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    Question heated vest/jacket liners

    I'm thinking about getting a heated vest to help on those cold mornings around here. I would prefer to get one with sleeves so that I could use it in place of the liner in my First Gear jacket.

    What I would like is some input on the available brands. I have looked at the Gerbings and the Widder, I have not found any others so far that have sleeves.

    What type are you using and how do you like it? What type of control is best?
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    I can't live without my lined Gerbings jacket and thermostat.

    I also have the pants and socks.

    Using a mock turtle t-shirt under the gerbing and a Darien over I can go form 18 - 55 degrees on a K11LT which is a hot bike. On the F650 it is a good combo up to 60 degress.

    No experience with Widder.
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    Gerbing. Don't spend the money twice if you don't have to.
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    Originally posted by fish
    Gerbing. Don't spend the money twice if you don't have to.
    What he said.

    Warm is good. Rob swears by the Heattroller, as do a bunch of folks I know.

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    I have a Widder vest and a Gerbings thin jacket liner. The Widder never leaves the closet and the Gerbings is used all the time.

    Ya gotta use the heatroller.

    Quick tip.......wear very thin long sleeves shirts under the Gerbings. If ya don't you can burn yourself....Don't ask how I know

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    I got the BMW electric vest

    I never ride below 40 deg. It's difficult on a naked bike. That said the BMW electric vest does me just fine with my 'stich Roadcrafter. It's just enough to keep the core warm when I start early or ride after dark. It's cheap, there are plenty of used one's being sold by the Gerbing folks and you don't need a controller.

    I admit the Gerbing is better and has all kinds of options for those really cold rides. But, the BMW electric vest is a good inexpensive starter vest. I think the Widder is comparable.

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    heated clothing

    Don't k now if this helps but at least here's another source. of warmies.
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    Thanks for the input everyone.

    I may have to make a trip south of the border to get a set of Gerbings. I checked with the only dealer I could find up here and they are charging a small fortune for them. I looked at the online purchasing from Gerbings also, but my past experiences at having goods shipped through Canada customs suggests that it would be not much less than the dealers price. I could make a trip to the US and save myself a couple hundred bucks on the jacket. That way I could bring them home duty free as they would be less than the limit.

    Damn, just what I needed, another excuse to go riding.
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    Gerbings. I have used the thin jacket liner with heated sleeves and collar for 6 years now and it has been just great. Getting warm is what it's all about, and this does the trick very well! Getting warm isn't something you want to 'grow' into!

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    Ya gotta use the heatroller.

    Quick tip.......wear very thin long sleeves shirts under the Gerbings. If ya don't you can burn yourself....Don't ask how I know [/QUOTE]


    I just use the on-off switch, works fine with me. And I just wear a short sleeved tee shirt under my Gerbings, never felt I was going to get burned but I wondered about riding in heavy rain if I was going to get zapped .
    Did a lot of checkin out heated vests etc. before I bought my Gerbings, after 6 mo. I could'nt be happier :newbie
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    I've used a Widder Vest since they first hit the market (on my third). Clothing is a very personal thing so I would suggest that you go try some of the different makes on. Both Widder and Gerbing make a quality product and I would highly recommend buying your heated choice with a thermostat.
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    My Widder vest has been great for the past 2 seasons, including many below 30F rides. I have the on/off switch and it is more than adequate. I just bought the Gerbing liner jacket and installed the permanent mount heattroller on the GS dash. The warm sleeves were a noticeable improvement on last weekend's ride. I expect I'll keep the Widder in the side case for back-up but the Gerbing is going to be the first choice.

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    Try http://www.motorsports-network.com/P...ic/eclipse.htm
    - though it says they've stopped making them, there is a link to the website.

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    By the way, my Gerbings jacket liner with on/off switch works great for me.

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