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  • #16
    Anything with a heating element seems to be hit and miss these days and yeah they're hardly bargain basement prices that you'd throw money at on the off chance of success.

    Personal experience is nil beyond online research for a product that doesn't require replacement of your known brand or quality safety gear with something heated that may blow it's stitching in a fall.

    Worst case you're back to double layers and colder than when it worked and you get to see how their warranty holds up.
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    • #17
      I wear my jacket under my normal riding gear so the safety aspect does not have any concerns. Reliability, well mine was not producing the amount of heat that others raved about. Never having one before I percivered.

      After the most miserably cold ride in the Goldfields 4 am start in winter I finally phoned Warm and Safe. It was out of warranty. No issues send it back to us! A brand new replacement supplied so this company does back up its product.

      Not cheap but for me on long distance rides it is essential safety equipment. Making decisions with hypothermia is just plain dangerous. Mine is hard wired to the battery on the bike. A battery pack would not supply the time in the saddle that I need. I did pay extra for the waterproof jacket model but wear my wind proof gortex liner over the top anyway. And it is more effective this way.

      I guess anything electrical can fail so I would carry back up good quality thermals just in case. As a user I recommend this make.

      PS Change the heat controller battery as recommended and or carry a spare and small screw driver to change it. Yes put this down to experience.
      Last edited by Graelin; 09-04-2019, 05:10 AM.

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      • #18
        Hi,

        I too have a case of the 'getting old and can't be focked with the colds'.

        I wear Five HG-1 heated gloves - these are great, as they heat along the back of the hand where the wind hits, not like grips that heat the palm. They are battery powered and last quite a while before needing recharging - quite expensive though, but a good glove anyway

        I also wear an RST Thermal Wind Block Jacket, which is not really a jacket. I wear it over my shirt, but under my normal riding jacket, It is like wearing 'fabric plastic' if that helps - no wind gets in, and the chill is gone. It works so good that I sweat in anything over about 15 degrees (I too commute at about 4am).

        These two things alone make my cold morning commutes extremely bearable.

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        • #19
          It has been many years since I rode when it was actually cold. I mean really cold.
          A pair of cotton gloves(Ladies)
          A pair of expensive Ski Gloves
          A pair of Flying Mittens ex Military from the famous Surplus Store.
          It was still fucking cold.
          I have no idea how the hell I used the controls, but some how I did or it may have been easier to throw an arm out to signal my intentions.
          Bottom line, it’s cold and it suxs.

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          • #20
            I'd look overseas to probably European suppliers.
            Loads of options for heated gear with Lithium batteries and wireless control.

            I will follow this thread as the bike is my daily commuter now and only option as of next year, and im getting old and cold

            For me, the two brands that have been recommended are:

            Gerbing : https://gerbing.co.uk/au/

            Keis : https://www.keisapparel.co.uk/

            Hope this provides some help.

            Ben

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            • #21
              You'll always struggle finding anything really warm in the shops here. I still have a pair of ski gloves I used when a bike was all I had, which did the job really well for my hands. From there it was all layers. shirt - hoody -leather jacket - wet weather over jacket.

              You can get some pretty cool gear out of Europe:

              Heated vest;
              https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf...-rcB-1200-0003
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              • #22
                Originally posted by vegie View Post
                Hi,

                I too have a case of the 'getting old and can't be focked with the colds'.

                I wear Five HG-1 heated gloves - these are great, as they heat along the back of the hand where the wind hits, not like grips that heat the palm. They are battery powered and last quite a while before needing recharging - quite expensive though, but a good glove anyway

                I also wear an RST Thermal Wind Block Jacket, which is not really a jacket. I wear it over my shirt, but under my normal riding jacket, It is like wearing 'fabric plastic' if that helps - no wind gets in, and the chill is gone. It works so good that I sweat in anything over about 15 degrees (I too commute at about 4am).

