What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Crazycube » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:05 pm

Oh no, not that kind lol. Ours just have 3 layer sandwich with some kinda gas in them. Keeps them from fogging up. We have balaclavas also. Only things powered are the missus seat and blanket
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by harryball » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:06 am

I just ordered a Hotwired jacket liner and gloves. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Bacon Andy » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:54 pm

Hands are my weak link too. Ural Brush Guards cut enough wind and allow easy access to the handle bars, heated grips, Ski Patrol type glove liners, snowmobile trigger finger mittens, and most important wisdom I learned from Chaos is don't let your hands get cold before you leave to ride. 20 degrees and colder is just damn cold.
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Happytrails » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:47 am

MikeonaBike wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:54 pm
Well, It’s official, I have a PA 3 wheel license. We took the course in last week’s Nor’easter. One thing I learned quickly was that my hands need more love when riding in the cold, wind and rain.
What are your favorite nuggets of warmth, either gloves, hand guards or heated grips that you use or have used in the past.
The rest of me was plenty warm. My hands didn’t forgive me for a few days.
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Cool you did the 3 wheeler course. I saw they offer that near me too. Maybe in the spring I'll give it a try. I'm wonderin if your insurance gave you any break for taking it? Would think a windshield and some kinda hand guards would help a bunch for keeping you warmer. A balaclava would help too. Have heard heated grips are nice but if you get a lot of wind on the back of your hand you might be cold. Heated gloves or glove liners might be worth lookin into. And for wet weather maybe something Goretex or equivalent. Cold wet hands hurt so much. Saw Ural sells them hand guards that look a little like hippo hands. :)

When it gets cold I've been wearing Klim Badlands + Rukka Outlast + Gerbings (older before they switched ownership). Gave layering a try and it worked better than I expected. Bought all the gear on sale/closeouts so not as expensive as it seems. Klim heavily discounts old models when they bring new stuff out and lately they've been doing that more and more. Gerbings did have the great reputation for heated gear. When ownership changed they wanted to get rid of the prior stuff and were almost giving stuff away. Bought there jacket liner and gloves and they sold out pretty quick. The Rukka stuff is interesting. Its supposed to absorb heat and release it to keep you hot or cool depending on the temperature. It works better at keeping you warm than it does at cooling. It works good if your doing layers. Mostly just tried to get stuff that would last for awhile. Have some Firstgear overpants that are insulated when it gets real cold and they are ok. Some reviews raved about em but I just found them to be ok. :)
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:37 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
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Granted this was before the days of motorcycles having GPS', Cell phones, Biorhythm meters mounted on the bars.
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Image for hand guards. Mine are just cheap plastic things off eBay but surprisingly effective.

Many years ago I read in a magazine the best cold / wet weather gear was actually worn by the bike. Fairing / screen / hand guards / leg shields whatever. Always made sure I had a screen of some description on all my bikes since about 1979 I think.

Latterly I wear textile stuff, as someone else said simply 'cause it's more comfortable and less restrictive to movements than leather. The particular trousers part I'm using are waterproof, however the jacket isn't – well 'shower proof' – so at the mo I use the outer shell part of a North Face 3-way hiking / mountaineering type jacket. Here's me modelling it (and a new Nolan helmet) last January :D
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Tomcatfixer » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:11 pm

Here's me modelling it
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Jdsova » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:35 am

I've found that snowmobile equipment is really nice, made for snow :).. my record temp I've road in was -10f.

With that said, I have a Ural metal full windshield, bar warmers, hippo hands, and Snowmobile gloves for hands for +32f and below .
A Snowmobile Jacket . This is my jacket. They had blue for mens, now only the black left
https://www.denniskirk.com/cortech/blac ... 73003M.sku

Snowmobile helmet https://www.ski-doo.com/shop/Men/helmet ... elmet.html for +40F and below. Its the best, like a fighter pilots mask inside, your breath is exhausted outside your helmet. never need to raise visor and heat stays inside.

At +29f, and I add the half leather leg chaps https://www.bikers-wear.com/first-class ... f-chap.htm (protects cold in knees).
then, when it get colder then +20F, I add a lap robe. this gets me to the zero F temps.
When it gets to -3f then I change my half chaps to my full length insulated chaps https://www.bikers-wear.com/first-class ... l-chap.htm.

