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Heated Gear Purchasing Tips

  11/01/2013 at 15:11 pm

Heated Gear Purchasing Tips

November 01, 2013

Heated Gear Purchasing Tips
Plus Hear From the Pros at Gerbing’s!

Heated gear can mean the difference between taking the bike or the truck out on a chilly day. It’s a significant investment—covering yourself from head to  toe in heated gear will cost you in the neighborhood of $300 to $800. Some top  brands are Gerbing's. First Gear, and Tour Master, and they make everything  from jackets to gloves to heated insoles. Heated gear is battery-operated and  is typically powered by the central power source, usually the jacket or jacket  liner.

A full heated motorcycle jacket will be made with  abrasion-resistant nylon, reflective material, and a waterproof shell. These  jackets usually have built-in armor and battery-operated heating elements  throughout the entire garment, including the collar. The jacket will be the  central power source for all other heated garments connected to it and should  be dual-wired so that all connected garments can be set to a different  temperature than the jacket itself. A jacket liner will work the same way, but  instead of being a full jacket, a liner is thinner and meant to be worn  underneath a regular riding jacket. The connectors for heated gloves are located at the sleeve cuffs on both jackets and liners.

Pants are also made with abrasion-resistant nylon,  reflective material, built-in armor, and a waterproof shell. The heating elements throughout the garment are powered by the central source (a jacket or  liner) or an external battery pack. When connected to a jacket, the pants will  run on the same circuit as the gloves. Socks or lower leg insoles connect to  the pants at the ankle cuffs. Pant liners work the same way but can be worn  underneath regular riding pants.

Vests, usually nylon, are heated throughout and run off a  direct power source in a jacket or an external battery pack. Vests can connect  to pants or pant liners, but require separate wiring to connect to gloves.

Hands and feet get cold too! Heated gloves connect to the  main power source, usually a jacket or jacket liner. They are typically made of  leather or abrasion-resistant nylon and have a waterproof shell. Heated socks  and boot insoles connect directly to a direct power source through heated pants  or pant liners, which will be connected to a jacket or jacket liner. The only  parts of the insoles that don’t contain heated elements are the areas that can  be trimmed to fit your boots.
 
Heated Gear Tips:

  • Heated motorcycle grips can often be a nice  compliment to heated gloves, as many gloves don’t have heated elements built  into the palm area.
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  • Keep the thermostat that controls the  temperature for your heated gear dry—many are not waterproof.
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  • When using heated socks, consider foot  powder to help keep your feet from sweating too much inside your boots.
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  • A balaclava can be a welcome addition to  your cold weather riding outfit, especially if you don’t wear a full-faced  helmet.

Come Visit the Pros from  Gerbing’s!

In honor of Eagle Leather’s 18th  Anniversary, Fred Karpman from Gerbing’s Heated Gear will be visiting Eagle  Leather Lakewood on November 4th at 5:00 p.m. and Eagle Leather  Auburn on November 5th at 5:00 p.m. Come in to check out his  presentation and see the latest in heated clothing innovation—major  advancements have been made! Come check it out either day and enjoy the anniversary festivities and savings!

See the entire celebration's schedule of events by clicking here or on the Eagle Leather Facebook Page!

Get Out There and Ride!

Serious riders don’t let the weather dictate their rides. It’s important to  remember that riding in the cold comes with added risk, and the best investment  you can make to ensure you’re ready to ride in every weather condition is  continuous safety education. Make sure you’re ready to handle colder conditions  before considering a rain or heated gear purchase!
 
If you ever have any questions about rain and heated  gear, Eagle Leather is open seven days a week and ready to take your call.

By Eagle Leather