                These two things alone make my cold morning commutes extremely bearable.
                Thanks the Five HG1's are available locally, which is a good sign. I'm going to grab a pair of them and see how things pan out.
                The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
                G T

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Graelin View Post
                  Making decisions with hypothermia is just plain dangerous.
                  QFT

                  GT what's the commute bike? The presence or absence of a proper fairing makes a huge difference. I rocked an r1100rt circa 2017 and it was max comfy. Rarely needed warm gear at all. On the other hand, gs500/cb125 had me looking like michelin man for more of the year and I found wet clothes/batteries/drying racks to be a major PITA for daily use. Although doable.

                  Apparently plexifairings work well:


                  And to dry stuff between rides, I use a $10 kmart hairdryer (with the heat OFF) instead of one of these:
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                  • #24
                    wheel_of_steell the GT is the commute bike, that's why I first bought back in the 90's for a 67 K commute to the casino. Those T3 triumph engines are fucking awesome, over engineered and as smooth as. It's on it's second time round time round the clock and is well maintained in expectation of another 100,000 K's
                    There's no FUCKING way I'm putting any screen or fairing on it, all my bikes have been naked and I have no intention of changing that. I'm not sure but I may have a screen on one of the farm bikes, I know I definitely had protection on the handlebars which was shroud that fitted over the bars and crash bar.
                    So at this stage it's going to be a pair of heated gloves, and the Shrek approach, layers! I might well put the chain saw chaps on in the morning, and plenty of Occy straps to bring the excess baggage home in the arvo.
                    The gloves will come very soon and the jacket liner will be going back in soonish.
                    The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
                    G T

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                    • #25
                      This:

                      https://www.warmnsafe.com/

                      Get their jacket liner and gloves.
                      Then warm as toast.
                      Got this myself, tested it in high cold places, highly recommend.

                      Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
                      Doug

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                      • #26
                        Heated grips do help to a degree, the back of the hands get a bit cold but your hands don't freeze
                        I don't ride in the middle of winter as much any more for similar reasons so I bought heated grip wraps rather than std heated grips, that way my hands are reasonably warm in the early morning and then pull them off for the afternoon when it's warmer
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Doug68 View Post
                          This:

                          https://www.warmnsafe.com/

                          Get their jacket liner and gloves.
                          Then warm as toast.
                          Got this myself, tested it in high cold places, highly recommend.

                          Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
                          This is what I chose and very pleased with the jacket and the back up service.

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                          • #28
                            when riding in snow in jap, got put onto these chemical warmers to go under normal gloves. disposable, and were 50 yen each, worked a treat. also similar socks and balaclava. the balaclava I found a bit hot though. could wrap that shit round your knees.
                            if you stayed dry, whole day was toasty. once the snow made it in it was all over though.

                            not sure if these the same hand warmers: https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/...warmers-2-pack

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by filbert View Post
                              https://www.zarkie.com.au/product/he...iABEgJEf_D_BwE

                              They do a glove and jacket liner as well as battery packs to avoid being wired to the bike.

                              Just linking because they may work with your existing gear rather than rekitting from scratch.

                              If you can keep your hands and core warm by adding heat to counter what the wind takes away your comfort levels should definitely increase
                              I think these gloves are the ones my cousin's hubby in NZ bought, I had a quick try out when the were new, they warmed up pretty quick. Thanks for posting.
                              The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
                              G T

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Green Trident View Post
                                Thanks the Five HG1's are available locally, which is a good sign. I'm going to grab a pair of them and see how things pan out.
                                Yep I grabbed a pair form Helmet house yesty. Yesty morning was quite cool and well below the forecast min of 19, the riggers gloves saw me arrive quite chilled out.
                                Today was quite mild so I put the gloves on the lowest of the 3 settings, the only reason I knew they were working was that lack of chill while riding. Due to an oversoght I had to stop for fuel on the way and notched the setting up to 2 which quickly turned out to be a bit warm.
                                I hate to say this but bring on the cooler weather...
                                The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
                                G T

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