I still have an extra set (2XX) for sale [$100+ shipping] if anybody is interested.

Now my shoes were steel toes work boots- don't have anything to recommend there.
I only had on Jeans and ss. t shirt under my stuff.

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https://www.denniskirk.com/snowmobile/apparel
My leather store;
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my jacket specs
300 denier Carbolex® Lite outer shell
840 denier Oxford overlay in shoulders and elbows
100% waterproof and breathable membrane
Phoslite® reflective material and Cortech signature reflective rear triangle for increased visibility
Forearm protection pads
Underarm climate control vents
Aqua-Barrier™ under-the-helmet hood (U.S. Patent #8,156,573 and #7,779,485)
Dual zipper entry lower back pocket doubles as climate control exit vents
Two hand warmer pockets, vertical zippered chest pocket, internal cargo pockets, and mobile phone pocket
Fleece-lined collar and cuffs are soft, yet durable
Inner waist drawstring for a cinched fit
Updated stretch Lycra® snow cuff at the wrist with thumb hole
Zip-out liner features warming 200g polyfill insulation in the body, 120g in the neck and 180g in the sleeves wtih waist gaitor
Tether D-ring
ESO™ zippers

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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by gobium » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:42 am

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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by arbalest04062 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:30 pm

Hippo Hands and First Gear electric glove liners inside good fabric cold weather gloves. Gerbing electric jacket liner and electronic heat control.
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Penrod » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:41 pm

:lol: My favorite cold weather riding gear is a jacket and a car with a good heater.
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by Claus » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:39 am

I wear the A-4 thermosuit.http://art-for-function.com/shop/index.php?cPath=36 This is a special winter motorcycle suit for temperatures below 0°C, absolutely waterproof, very cosy and good to wear. It´s a bit pricey but the only way to ride in winter and keep healthy for me.
On the way to winter rallyes it´s perfect. 500 km at minus degrees are no problem. I have heated grips and gauntlests on the handlebar and a windshield, together with the Heinrich leg shields. That´s perfect.
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by ichbinbier » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:05 pm

gobium wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:42 am
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Klim Fusion Gloves
Klim Vector Jacket
Klim Vector Pants
Terra Therma Light insulated boots ( if wet and slushy out I'll wear a pair of Neos over the boots)
HJC FG-17 helmet with pinlock visor and all vent holes plugged.
Thin balaclava in -10°C or less temperatures

Bike:
Stock fairing with 5 cm cut off (snow sticks to the shield and I'm short. Now I can see over it)
Koso heated grips

When temperatures are below -10°C I add Kolpin Geartector mitts and wear thin gloves.
For longer trips I'll add Thermacell insoles to the boots.

The lowest temperature I've ridden in has been -30°C and I was still warm.

Edit: Used to use electric jacket, pants, gloves and insoles but found it took to long to get dressed and limited to the length of the cord. Haven't used them in years.
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by shiftless » Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:49 am

We got the first snow of the season in CT, and we just saw that new Grinch movie. I don't always take my fashion tips from movies, however I have recently begun a quest to obtain a single antler to strap to the top center of my helmet (German half-helm style, in winter a size larger to allow for a balaclava under it). For some reason my wife disagrees. This cold weather gear would have to be stored about new year's, to appear again at the first sign of snow the following winter...
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by harryball » Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:08 pm

Rode in my Hotwired jacket liner and gloves today in 35 degree weather. Wow, low setting was plenty. I also like that each peice has it's own controller with off/low/med/hi sewn into it. Easy to control and was comfortable to wear.
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Re: What’s your favorite cold weather riding gear?

Post by BinDerSmokDat » Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:10 pm

Any kind of "barkbuster" hand shield not only saves your hands from getting whacked off-road but helps keep your fingers warmer.
I own a Roadcrafter Kanetsu electric jacket, which is so well made I only ever plug it in below 45F.

Keeping your core warm (heated vest/jacket) helps keep your appendages warm.
If your core isn't warm, your body cuts blood flow to your appendages to conserve warmth as a survival mode.

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