A superior blend of ultra-compactible design and careful craftsmanship. Key technical features that make an Aerostich electric vest better: A slightly shorter, thinner heated collar that fits your neck right and slides under a jacket collar with less bunching. A longer trunk length in back and a shorter front to provide a more total heated area.
Our original electrically heated vest (since 1996). It remains the most proven, comfortably warm, everyday hard-wearing electrically heated vest available. It offers a unique blend of common sense engineering, warm wind blocking fleece, clean-compactible design and careful craftsmanship.
The fuzzy, cozy-warm, windblocking TLTec fleece is luxurious. This heated vest is extra versatile because it's reversible for varying conditions and situations. Wear fleece in or out.
Two pockets: one for storing the power cord and one that the entire vest pulls into, forming a neat, compact package. Includes: fused, lighted coil cord hookup and power switch. 45 watts / 3.3 amps (works with all BMW standard power outlets). Specify QuiConnect 2, SAE or BMW connectors. Blue. S-XXL.
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Customer Reviews (15)
- adding warmthReview by Sunglow Sage
- Ordered Large as that was in my chest size and was able to get into it; however, my belly was uncomfortable and I requested the XL which does allow for my extra belly size. Check your belly before just using your chest size! The vest unplugged along with my Harley nylon jacket as an outer layer is comfortable in the high 30s. Plugging in will get me below freezing temps and keep me riding. This vest zips higher on the neck and has an overlap flap behind the zipper which makes it a tad warmer than my reversible Harley vest. (Posted on 3/2/13)
- 11 Years and still going strongReview by kloakndagr
- I bought this vest 11 years ago and it still rocks. I rode in 16 degree weather this week and with this vest I was warm. I like the fact you can roll the vest into itself and store it in the saddlebag. Save your money and dont bother with the thermostat, if your using the vest it's cold out and you really dont care to turn the temp down. Well worth the money. I've used it in 16 degree weather, rain, and snow. I'm very happy with this product. (Posted on 1/19/12)
- Well made, does what it's advertised to doReview by Greg
- Fit and finish are great. I got the zip on sleeves and they're just the right length. I have only had the jacket for a few weeks, but have put several hundred miles on it. I have ridden from 40 to 70 degrees, and it works well in that range. Below 40, I'll need to figure out a way to get the jacket closer to my body for extra warmth, like a snug over garment. It's convenient, because I don't have to wear so many layers to keep warm, just the electric vest and my regular riding jacket. (Posted on 11/27/11)
- Didn't work for me.Review by Rustell
I have had two of these vest.Fit and finish is very good.Unfortunetly they did not work very well.The first vest lasted me a whole year..then it stopped heating.Aerostich repaired it and it worked for another year,then quit.Even tho it was out of warrenty Aerostich gave me a generious discount on a new vest.
The replacement vest lasted one season.I'm done..I got a different brand. (Posted on 3/9/11)
- If You're Replacing an Older Aerostich Vest...Review by Dan S
My first Aerostich electric vest was a 1997 model "Unobtainium." It gave me a good ten years of toasty service in year-round riding in the Midwest. Good deal. Then it gave me another three years of lukewarm service (I think one of the two resistance wires in it failed, so it lost half its heat). Then it failed completely last Saturday (naturally, during a 320-mile trip in sub-freezing weather).
Today, I tried on my wife's Kanetsu vest, which we purchased last summer for a two-up trip to Colorado. It is, in theory, the same size as my old vest. But while the Unobtainium was snug-but-comfortable, the Kanetsu is too tight to allow breathing.
So, the warning: if you're replacing an old Unobtainium vest with a Kanetsu, don't be surprised if the new vest is too small.
