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Heated Gear??
« on: January 25, 2019, 09:53:38 AM »
I got a deal on a barely used F800ST low late last year - I got to ride it enough to know it fits me really well.
So I'm eager to ride it - so I'm looking at (finally) getting heated gear.
Sure, Gerbings are the best, but the price reflects that.
The last time I looked at heated gear, Tourmaster Synergy 2.0 seemed good, but all I can find now is 'chap liners' (and they are on clearance).
So... what's the best value in heated gear these days??
And... are the connectors and controllers universal?  If so, I'll consider getting used gear off eBay.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 10:10:08 AM »
Invest in First Gear / Warm & Safe garments and
controllers and you will only cry once.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2019, 10:10:38 AM »
My only input on this is that I am still using my Gerbing's 9 years later.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2019, 10:22:45 AM »
Google Synergy controller failure. I don't think the 2.0 version is much better. I bought it when it first came out, after a cold ride home bought a Warm & safe controller and an adapter to the TM gear. Eventually upgraded to Warm & Safe everything, and have no issues for the last 8-9 years.
  Buy once, cry once. Adapters are available, I don't think there is a universal standard.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2019, 10:42:47 AM »
Most have settled on the type-N barrel connector, a la Gerbings.

Gerbings controllers and, if wire compatible, pretty much any gear. I still have Gerbings in my closet, but Liz has some Synergy stuff that seems to work just fine.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2019, 11:17:09 AM »
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2019, 11:54:54 AM »
Warm and Safe jacket and Gerbings gloves. Warm and Safe dual wired controller. 4 years, no issues.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2019, 12:55:34 PM »
Warm and Safe jacket and Gerbings gloves. Warm and Safe dual wired controller. 4 years, no issues.
Did you need an adapter to connect the gloves?
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2019, 01:10:36 PM »
My Gerbings jacket breaks every year. In the UK, Keis is the best.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2019, 02:07:12 PM »
Warm and Safe jacket and Gerbings gloves. Warm and Safe dual wired controller. 4 years, no issues.
Did you need an adapter to connect the gloves?

Same size-N coaxial connector.

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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2019, 04:03:05 PM »
I've had a Tourmaster Synergy 2 for the last 5 years and have had no issues. It's a bit bulky because it has insulation so you can use it as a jacket. The controller is that big thing you have to hook onto your belt. It's included with the jacket.

If you want thinner and no need for an external controller, there's the Venture heated jacket It comes with a wireless remote controller.

This is the way I would go if I was to change mine.   
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2019, 04:20:00 PM »
Another vote for Warm and Safe/First Gear.  Best investment I have made to extend the riding season.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2019, 04:42:18 PM »
Make sure you get a full jacket liner rather than a vest, and make sure you get gloves. Controllers are indeed very nice but simple rocker switches work fine for a tenth of the price. My older Gerbings Gloves were the best and warmest but I lost them. Gordon's have been good but recently one shorted out and the place they put the connections is very uncomfortable for me.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2019, 05:05:01 PM »
As far as the controller, the gloves are always on max but the jacket varies.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2019, 07:24:14 PM »
I bought my Gerbings jacket and a dual controller back in 2002.  The Gerbing pants and gloves were acquired in 2007 and all the parts are still working.  They have lots of miles on them.   :shrug:
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2019, 07:27:50 PM »
Warm and Safe jacket and Gerbings gloves. Warm and Safe dual wired controller. 4 years, no issues.
Did you need an adapter to connect the gloves?

No adapter required.
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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2019, 10:49:12 PM »
Hey Hip,  Pm me your size (pants and shirt) I may have a set of old school Gerbing pants and jacket liner.
 I bought the pants used but in new condition, just too small for my large size.
Jacket liner old style, too small not 100% new but definitely good for under your jacket and warm.
  Both are hot wire. I may have a spare controller but not sure on that (got a few half dead dual controllers)

   If they fit give me a dream price, and let's make something happen.
Truth is they have been sitting on shelf in box just well way tooo long. 

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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2019, 11:20:30 PM »
I've been really happy with my Widder vest.
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Re: Heated Gear??
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2019, 07:30:15 AM »
Another vote for Warm & Safe. I got a heated liner and controller off a friend, barely used. I used it for 5 or 6 years, then sold them both, still working.

