Gerbing 12V EX Heated Jacket
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
Gerbing is by far the best heated gear on the market !!!
I"ve had the Gerbing heated jacket liner for years, so I bought the EX heated paints, I was so impressed with the paints that I bought the EX heated jacket and gloves. The EX line is really nice quality made gear. As the old saying goes you get what you pay for. Pricey , yes, but worth every penny!!!!. The guys at Revzilla were more than helpful, and their shipping department is AWSOME !!!!
November 13, 2014
LOVE it, except the sleeves
I LOVE this jacket. its comfortable, not restrictive, and very warm. I have worn it in 60-70 degrees with the liner in and it was still comfortable without sweating.. My only complaint is the sleeves are a bit tight. I normally wear a large/extra large sweatshirt/tshirt/jacket and I needed a 2xl on this.
October 29, 2014
Just what I expected from Gerbing
Fortunately I paid attention to all the info about fit. I am 5'10" and 195lbs. The XL jacket fit perfect. The quality is what you would expect from Gerbing. Lots of features. I've had Gerbing heated clothing for years and it still works great. Had to buy new clothing because my old stuff shrank. (My wife says it didn't shrink. LOL.). Can't wait for cold weather. I ride all winter even in single digit.
October 27, 2014
Just got the 2XL EX jacket today:
Fit: I wear a XL shirts, sometimes 2XL, the fit is good, really good. some customers might feel the jacket to be a little tight, but to me a motorcycle jacket is meant to be a little tight. If you drink a lot of beer and when you look to the floor and you cannot see your feet, your out of luck, you will have to try an call Gerbing to see if they make special orders. Some of the reviews have said the wrist areas are a little tight, well, yes they are slightly snug, absolutely comfortable though, no wind is going to be getting up to my arms however, the Ex jacket seems to be very well thought out for the cold weather riding.
I have not ridden with this jacket yet, i live in Wyoming, and am planning on riding in 0-40 degree soon. I will be writing a review on the warmth and comfort of the EX jacket in the next couple weeks.
August 21, 2014
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