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Old 09-25-2015, 08:37 AM   #1
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New Heated Gear

I tend to ride pretty late in the year here (Ontario, Canada) and one thing I have always struggled with is cold hands, as I have an hour long commute.

There is a local business (Velocity) who has been around for a few years making custom suits/gloves etc but he has now opened a heated clothing division (Fired up), which offers heated battery powered gear. Ski gloves have worked fairly well for me in the past but they lack protection.

Anyhow, his new gear uses Infra-Red heat and the gloves offer great protection. I picked up the gloves and a vest for a crazy low combo price as he is just trying to get them out in the market.

http://www-firedupx-com.myshopify.co...orcycle-gloves

http://www-firedupx-com.myshopify.co...ffy-style-vest

Hopefully I won't have to remove so many layers when I get to work now.

Just thought I'd share. I'll post a review once it gets cold out.
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Old 09-25-2015, 03:26 PM   #2
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Heated gear definitely makes cold weather riding infinitely easier. I have a full toe to neck setup.

Velocity stuff is questionable. I really wonder how long the company will be around for to warranty things if/when they go bad. Not saying they won't, just too new to tell. Also battery powered means you have to remember to charge them and you have a limited riding time before the battery goes out.

it cost me a fair amount of money trying different things, but I'm pretty happy with my current setup.

Firstgear socks
Firstgear pant liners
Warm & Safe jacket liner
Gerbing gloves
Warm & Safe wireless temperature troller (this alone is the best thing ever)
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Old 09-25-2015, 03:35 PM   #3
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Heated gear definitely makes cold weather riding infinitely easier. I have a full toe to neck setup.

Velocity stuff is questionable. I really wonder how long the company will be around for to warranty things if/when they go bad. Not saying they won't, just too new to tell. Also battery powered means you have to remember to charge them and you have a limited riding time before the battery goes out.

it cost me a fair amount of money trying different things, but I'm pretty happy with my current setup.

Firstgear socks
Firstgear pant liners
Warm & Safe jacket liner
Gerbing gloves
Warm & Safe wireless temperature troller (this alone is the best thing ever)
Oh I know, I've had some issues with the vr pro gloves before, which is why I got this combo so cheap. I've always wanted to try heated gear. Hopefully it gets cold in the mornings soon (just for a couple days)
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:23 AM   #4
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Heated gloves have proven themselves to me as invaluable cold weather riding gear. Warm fingers and hands make the difference between being comfortable and safe, or miserable and not being able to safely work the controls.

Having a warm core is important too, but with a warm core and frozen hands, riding is miserable and less safe. On the other hand (pun intended), having electrically generated heat radiating into my fingers and hands warms the blood which makes it back to my core, instead of limited body generated heat trying to heat my hands. That actually doesn't work, since as your hands get cold the capillaries contract and significantly reduce the blood flow, and your hands just get colder. With the heatd gloves, your hands warm up externally, capillaries open, heat the blood, then flows to the rest of your body.

I've been using the Tourmaster Synergy 2.0 heated leather gloves for 2 years now, this will be my third winter with them. Easy controller installation and the wiring up to the gloves isn't difficult to deal with at all. I usually quickly route them through the external adjustment tabs on my jacket or suit. I've worn these in sub-freezing temps for hours, in near freezing pouring rain, and they have performed very well. After a couple hours they will soak through, but keep on pumping the heat.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:17 AM   #5
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For me the extra irritation of connecting the gloves up has always been a put-off. I'm comfortable down to the single digits with lightly insulated motorcycle gloves, heated grips and elephant ears. It can't be overstated how much heat your hands lose to to the moving frigid air; just keeping the air stationary makes it feel 30 degrees warmer. The key is finding elephant ears that adjust to your bike's controls well.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:56 AM   #6
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Yeah, I have rather large bar end mirrors so the elephant ears were always a no go. Definitely looking forward to warmer hands.
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Old 09-29-2015, 04:36 PM   #7
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http://www.twistedthrottle.com/news-...andguards.html these have been on my to buy list for awhile. ridden bikes with them, having the wind cut off from your hands makes a HUGE difference.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:44 PM   #8
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ridden bikes with them, having the wind cut off from your hands makes a HUGE difference.
When I compared, it seemed like a small difference--though maybe the handguards I was using aren't as good as those.

Last year I shared commute duties between the FZ1 and my Versys, both with the same 5 setting Oxford heated grips. I had Cycra DX handguards on the Versys, none on the FZ1. The hand guards seemed to be good for 1 setting difference on the heated grips. Yeah I could feel the difference, but it paled in comparison to the benefit from the Oxford grips or the Warm n Safe heated gloves.

I never added handguards to the FZ1. Actually I'm considering doing it, because I have the pair I removed from the Versys lying around. But I wouldn't go out and buy a pair for it.

