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post #1 of 12 Old 02-14-2013, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking for some advise on heated gloves. I was out riding yesterday (23 degrees) and was totally warm except for my hands. I've got a Firstgear thermal one piece suit that rocks--but my hards are ready to freeze off. I've never had heated gloves before so I know nothing about them. I want to go this way instead of heated grips so I can use them on different bikes. Questions:

1. What brand are you using and would you recommend them?
2. Are the heated glove liners a good choice (cheaper) or go for the entire glove?
3. Can the electrical system on the KLR handle the load?
4. Best place to buy? (price, service, etc).
5. Other info you think I should know but I'm too dumb to ask!!! LOL

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I'm looking for some advise on heated gloves. I was out riding yesterday (23 degrees) and was totally warm except for my hands. I've got a Firstgear thermal one piece suit that rocks--but my hards are ready to freeze off. I've never had heated gloves before so I know nothing about them. I want to go this way instead of heated grips so I can use them on different bikes. Questions:

1. What brand are you using and would you recommend them?
2. Are the heated glove liners a good choice (cheaper) or go for the entire glove?
3. Can the electrical system on the KLR handle the load?
4. Best place to buy? (price, service, etc).
5. Other info you think I should know but I'm too dumb to ask!!! LOL

Thanks!

I went through several pairs of (un-heated) winter gloves before I got grip heaters. The heaters definetly helped but the biggest improvement was handlebar muffs. With the muffs I can almost ride without the heaters. These are what I'm currently using:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ATV-Mitts.aspx


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post #3 of 12 Old 02-15-2013, 08:19 PM
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i have heated grips, and i cant describe how good those are def beat any heated gloves i ever had
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I'm looking for some advise on heated gloves. I was out riding yesterday (23 degrees) and was totally warm except for my hands. I've got a Firstgear thermal one piece suit that rocks--but my hards are ready to freeze off. I've never had heated gloves before so I know nothing about them. I want to go this way instead of heated grips so I can use them on different bikes. Questions:

1. What brand are you using and would you recommend them?
2. Are the heated glove liners a good choice (cheaper) or go for the entire glove?
3. Can the electrical system on the KLR handle the load?
4. Best place to buy? (price, service, etc).
5. Other info you think I should know but I'm too dumb to ask!!! LOL

Thanks!
I've a pair of Gerbings heated gloves that I use on my Wing. They work good.
Last year I wired my Kubota so I can use them plowing snow.
Get the controller so you can adjust temp. Sometimes on the Wing, I have to drop the temp down a notch, or swap out for regular gloves. The controller is more convenient.

BTW: The Gerbing jacket has connectors on the sleeves, so you can connect the gloves to the arm.

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i did the same thing i have heated grips and i used heated gloves on my bike the biggest help for me was the muffs with the heated grips ii could ride in -19 and my hands were great my face shield froze up but not my hands made huge difference ! best 30 bucks i ever spent ..

this was jan 2 and taking pic as we headed off for our saddle sore 1000 winter ride .. heated gloves are ok but still got cold below 0 i was great well before that with muffs and grip heaters .

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I have ridden my Quad down to -40 with grip heaters, bar muffs and light gloves. Without the bar muffs, with heavy gloves and grip heaters, the palms of my hands were fine but the backs froze. Windchill is a big factor at 50mph!
If I was riding my bike in cold temps I would buy HippoHands. Being semirigid they wont collapse when you take a hand out while driving at speed. ATV muffs collapse and you cant get your hand back in. Don't ask how I know this.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-23-2013, 02:36 PM
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Questions:

1. What brand are you using and would you recommend them?
Gerging's, yes. High quality, unbelievable customer service.

Also, if you want to move from bike to bike, an automobile 12-volt plug adapter is available with a socket for the Gerbing's.
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2. Are the heated glove liners a good choice (cheaper) or go for the entire glove?
I reckon that's your call; dexterity may become somewhat of an issue with liners, IMHO; YMMV!
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3. Can the electrical system on the KLR handle the load?'
Generation 2 (2008 and later), certainly; Generation 1? I installed a 280-watt stator from Race Tech to keep up with both my gloves and jacket liner on my Generation 1.
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4. Best place to buy? (price, service, etc).
Shop around; the factory warrnty is good, regardless.
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5. Other info you think I should know but I'm too dumb to ask!!!
The latest jacket liner has two input circuits, intended 1) Jacket liner wiring, and 2) Glove wiring (glove connectors are on each sleeve). This arrangement assumes a dual controller. An auxiliary output connector, common to the glove circuit, exists for thermal pants or boot liners.

This system can be "tricked" to power two garments (e.g., jacket liner and gloves) from a single controller by the following procedure: Plug controller into glove circuit; plug auxiliary output into jacket liner circuit (I think I got that right!).

My experience with the Gerbing's includes a 100-mile trip in sub-freezing weather through snowfall at 70 mph on Interstate 95. Under these conditions, what? ME worry? The gear does its job, in that environment!

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-23-2013, 05:51 PM
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i have a pair of oxford heaterz and a pair of freedom heated gloves ( heatedclothing.ca). they will work great down to around 0 or 32 for you yanks .. under that they just cant keep up with the windchill factor . hippohands are next on the agenda ...
I barely use my heated vest , i would say its off 98 % of the time . for me warm hands and a pair of heated insoles i made keep me toasty . Ill flip on my vest if i feel my core temp drop a bit .
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http://www.hippohands.com/
http://freedomheatedclothing.ca/
both made in Canada , and who else knows about the cold better then us Canucks
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I have a set of Tourmaster heated gloves and matching jacket I bought a few years ago for riding on my cruiser. I swear by them, and regularly use them to ride to Banff and back in the middle of the winter...even without a chinook! I bought the Tourmaster setup over the Gerbings because they come with the heat controller (Gerbings makes you pay extra for them), and they have a modular way of hooking all together so you can have separate heat control or control the whole system through a single hook-up and controller. Gerbings makes a great product, but Tourmaster hasn't let me down yet and IMHO was a better value. Bught mine online from Wingstuff.com

I picked up my first KLR last October, and for the type of riding I plan on doing with it I didn't want to wear the Tourmaster stuff, at least the gloves anyways. The bike already needed new grips, so I went on Ebay and bought a set of no-name heated grips for $50. I figured if they didn't work well, they'd be expensive replacements for the old grips that were on it. They work great! They have 5 heat settings, but my hands are cooking at the 3rd setting, so money well-spent! As others have mentioned, palms will be warm, but backs of hands will be pretty chilly in no time at slab speeds. I personally prefer having my hands free, so putting them in those muffs wouldn't work for me, but obviously others have tried them and recommend them too.

Good luck with your search.
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