For Christmas this year, much to my surprise I received a new Gerbing heated jacket. There was nothing wrong with my old one. Except maybe that it was slightly baggy and there was a heating element that ran across the boniest part of my elbow if it was bunched jussssst so. I’ll have to tip my daughter off to that since she will be inheriting the old one as a hand-me-down.
Now with their fancy-pants microwire you don’t feel any of the elements at all. How did I end up getting so spoiled?
Sometimes Santa has a little trouble with selecting the correct sizing. Totally understandable when you consider all of the good little girls and boys he visits each year. So – I opted to head to Philly to exchange my jacket an the Revzilla showroom.
Though yesterday’s 60 degree temperatures here on Long Island would have you fooled, winter is on the way. What are you doing to keep yourself warm out on the road?
Thanks to my mom completing the circuit last Christmas with a pair of Gerbing T5 Microwire gloves (see what I did there?), I now have a full suite of electric gear from Gerbing. I have a jacket liner, pants liner and gloves. I could ride through the tundra!
I sound like a broken record but, once you finally get heated gear you will ask yourself why you waited so long.
Before the gloves came along, I was using heated grips and a pair of Parts Unlimited Snow Paws handlebar muffs – most commonly referred to as Hippo Hands though that is a particular brand. If you’re on a tight budget, a pair of muffs just might be the ticket. Like anything else, prices vary but for less than $40 you can add a layer to keep the elements at bay.
Here are some past posts about cold weather gloves and muffs:
For Christmas this year, my Mom & Dad sent both Kenny and myself a pair of Gerbing Microwire T5 heated gloves. It was not until this weekend that I got a change to plug them in and give them a try.
Gerbing’s products are made to all connect together in one big circuit. Each garment has a plug or a jack to connect to one another. You can use an individual thermostat to variably control the heat flowing through each garment directly or you can use a single thermostat to control all.
Hero of the Stupid
If you are a dummy like me you might make the incorrect assumption that with an interconnected system all of the wires and jacks in the jacket liner would be powered once you are plugged in to the battery. This is not the case.
One Thermostat, Multiple Garments
If you only want to use a single thermostat controller for both your jacket liner and your gloves, you will need a splitter. Power from the motorcycle battery must be flowing into both male jacks on the jacket liner in order to power an accessory from the liner.
Plug the 2 female splitter ends into the jacket liner and the 1 male splitter end into the thermostat controller. Now, plug the gloves in to the liner’s forearm jacks. Your body and your hands will be toasty; controlled by a single thermostat.
By the time that I arrived home from my ride yesterday, it was about 25 degrees out. At no time during the ride were my hands ever cold, even at highway speeds. I do still have the handlebar muffs on my bike as well.
The T5 gloves are not as bulky and vague feeling as my Alpinestars winter gloves though not as natural feeling as my regular non-winter leather gloves. I did not feel impaired by the T5s in any way.
All in all I think they are fantastic. Though the $170 price tag may not be an easy one to swallow, I would go so far as to say that they are worth it if you are inclined to ride in the cold weather. Much like the heated liner, I found myself wondering why I didn’t just buy them for myself prior to getting them as a gift. I guess mom really does know best!
The UPS Fairy came to my office today and dropped off a pair of Gerbing’s Microwire T5 heated gloves. These were a belated Christmas present courtesy of my mom & pop. Isn’t it just like a mom to always want to make sure that you’re dressed warmly enough?
They don’t feel super bulky, which is what I hate about winter riding gloves. When my hands become desensitized by a glove it drives me nuts.
The wrist can be tightened with a velcro strap, to help secure fit and keep out drafts. The gauntlet has a pull string for cinching closed over your jacket sleeve.
The quality of the materials is very nice. With leather palms, fingers and knuckles the gloves appear to be well made. It is what you would expect from Gerbing.
The connection with the Gerbing liner that I already have appears to be as easy as pie. The sleeve of the liner has a zipper-enclosed jack connector on the forearm that plugs into the glove. No crazy spaghetti wiring. Score!
I’m looking forward to giving them a test ride this weekend. So far, Sunday is looking like it is going to be sunny and in the 30’s. Between the heated gloves and my handlebar muffs, I should have the toastiest digits in all the land!
Do you have any experience with these gloves? Let’s hear about it!