Biggest benefit of handguards may be if you want to use bar muffs, as they keep the bar muffs from pressing your levers at speed. I don't really like bar muffs but they annoy me less used over handguards.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:46 PM   #9
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I have bar end mirrors as well, I use the neoprene ATV mitts, I cut slits as small as possible to stretch over the mirrors. They have extended my riding season considerably, it's really nice not having to ride with the bulky insulated gloves, and I'm reluctant to put any extra stress on the electrical system.
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Old 11-02-2015, 02:10 PM   #10
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heated gear is great. I learned the hard way that most of it is crap. If you want good heated gear you have to pay for the real deal with Gerbings.
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:06 PM   #11
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yes buy the best gerblings fits that to a T.
been using there products for years, great to not put on so much clothing you can not move.

but i have a spare vest liner i can sell to any takers here.
would post a link to the sale page but can not,

anybody want to buy a lightly use gerblings vest liner and single controller with battery hook wires (new part).
$200.usd free ship in the lower 48 states USA. canada? you guys got theses weird add in taxes, import taxes, etc.
over seas?? shippings gona cost you.

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Old 11-02-2015, 03:12 PM   #12
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I tend to ride pretty late in the year here (Ontario, Canada) and one thing I have always struggled with is cold hands, as I have an hour long commute.

There is a local business (Velocity) who has been around for a few years making custom suits/gloves etc but he has now opened a heated clothing division (Fired up), which offers heated battery powered gear. Ski gloves have worked fairly well for me in the past but they lack protection.

Anyhow, his new gear uses Infra-Red heat and the gloves offer great protection. I picked up the gloves and a vest for a crazy low combo price as he is just trying to get them out in the market.

http://www-firedupx-com.myshopify.co...orcycle-gloves

http://www-firedupx-com.myshopify.co...ffy-style-vest

Hopefully I won't have to remove so many layers when I get to work now.

Just thought I'd share. I'll post a review once it gets cold out.
The gloves appear to offer much better protection than the Gerbings I got recently. If they were compatible with the Gerbings 12V controller I'd get a pair.

I sent them an email to ask. Will advise what they say.
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Old 09-11-2016, 07:34 PM   #13
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ive had the sedici full heated suit for a year and it works good.
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:01 PM   #14
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Yes, old thread revival. But the winter here this year is a lot colder than usual. I am still riding, but in need of good winter heated gloves.

What are the current recommendations?

I have looked at
- Tourmaster Synergy 2.0 heated leather gloves
- Gerbing gloves

Any others that I should look at?

pros, cons?

Battery or plug into bike?

Are there any USB chargeable gloves yet? I couldn't find any - Big opportunity here for producers!

I am fortunate enough to live in an area I can ride year round, but the cold 2 degree C mornings this year are getting to me - yes that is Fn cold for me.... stir away.... We never see snow and and haven't had a winter this cold in decades. But this year global extremes have hit and I want warm hands!
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:05 PM   #15
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Heated gear sucks down power in a big way. USB is 5 volts and I think 1 amp at best.

I can't imagine battery powered gloves having any ability to run for more than a few minutes unless the battery was huge. And then charging said battery via USB would take forever.

Seems like heated grips would be the answer there.
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Old 06-28-2018, 05:23 AM   #16
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The battery powered gloves I have run for several hours on the highest setting and the batteries are not very big.

https://firedupx.com/collections/hea...oves-and-socks

I have a couple sets of the batteries so I swap them out when using them for long days on the parking lot (i'm a moto instructor).

The battery powered vest I have isn't the greatest (older Gerbing gyde) but it certainly helps.
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:02 AM   #17
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Warm&Safe liner and gloves - great fit and quality. There's a good discount code over on ADVRider (was 18% off when I used it). Also have the Warm&Safe dual remote heat troller, eliminates a lot of the wiring mess.

Liner:
http://www.warmnsafe.com/generation-...-heated-liner/

Gloves:
http://www.warmnsafe.com/ultimate-sp...heated-gloves/

Heat Troller:
http://www.warmnsafe.com/dual-remote...-heat-troller/
Note: The Heat Troller sending unit and wiring stashes away in the liner pocket, once installed, you'll not see or mess with it again. The only visible wire is the main Coax plug that you connect to the bike somewhere. Gloves plug into the jacket liner. Remote controller controls heat to each item independently. Works fantastic!

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Old 06-28-2018, 03:04 PM   #18
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Found these and they get good reviews.

Five heated gloved

Pricey though
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:52 PM   #19
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I'll post a review once it gets cold out.
That should be in just a few weeks for you Great White North inhabitants, yeah?



edit:LOL...another old thread revived.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:18 AM   #20
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Yes, old thread revival. But the winter here this year is a lot colder than usual. I am still riding, but in need of good winter heated gloves.

What are the current recommendations?

I have looked at
- Tourmaster Synergy 2.0 heated leather gloves
- Gerbing gloves

Any others that I should look at?

pros, cons?

Battery or plug into bike?

Are there any USB chargeable gloves yet? I couldn't find any - Big opportunity here for producers!

I am fortunate enough to live in an area I can ride year round, but the cold 2 degree C mornings this year are getting to me - yes that is Fn cold for me.... stir away.... We never see snow and and haven't had a winter this cold in decades. But this year global extremes have hit and I want warm hands!
If you can find the Tourmaster Synergy 2.0 in leather, in your size, I can recommend those since I used mine this winter and they work as well as when new. They aren't waterproof completely, but even after hours in soaking rain they will keep yours hands and fingers warm.

I believe they are being discontinued and TM moving to a battery powered solution. Sucks because these really work well.
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