Powerlet rapidFIRe Heated Glove Liner Kit
Should have bought this years ago
This is an absolute must have for anyone who does any cold weather riding. The controls aren't the best because they don't allow for adjustment while riding, but after enough riding, you will know what setting to use and shouldn't need adjusting.
February 23, 2014
Excellent Heated Glove Liners
I've been trying to ride through this winter. Silk glove liners with Tour Master Cold-Tex 2.0 Gloves work great for me down to about 40 degrees but anything below that was very uncomfortable after my 20 mile highway commute.
The good: This kit seems to be the best value available and I can report that they work great. They keep my hands very warm with the included controller set to 2 (out of 5). In fact, I tried to turn them up to 3 today when the temp was about 25 degrees out and had to immediately turn them back down. Also, they are extremely comfortable.
The bad: I have noticed a few things I don't like about them. First, the liners obviously have more heat in the backs of the hands than is necessary. I'd love to be able to turn them up a little bit to warm my fingers more but the backs of my hands just get too hot. Second, the velcro closures tear up the material on the liners. No matter how you do it, at least one of the liners will have some loose threads on the fingers from closing the other glove. Third, the sizing was completely off. I measured my hand as recommended in the sizing chart and determined that I needed a S/M. I thought that sounded silly as my hands are slightly larger than average, so I opted for the L/XL size and they fit perfectly! Note, the liners came with a cardboard sizing chart and it indicated I should have gone with the S/M too. And finally, the controller is tough to handle with thick winter gloves on. The buttons offer limited tactile feedback and the screen can be tough to see on the bike, since it hangs out the bottom of the jacket.
Obviously, I have more complaints than positives about these liners but I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for the price. I'll never ride with cold hands again!
January 28, 2014
Amazing liners, but had one issue
I used to wear these liners under another pair of larger gloves and then had heated grips as well. I am small with small hands that get cold really fast, but with all that, my hands stayed very warm in negative and single digit temps.
The issue I had with that configuration was that since I was wearing two pairs of gloves, especially in heavy winds or intense conditions where I had a death grasp on the bike grips, the liners would slip around inside of my other pair of gloves, causing a lot of extra strain on my hands.
Eventually I removed the external gloves, and between my heated grips and these heated liners I still had really toasty hands, even in freezing temperatures.
I especially like these liners because they are light, so they give my hands lots of flexibility and freedom. I love them just by themselves. I don't wear any other gloves in the winter anymore. These get warm enough on their own. They are awesome and I definitely recommend them.
I have the jacket too, and swear by it. The wireless controller can mount nicely to the face of the bike, which makes adjusting it at speed super convenient and safe. I mounted mine to the brake fluid box near the right grip with heavy duty velcro, and it's perfect. Stayed on no prob even at high speeds.
January 13, 2014
Warm hands are worth the minor hassle
The liners work really well as long as you have the right gloves over them. I had to buy some XXXL waterproof, short-cuff gloves for them and they're great.
It is a bit of a hassle to get it all put on and running compared to just plugging in a pair of heated gloves but I think it's worth it for the price of these heated liners.
Wiring to my KLR battery was a breeze. I ran the Powerlet coax connector behind my fuel petcock and velcro-ed it to the frame.
It's a great setup for the price, especially if you already have a big pair of short gloves.
January 6, 2014
These liners are fairly descent for the price. They don't quite reach the tips of your fingers as they say, but they do keep the rest of your hands pretty warm. My only concern would be durability. After a few weeks the finger tips are getting a bit frayed from the Velcro of my outer gloves. Other than that it works well even at near freezing temps.
For the cost you really can't go wrong with these liners.
January 6, 2014
nice liners/bad electronics
First up to bat: the glove liners. At first fitting they were really snug in both pair of gloves I intended on using them with. After just a couple of wearings the gloves loosened up enough to be comfortable. On our annual Polar Bear Run I cranked my (replacement) controller to high, which turned out to be too high and I cut it back to half. My hands and fingers stayed warm and toasty all day. I love them. Second up to bat: the controller and battery hook up. Neither of these two items worked at all. I replaced them both. I think the controller blinked once and never showed any life after that. Revzilla was super good about replacing them,had I wanted to go that route, but I'm trying to deal with powerlet personally. As of yet I have not had any correspondence replied to. I'll give them another chance. Hopefully their 3 year warranty will have some value. So I say buy the glove liners,but skip the kit.
January 3, 2014
burned my hands, fingers still cold
Controller has 5 settings. At 38 degrees, Setting 3 would be warm enough if the fingers were warm. After 20 minutes on the road with frozen fingers I turned it up to 5, fingers still cold and numb and got the burns you see in the pictures. If it was just one glove I could believe there was a defect, but I don't think there's any heat element in the fingers.
December 27, 2013
Easy to hook up to my KLR650 and provides good heat.
The liners are perfect. Plus the all in one kit made it a no brainer! Easy to connect and simple to use. The heat was good at my fingers and the back of my hand as well. Only needed to use the two setting so far. The temperature was in the 30's and lower 40's.
December 23, 2013