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    PorscheNut
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    Heated Vests! Why didn't I get one sooner!!!

    seriously folks, if you're still riding, get one. They're a godsend. I just bought mine on Saturday, and it's pure bliss. Trevor at Burnaby Kawaskai sold one to me for a little over $100.

    Also, my fingers didn't get nearly as cold because you keep pumping warm blood out of your body's core which helps your extremities.

    After experiencing this and re-evaluating my wardrobe. I figure that this is what you need for cold weather:

    1. at least 1 pair of longjohns underneather your pants, (maybe 2), (I wear a pair of track pants underneath)
    2. a heated vest
    3. glove liners used with non-perforated gloves, (no race replica gloves, most have small holes in them).
    4. a balaclava or ski mask underneath your helmet
    5. boots with high tops

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    Now that you are all comfy and warm, keep in mind, your tires aren't. This time of year can be very deceptive. Sorry, sometimes the Mom in me comes on too strong, I just think the members of this board have had enough crashes in 2002. Don't want to have anybody else hurt. That being said, I'm still riding,too. It's an addiction.

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    BBQ Squadron Member Array Dark()Knight's Avatar
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    mmmm.... I wonder if they make heated vest for snowboarding ?????
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    only if you strap a battery to your butt =)

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    yiks Array Twister's Avatar
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    yes heated vests are a must in BC. Ohhh so warm and cozy, all most feels like its cheating.

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    Jackie Chan's stuntdouble Array Motorcycle Man's Avatar
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    I often get teased when I show up for a ride with my electric vest. But I don't care, because I know I'll be laughing when they are freezing their butts.

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    Originally posted by Benjamin Tang
    how does the heated vest work? do u somehow splice it into the bike for power somewhere?

    i've gone the long underwear route... still uncomfortable with everything getting bunched up underneath my clothes and gear.
    Ben (and others),

    See this thread:

    heated vests

    Ben makes an excellent point: while you may be able to combat the cold with layers under your riding gear, each additional layer increases the chances of binding you up and making you uncomfortable or, even worse, reducing your circulation and making you even colder.

    Also, if you want to increase comfort, consider heated grips. Sandworm has just installed some Hotgrips on his Viffer and has posted about that here:

    Sissy (winter) mods update.

    If you're short of cash, you can install heating elements under your grips for less money. Here is an example of lower price grip heaters made by Dual Star

    I think that a similar product is probably available from local dealers (make them search those catalogs!). If you don't have any luck, try a dealer that also sells snowmobiles.
    Last edited by GSP; 10-28-2002 at 08:30 PM.

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    Melodious Array Brendan's Avatar
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    how does the heated vest work? do u somehow splice it into the bike for power somewhere?
    They connect directly to the battery.

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    Bravo! I 100% agree... bought mine 2 seasons ago... it's positively tropical inside my leatehrs right now,.... I even to it to Laguna twice... people thought I was nuts till they woke up and tried to ride in the early Am on the northern Calif coast... they could barely move they were so cold...

    It has totally changed my riding... I used to laugh at people with electric vests....


    Now I know the truth..... THEY WERE LAUGHING AT ME CUZ THEY WERE WARM!!!

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    >THEY WERE LAUGHING AT ME CUZ THEY WERE WARM!!!


    yup

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    none, till the boys are older
    I've had one for a couple years now, and it is awsome. I ride with
    it almost always. If it warms up...just unplug. Advice, the colder it
    gets, put it closer to you (w/ atleast a t-shirt between).
    I just read in the WorkWearWorld flyer, they have jeans w/ fleece
    on the inside for $55. Totally good buy.

    I was mocked for having the wires hanging out below my jacket.
    But needless to say, I ride for hours, not have coffee for hours.
    And I'm not the one w/ blue icecubes for nutz.

    Stay warm, stay riding, stay happy!
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    Ride Solo Array GSP's Avatar
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    More info on the benefits of staying warm:

    Got Heat?

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    I'm not telling, but Atom isn't allowed near it.
    I should look into new gear.. last 2 season I rode year round.

    Boots, Jeans, Textile Jacket (sometimes a sweatshirt under it) and perforated gloves...

    Jim.

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    Heated vest was the single most thing that made my riding more enjoyable.

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