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.
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).
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.
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.
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/powerlet-rapidfire-proform-heated-jacket-liner. You can mix and match brands of gloves and temp controllers as the connectors are the same.
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.
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.
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.:thumb:
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I am looking into getting side cases for my 2012 650.
My wife rides with me and I want to make sure that the cases don't interfere with her legs/feet. Any suggestions? We are hoping to find a set that will hold a padded riding jacket in each. Don't need more room than that.
Thanks in advance.
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