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January 26, 2016

Winter Motorcycle Gear

Motorcyclists don’t necessarily put their “iron horses” into the stables for the cold season. If the roads are not covered with snow or ice you can easily ride in winter, and producers of apparel have developed a wide assortment of heated gear, from socks to helmets.

All the heated gear is connected either to the motorcycle battery of to a battery pack. Either way you will find both pros and cons. For example, if you connect all your gear (coat, pants, gloves and socks) to the motorcycle battery you’ll be literally wired to the bike and will have to concentrate on not disconnecting this or that wire.

With an independent battery you won’t have these problems. Moreover, you will be able to move independently from your motorcycle and stay warm, which is sometimes crucial. The only thing you’ll have to bear in mind is the need to recharge the battery regularly.

Now let’s take a closer look at the gear.

A good starting point for the rider is heated socks. They can be connected to the motorcycle battery via the cables in the long-distance riding pants. Appropriate winter pants will be equipped with all the necessary connectors for extra heating devices. For footwear regular motorcycle boots will do.

There is special protection for the upper parts of the body too. Heated top layers are usually light coats or vests put on under the main coat. There’s plenty to choose from: Firstgear, Tour Master, Symtec, Venture, Gerbing’s, Alpinestars and many more.

For your hands there are special heated motorcycle gloves that connect either to your coat or to the battery. However, there’s another popular variant: an extra base pair of gloves put under the main ones.

Now that your body is nice and snug, there’s the helmet. When it’s below 50F, the visor is sure to get fogged up. Heated visors are the solution. Helmets for snow mobile riders will do nicely.

Last but not least: be sure that all the gear fits you well. If it’s too loose or too tight, you’ll have wasted your money. It’s also worth checking if the gear you choose is washable. Good gear can even be put into the washing machine.

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