Firstgear Heated Jacket Liner
Winter riding season opener!
Jacket is very, very comfortable. I'm 5'7"; 178 lb , athletic fit, wearing a Medium size.
Liner gets war immediately and it feels like wearing nothing.
June 7, 2016
Does the trick.
I recently bought this liner as a mid-layer for my Firstgear Kathmandu jacket. I'll be touring Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia later this summer. Also, I live in Western/Northern Michigan year round. There have been plenty of cold, damp mornings that I've rode through wishing for a little warmer gear. This morning was one such morning and so it was the perfect morning to try the new liner out- 40ºF with a driving rain. I rode at highway speeds for about an hour and a half. Here's what I learned.
This liner did a great job of keeping me warm. I paired it with the duel remote troller which was an absolute breeze to install. With one twist of a dial my ride went from, why do I do this to myself, to, hey, I can ride for two more months out of every year.
I'm 5'11" and 190 lbs.- 42" chest, 34 waist. I went with a medium and it fits me snug but not uncomfortably. If you are any bigger/taller than me, size up to large. This liner is a touch short, coming just barely to my belt-line in the front but lengthening about two additional inches in the back. I guess it fits like a liner as opposed to a jacket.
The only complaint I have about this liner was the time it took to fish all the wires through the left pocket into the inside pouch. Getting the receiver housed in the jacket and the wires in place wasn't hard, but it wasn't intuitive either. It took longer than it should have and caused a little frustration as I searched around for the button holes.
In summery, its a good product that does what it says its going to do. I feel like the price is a little steep but if you asked me at the end of a 400 mile rainy day I might tell you that its worth every penny. I'm going to purchase the pants and socks to go with it. I'd recommend this product.
April 29, 2016
Should have done this many years ago
I love this jacket. I got the dual controller so that I can expand on other equipment...glad I did. I live in Colorado and the temperature swings can be quite large in the altitude. I have seen the temps plummet 30 to 40 degrees after a rain or if you go over mountain passes where the temperature can drop dramatically. I used to freeze my back side off even when I carried extra thermal gear. Now...I just turn on the jacket and within seconds I have a huge smile on my face. I find that I rarely need to turn the temp up more than about 20% but it sure is nice to know I can if I need to. After riding a while with the heated jacket running I end up turning off the jacket all together. I am so comfortable. I like it so much I bought my wife a jacket as well.
One recommendation, I noticed that when I wear the jacket it is very nice and warm except you can feel a little coolness around the shoulder areas that don't have the wire. What I found is if you will wear some sort of thermal either the one that comes with the jacket (liner) or a polar fleece I would stay toasty warm every where. Problem solved.
I have to say it again...I really like this jacket. I am looking at the glove liners and later the socks and pants. If you are thinking about buying this jacket you should do it. You will be glad you did.
April 11, 2016
Should have bought this long before winter started
I was freezing my derriere on a motorcycle all winter. I thought that heated gear was for wusses. Until I kept freezing so bad that I did not want to look at my bike anymore. Then I bought this jacket and kicked myself that I haven't done this sooner.
There is no way I have the body heat to keep myself warm in a 40F weather at 80 mph. This wind chill factor is probably equal to being in the Antarctic, or in the outer space. And, unlike in different winter sports, winter motorcycle riding on freeways does not get the blood moving in any way. Heated gear is the only way.
March 16, 2016
This liner doesn't take long to heat up. This sure reduces the bulkiness under my jacket.
April 22, 2016
This liner is great. My friend got to ride a few more times before the snow came. He's very pleased with this product.
The fit is great and it keeps him nice and warm.
I recommend this product.
February 16, 2016
Glad I finally bought heated gear, I shouldn't have waited so long.
February 16, 2016
Ride in any weather
Purchased for a chilly Thanksgiving week 1,900 mile fly and ride. This liner combined with the troller, a 24" extension, and a DC coax to SAE battery tender adapter made an easy connection to existing batter tender port on a new to me bike. Then I was in for a very comfortable 26 hour ride home (at least body temp wise). The ports in the sleeves are convenient for heated gloves/liners and there's even another "Y" included with the jacket so that you can plug in heated pants/socks. I've used it for another 500 miles after the fly and ride with no issues and will never ride in colder temps without heated gear again. Great buy.
February 2, 2016