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Old 03-06-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default Heated Gear Review

I lived in Florida for the first 43 years of my life and never needed anything more than a leather jacket to stay warm on my old GSXR 1100.

I moved to eastern TN in 2007 and I bought my Katana in July of last year. Riding in truly cold conditions was a real learning experience. Too many layers makes it tough to actually enjoy the ride and be able to do anything like stop for lunch, bio-breaks, etc.

I spent some time talking to a few of the local guys at Cycle Gear. They all had experience with heated gear, some of their own brand (Sedici) and some with other brands. ALL of them said once you have heated gear you won't understand how you ever rode without it. So I decided to buy the heated vest and heated gloves.

For my inaugural ride, I wore a t-shirt, followed by a pair of thermal underwear (Rocky heavy type, for hunting), followed by the vest, topped off with Bilt waterproof & zip-in liner armored pants and jacket.

I will say that the heated vest was amazing. Even on it's lowest setting I was comfortable in 37F temps. I actually stopped and removed the thermal underwear top, leaving just the t-shirt, vest and Bilt outerwear. That proved to be the perfect combo and, as the sun went down and the temps fell, I did bump the heated vest to Medium and the gloves to their Medium setting. I looked at my weather station and the outside temperature when I arrived home was 31F.

My GF complained that she was still getting cold, and I was tired of the hassle of the wires going to the gloves snaking through the jacket, so I purchased the heated jacket and gave the vest to the GF. The heated jacket makes the connection to the gloves a painless process and the extra heat in the arms is noticeable. The GF was now comfortable with the vest, but kept complaining her hands got cold. We bought a pair of the Sedici heated glove liners for her. No controller necessary, they just plug in and run. She reports that they keep her hands comfortable when she uses them inside my heavy leather gloves.

The ultimate test for me was performed during the recent single digit temps we had. I purchased the heated pants and boot liners. I dressed as follows :

Long-sleeve T-shirt, Rocky hunting thermal underwear, heated apparel, Bilt armored jacket and pants, wool socks, Bilt Hurricane boots with heated liners.

With the suit set to Medium and the gloves set to High, I rode for several hours in low double-digit temperatures. I will admit that my head, ears and nose got cold, but the rest of me was comfortable.

They happen to have their heated gear on sale right now and they are giving a controller away with the jacket, pants or vest. The lifetime warranty on this stuff seems to make it a no-brainer. I've used mine quite a few times and I have to say I am very satisfied so far.


Anyway, just wanted to share my experience.

Ride safe !!!
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:31 PM   #2
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I love my heated gear. Went with a different brand and not super satisfied with quality of manufacture (already repaired under warranty once, will be sending out again for another repair under warranty as soon as I don't need it every day).
Lifetime warranty sure is appealing!
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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Now that it's warming up, I might have to keep my eye out for some deals on heated gear. I definitely want some gloves and maybe work towards a vest.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:13 AM   #4
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An update on the Cyclegear heated gear:

I am still VERY happy with the purchases I made. Everything still works perfectly and I have been using the gear more frequently than last year.

Side note - the GF was using the glove liners and a seam around the wrist started separating. The heat still worked fine but she was afraid they would continue to unravel with use. We literally stopped in a Cyclegear in Georgia while riding and they swapped them for a new pair, no questions asked.

A good friend of mine recently purchased Gerbing heated gloves and a heated jacket. The gloves are definitely thinner than the Cyclegear gloves. He rode from VA to TN for 10 hours in sub 35* temps and said they worked perfectly. I believe they also have a lifetime warranty.
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