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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2019, 07:36:41 AM »
One of my Gerbing G3's that I bought 2nd hand 10 yrs ago gave up the ghost.   I ordered a pair of these last minute for the New Year's Day ride.

Gerbing's 12v Ultra Light Gloves(Unisex)

Only problem was it ended up being 60 deg and I haven't used them yet.  I mostly need something to augment the weak grip heaters on my bike, so hopefully these work out ok.  But for the price, it was worth the gamble.

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« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2019, 08:44:51 AM »
Hey Hip,  Pm me your size (pants and shirt) I may have a set of old school Gerbing pants and jacket liner.
 I bought the pants used but in new condition, just too small for my large size.
Jacket liner old style, too small not 100% new but definitely good for under your jacket and warm.
  Both are hot wire. I may have a spare controller but not sure on that (got a few half dead dual controllers)

   If they fit give me a dream price, and let's make something happen.
Truth is they have been sitting on shelf in box just well way tooo long. 

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What is "hot wire"?
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« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2019, 11:36:22 AM »
Hey Hip,  Pm me your size (pants and shirt) I may have a set of old school Gerbing pants and jacket liner.
 I bought the pants used but in new condition, just too small for my large size.
Jacket liner old style, too small not 100% new but definitely good for under your jacket and warm.
  Both are hot wire. I may have a spare controller but not sure on that (got a few half dead dual controllers)

   If they fit give me a dream price, and let's make something happen.
Truth is they have been sitting on shelf in box just well way tooo long. 

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What is "hot wire"?

Hot wire is the old style, remember that old electric blanket from way back that had a wire, you could feel running through it, that got warm. The new stuff is a mesh weave that gets warm. Both work well, but the new stuff heats up quicker. 
  The pant and jacket liners are old school Gerbing, been sitting in boxes for at least 8 years. 
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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2019, 12:12:07 PM »
Make sure you get a full jacket liner rather than a vest, and make sure you get gloves.

Heh. I went from a full liner to a vest because I just hated the bulkiness in the sleeves.
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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2019, 09:55:46 PM »
Incorrect. Your answer must align with my preferences.
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« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2019, 12:03:41 PM »
My only input on this is that I am still using my Gerbing's 9 years later.

And I bought mine in (about) 2005 and never had a problem. And believe me, I use it

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« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2019, 12:04:59 PM »
The new stuff is a mesh weave that gets warm. Both work well, but the new stuff heats up quicker. 

I keep waiting for my Gerbings to die so I can justify buying the new style  :lol:
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« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2019, 05:05:29 PM »
I have a Firstgear/Warm and Safe XL jacket with controller that I would sell you.  Haven't used it in a year but it works and would let it go if you want it. It has the connectors for gloves and for pants if you eventually would want that.  Good kit.  Let me know. 

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« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2019, 05:16:21 PM »
Make sure you get a full jacket liner rather than a vest, and make sure you get gloves.

Heh. I went from a full liner to a vest because I just hated the bulkiness in the sleeves.

I'm with 1KPerDay, get the jacket, you'll want to get one after you bought a vest. Your arms hang out in the cold wind while your chest is somewhat protected, you want them heated.
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« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2019, 09:10:35 PM »
OK if anyone needs a set of old school gerbing heated liners, drop me a line with your size. If you fit I'll make you a deal you can't beat.
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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2019, 09:30:28 AM »
Just saw Bob's BMW is giving you the controller free when you buy a  W&S jacket. Just thought you might want to know.
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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2019, 12:12:00 PM »
I have an old Kanatsu vest, no controller, works great. I have found that if it's cold enough to use it it's cold enough to leave it on all the time. IF you have never used electrics what are you waiting for! best money you can spend on gear IMO

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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2019, 01:36:53 PM »
Just saw Bob's BMW is giving you the controller free when you buy a  W&S jacket. Just thought you might want to know.
Can you post a link?  I can't find anything W&S on bobs site.
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« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2019, 05:38:40 AM »
It was in an email I get from Bob's. I deleted it, but I will see if I can rescue it.
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« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2019, 09:37:39 AM »
I did find the W&S (under FirstGear), but not the special offer
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