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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 2006, 4:18 pm Thread Starter
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Heated vest or heated jacket liner

Can't decide. Looked at a Widder vest today, been looking at the aerostich air vest and their jacket liners. What is working well for those that have them what do you wish you would have purchased.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 2006, 7:05 pm
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I have a heated vest and love it. Personally, I think it is a little more versatile than a jacket liner. I just got back from a solo long ride from Southern California to Northern Colorado, and used it a lot. I got caught in a blinding snow storm east of Vail, and the windscreen was totally encrusted with ice. With all that, I was warm enough with the vest under my heavy coat. I had the hand warmers on, of course, and heavily padded pants and rain pants. I was wishing for some electric socks, but other than that, I was warm and dry.

If I had it to do over again (buying a vest, I mean), I would buy one without a collar. Mine has a collar, and it's unnecessary. My coat would fit better without the collar under it.
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I think it's a personal thing. It depends on how easily you feel the cold and what temperatures you ride in typically. I have both, and I generally prefer the full liner because I tend to feel the cold easily. If I were riding in the conditions Chuck Wilmot described, I would be freezing my ass off with only a vest. For less severe conditions, the vest is fine.

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I have a heated vest and love it. Personally, I think it is a little more versatile than a jacket liner. I just got back from a solo long ride from Southern California to Northern Colorado, and used it a lot. I got caught in a blinding snow storm east of Vail, and the windscreen was totally encrusted with ice. With all that, I was warm enough with the vest under my heavy coat. I had the hand warmers on, of course, and heavily padded pants and rain pants. I was wishing for some electric socks, but other than that, I was warm and dry.

If I had it to do over again (buying a vest, I mean), I would buy one without a collar. Mine has a collar, and it's unnecessary. My coat would fit better without the collar under it.
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Go to Walmart and get some chemical foot warmer packs in the sporting goods section. Cost was $1.00 a pair, last winter. They work for about 5hrs. or so. It might be a little early in the season though.

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I've got a Gerbing jacket, with the heated collar (I believe they all come that way). Has been nice tucking the collar under the helmet to keep my neck warm. Sleeved, so you pretty have to wear a long-sleeved shirt under it, as it develops hot-spots on your bare arms.

Didn't go with the vest primarily because I figured if I needed heat, the more area warmed the better, and the temperature required would be less. Jacket has been good for 30 miles at 30ºF (but at that point, I'm thinking the car is suddenly a worth-while option).



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Was kinda concerned about where your arms bend and the sleeves would make contact. Widder has some kind of arm chaps but they look awkward. Hard to find a dealer that has more than one or two choices in my area. Should have another month before I need it. Wisdom of experience is what is great about the board.

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Hey Chuck

Go to Walmart and get some chemical foot warmer packs in the sporting goods section. Cost was $1.00 a pair, last winter. They work for about 5hrs. or so. It might be a little early in the season though.
Yeah, I know about those, and I've used those at work while standing outside in the cold for long periods. They work well. But the snow storm in Vail was totally unexpected, and once in it, there was no place to pull over and take my boots off. Thank God my boots are waterproof, or it would have been unbearable. With the vest, at least you're pumping warm blood, and getting extremeties warm again is not a problem.
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Ordering mine today

I'm travelling from New Orleans to Las Vegas next Wednesday and figure a little extra warmth can't hurt. It was chilly here this a.m., had the warmers on and had a bit of a chill.

Hope it works out for you.

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You guys just need a big fat woman to keep you warm and save your $$$$
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2006, 10:02 pm Thread Starter
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Ordered a Gerbing jacket liner

After reading and looking around ( lurking on the Rounders site) the Gerbing seems to be the standard. Liked the Widder vest but looks akward to add gloves, leg or arm chaps as they call them. If you get really nuts you can electrify from the tip of your finger to to tip of your toe with Gerbing and it all plugs in. Of course if I truly had that kind of budget I would just ship the damn bikes south and ride there. Should be in Monday, will report only if I don't like it.

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