Gerbing Heated Motorcycle Gear Review
Being a native Michigander, I thought that I would never be in need of heated gear here in Southern California. Well I guess my blood has thinned. And with a ride to the office that takes me along the chilly Pacific Coast and up through the Santa Monica Mountains, I was excited to give Gerbing’s Heated Jacket Liner and T-5 Heated Gloves a test run.
Simply put – I love heated gear. The jacket fit perfectly under my leathers, and the gloves were comfortable with a good flex and easily connected to the ports on the jacket sleeves.
Upon ordering, I was told to make sure to have my chest and sleeve measurements in order to assure proper fit and get the best heating results from Gerbing’s patented Microwire Heating Technology.
This technology was originally developed for the U.S. Military and incorporates Gerbing’s patented process of using micro-sized conductive fibers that are intertwined and then encased in a Teflon waterproof coating. The Microwire is then woven into a heating matrix that is than strategically placed in the product.
Set-up was a breeze. The color coded cords easily plug into the dual thermostat controller which than plugs directly into the OEM 12-volt accessory outlet on my Triumph GT. The Leather Clip Case was a handy addition. It clipped it to my belt for easy access to both control knobs.
I now find myself adjusting the temperature on the Gerbing products a few times on every ride to compensate for cold winds and climate fluctuations as I cruise the coast and twist my way through the mountain passes. With the heated, chest, sleeves, back and collar, it’s like wearing a form fitted heated blanket that coddles you as you ride.
Although I’ve never owned another heated gear system, I can’t recommend this Gerbing Heated Jacket Liner and T-5 Heated Gloves enough. Riding has never been so pleasurable and call me a wimp, but I will not leave home without them if there is even the faintest chill in the air.
Gerbing Heated Jacket Liner:
- Heating pads on the chest, back, collar, and sleeves
- Compressible, water-repellent, durable, Thinsulate insulation
- Teflon coated, wind-resistant, soft nylon shell
- Inside and outside pockets
- Silky soft micro denier collar
- Form-fitting patterns and sizing to fit snugly and easily under your outer garments
- Glove plug pockets placed on the sleeves secure the plugs when not in use
- Power Distribution Unit eliminates dangling cords
- Dual 2 wiring configuration (for one user only)
- Lifetime warranty on heating elements
- Incorporates Gerbing’s Microwire heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the body with warmth
Gerbing T-5 Glove:
- Gerbing’s heated gloves are made with high quality full-analine leather for an exceptionally light, strong and flexible glove
- The glove heats the entire length of each finger including the thumb as well as the back of your hand
- Gauntlet style glove
- Adjustable wrist fastener
- Hypora waterproof, breathable membrane
- Thinsulate insulation for great warmth and dexterity
- Brushed tricot liner for added warmth and durability
- Incorporates Gerbing’s Microwire heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth.
- Lifetime warranty on the Microwire heating elements
Gerbing’s was founded in 1976 by Gordon Gerbing. What started off as a hobby to help keep his employees that rode to his machine shop warm soon blossomed into a full time business/passion.
By 1999 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company selected Gerbing’s to be the sole supplier of Harley-Davidson label heated clothing. Gerbing’s then began an authorized motorcycle dealers program where only top-quality dealers with proven service records to their customers are chosen to represent their gear.
This expansion has allowed for them to continue producing quality gear and provide consumers with easy access to all their products. The company now resides in a brand new 30,000 sq ft facility located in Tumwater, Wash. For more information please visit: gerbing.com.