March 10, 2015

Giving In


After all these years of telling myself that I don't need no stinkin' heated gear I procured a KLAN vest at RexTex, who by the way had an incredibly fast delivery service. I hit the purchase button last Saturday, and received the goods already the following Monday. Well done, RexTex!

First impressions: The vest is an appropriate lady fit, and very (!) lightweight. It comes with a simple on-off button, and a battery connector cable. The cigarette lighter plug and the helix cable is an extra purchase. I tested its functionality briefly in the car, and the vest works like a charm, very fast, very toasty.

Now I am looking forward to testing it under riding conditions. Bring on the cold!

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Ich bin schwach geworden
Nach all den Jahren, in denen ich der Meinung war, dass ich keine Sch... Heizweste brauche, habe ich mir nun doch eine KLAN von RexTex besorgt, die übrigens einen bemerkenswert schnellen Lieferservice haben. Am Samstag bestellt, heute geliefert. Gut gemacht! 
Erste Eindrücke: Damengerechte Passform und superleicht, mit einem an-aus Knopf und einem Batterieverbindungskabel ausgestattet. Den Anschluss für die Zigarettenanzünderbuchse und das Spiralnebel habe ich zusätzlich gekauft. Ich habe die Weste schon mal im Auto getestet und sie funktioniert: super schnell, super warm. Jetzt muss ich sie unbedingt mal unter richtigen Bedingungen testen. Also her mit der Kälte.

20 comments:

  1. Update us on how it feels on the bike. Been thinking of heated gear, too.

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  2. I'm very pleased with my heated cummerbund (source dodgy ebay) and my excellent Gerbing heated gloves!

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    1. I thought about the heated belt, but it was only little price difference to the vest, now I am curious to try it out but it wasn't cold enough today...

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  3. I loved my heated jacket when I was commuting. 30 minutes was okay without it, but my commute was nearly an hour, and it was nice being cozy and comfortable. I didn't like being plugged into the bike though. Walked off more than once, yanking the cord out as I went. Heated gear is a great way to extend your riding season.

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    1. Kari, this is what I am afraid off, too. Yanking the cord, and damage something. We'll see how that'll work out.

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  4. I haven't broken down and bought heated gear, but I sure have thought about it. Waiting to hear more from you about your purchase.

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    1. Thomas, it took me a long time to decide but last year's trips over several mountain passes had me convinced.

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  5. I was not convinced to get heated gear until I rode down to Anchorage in a snow storm. The heated grips worked about half way down then stopped. Fortunately, the snow stopped after about 150 miles and it started to warm up. This was just after ChrisL visited singing the praises of heated gear and described it as "putting on a sweatshirt right out of the dryer". That phrase rang through my head and I picked up a jacket liner as soon as I arrived in Anchorage.

    I'm still not convinced that they are designed for daily use...

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    1. Richard, it was the freezing temperatures and wind chill on the mountain passes in switzerland that turned me in. Not sure I will need it all the time, but it might just be nice to have...

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  6. Wait a sec, aern't you now coming into summer. You won't need the vest it will be too warm?

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    1. Of course we are heading towards warmer weather but the mountain peaks in the Alps are often around freezing temps, even in summer...

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  7. Don't think of it as giving in. Think of it as why did I wait so long. You'll enjoy it. It is like wearing a heated blanket while you ride.

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    1. Brandy, this is what I have to come to think as well, now that I have the vest. Sometimes it just takes me a bit longer to become smart ;-)

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  8. No shame in a little heat SonjaM....I have a vest myself but rarely use it since the heated grips and multi-layers of clothing do the trick for me.

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    1. Dom, I guess it will be nice to have that option when needed. Next consideration will likely be heated gloves, but I am not there yet.

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  9. I haven't heard of that brand. All I ever see and read about is Gerbings, which is pricey. I'll be interested to see how you like it.

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    1. Kathy, I started looking hard after having found that Gerbing was too pricey and not the ideal female fit. Klan makes extra lady's wear. I will report if it is any good.

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  10. Naja, ich bin heute auch schwach geworden und habe mir ein Paar Winterhandschuhe gekauft, also warum nicht auch eine Heizweste.

    Viel Spaß damit :-)

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    1. Ich versuche es auch erstmal mit Winterhandschuhen und Innenhandschuhen, wie bisher. Aber wer weiß, vielleicht lasse ich mir ja mal ein paar Heizgriffe installieren...

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