Updated: June 5, 2015
Heated Jacket Liner Reviews:Riding a motorcycle in the cold weather without some kind of heat source is not very comfortable. Unlike cars, motorcycles don't have built in heater systems. There are clothing items like heated glove liners or heated jacket liners that can help keep you warm and cozy on a frigid day. All across the United States motorcyclist commute to work in all weather conditions and when winter hits, they need to find warm clothes. One of the best products on the market are the jacket liners that heat up and keep you warm. Just how do they work? The heated jacket liner is just one part of the system. You will need to get a temperature controller device - sold separately from the jacket liner. There are single and dual portable heat-troller units depending on your needs. Heated jacket liners run about $180 and the heat controllers go for another $90 or so. This can be a great investment if you plan on riding a motorcycle in cold climates. We go into top brands, a quick buying guide, and our 'top picks' down below.
Choosing a Heated Jacket Liner - There are 4 or 5 top brands when it comes to motorcycle heated jacket liners - Gerbing, FirstGear, Venture, Tourmaster, and Powerlet. When talking to experts (motorcycle shop owners are our favorites), they generally steer you to the Gerbing, Tourmaster or FirstGear products. On the flipside of things, while looking at all the owner comments and opinions posted online in forums and reviews, the 3 same brands dominate the space. Venture gets well above average feedback from consumers, but the others are superior in all areas. The only real questions you need to ask yourself before buying a jacket liner that is heated are - what size are you? Do you want a single or dual temperature controller? What is your budget? We always prefer to start our products searches online at reputable websites and see what they are saying about the latest products and get owner feedback as noted on reviews posted to their websites. Revzilla.com had some excellent head to head comparisons between the Gerbing and Tourmaster liner products. Many say the Gerbing sizes are too large - so be careful when ordering. When getting the right fit, Gerbing rates quite well when compared to brands like Tourmaster. There were a few other complaints in regards to the neck collar being 'too tall' as one consumer noted. It then heats up your neck and makes it uncomfortable. You can always fold the collar down a bit to alleviate the situation. Several owners say that the Gerbing is less 'bulky' than the Tourmaster liners and that makes for a more comfortable ride. The 90 Watt heated jacket liner from Firstgear scores really well in consumer reviews at the Motorcycle-Superstore.com. Sizing variety is a plus and many people mention that they like that it is offered in both 65 watt and 90 watt versions. Ease of use with the Firstgear motorcycle jacket liner is what sets it apart. Hook the heat controller up to your battery and set the heat levels. Most owners say the dual heat controller is the preferably method since most riders are also looking to heat up gloves or pant liners. Wondering how all these liners hook up properly? We have supplied an informative video down below showing just how the jacket and glove liners setup using the dual heat controller. The video is for Gerbing products, but the others all work very similarly. Just remember, there is no need to be cold when riding a motorcycle even when it's 30 degrees outside. Get a complete heating system - jacket liner and heat controller - and you'll be enjoying that ride once again. You can browse the best selling heated jacket liners here.