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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-19-2014, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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I've been checking out heated gear for a couple of months now...read lots of reviews...visited a lot of sites...cruised motorcycle forums...I was already to jump on the Warm and Safe Gear bandwagon (good stuff either copied or rebranded by other manufacturers) when I found out about Gordon's Heated Gear..an American company making products in AMERICA...Sure they cost a little more..but I'm surely willing to pay the uptick to support some people in Washington state over some chinese factory workers...

http://gordonsheated.com/index.html

I'll give them a call tomorrow and see what's up...
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You didn't mention that Gordon is Gordon Gerbing, the inventor of heated motorcycle gear. That's pretty cool.

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I didn't realize they had to sell the original company. They are a great company with great customer service. I bought my first pair of heated gloves from them at their store in Washington when I lived out there. I would buy from Gordon's instead of Gerbings knowing this.
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Fwiw I have a gerbings heated vest, that I got as a teen, from a garage sale. That makes it at least 27 years old. Still works beautifully, used it today in mid-20s temps, nice and toasty (torso).


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If you like to buy American when possible, check out Motoport Gear too.

http://www.motoport.com/

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I always try to buy North American also and have a Gerbing jacket liner and gloves. I keep hearing about their amazing customer service but twice in the last few years I e-mailed them needing some technical info and never heard back from them either time. I e-mailed Warm N Safe and heard back from the guy within a couple of hours. For this reason alone I would personally go with them.

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If you like to buy American when possible, check out Motoport Gear too.

http://www.motoport.com/
some nice gear - I'm not entirely sure of the advantage of the stretch kevlar over the mesh kevlar. is it water repelant? (the stretch kevlar jeans list being water repelant)

part i like the best is that the gear is custom made to the riders dimensions.
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some nice gear - I'm not entirely sure of the advantage of the stretch kevlar over the mesh kevlar. is it water repelant? (the stretch kevlar jeans list being water repelant)

part i like the best is that the gear is custom made to the riders dimensions.
I haven't tried their kevlar gear yet, bit I had them custom make my rain jacket in all High-vis with ample reflective material. A few coworkers love their gear for comfort in the deep south summers.

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Came down on the "American made" side today and ordered a Gordon's heated jacket liner and dual controller (woot..10% off sale going on)...I won't be getting it for a week..why?? Because they're making it "to order"...They take your chest..arm length..height and weight..and build a liner for you (I have shorter than "normal" arm length..30" vrs. 33" found on most garments..so I love this)...Gonna pour for a week anyway...
I'll drop another thread when I get this baby.....
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If you like to buy American when possible, check out Motoport Gear too.

http://www.motoport.com/
I did check them out...Next jacket I need will definitely come from these guys...Crash and burn..hurt the jacket and they will replace it FREE...Who else does this??? Their prices are not out of line either...If I was riding a sportbike (with the PNW Riders) I'd be spending all of my money there...
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Back to the heated gear...I wore my Gordon's jacket liner and gloves today for the first time...It was around 40-45 degrees out..cloudy..kind of misty at times...I also got the Gordon contoller...It is big..with big rocker buttons that are easy to use with thick gloves on...I used my old Firstgear contoller for some new Firstgear socks...All of the heated gear works just great...The jacket liner can get quite hot as do the gloves if you turn them all the way up...I never turned the socks all the way and didn't need to either...The gloves have a Thinsulate layer..and are thick..but not as bad as gloves with a glover liner...Somewhere about halfway to our first stop the fuse in the power take off blew and I slowly but surely got cold...The jacket liner and gloves actually weren't bad without power..but the socks didn't help at all...So I replaced the fuse with a higher rated one and rode in summertime warmth for the rest of the day...I will put on a seperate power take off for the socks and take the load off of the single take off...Time now will tell if the gear will hold up...



Out for another three hours today...Could not be happier at the moment...Sure there's more wires that you can shake a stick at..but I'm slowly but surely getting them all in order and tied out of the way..with the controllers in useful positions...the Gordon controller has a 5 clicks up for heat and 2 clicks is all I've used so far..3 and I'm sweating...The gloves I used 3 clicks...I pity my fellow riders who are so overdressed that they resemble the Michelin man...


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