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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 2010, 10:06 am Thread Starter
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The Best Heated Clothing?

Wow, heated motorcycle clothing has come a long way! Iíd been wearing a Widder vest and gloves for the past 10 yrs controlled by a Heat-Troller which has served me well. The gloves however, havenít been putting out as much heat as they used to so I decided it was time to upgrade.

After much research, it looked like Warm and Safeís jacket liner and gloves have been well received on many motorcycle forums, so I decided to give them a try. I ordered the new "Ultimate Touring Heated Gloves" and "Generation 4 Heated Liner" along with a new Coax Portable Heat-Troller. This setup is UNBELIEVABLE! The gloves are amazingly comfortable and NOT bulky, yet they keep the hands very warm down into the low 20's. The wires for the gloves are beautifully integrated into the jacket liner, so there's no need for a Y cable. The Generation 4 jacket liner puts out HUGE amounts of heat, yet comfortably! It's slim enough to fit under my current Olympia AST jacket w/liner, yet effective enough that I can simply use it AS the liner. I would suggest ordering a DUAL portable Heat-Troller for this setup in order to control the temperature of the jacket and gloves separately. OH, and they've provided for that capability in the jacket liner with an additional coax junction in a small pocket. The amount of thought they put into this product is simply amazing. I believe CLUB PRICING is available for many groups if they ask for it.

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Another nice thing about Warm-and-Safe is they offer two different wattages in their liners. For those with wimpy low-output stators (sportbikes and Harleys), they have a 60 watt jacket that should tax the stator too much. They also have stretch panels at the sides that hold the liner closer to your body.

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I recommend you look at the new Gerbings offering. You cannot even feel the wires in the liner and it heats up in 10 seconds. A neighbor has the new liner and loves it. Good Luck.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2010, 8:08 pm
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I've had a Tourmaster heated jacket liner for two years. No hot spots, don't feel wires which are CF, lightweight and 3 settings. To use #3, it better be very cold out, very fast riding and/or poor cover jacket, as it will literally cook you. As with Gerbings, it draws too many amps and will shut down your CANbus accessory outlet. I have TM's new BMW plug and use that with a kit which exactly (visually/mechanically) replaces the OEM CANbus one with one that is wired directly to the battery. Reasonably priced as compared to others.

You can piggyback their pants and/or gloves too and regulate them separately. So far this winter I've had no need for heated pants or gloves. I just use Pepper Fleece pant liner if temps drop to low 30's or below, and the MRA double bubble race forces enough air blast of back of fingers/hands allowing me to wear my summer "holey" riding gloves until it gets below 36. Then lightweight Thinsulate-lined gloves work right down to teens driving 80mph. The bike generates plenty of wattage.

Also comes with a velcro adjustable strap to hold the heat control against your leg, which if you forget to bring along, will allow the controller to whip behind you in the wind at speed and whack the paint on the left rear side panel of a K13S without panniers mounted. That happened once for me and it completely marked up the side panel with hundreds of black marks... all came right off with Scratch-X and no paint chipping.

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