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Old 11-25-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Educate me re heated clothes.

I've got a pigtail on my bike for the battery trickler. The cord from the clothes plug into that?

Let's say a rider has heated socks, gloves, jacket liner and pants. The socks plug into the pants. The pants plug into the jacket. The gloves plug into the jacket. The jacket plugs into the bike's pigtail connection.

Where's the control? Is there a control that adjusts the temperature separately for each item? So that's what, a control with four knobs?

The shop that works on my bike sells glove liners and a single controller. Maybe jackets as well. But they don't sell heated socks or pants. I've been using my hunting and skiing gear, but it seems that on a bike I'm approaching diminishing returns. For true comfort without restricted movement I think heated is the only alternative for cold weather. And I love cold weather. I just don't like being cold.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:29 AM   #2
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I use Gerbings jacket, gloves and socks with dual controller which is connected to the pigtail w/ 10 amp fuse. The controller has 2 leads that plug into the jacket, which the jacket connects the gloves thru the sleves which has its own control. The other control is for the jacket temp. My jacket has a port for one more component which I can plug the socks into. I really need one more controller so the socks can be on there own.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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I have the Gerbings jacket liner and gloves that are attached to the dual controller (one knob for gloves and one for jacket liner. For those times when temps are such that my feet get cold (i.e., below 30), I use insole foot warming pads. All the wiring is a bit of a PITA but it beats being cold. Just make sure your pigtail to the battery is properly fused with sufficient amperage to handle all the electrics you plug into it.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:44 AM   #4
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the older Gerbing heated jacket/pants without microwire are the best by far.
there's been problems with some microwire jackets putting blisters on folks resulting in a recall.

there's been feedback from inmates of getting blisters from microwire not part of recall serial numbers. be aware the current Gerbing company does NOT warranty older Gerbing gear.

Gordon's heated clothing http://gordonsheated.com/ is the new company by founder Gordon Gerbing and family. evidently Gordon Gerbing sold the original company when he got extremely sick and was not part of the microwire recall fiasco.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:06 AM   #5
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I use insole foot warming pads.
What are those?

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All the wiring is a bit of a PITA
Especially if you have to use the baf'room in a hurry.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:09 AM   #6
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Especially if you have to use the baf'room in a hurry.
You can get these, at most sporting good stores.


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Old 11-25-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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If I remember correctly, you activate these by opening the outer package. They are little bags filled with liquid? You can walk on them? Obviously there's no way to control the temperature, right?

If they're filled with liquid, what's to keep them from breaking/spilling when you walk on them?

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Old 11-25-2014, 09:01 AM   #8
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I've never had a problem keeping my feet warm, good pair of wool socks and good boots go a long way. Now hands thats a different story. Heated jacket and gloves are all I need along with the quilted liner that zips into the pants.
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:06 AM   #9
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I rode in the 30's and less last week.

My chin and forehead were the only parts that could feel the cold.

Keep the core and hands warm and I am good to go.
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If I remember correctly, you activate these by opening the outer package. They are little bags filled with liquid? You can walk on them? Obviously there's no way to control the temperature, right?

If they're filled with liquid, what's to keep them from breaking/spilling when you walk on them?

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They contain a dry chemical that heats up when exposed to air. Breaking/spilling isn't really an issue. As for temperature control, they don't have it and, IMHO, it isn't needed.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:29 AM   #11
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I have the Gerbings jacket liner and gloves that are attached to the dual controller (one knob for gloves and one for jacket liner. For those times when temps are such that my feet get cold (i.e., below 30), I use insole foot warming pads. All the wiring is a bit of a PITA but it beats being cold. Just make sure your pigtail to the battery is properly fused with sufficient amperage to handle all the electrics you plug into it.

This is a question I've been looking to find an answer for. What a lucky day!


So to be clear, the battery tender pigtail can run heated clothing, provided you have it properly fused. I assume an adapter would be needed for that connection, or is most heated clothing using the same connector?
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:33 AM   #12
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What are those?
I just saw some battery powered heated foot pads in the Cabalas newspaper ad that have a remote control key fob.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:59 AM   #13
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Jacket and gloves are all I ever needed. Socks and pants were not an issue.
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So to be clear, the battery tender pigtail can run heated clothing, provided you have it properly fused. I assume an adapter would be needed for that connection, or is most heated clothing using the same connector?
The batter tender pigtail can be used if properly fused by using an SAE to RCA coax adaptor, shown below. Most electric clothes connect via coax.

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The batter tender pigtail can be used if properly fused by using an SAE to RCA coax adaptor, shown below. Most electric clothes connect via coax.


Awesome. The previous owner installed/had installed a pigtail for the battery tender. Now I just need to get in there under the seat and see if it's fused or not.
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