Well folks, it’s that time of year again… Winter. Ok, technically speaking we’re still in the fall but I’m starting to be able to see my breath and that’s winter as far as I’m concerned.
With that comes a lot of choices about how to get around in the winter for those of us that don’t own cars and think the TTC sucks eggs. Personally, I’ll ride my moto for as long as I can (I think I rode well into December for the last couple of years) and then I’ll be on bicycle and foot for the rest of the winter.
In years passed I’ve always just bundled up and layered through the winter which has been fine, of course, but between the commute to work and the countless hours I’ll spend at the dog park, Marika at Town Moto convinced me to invest in some quality heated gear and thus far, on those few cold days we’ve had, it has not disappointed. First I bought a Black Jack heated vest from Electrowear which plugs in to the auxiliary output of my 12v battery.
Newer bikes will typically have the jack factory installed (H-D, anyway) but if yours doesn’t, the vest does come with an adapter that you can easily hook up to your battery yourself and extensions are available if you find the connection a little tight.
The vest is light, thin enough that it adds almost no bulk under your jacket and adds a level of core warmth that I’m really, really going to enjoy as the colder weather continues to roll in.
Once I was sold on the benefits of heated gear, I decided that some heated glove liners were in order and I settled on the Battery Heated Glove Liners from Venture. The gloves run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and on the high setting will get you about two hours of warmth (4 hours on med, 5 hours on low) and they are seriously fucking fantastic.
Full gloves are available but given that I am a bonafide CoolGuy™ I opted for the liners so that I can still wear my RSD Diesel gloves (also available at TM) so I can look cool and stay warm. Yeah, I just wrote that… and I’m leaving it.
Plus, I feel like a fucking super-hero when these things are on. They’re so bad.
Side note: I really need to start using my camera again – I think another iPhone lens has shit the bed.