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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-20-2009, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Grips

Can anyone here recommend some grip heaters? The weather's still too warm to winterize but my fingers are feeling the chill. I'll wear the long johns but refuse to plug in with heated clothing.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-20-2009, 12:40 PM
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I am interested in this as well. I purchased some liners to go inside my gloves, but my fingertips are still frozen when I commute in the mornings (35-40 degrees).

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What I've read about the Semtec's in the past has been good. However, I've done a lot of reading about both heated grips and heated gloves. Generally, the consensus seems to be that grips do a good job of keeping your palms warm but tend to fall short on the fingertips themselves. For that, you're better off either blocking the wind (NC wind deflectors, hippo hands, etc) or biting the bullet and going to a good pair of heated gloves.

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+1 on the heated gloves, i use them too and though you have to plug and unplug vs just getting off the bike with heated grips, if the bottom line is warm fingers then heated gloves wins. i have ridden with folks using heated grips and their fingers still felt cold to the touch.
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I am pretty sure I saw some that had a rechargeable battery pack in the wrist area...they were for snowboarders/skiers. It would eliminate the need to "plug in"

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I am pretty sure I saw some that had a rechargeable battery pack in the wrist area...they were for snowboarders/skiers. It would eliminate the need to "plug in"
I like the idea of not having to plug in do you remember where you saw them. BTW how is the weather in Barrie, we had a fairly decent weekend here. I am told its about to get really cold in the next week.
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mmmm well, I bought a pair of Activheat glove liners... with a battery pack...and a plug in adapter. The battery pack lasted about 30-40 minutes before draining about $10 worth of super alkaline batteries. I did not have the rechargeable pack but I doubt it lasts much longer.

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Plugged into the bike now the liners are amazingly wonderful and keep my fingers nice and warm down to at least 38....the lowest I have tried them.

I like liners because I have nice tourmaster gauntlets that work great other than the cold.
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I just ordered these

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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I've kept my hands pretty warm with these heated grips and some thermal glove liners. I've got a heated vest and didn't want to deal with another set of wires for heated gloves.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2009, 10:37 PM
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i think there are gloves made specifically for heated grips, they are only insulated on the outside half of the gloves (the part hitting the wind) making it easier for the heat to get to your hands.
these aren't a bad idea to compliment the whole warm hands situation.
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