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Message started by Paraquat on 08/29/12 at 09:30:55

Title: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 08/29/12 at 09:30:55

Fall's coming quickly and it's already rather brisk on my morning commute. My typical Fall attire consists of zipping up my jacket and switching from fingerless to Mechanic's brand gloves.

I'm thinking about getting a heated jacket though.
Some of these Gerbing's are 350 dollars!? Nothing but good reviews, but jeez. Then I looked at some of the knock off brands which are offered in 65 or 90 watt and have backup battery packs so you can dismount and still be warm! Those are in the 150-170 range but are 300 denier. I've read that people are burning through the 5-600 denier range and have heard that a 1150 denier is offered now.

I don't know what I should get. I usually park it by October and I don't want to this year.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Cavi Mike on 08/29/12 at 10:10:02

Heated jacket isn't necessary unless you're riding in the winter and even then a few layers will be fine as long as your jacket isn't a textile. It's your hands and feet you should focus on, your extremities will get cold long before your core.

Also, you shouldn't be wearing any type of gloves that don't have a wrist strap. In a crash, they'll slide right off. My roommate wears Mechanic's brand gloves as well and I don't know where this really bad idea came from. They protect your hands from cuts and abrasions under the hood of a car, not road-rash.

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Foxman276 on 08/29/12 at 11:18:19

I both agree and disagree with Mike. Yes, the hands and feet are going to get cold first and the extremities should be your priority, but from what I've heard, a heated vest or jacket liner is luxury when the cold comes. It's all about being comfortable and enjoying the ride, right?

Personally, I'm buying from Gears - it's a Canadian company. I'm looking at a jacket liner and glove liners, and I think I'm going to go with the battery pack because the gear will likely draw too much current for our bikes (at least, that's the sense I have from other threads on here).


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by justin_o_guy2 on 08/29/12 at 11:54:34

Insulated coveralls, thermal underwear, Balaclava, snow mobile gloves w/ liner( brown cotton are good)
How far is that commute? How cold you expect to see?

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Johnny57 on 08/29/12 at 13:26:34

Mad Bomber Hat; Columbia Artic Rated Jacket; Sorel Boots; Thermal Underwear and Snomobile gloves.  

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 08/29/12 at 15:45:57

The commute isn't far. It's the Sunday morning rides when I can see my breath that are killer.

As for how cold:
New England in November~ish. I won't ride with the white stuff on the road. Had to do it in a snow storm once and kind of ruined it for me.

As for the gear I have:
The Mechanic's glove idea originated in my drawer. I needed gloves, opened it, and they were there.
I have thermals or long johns or whatever you'd prefer to call them.
Long johns, jeans, wool socks, boots, thermal shirt, shirt, and jacket didn't cut it last year. The winter's must be getting colder. I'm definitely not getting softer...

As for the gear I desire:
A helmet is on my Fall shopping list so that covers the noodle.
It really is more of a luxury to get a jacket or vest.

I used to be able to fit a sweatshirt under my leather jacket but the darn thing must've shrunk over the years. It especially shrank around my gut.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by arteacher on 08/29/12 at 16:29:47

Does carrying a flask in your boot qualify? :-?

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by ZAR on 08/29/12 at 16:45:41

Steve I rode to work most all this past winter. Anytime the temps were above 38*F when I leave at 7:00am. My commute is 45 miles each way. I have a good leather jacket with full liner,a pair of all season/all weather riding pants from CycleGear(their house brand...BiLT I believe)that are waterproof and have the thermal zip-out liner. For gloves I have a very good pair of waterproof and insulated gloves with the long cuff,also from CycleGear. I wear wool socks inside insulated/waterproof work/hunting boots. I won't claim to be cozy but I don't freeze to death! And I'm an "Old Fart" of 58 years old.

The good stuff from CycleGear I catch when it's on 50% off sales so it's a real deal. I do use a baclava(?) under the helmet for colder days to keep my bald head warm and have found that goggles work best for me to keep my eyes from watering.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 09/10/12 at 05:36:02

Maybe it was just the loss of heat from my noodle...
It's 60 degrees now meaning it was mid to high 50's when I rode in to work today.
Following advice I took out my wool balaclava that is usually reserved for when I'm using the snow blower and switched to my Mechanic's gloves. I was fine on the ride in. These gloves are a bit thinner so by the time I arrived I could feel it in the tips and my knees but otherwise my core was fine.
I'm going to get some full finger leather gloves this weekend and I might look at some chaps.
I found the Scorpion EXO 700's on sale for 110. Seriously considering those right now.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Gyrobob on 09/11/12 at 04:48:52

I'm going to replace the stock headlight bulb with an HID setup to get more light, but mainly to reduce the load on the electrical system to get some capacity back for the heated grips (yet to be installed) and for the Gerbing jacket I have already.

