I want to go heated this winter and have been thinking of getting a vest with the idea that keeping the core warm will result in bearable extremities. With that said, my fingers are the ones first to go numb.
Should I get the vest and keep using the insulated gloves or skip the vest and get heated gloves?
If you're thinking about a vest, just go for the full jacket liner, there's not alot of difference in the draw and it will make a BIG difference in your comfort. On top of the liner, you could either go with heated gloves or heated grips. I have heated grips and would not trade them for the world. I've used them on not too cold days just because I have them and it's nice to take the edge off. If it's really cold I'll turn them onto high and they're wonderful! The back of your hands will chill but it's not too bad. (I'm talking in the mid 30's to mid 40's) If you have to choose only one I'd vote for the jacket liner. Hope this helps.
I would get the jacket liner first, try that with your favorite winter gloves, then if you can't take it, get some gloves later.
Part of the reason is I think the gloves would be awkward without the jacket sleeves to plug them into (another good reason to get the jacket liner and not the vest). I think you would need a controller and a Y connector and the wires would be flapping around.
I got both at the same time and man is it nice when the temps start dipping.
Thanks for the replies! I'll look into jacket warmers. Anything will be an improvement over previous winters I'm sure. The only reason I was thinking of the vest was a sale I saw for firstgear and a coupon I had for mcss. Now that I think about it, the extra 20-30 for sleeves are probably well worth it!
Hey Andrew, heated jacked all the way! It allows you to build towards heated gloves as opposed to a heated vest. I don't have heated gloves yet, but I'm glad I got the heated jacket first as its increased my riding comfort on those 33-34 degree wet days (as well as colder weather) immensely! Keeping the core warm has made it much easier for me to endure cold hands.
Same here. I would feel the cold wind on my upper arms. The full jacket seems a better value than the vest since it comes with the Y-cord for gloves built in. That said, I actually use the heated gloves (mid 40's) twice as often as the jacket liner (mid 30's) which I wear anyway just for the Y-cord. Below 30 I also pop in my heated insoles. Everybody's different but my legs don't seem to get cold. Otherwise, if you're going to get only one heated item, do the gloves. You can always layer up your torso - ya can't do nothin' about frozen fingers.
I bought both a heated jacket and gloves together. Small saving on shipping getting them at the same time (to australia). I'd say get both if you can stretch the budget as i found if i only had one item heated, i really wish i'd connected up the gloves/jacket coz u notice the cold a lot more where there's no heating.
If u can really only get one... Get the jacket coz when u want to upgrade to heated gloves, it wont seem so expensive
Any recommendations for jacket liners that have the controls built in (like first gear) but also have gloves liner hookups? The first gear has the controls and only requires a direct line to the battery but they only sell heated gloves. (Trying to keep my Olympia gloves with the squeegee)
This is what I have. You need to use a heat controller with this liner but it heats up very fast. I have the first gear glove liners and they work great together as a pair. I already had a good set of winter gloves and didn't want to spend the 180 on a new pair of heated gloves.