Love my heated jacket liner and gloves this time of year and again in the late fall. Just curious if anyone else uses heated gear or is this just a northern thing?
I had Barkbuster Storm handguards, the ones with the big wind deflectors, that eventually bent when I dropped my bike. I did not use them last year because of this. Riding with and without them I've found they have no perceptible effect on warmth. If warmth is a issue good gloves will be a lot better investment of your money IMO. Barkbuster Storm hand guards, the the Versys fitment kit, are ~$150 - vs. replacement levers on Ebay at ~$15 - it's cheaper to have a few replacement levers and they take 5min to install, IMO. They make insulated gloves with an uninsulated palms especially for use by users with heated grips. That said heated gloves heat the back of your hand and fingers so are more comfortable and warm than heated grips in colder temps. I ride down to 0C/32F with my Gerbings T5 heated gloves and my hands stay toasty warm. My heated grips don't work effectively at those temps.I will be getting heated grips and hand guards (to deflect the wind) for the fall, but my suit keeps me warm, I've been riding here at over the past 2 weeks at -5 (c) but my fingers do get cold.
Cold hands a feet are symptom. Your body core is getting cold and you brain has shut down blood flow to the extremities to stay alive.
If you keep you core warm your hands and feet are easier to keep warm. I don't think barkbuster are effective at keeping hands warm. I have never tried Hippo Hands but they look like they would be effective.
Not that I intend to hijack this thread but I would love to get a set of heated grips. What are you guys using and what are your thoughts? At the moment I am rocking bark busters and am really please with the amount of wind protection they offer my hands. Where I would have usually used my fall/spring gloves I can now use my Alpinestars SP2's which I adore but a bit more warmth on the hands in winter would be ace. I'm sick of sticking hand warmers into my thick and ungainly winter gloves.:feedback: