Originally Posted by theshadow
I was wondering If you electricalized folks would recommend a heated jacket over a heated vest. Ive been the tough guy for several years now, but it seems silly to continue like that if there are good workable solutions to the problem!
I agree with boogunoogun, go with the full jacket. You never know when you might need it (for a long trip someday) - but my favorite feature is the convenience of plugging the gloves into the jacket sleeves. Then you run everything off the jacket controller which is just a lot easier (IMO).
I've never tried heated gear. The past couple weeks it's been 36-38 when I leave in the morning, with a couple mornings at 34 degrees. I usually wear a base layer, A-Star Drystar jacket, kevlar reinforced jeans, Sidi boots and A-Star Drystar gloves - my commute is 35-45 minutes and the only thing that gets cold is my fingertips after about 10 minutes on the freeway.
Are the entire gloves heated or just the fingers? I'd love to have warmer fingertips but I'm worried that a full electric glove would make my hands sweat.
My biggest gripe about riding in the cold is that my face shield is constantly fogging. I've tried 4-5 different anti-fog treatments over the years and none work worth a damn, they just seem to make it worse. I'd love to have a defrost setting on my helmet!
I'm good in 30-40 degrees for a 1/2 hour commute without heated gear - chilly, but not bad. For any greater length of time or cooler temps the heated gear is REALLY nice.
To answer your question though, most brands of heated gloves heat the back of the hand and fingers. The palm is not heated so you can still have a good feel for the controls and get the warmth from heated grips (if you have them). Women's gloves are sometimes fully heated (including the palm) with the idea that they will just be a passenger (so if they ride they need to research that or go with a mens glove).
Another great thing about heated gloves is they aren't as bulky as super insulated gloves. They're close, but not as bad since they don't need as much insulation.
Another option is battery powered gear. There's a brand called Mobile Warming that makes batter powered gloves and jackets - although the jackets don't heat as much of the body vs. traditional heated gear.
For the faceshield problem - have you tried pinlock before? That's the only anti-fog solution that I've used that really works. I experienced a little bit of ghosting at night (double vision), but not bad. Scorpion shields are really good at managing fog as well. In my experience the sprays and solutions you apply on the shield don't do much... There are heated dual pane shields for snowmobiles if all else fails - and a lot of them attach to m/c helmets (such as HJC), and they never fog