Cold riding gear + redneck hacks for staying warm in 'almost spring' weather!!
<--- In Iowa, on way to Daytona. It warmed up to 24 degrees!!! There is no solution for frozen eyeballs.
Tour Master Synergy 2.0 Electrically Heated Leather Gloves
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, my Tourmaster heated vest!!! It was the first piece of heated gear I ever purchased and it is absolutely worth it. If you are going to buy just ONE piece of heated gear, I recommend a vest. WITH A COLLAR - which I did NOT get - but regret that part as my neck gets cold at times. I have found that if I can keep my core warm, the rest of my body will function somewhat OK for awhile without heated gear. The vest has heat coils in the front and back - and the key is to buy the right size! You don't want it TIGHT against your body, but you want it a close fit so the heat reaches your core. You don't want bare skin exposed to the vest - I have seen people get burnt by this and it doesn't appear comfortable! I always wear at minimum a t-shirt underneath, but generally prefer a lightweight long sleeve shirt underneath. If you put a heavy hoodie under the vest, you won't be able to feel the heat as well. After my long sleeve shirt, I then put on the vest, a heavy hoodie over the vest, and then my leather jacket. I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, but at least I am warm!!! If you are going to splurge on a heated vest, I highly recommend getting one with a collar. Your neck will thank you! The vest came with all the gear needed to connect it to my battery plus the controller for the 5 heat settings. *I searched for my vest, but apparently they stopped making the exact one I have. But now they have new and improved versions!
Tourmaster Heated Gear - Click Here
For my feet, in a pinch, I have used the hand warmers that you shake to activate, duct taped them to the outside of my boots, and then put my bootie rain covers over the top. I never said I am a fashionable rider!!! LOL The hand warmer theory also works to tape them around your grips - however, don't pull a blonde move like me.. do NOT use electrical tape. You will get zero heat transfer LOL Duct tape on each end of the hand warmer works swell. It doesn't look pretty, but if you are riding and it's THAT cold, I guarantee no one will be judging your hand warmers!!!
I have also work rain gear over alllllll of the other stuff - but it is pretty constricting in movement and blood flow. And very uncomfortable for long distances!
I mentioned that my neck sometimes gets cold. I'm willing to bet there is heated gear for the neck, but I haven't look into it yet. I like to keep things on my to-do list in case I ever get bored. Which is why, after 14 years of riding, I still don't know, nor own, neck warming items!!!