Gerbing 12V Heated Socks
Good product for its purpose, with room for improvements
I have all Gerbing heating gear, from gloves, pant liner, jacket liner and these socks, paired with dual temp controller.
Socks size was chosen based on the fitting chart and in my case they came little too tight. I know as liners they need to be close to you skin, but it is bad if every time I have to pull them on I have to be careful not to break any of the fabric or the wiring.
Once on, they provide a good snug fit.
To prevent bare skin connection, I use suit socks (thin) before I put these on. On top of them I use another pair to prevent brushing with the inner part of the shoe. That setup works great for me.
Heating elements are set only on the top part of the sock, so there is not other place that will benefit from the heat they provide. Not the sole, not the above ankle part of your leg.
My biggest issues is the heat distribution through the Gerbing system. Using the dual temp controller, my jacket is set on one dial knob, and my gloves, pants and socks on the other.
When I turn the later one on, the heat all these three elements are providing is not even closely leveled. My pants are getting very hot, especially in the stomach area, where the gloves and the socks are mildly worm. If I need more heat in them, then I have to crank up the dial, but then the riding becomes unpleasant, because the pants are almost burning my skin.
For that reason only I cannot put 5 stars.
Note: always use a temperature controller with any of these products, since if you plug them directly to the 12V outlet, they will get 100% heat, and unless you ride in sub zero temperatures, it will be too much. I have ridden on 1F with wind chill getting it to -15F two weeks ago, and I had my heating gear to 30%, occasionally pumping it to 50% max, not more than that.
February 23, 2016
Not so Hot
The choices you have when purchasing heated socks is slim and none. After purchasing these socks I found they lack a significant amount of heat capability, 1.7 amps! Manufacturer recommends wearing a layer underneath these socks to reduce the possibility of burning your skin, you must be kidding, the only way to wear these is next to your skin and on really cold rides I wear UA Cold Gear socks on top of these. On high they are barely warm when you are riding in 30 to 35 degree weather. Gerbings had posted on their site in late 2015 a pair of socks at 2.2 Amps, well it wasn't true and subsequently product description revised.
If you want or need heated socks I can only minimally recommend these socks, but there aren't many competitors in this market.
February 23, 2016
These heated socks work, but...
My feet are average width and I could BARELY squeeze into these socks. The heated part is very narrow and the upper seemed flimsy. All that being said, I rode in some cold weather and they kept my feet toasty warm in fairly light weight boots. If your feet are wide, better see if they come in wide sizes because you may not be happy. I found that when I put them on, it's better if I use a thin dress sock underneath to give some slip and protection against the heat wires. If I put my foot on the carpet and inch my feet into the socks by scrunching my toes, I can carefully wiggle them on. Once on, they are ok, you can feel the bulk and tightness a little bit. I think they'll probably stretch and relax a little and may be better after several uses. I went with these over the insole type because I wanted more than just the bottom of my feet heated. I use Gerbing heated gloves, jacket liner, pants liner and now the socks. I love the Gerbing line but the socks are my least favorite for the above mentioned reasons.
January 19, 2016
You get two socks in each package!
Gerbing heated gear has protected me through 49 of the closest states to my house, all of the Canadian provinces and through a freak snowstorm in Mexico (or was that ash?) for over 25 years.
I have always owned and carried a jacket liner, and a few years ago started wearing their heated gloves. As I get older and smarter, I want to be more comfortable in the sub-freezing riding season and found below 10 degrees F, my toes were starting to turn colors after only a couple of hours. My doctor suggested wearing an Oldsmobile, I opted for these Gerbing heated socks. Although I brag that I have size 11 feet, just between you and me, I'm really a 9 or 9 1/2. I ordered the medium size and they fit like a glove, well, a glove on my feet. Not that I wear gloves on my feet, well, once, but that was for an Easter play at church, well, never mind. Anyway, the fit is a bit snug, but they seem to loosen after the first wear. I've now had them for about a week, maybe 1200 miles or so of use and they really make a difference. I am using the new Glyde wireless remote and hook my jacket to one dial and my gloves and socks to the other. Sometimes you just need a little heat and sometimes you think about that Oldsmobile!
The most surprising part of this purchase was that there were two socks in the box, one for each foot.
I'm so excited about this I have ordered a pair of heated pants so I can share one pant with a friend.
Gerbing gear is for real riders. Are you a real rider?
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December 14, 2015
Warm is Good
I used the Gerbing Heated Socks for the first time this week. I rode in 45 degree weather for about an hour. I kept my dual on the lowest setting most of the time. When I cranked it up to the second setting my feet got too warm. That just means you could ride in cooler weather and still have plenty of warmth if needed. I wear a size 91/2 shoe so I stuck with that sizing. These seem to run a little small and the soles do not stretch so I would opt for the next size up to compensate for half sizes. Careful not to stretch material to hard. Overall I'm very pleased.
December 18, 2014
A few of things to start.
(1) You absolutely must have a temperature controller with any Gerbing's product(s). If not, using the product will not be a comfortable and enjoyable experience. You may injure yourself.
(2) I use my socks in coordination with a Gerbing's jacket.
(3) I've had my socks for two seasons.
Ok, now the review.
The socks are clearly marked left and right as identified by a tag sewn into the upper band. The wires run up the inside of the calf so you can also look at the footbed to see which side is which. The lead wires that run from a controller to the socks are pretty long. I am 5'9" and find that there is about a foot of extra cabling.
They are made of a very thin, lightweight spandex material, so you have to be easy when equipping them. They are thin enough to wear under a thick pair of winter socks and not have my feet feel cramped up in my boots. The calf part of the sock will stretch; however, the footbed does not stretch! I wear a 9.5 US Mens, and the medium sized socks fit perfectly.
After two seasons, the socks are holding up well. I have worn them many many times. I have used these socks down to 28 degrees and actually had to turn them down because my feet were cooking. Recently, I did a 700 mile slab jaunt in 40-55 degree temps and wore the socks just to take the chill off. They were on and kept my feet nice & toasty for about 10 hours without problem.
I have bought a couple of sets as gifts and intend on buying another set for myself when these wear out or quit working, whichever comes first.
October 6, 2014
Absolutely fantastic they keep my feet lovely ans warm.
June 17, 2014
Great while they work
I bought a pair of Gerbings electric socks a couple of years ago. You absolutely need the temperature controller, otherwise they are too hot. For the brief time they worked it was wonderful to ride with warm feet, but the socks were obviously quite frail. Despite using great care putting them on, leaving enough slack cable, thin socks underneath, thick socks over, specially purchased oversized boots etc, I had only a half dozen warm rides before one sock overheated where the cable joined it, then went cold. I am in Australia, so any warranty is useless due to high USPS charges. However, I am going to give the insoles a try this winter, maybe they are more reliable.
Rides: Triumph Daytona 955i, BMW R1200GS, Triumph Tiger 1050
May 11, 2014