about 25 degrees out), had to turn down the heat to about halfway to not get too hot. And I thought there was nothing I could do to get my hands warm while riding.

Price is steep at $170 for T5's, and another 70 for the controller (minus 15% if you are military), but worth every penny (and I don't say that very often).
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+1 on Gerbings. I have a jacket liner that I bought in 2003, still works great.

For gloves I bought Warm 'n Safe as they fit my hands better and the quality of the leather appeared better. These also work great, had them since 2009.

You want separate controllers for each heating element, or a dual controller for gloves and a jackets. Even on sub-freezing days, I can't set the gloves much above 50%.

Heated gear added at least two months to my riding season in New England and makes early morning rides better year round. You won't regret having heat.


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First gear, Warm & Safe, and Powerlet are all essentially the same. I have a Powerlet jacket liner and am very happy with it... BTW, fit on liners should be as trim as possible...
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i have the older style gerbings and its pretty sweet, however my dad just got the new "microwire" jacket liner and its much better, heats up super fast and is very very warm
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Gerbing jacket liner is great but as mentioned, the controller is necessary as I rarely go over 50%. heats up fast (microwire) and you can roll it up small for storage if you need to.

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Gerbing Gear- I have the dual controller, jacket liner and the T5 gloves. Works fantastic and heats up quickly- all were zero remorse purchases. You really notice the difference from highway to city, too. Highway speeds just suck the heat out. But the equipment has no problems keeping up. When you finally arrive in the city, you will bake if you don't turn it down. I ride in temps in the 30's- never had to turn it all the way up.

Anyway, I have owned the equipment for about 2 months now and love it. Wish I would have purchased it sooner. I am considering purchasing the pant liners, too. Anyway, I strongly recommend the Gerbing line of heated gear.
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I use the Tourmaster jacket-liner, and LOVE it! It heats up to the collar, and down the arms to my wrists. Also bought their "chaps", but only used them once, as they got my legs TOO hot.

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I've had no issues with the Tourmaster Synergy heated jacket liner and Vest. They are like 1/2 the price of gerbings + controllers.

The Synergy leather gloves worked fine until I rode in a few rains with them. They are waterproof but the leather and insulation get wet and loose their insulative properties. I decided to augment them with heated grips instead of replacing them for almost triple the cost.
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first season with my gerbing gloves and so far so good. the leather is SO nice. would definitely recommend
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I initially ordered both Tourmaster and Gerbings (full sleeve liner and T5 gloves) both online with the intent of comparing and returning one. I returned the Tourmaster as the Gerbings was superior in every way although more pricy. The Gerbings heats up faster and has more even heat it applies over more of the body. Very happy with Gerbings but do get a dual channel heat controller so you can later add gloves this way, also with Gerbings get the $10 pouch for the controller so you can hang it externally and adjust it while you ride.

With the gloves they fit a size larger than normal. I'm swimming in their size large, I normally find a large a little tight. Only issue with the gloves is they seem to be constructed more for snowmobiling than motorcycling as they seem a little lightweight protection wise.

Above 45F I just wear the liner under my jacket shell but below this temp I find the heated liner works best under the insulated liner the jacket came with. All the liners I've seen have very little internal insulation.

From what I have read FirstGear's heated gear is re-branded heated gear made by Warm&Safe (their old style level 3 gear). Harley heated gear is just rebranded Gerbings too. Revzill, who sell all brands of heated gear, selected Powerlet as their best brand of heated gear. http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/p...d-jacket-liner. You can mix and match brands of gloves and temp controllers as the connectors are the same.

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Ive only used Gerbings but i love them. Id wait on the pants however I use a jacket liner, gloves and heated grips and I never get cold. My toes did get cold one time when it was in the teens but I stopped and put on shoe covers and was fine from then on out. If you keep your core temp up, cover up your head and keep those hands warm your feet and legs will be fine IMO. If I where you Id at least try it and see. I ride all year long and never get cold.
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I have a set of the First Gear Carbon gloves (rebranded Warn N Safe is all they are)

I love them. Word of warning you can burn your knuckle if you crank them too high.

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If you don't already have them, heated grips are nice. You never have to worry about forgetting them and it's remarkable what a single heat source can to do keep you warm.

My weekend bike project is installing a set on the V!

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If you don't already have them, heated grips are nice. You never have to worry about forgetting them and it's remarkable what a single heat source can to do keep you warm.

My weekend bike project is installing a set on the V!

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I've had both heated grips and heated gloves. Heated gloves are MUCH, MUCH warmer in the cooler temps. They also use MUCH less power.

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I'd wait on the pants however I use a jacket liner, gloves and heated grips and I never get cold. My toes did get cold one time when it was in the teens but I stopped and put on shoe covers and was fine from then on out. If you keep your core temp up, cover up your head and keep those hands warm your feet and legs will be fine IMO. If I where you Id at least try it and see. I ride all year long and never get cold.
+1 good insulated pants are enough with a heated liner and gloves


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I have the Aerostitch Kanetsu vest with zip on sleeves. It is a bit bulkier than the Gerbing liners, but it is really, really warm. They also make a full liner and a bib heated neck warmer. Plus, their customer service if #1.

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