I've been wearing heated gear for several years now. It makes a quick ride on a January afternoon doable most winters, and makes it possible to get a little saddle time every month of the year—something I try to do every year.
On a ride last December, my Harley heated jacket and gloves gave up the ghost. They'd served me well for many seasons, but like most things, stuff just sometimes wears out, so it was time for a replacement. It wasn't even a decision to purchase new heated gear—you can't winterize your bike properly in Utah without the appropriate attire, so I decided I would simply need to get a replacement.
Kelly had been wearing the Hotwire heated jacket for a while, so after looking at a new set of Harley gear, I decided to check Hotwire out. For not much more than the cost of a new set of heated gloves at the Harley dealership, I could get a new heated jacket and a new pair of heated gloves at my local Cycle Gear.
The price was right. I came home with a new jacket and gloves.
We've ridden in a lot colder weather and probably didn't even really need to be plugged in today, but I thought I'd give my new gear its maiden voyage. I'll ride a little more this winter before I give a better review, but so far, I'm happy with the purchase.
The ride over Suncrest got a little chilly once we were over the top and headed down the Utah County side, but with the jacket's thermostat on low I stayed very comfortable. We'd left about 3:00 in the afternoon, so the traffic was still pretty light as we passed Camp Williams on our return home via Redwood. It's a nice little loop this time of year when there isn't much daylight and all you have is an hour or so to waste in the saddle.