Whatever you do, get the 12V type that plugs into the bike electrical system.
Get the jacket. We first went the vest route.... GET THE JACKET.
For what it's worth - ALL heated gear will have problems, sooner or later. Keep your receipts. If it comes with a registration card, then make sure to register your product. Read the return policy. Typically, you must return it to your place of purchase. In our case, we had purchased a set from motorcyclegear.com. I called them and they sent me a pre-paid shipper and I had a new jacket within a week. No muss, no fuss. I'm sure that other vendors do the same thing.
We currently have the Warm-n-safe AND the Tourmaster sets. The Warm-n-safe has a little bit of insulation but not worth mentioning. The Tourmaster has some gee-wiz thin insulation that really works, and is our favorite gear. Of course, the Warm-n-safe stuff is no slouch. Their controllers are much more heavy duty than the Tourmaster.
One big thing is to wear the jacket over just a t-shirt. The closer to the skin, the better. Also, there's a huge difference in performance.... the tighter it fits to your body, the better it works. They are all like this. If it's a little loose, you could put a thin jacket or hoodie or whatever over the heated jacket to take up the room between your over-jacket. Note that the heated jackets don't work well all by themselves. Having a jacket over it makes a lot of difference in the performance. The tighter they are to your body - the better they work.
Gloves: Note that they don't heat the underside of the fingers or the majority of the palms. Think heated grips if you are going to be out in cold weather for extended periods of time.
Last edited by kballowe; 09-18-2014 at 10:36 AM.