Gerbing 12V EX Heated Jacket
It works well if you have something that deflects the wind from your chest. I purchased it to specifically heat over the heart since i have no wind protection. It works a little better than just layering up in that category. So the jacket is only so-so for me
February 9, 2015
Recommended IF it will fit you
If you can't order two sized larger than your usual fit, don't buy this jacket. One size larger is not enough.
This is a great looking jacket but it fits tighter than even a heated garment should. I wear a 3x leather jacket which is a bit loose but the 3x EX Jacket fits very very tight. A bit too tight for a pleasant ride.
Also, the Gerbing Website claims that they have moved their manufacturing jobs back to the US but the tag on this says made in Vietnam.
Since the EX Pants fit SO BADLY (3x way too small for my 46 inch waist), I'm considering sending the entire order of pants, jacket and gloves back and going with FirstGear stuff.
I'd like to like this jacket but it's just too tight. It's probably a top quality item if it fits you. I have a 52 inch chest. I'd say if you have a 48 inch chest it might be comfortable enough.
January 22, 2015
Great warm Jacket
The fit and quality does run a but small so please make sure you get one size next as they tend to be fit very snug. Over the built qulIty is excellent and the price point you cannot compare with other brands. Overall very happy with my purchase and will get some good cold winter rides down the road.
January 6, 2015
Major design flaw!!
I really had high hopes for this jacket and the brand itself. Neither expectations were met. I bought the ex gloves and the jacket thinking they were made in good ol USA but what do i see on the packaging? "Designed in USA, Made in Vietnam" WTF?
Also it has a major design flaw in the jacket. The arms are so tight that it's almost impossible to even put it on, let alone take it off. I don't go to gym, only workout i get is mechanic wrenching sessions. It does heat up fast and that's about the only thing positive I can say about it. Shame on u Gerbing.
December 25, 2014
Warm and comfortable jacket
First, this jacket is warm. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I've yet to be able to turn the power all the way up because the jacket is too warm. So far, I've ridden in the low 20s (F) with no problems keeping warm. I look forward to even colder temperatures so I can give this jacket a run for its money.
Here are the pros (in my opinion):
- Very comfortable fit (but go one size up from the sizing chart)
- Style is great. I love wearing it both on and off the bike. It doesn't stand out while walking around, which I like.
- Plenty of pockets
- With many straps, it's adjustable to your body
And here are the minor cons (to be improved upon):
- The inner jacket liner tends to catch/stick to my wrists when I take off the jacket, which causes it to bunch in the sleeve. Maybe a button or two at the wrist would fix this.
- The cables for the glove wiring could use an extra inch for ease of connection.
- I would like it if I could choose to wire the jacket and pants in series while the gloves are on a separate circuit. That's just my preference. Currently, the gloves and pants are in series and that cannot be changed (unless you open the liner and splice wires).
Overall, this is a fantastic jacket. I wear it along with the Gerbing 12 V hybrid gloves and the Gerbing 12 V pants and I have no plans to stop riding throughout this winter unless the roads are slick.
December 22, 2014
Gerbings aint what it used to be
I must preface this review by saying....I have been using Gerbings heated gear for over 20 years.I have almost every product they offer,this jacket is cumbersome,heat distribution is fair,the heated linner sleeve feels like it stops at the elbow,with the body armor installed it feels more like a medevil suit than a flexible jacket.I have to say having used the cascade jacket and pants for years that this new line falls way short and certainly is not a improvement.....maybe a variation on a theme.I also must say that all of their 12 V gear performs much much better than ANY of their 7 V gear,none ...and I do mean none of the 7V stuff works......at all unless you wear the 7V stuff directly against your skin....your gonna be cold,Gerbings has a lot more cpmpetition by way of..powerlet, rapid fire,first gear...all of which I am in the process of using ( I do not like to be cold,and I like to ride year round) .....I would not recommend this or any new gerbings heated M/C gear....I will be selling every piece I got this year at the Mid Ohio Motorcycle "vintage motorcycle days swap meet this july.....if you want a great deal on some brand new Gerbings gear see me,if I can not sell it then I will give the stuff away....its that bad !!.....you will recognize my booth,as it will look like a Gerbings display.....sorry to slam such a great name but the company is not producing the gear that got it such a great reputation in the past.....not even close !!!....what a shame,and disappointment...not to mention a waste of hard earned money.
December 22, 2014
Great riding jacket
First impression taking it out of the box, it is heavy!
Appears very well made. Felt uncomfortable when I tried it on, the sleeves seemed long, I could feel the armor in the back.
This isn't the case while riding my Sportster, the jacket is very comfortable. I do not notice the weight while riding. Haven't ridden in real cold temps yet but with the dual temp controller and EX Gloves I could definitely feel the heat even with the controller set to a low setting. The heat seemed to be immediate when turned on, I didn't really believe the zero to 135F in four seconds from the video, but I do now!
Get the Dual controller and clip case. The case will clip onto a D ring on the left side of the jacket.
December 7, 2014
I wore this jacket for the past 2 weeks with temperature down to the low 30's. I ride a 2014 R1200GS with the tiny stock windscreen. I am so surprise how warm this jacket is even without the heater turn on. After 5 minutes on the lowest setting (1), I am boiling.
I am 5'9" 165Lbs, and been in a life long diet, I take in no carbs, so I get cold very easy. I have no doubt I can wear this jacket even if the weather is down to the teens.
You will need to order a dual temperature controller for this jacket, because the gloves need to be dial up at least 1 click more than the jacket. The jacket is like an airtight space suit.
PS: Last Winter, when the temperature are in the teens, I did not rode my Vespa to work, I walk the 3 miles in midtown Manhattan, I use a Gerbing heated jacket Liner under a Moncler coat and heated gloves. powered with the Gerbing Flexpack, it works great, but it only last 1 hour on middle setting.
November 17, 2014