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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-26-2019, 10:58 AM
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Start with a Warm& Safe controller and either a W&S, Gordon's, or Gerbing jacket liner. In most cases, all you will ever need under your insulated riding gear.

Wired is more dependable. If your heated gear fails at 20 degrees F, in BFE, you are SOL.
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post #22 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-26-2019, 10:41 PM
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BTW, I have a whiz-bang Powerlet wireless controller that should be great....Damn thing won't pair, so I'm stuck at 30% power.


Stick with Gerbing's.

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What heated gear works best, depends on what you want it for.

Where I live here in PA, there are not a lot of good riding days in 20's. Way to many places around here were the roads are always wet from ground water or grey water run off. And more than a few places were the roads are in shadow most of the day. Nothing like some ice halfway through a blind turn to ruin your day. So most of my winter riding is in temps above freezing. For that battery power gloves work fine. Just wearing good long johns and perhaps chaps takes care of the rest. No cold hand issues at all.

With that said, I'm usually on the medium setting and have gone over 6 hours on the batteries. Savior brand from Amazon, bought for about $100 IIRC.

I have a friend who rides in his snowmobile suit, he claims to stay toasty warm.

Something to mention here is hand protection from the wind. On my 11 I never felt the need for heated gloves or chaps. I just wore a set of insulated gauntlets. It was last winter when I got the 18 that my hands and outer legs started getting cold. O that Rushmore set up the same gauntlets were not even close to enough protection.
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I've used Gerbing's stuff for about 11 years. Their stuff is top-notch, and it just straight-up works. A few years ago I bought a Powerlet wireless controller. Damn thing won't stay sync'd, so it rides the toolbox now. Everyone loves to hate on Gerbing's and shill Warm & Safe. Maybe their stuff is good, maybe it isn't. I don't know. I do know that my 11-year-old Gerbing's overpants are still warm and waterproof. My 11-year-old wired controller has been through torrential downpours and single-digit temperatures, and it works flawlessly. My 6-year-old jacket liner, gloves, and insoles have done everything I've asked of them, including a 12-hour day when the temperature never broke 10 degrees.

Batteries are for hiking. Use your bike's charging system. Stick with the brand that pioneered this stuff.
Just bought some Hotwired heated gear and find it very comfortable I.e. the liner. I really wanted to get the Gerbings but whenI tried their stuff on in the store I was less than impressed. I know the new owners wanted to cut down on style and concentrate on function but it just didn’t do it for me although the wireless connection looked sweet. But I know they’re the pioneers so time will tell if I made a mistake. In the meantime the Hotwire stuff works well and the built in controller is great too.

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Seeing as this has been reactivated, do ya know what?....I was the original poster but I made a call during our winter .... instead of the hassle of putting on battery powered items and then having to keep an eye on battery life, or instead of plugging in electrical gear to the bike ... I thought: KISS Keep It Simple Stoopid.

I got heated grips fitted at the dealership at the 5000mile service.

Warm hands made a huge difference, and merino wool garments and leathers and the 13in Freedom Shield screen took care of the rest. Mind you, it never gets below 40degrees here in winter.

Just an update.
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Seeing as this has been reactivated, do ya know what?....I was the original poster but I made a call during our winter .... instead of the hassle of putting on battery powered items and then having to keep an eye on battery life, or instead of plugging in electrical gear to the bike ... I thought: KISS Keep It Simple Stoopid.

I got heated grips fitted at the dealership at the 5000mile service.

Warm hands made a huge difference, and merino wool garments and leathers and the 13in Freedom Shield screen took care of the rest. Mind you, it never gets below 40degrees here in winter.

Just an update.
Thank you for the update. Too often we never get the end of the story and it's the most important part.

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