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 09/11/12 at 06:15:51

I can't get over the prices of that Gerbing stuff.
All my digits were cold up to my hand today and more than just my knees. When I got to work I checked
It was 46 degrees this morning.
Thermals under my jeans and thicker gloves and I should be fine.
I might still consider a heated jacket or vest for luxury.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 09/12/12 at 05:58:34

50's last night. Just hit 50 when I got to work so assume very high 40's.
Last night was a "warm" 50 if that makes any sense.
Thermals, jacket, Mechanic's gloves, balaclava and I was fine. I was actually super comfortable. That was going down a mountain so maybe the lower I got the warmer I felt and that's why I didn't notice it?

This morning I was a little chilly. The Mechanic's gloes aren't cutting it and I definitely need something with a cuff.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by stinger on 09/12/12 at 08:22:13

I went for a ride this morning and it was maybe 45 degrees out. I used my old 1$ small rubber hot water bottle like those you put on your chest with a cold. Stuck it down the front of my coat and it kept me toasty warm. Good hand warmer also, and I can even make hot chocolate with it on the side of the road.

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Serowbot on 09/12/12 at 08:33:44

I bought a pair of grip heaters from e-bay, and rigged one of them to a scarf...
Wrapped around my neck,.. I can move the heated patch around under my coat to warm chilly areas,.. usually center torso where the jacket tends to pooch and get a slight draft....
Anyway,... $6 for the pair,.. low draw,.. and basically, an electric hot-water bottle...(without the water)...
Plugged in to a fused battery tap between the tank and seat...

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by srinath on 09/12/12 at 08:53:42

2 words for you ...
Magnet wire ...

Get 100 ft, like 20 bucks ... sew it in, done. Google it.

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by mnefred on 09/12/12 at 16:53:01

If you don't have one already, a windshield is easily the number one thing you can do to keep your core warm. The other thing I heartily recommend is Hippo Hands. I commute all year 'round down into the mid 30's still wearing my summer gloves. I just add a pair of the thin inner liners from the local Harley shop when the temps stay in the lower 40's and below.
Beyond that, it's just a matter of adjusting the layer count and waterproofing to match the expected weather.

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Joe F on 09/12/12 at 17:41:42

Gerbig heated gloves connected to a wire that runs out the back of my coat to a wire that comes out under the seat.  They are great and they don't draw too much power from the Savage electrical system.  

I have a full windshield , TPG pants and a waterproof codura crash coat with liner.  That is good down to a little under 40 degrees F. I add an airbag vest or windproof shell and I'm good down to just under 30.

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by mpescatori on 09/13/12 at 06:06:05

Hello all.

I ride in Roma all year long, because traffic in medieval streets packed beyond hope WILL kill all hope...
... but when it's still dark out there and the thermometer out the window says it's below freezing, you don't care if the ride to work is 45 miles in top gear or 10 miles in stop&go traffic, it's cold nonetheless.

Although my big BMW does have heated grips, I use very thiock winter gloves so the heated grips are a waste, and they are switched off.

On cold days I use a cordura riding jacket by an Italian manufacturer by the name of TUCANO URBANO
My Tucano Urbano "URBIS" sports a nice plush winter padding + an extra winter vest - definitely warm !

Velvet riding trousers and thick riding boots. Thick rainproof riding gloves which go up beyond the wrist; hands protected by handguards (library pic)

On the really cold days, I replace my riding gloves with riding mittens , although the "sniper's mittens" aren't bad either

Under my FF helmet I wear a silk balaklava, very thin but very warm.

Sorry for the oversize pics, I still have to learn how to resize them.

Funny how one thinks Rome to be a hot (warm) city, in the winter it hovers around/below freezing for weeks on end...

Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 09/13/12 at 07:11:57

Awesome picture. I've always wanted to visit Italy. My grandfather is the last purebred Italian in my family.

I like the vest. I like the jacket too but leather is more my style. I do have a windshield but it's not much. There is a write up to add lowers to it with lexan from Home Depot. I don't care for windshields to begin with but I might have to make it a seasonal thing.

Going to check out helmets and gauntlets tonight.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 09/09/13 at 09:35:56

Almost a year ago, eh? I never went out that night.

Did a ton of reading.
Magnet wire, nichrome wire, teflon wire.
Settled on teflon wire.
Did some math, bought a pulse width modulator off ebay.
I made my own shirt.

Nice and toasty at 50%. The plan now is to make some gloves and pants.

Let me know if that doesn't load.
I need gauntlets.


Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Gyrobob on 09/09/13 at 13:13:05

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Title: Re: Who has heated gear?
Post by Paraquat on 09/10/13 at 09:22:09
How about now?
I have to take another pic of the shirt itself. For how cheap and easy... I don't know why I didn't sooner. Pants this weekend.
someone in thr Ryca build had a nice set of outlets. Jacks. I want to get something similar. For now I will be using molex connectors from a car in the junk yard.

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