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    Heated Vest

    I'm looking to buy a heated vest. My search through the forum for prior reviews came up empty? Any recommendations on a good one. Thanks

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    Have a look at the "Similar Threads" pane at the bottom of the page. You can search the "Tag Cloud" as well. As soon as you type in Heat, the possibilities appear.
    Good luck.
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    Gerbing used to be good but they have changed hands several times and I don't know if the current company is good.
    I think the current company is Gyde.

    If we had to replace our gear I would probably buy Warm and Safe.
    https://www.warmnsafe.com/
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    You can buy a Widder vest at the Iron Butt Association's online store. Mike Kneebone bought the Widder stock when the went out of business. Under $75 for non-members and $70 for members. The Widder gear uses their own connector for power which comes with the vest along with an on/off switch. If you prefer it to have a coaxial conector that can be used with a controller, then they are available from Ken Phenix for $80-85. Ken is on Facebook. Widder gear is of very high quality.
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    I just bought a Warm & Safe set up (dual controller, waterproof jacket, power port) and it was, literally, the best money I ever spent on motorcycle gear. That and they have OUTSTANDING customer support.
    '13 R1200RT 90th Anniversary Edition

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    +1 on Warm & Safe. And you really want a jacket liner, with sleeves, and not a vest. Makes a world of difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Have a look at the "Similar Threads" pane at the bottom of the page. You can search the "Tag Cloud" as well. As soon as you type in Heat, the possibilities appear.
    Good luck.
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    Gerbing and Warmnsafe are also featured through the Tag Cloud as well.
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    NOS Widder cannot be beat, price is right as well. My wife bought me a vest and arm chaps in 1999, I'm still running them with no issues what so ever.
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    I'm new to heated gear, but my Venture Heat jacket and pants worked well this fall. The pants are over kill for me, but the jacket is fantastic. Jacket purchase price includes remote controller and battery pigtail.

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    The original founder of Gerbing has a new company with the same, good ole fashioned service and quality from their beginnings. I found out Gerbing changed ownership in '14 and then experienced it, first hand, a few years later. When my gloves give out, I will go with
    https://www.gordonsheated.com/index.php
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    + 3 on Warm 'n' Safe. My Gerbings controller quit (in my opinion, rather prematurely), so I went with Warm 'n' Safe jacket and I have been very pleased. I also use the wireless controller, which sits conveniently on my brake fluid reservoir via a small patch of Velcro.

    Regardless of what brand you go with, I would recommend a full jacket rather than just the vest (in fact, I don't believe Warm 'n' Safe even makes a vest). Having heat on the arms doesn't cost all that much more than a vest and, IMHO, it's additional money well spent. After all, you're buying it to keep warm.
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    When you buy new heated gear, it’s a great time to get yourself a connection wired directly to the battery. The connection can run the heated gear or provide a way to connect a battery maintainer.
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    What ever brand you buy, DO NOT BUY A VEST! Buy a jacket with sleeves! I have a Warm and Safe with the wireless remote controller. I Velcro the controller to the handle bar so I can easily reach it. It is so much better than having the controller inline on he power cord.
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    Thanks guys for the input. I'm very intrigued by the Warm and Safe heated shirt, that might work for me. What's the deal with extra battery harness, do they break or do you lose them frequently? Is this something that I should get right away?

    I was also looking at the Kanetsu vest from Aerostich, anybody tried that?

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