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    I've never heard of anyone who had a jacket liner that wished they had a vest instead...

    I got the Warm&Safe jacket liner and could not be happier with it.

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    Well;

    Now you have. My arms are probably larger than most out here riding! I like them free of layers under the jacket and it works with the vest only for me. The heated body CORE keeps most folks warm, especially with the heated grips on the hands. Blood flows and its warm coming from the heated body core through the arms! Science. Liners are very good and I agree many love them things. I am a big guy with weightlifting arms. A good reason, yes, for my vest....Ever see those bare mega football player "arms" in cold snowy conditions on the fields and wonder why they don't freeze??? Many do wear coverage over their arms but many many do not! Blood flow is exceptional in atheletes of this size and the warmth from their core bodies does the job for short periods in the cold with no protection. Vests work equally good for some of us. I'm a minority, I know. Thought you needed to hear it though....Happy Trails, Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by HFD190 View Post
    Also, has anyone who purchased a vest wished they had gone with the jacket liner instead?
    When I bought my Widder vest, all there was were other vests. My arms also felt cool to cold on frosty rides.

    When it finally failed 13 years later, I went for a Gerbings jacket liner.

    No regrets!

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    What FatChance said, Warm & Safe liner. Ride happy and warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Now you have. My arms are probably larger than most out here riding! I like them free of layers under the jacket and it works with the vest only for me. The heated body CORE keeps most folks warm, especially with the heated grips on the hands. Blood flows and its warm coming from the heated body core through the arms! Science. Liners are very good and I agree many love them things. I am a big guy with weightlifting arms. A good reason, yes, for my vest....Ever see those bare mega football player "arms" in cold snowy conditions on the fields and wonder why they don't freeze??? Many do wear coverage over their arms but many many do not! Blood flow is exceptional in atheletes of this size and the warmth from their core bodies does the job for short periods in the cold with no protection. Vests work equally good for some of us. I'm a minority, I know. Thought you needed to hear it though....Happy Trails, Randy
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    Hehehe:)

    Hope you don't, but I used to pick up my KLT1200 up for FUN, Really! Now, my new GSA1200 seems a lightweight and I am loving it. I did run the KLT1200 out of GAS one early morning in AZ., along Interstate 40, Kingman area and "DID" lay my KLT over "flat", to see if I could transfer the gas in the tank from one side to the other. It did NOT work. I thumbed a ride for gas...This technique did work on older GS1100's,etc...One thing I can do well, pick'em up. I'd much rather ride Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Now you have. (Someone who likes a vest instead of jacket liner)

    Ya, but who would take advice about staying warm from someone with the screen name of Polarbear.
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    I have both a Widder vest (bought it about 8 years ago) and a Gerbings jacket.
    Both are terrific, but if I had only one choice I'd buy the jacket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtfrench View Post
    I have a Gerbings jacket liner and love it as well. However, my fingers still get numb in the cold temps. Has anyone combined the Gerbings liner with the heated gloves? If so, what are the observations?
    I bought a Gerbing jacket liner plus the heated gloves many moons ago at Mid-Ohio during one of the first Vintage Days weekends. I'm still using them today and recommend them highly. At the time, the Gerbing gloves were Olympia winter gloves that had been wired. I like the way they hook into the jacket sleeve connections and they keep my hands much warmer than my heated grips could ever hope to. A good friend and riding buddy put me onto heated vests over 20 years ago and I bought an Eclipse. I couldn't believe I had ridden that long without one. However, the vest was retired when I discovered the Gerbing liner. The vest had mysteriously "shrunk" any way

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtfrench View Post
    I have a Gerbings jacket liner and love it as well. However, my fingers still get numb in the cold temps. Has anyone combined the Gerbings liner with the heated gloves? If so, what are the observations?
    I generally dont like bulk on my hands. The handguards on my GS help with the cold down into the 40's, maybe hi 30's, but yes, my finger tips get cold too. When that happens, I break out the hippo hands. They on and off in less than a minute and they let me wear my regular gloves, Held Steve, and by keeping the air off of the hands, I can usually run the heated grips on low. When it's really cold I run them on high, but not for long as they will get too hot.

    The hippo hands look funny, but oh well, the entire bike looks different and with them, I dont have to plug in my hands, one less thing to mess with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleHowie View Post
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    IF you're going to the Cycle World show in Mpls this weekend, and IF Gerbing's has a booth there, they'll measure you up to make sure you get into the right size. Very helpful.

    There are some "fit critical" issues with electric gear that I wasn't fully aware of.

    I did this last year, and took the "factory" measurement sheet with me in case I decided to order one later.

    Still haven't done it, but I probably will do it someday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HFD190 View Post
    I am thinking about purchasing either a heated vest or jacket liner. This will be my first heated clothing purchase. I am pretty much settled on Gerbings and at this point IÔÇÖm just trying to determine which makes the most sense. I ride with an Olympia jacket that keeps me comfortable down to about 45 degrees with the liner. IÔÇÖm concerned about too much bulk under the jacket, do folks ride with the heated liner under the jacket liner, or do you remove the jacket liner when wearing the heated liner? Also, has anyone who purchased a vest wished they had gone with the jacket liner instead?

    Gerbings jacket liner. Warm arms are good.
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    Those "Hippo Hands":)

    Yes, I'm a Polarbear and like the cold, hehehe. My "White" GSA has the look too, for my Polarbear image! Those HIPPO HANDS sure were something, so many years ago when they first came out. Must have been in the early 70's or so? I guess they are still made??? Quite a good peice of gear, but I've never used them first hand. No pun. Where are they sold today? My wife loves her Gerbings "jacket liner", arms and all and I have never missed the arms thing, with my really good heated vest...You all are softies,hehehe! I find the really hard core riders are all wearing vests if anything at all, regarding electrics. I know I ride winter long, nearly every day and all over several states and rarely see other riders, even those of you with those liners on. Most riders I do run into, do not even have any heat at all and are amazed at my heated vest. Mostly other brand X bike riders. 50000+ miles a year for me and I never see any of you out there with your liners or bikes, but I'm sure you must be out there somewhere. Now I'm gonna HEAR it, as I have poked back. Happy "warm" Trails to you liner lovers. Its a great product you have. Now you must use it...Randy

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    Hippo Hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    I guess they are still made??? Where are they sold today?
    http://www.hippohands.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Now you have. My arms are probably larger than most out here riding! I like them free of layers under the jacket and it works with the vest only for me. The heated body CORE keeps most folks warm, especially with the heated grips on the hands. Blood flows and its warm coming from the heated body core through the arms! Science. Liners are very good and I agree many love them things. I am a big guy with weightlifting arms. A good reason, yes, for my vest....Ever see those bare mega football player "arms" in cold snowy conditions on the fields and wonder why they don't freeze??? Many do wear coverage over their arms but many many do not! Blood flow is exceptional in atheletes of this size and the warmth from their core bodies does the job for short periods in the cold with no protection. Vests work equally good for some of us. I'm a minority, I know. Thought you needed to hear it though....Happy Trails, Randy
    I never tried the jacket, but I too to not want to be restricted under my jacket. I don't usually use my electric vest until the mid 30's or less and I cannot ever remember a time when I had wanted more heat when riding. Then again I am on a R-1150-RT so I do have a lot of protection in front of me. Besides we Americans have the right to bear arms.
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