Gerbing 12V EX Heated Jacket
Excellent heating, tight wrists
The heating component is the bomb. Heats instantly, and to the neck and arms unlike others (also back and chest). The forearms and wrist area like others have mentioned are very tight. Its a bit difficult getting gloves on. Yet to buy the heated gloves.... Included armour seems a happy medium, not to thin not too chunky. Sturdy and supportive without being heavy. Zip pulls on wrists hang out, wish they tucked in better. Adjusters on arms, no a fan, prefer a simpler look with less bits hanging off. Generally looks pretty smart and sedate. Small square pocket on chest juts out like a tit. hangs low enough over lower back. wish it had another two vents on the very front. Overall very happy with this purchase. Revved.
July 10, 2014
Great jacket, just needs a few more refinements
I've had the 12V EX jacket and gloves for a couple of weeks now and I've already done around 4000kms (2500mi) in them.
I am a slim build, 177cm (5"10) and around 68kg (150lbs)
I found the Medium sized jacket a little too loose around the torso and a little too tight around the forearm and wrists.
Height was also fine, but the sleeves are probably an inch too long. which adds a lot of bulk around the wrist when the gloves are put on and strapped up over the cuff of the jacket.
There are adjustment straps to tighten up the sleeves, but nothing to tighten up the jacket around the torso which I need.
The Small sized gloves were a decent fit. I found the thumb a bit too short but all other fingers were a good length. Sizing up would have meant a bulkier and looser fitting glove so I can live with it.
The cables for the battery were easily long enough for my Ducati Streetfighter and I found it very straight forward to hook up. The cables between the temp controller and the jacket look a bit messy though.
The cables and plugs between the jacket and the gloves really really frustrate me a lot (see below) so I'd love to see a more user-friendly solution there.
They are great looking gear. Very understated and purposeful. The reflective strips on the jacket are modest and not too overboard.
I haven't ridden in the rain yet so I can't comment on how waterproof it is. The side vents don't really allow for any airflow through the liner, so there's basically no airflow whatsoever if the liner is installed.
With the liner in, I was comfortable up to around 23DegC (73DegF) before I started getting too hot, and down to around 12DecC (53DegF) before I reached for the temp controller.
The Jacket is very comfortable and I didn't find it restrictive at all when I was on the bike. The gloves are quite bulky and you'll need to take them off to do anything more complicated than turn the key on your bike. You'll certainly struggle with a helmet strap!
The heaters when controlled with the duel-temp controller were great. Although I have only tested it down to 0DegC (32DegF) for 1 hour duration. Most of my riding has been at temps between 10-20DegC (50-68DegF)
With just a t-shirt on under the jacket, the heaters were more like having a hot shower on a cold morning. There were no hotspots, but the heat was a lot closer to the skin.
With a thermal long sleeved shirt + t-shirt, it was more like having a warm bath. I found my core body temperature was kept much warmer.
For the gloves, the heating wasn't very consistent across my entire hand and fingers. They overheated the outside of my palms and pinky fingers, and underheated my thumbs and index fingers etc. So I found myself turning the temp up too high on the gloves to get some heat into my index fingers which them made my hands sweat and feel colder.
My biggest complaint is the wiring between the liner and the gloves.
The wiring for the gloves is terminated inside the sleeves of the liner, on the inside of your forearms. Then it exits the liner on the outside of your forearms. So if the cable is pulled too tight, which happens every time you need to plug in or unplug your gloves, it tightens around the liner and makes it almost impossible to get your hand through it when putting the jacket on or trying to remove it.
The clips to stop the liner pulling out of the jacket are a total waste of time as the wrist opening on the liner is too tight to pull your hand through without the liner pulling half way out of the jacket sleeve, despite the clips. A looser sleeve around the wrist section of the liner would have cured this issue.
I'd prefer the side pockets to zip from bottom to top to close as well so your change/sunnies etc doesn't fall out of the pockets as you zip them up (down).
I think the heating from the gloves could be more evenly distributed.
May 19, 2014
Great Fit! Great Style! WARM!
I bought this jacket for my husband. It fits him perfectly, looks great and he loves how comfortable it is. I like the fact that it has armored plating in the arms and back. He was easily able to install the controller to his bike even though he is not an expert. He loves riding with it since it keeps him toasty even in the cold weather. I would HIGHLY recommend this product!
April 23, 2014
great.. but a few small things kill me
i had the revit horizon jacket. it was awesome, and the outer shell was water proof. i used it with a gerbing heated liner underneath. when i put the jacket on i would have to first put the liner on and then the jacket. i thought if they were zippered together it would be great, but it wasn't an option.
the horizon zipper got damaged, revzilla helped me get it RMA'd (thanks!), revit offered a refund or repair, but couldn't replace it as it was not made anymore.
i went with the refund thinking this jacket would solve my issue of having to take off the liner then the shell and back on one at a time each time. it also has a waterproof outer shell which most of the revits i looked at do not have available anymore.
what i like, yes its now one jacket on and off.
it keeps me warm really well. it looks good. fits well. has great pockets. has a neck that isn't too tight (i have a fat neck), and the collars fold back nicely to get velcroed back.
what i hate?
- well so far i really dislike how the jacket extends over your hands. its not hard core winter right now so maybe ill love it next year, but right now its a pain. harder to get gloves on over them, makes the grips on my bike thicker because of it, and in the spring or fall, i really don't see the point of them. but you can not remove them. so i tuck them back in to the jacket every time i ride. a bit of a pain.
- yes getting the jacket off pulls the liner at the same time, but the sleeves have to be yanked off each time and the liners sleeves get flipped inside out half way up the sleeve every time
- the snaps to get the liners sleeve attached to the outer shell are a pain to get to.
- over all i dread taking the liner out of the shell when i need to.
overall i like the jacket, and i hope it doesn't bug the **** out of me over the next few years.
I'm riding today on a nice spring day - 65 degrees out and the jacket is cool enough at the moment.
April 14, 2014
Jacket / Pants review.
First of all (DO NOT GO BY THE SIZE CHART) !!
My weight is 180 LBS , 5.10 Tall
I went by the size chart that Gerbing sent RevZilla and I really think it is for the Liners. my size was telling me that I was on the high end of the MED, and the low end of the LARGE . So I ordered a large, thinking it would be a little loose on the fit. as I want the wear this gear over my work clothes. I had to send the larges back and order the XL for my Jacket and the 2XL for the Pants to go over my clothes.
The heat that comes out of these things are amazing. ( 10 stars )
I really hope that Gerbing fixes this size chart problem for future buyers. ASK the Zilla-Rep for help on the size.
If you want to just wear the gear over underwear only then maybe (?) stay with a XL for both. If you think your a large.
( For the pants ). With the 2XL large pants I can get the pants on over my levis and Work Boots, but not with the large or XL large
The gear is heavy duty and has three layers and some sort of protection plates built into the gear in the elbows and back for the spine, the pants have them in the knee area. they are water proof and pretty much road rash proof. The Quality is outstanding. there is lots of Pockets , Velcro and Zippers.
also areas of making the gear fit better. comes in a bag with a nice hanger. (like a nice suit) :-)
This is my review for both Jacket and Pants.
Thanks so much to Filip L. for all your help on this purchase :-)
March 22, 2014
Problems out of the box.
The jacket was impossible to get on because the wiring was all twisted in the left sleeve above where my wrist would have been. The right sleeve was also very tight just above my wrist. Unfortunately I had to return it. If they solve these problems, I may try again since I never got to actually use it.
March 11, 2014