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Fed up with shivering as you ride?

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For those in the US, some good prices on heated gear, gloves at $116.00 is a bargain.

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Good tip, but for commuting, I have a First Gear ThermoSuit ($150) and some Hippo Hands ($65). Haven;t shivered in two years in temps down to 8 degrees...
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Those of you who ride in cold temps and don't have electrics yet? Just do it!

It is money well spent. I've used heated clothing many years. It just plain works.

You'll wonder why you waited so long.
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+1. Warm insulated clothing is better than nothing, but manufacturing heat right next to your body is vastly superior. Heated gear turned my 8 month a year riding season into 10 months a year. I leave earlier in the morning, stay out later in the day...it's all good.


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I'm brand new to electrics as well. Just got them last week. I really enjoy how comfortable the liner and gloves are. But the best part is being able to leave out early and get a full days ride in. I feel silly for waiting so long. Opted for the First Gear stuff from Cycle Gear. Its on sale (10% off).

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ditto what they said...

heated gear is the best gear you will ever purchase!

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All you guys and your "fancy schmancy" electric gear , I made my own heated out fit , cost about 8 dollars .


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All you guys and your "fancy schmancy" electric gear , I made my own heated out fit , cost about 8 dollars .


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I have been seeing ads for "new microwire technology" comming soon.

I think I will wait until March to order my electric gloves and socks or insoles, and get the new high tech stuff. [I already have the old type electric jacket and pant liner, which are great].
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I have been seeing ads for "new microwire technology" comming soon.

I think I will wait until March to order my electric gloves and socks or insoles, and get the new high tech stuff. [I already have the old type electric jacket and pant liner, which are great].
I believe Gerbings has the microwire out already , I have the full jacket(2 yrs old) and what a great piece of gear , heated back and chest , arms and even the collar . Lifetime warranty on the wires ........

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I have the Warm and Safe jacket and gloves and could not be happier, or warmer. Whatever brand chosen, go with one that could reach high wattage is my suggestion.
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I've been using my Aerostitch Kanetsu vest now for a couple of years and it always works well. May upgrade to a full liner, though with the unlined arms attached to the vest I am pretty warm as well. Once you go heated, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

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I've been using Gears heated vest and gloves . Warm and Safe heated socks.
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I got even better advice fellas!
Don't live in the cold!


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I've been using Gears heated vest and gloves . Warm and Safe heated socks.
How do you like the Warm N Safe heated socks?

Does it heat the toe area? Is it thick? Or is it thin? Do you wear a sock over it or under it?

Thanks!
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I got even better advice fellas!
Don't live in the cold!
A guy from the Triumph forum I am on replied to a thread we had going about winterizing our bikes ( put to sleep in garage for winter ) We are discussing fuel stabilizer , battery charging etc... he pipes in with , "winterizing , what the hell is that ??? I live in Arizona , I just close my garage door " ...........you know he was smirking at us if not outright laughing . All I could do was sit by my fire in my Parka , drinking home made whiskey and eating seal blubber soup covered in maple syrup and tell my self .....5 more months , 5 more months

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A guy from the Triumph forum I am on replied to a thread we had going about winterizing our bikes ( put to sleep in garage for winter ) We are discussing fuel stabilizer , battery charging etc... he pipes in with , "winterizing , what the hell is that ??? I live in Arizona , I just close my garage door " ...........you know he was smirking at us if not outright laughing . All I could do was sit by my fire in my Parka , drinking home made whiskey and eating seal blubber soup covered in maple syrup and tell my self .....5 more months , 5 more months


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How do you like the Warm N Safe heated socks?

Does it heat the toe area? Is it thick? Or is it thin? Do you wear a sock over it or under it?

Thanks!
I just recently got the socks, so I have only worn them once.
They are comfortable and seem to work good. (They can get a little to warm if I turn the power all the way up.)
The socks are thin and heat the toe area. I wear an insulated sock over them.

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I live in SE Texas so there are not a lot of days when more than long johns, gloves and a jacket are needed. But, for those days when I want more; I simply put a couple of air activated warmer packs in the inner pockets of my jacket over my chest. I buy them at sporting goods stores and Wally World even carries them in the camping/hunting section. They are about $1 per pack and they last 7 to 8 hours. This is an option for people that don't want or need the electric clothing. For those of you up in the frigid north, I don't know how well they would work but it's better than nothing.

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I live in SE Texas so there are not a lot of days when more than long johns, gloves and a jacket are needed. But, for those days when I want more; I simply put a couple of air activated warmer packs in the inner pockets of my jacket over my chest. I buy them at sporting goods stores and Wally World even carries them in the camping/hunting section. They are about $1 per pack and they last 7 to 8 hours. This is an option for people that don't want or need the electric clothing. For those of you up in the frigid north, I don't know how well they would work but it's better than nothing.
Good info. I live in the Austin area and when it is in the 30s and 40s, I am good w/o electric gear for one hour or less rides, but beyond that time riding, I NEED electric. Since I am only 10% body fat, I get cold easy but I ride in our 100 degree plus weather all the time too when most other riders don't ride, so a lot depends on the person, not just the weather temps.
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