Other than that, it's a great product. (Posted on 11/23/10)
- Just buy it.Review by RL
- This is as essential to your pack as anything for a trip. This is your warm gear. It stays on the bike. After the New England trip I was not the only one with this vest. The other four ordered within a week of getting home. Just buy it. (Posted on 2/10/10)
- Packs Small-Very WarmReview by redmenace
- I started looking for warmth on my cycle the way most do: heated grips, maybe heated seat. Those are the cold spots. I became convinced by reading on line that a heated "core" would solve those problems. It's true. With First Gear riding suit, cross-country trip, somewhere in Oklahoma in October, hypothermia started in. Main muscle groups were contracting involuntarily, hands were numb, couldn't think straight. Got out Kanetsu from saddle bag, put it on, kept on riding in the dark and the cold. Not only did my hands warm up, but I started getting toasty. The outside temperature kept on dropping, but I made 300 more miles. Without the jacket, I would have had to stop, get a hotel room, and wait for it to warm up. Mine has an SAE plug that goes straight into my battery charger pig-tail. I learned a lesson not to pack it and wait for it to get cold (I kept putting off a stop to get it out and get it plugged in), I took the liner out of my 3/4 riding jacket and now wear this under it all the time. Plugged in or not. The cord is great length, not too long (floppy), nor too short ( can get off bike and 1 step without jerking it). Front zipper is finnicky, hard to get lined up and started, but I may have one with a defect. For what it does, this is one of the best gear buys I ever made. I almost ride year round, and if I don't have this that doesn't happen. (Posted on 11/21/09)
- Telephones, computers, mi...Review by Anthony DeAngelo
- Telephones, computers, microwave ovens, cell phones, even the vastly overrated pre-sliced bread all pale in comparison to this vest. I'm not going to make any outrageous claims about the Kenetsu vest. It will just change your entire life for the better is all. Simply put, you NEED this vest. Never has such a simple purchase improved the quality of my life. You know how it is when someone keeps telling you that you have to see a movie, it's the best picture ever, and you resist and then finally go and damned if it's not the best movie ever? This is better than that. Better than the first day of summer vacation as a kid. Better than your first kiss. Heck, this vest rivals the pleasures of motorcycling itself. Combining the two is nearly too good. Imagine a beer that really DOES make you ten feet tall and bulletproof...and leaves you with no hangover. This is better than that. (Posted on 1/18/09)
- Got to say that this is a...Review by Don Hamblin
- Got to say that this is a very good vest. Is it warm? Yes! With the ability to "reverse" it you really can live without a thermostat (just enough heat for slightly cool days with the "green side in" - and enough for serious cold with the green side out. The thiner collar really does make a difference under your coat and helmet. There is no question that this vest was designed for the serious rider. (Posted on 12/10/08)
- I bought this a couple of...Review by Anthony Melton
- I bought this a couple of months ago and just now am using it regularly. So far its great, I have a 20 minute ride to work and the vest is warming up it the first blocks. I've worn it under my Joe rocket alter ego coat and have been comfy down to low 40s, Under a quilted leather jacket its' been good to hi 30s, it hasn't been colder here yet, but mid 30s is my cut off any way. I also highly recommend the sleeves, as they really help with layering, and the sizing tool was right on the money, I wish other online clothing had similar. (Posted on 11/3/08)
- great vest until it stopp...Review by john eastman
great vest until it stopped working [infinite resistance and no continuity showing through the vest]
And i haven't even had it long enough to wash it yet [but it got me through the winter]
other than that, only gripe is the plug in is hard to get at once the vest is on [and I've been practicing yoga for 40 years] and the fuzzy blue doesn't go with everything [but i'm not exactly a fashion plate anyway] (Posted on 5/12/08)
- Everything they say about...Review by Russ Allen
- Everything they say about this vest is true. On a recent trip through the Rockies this fall, it made the difference of not only getting to the destination in comfort, but safely as well. Several other riders in our group were trying to get the vests FedEx'd to the hotels! (Posted on 12/9/07)
- Only one ride with it so ...Review by Mark Wareham
- Only one ride with it so far but it rocks. Could probably double as a toaster for your Pop-Tarts. (Posted on 3/24/07)
- I don't have the luxury o...Review by steve wilson
- I don't have the luxury of traveling very often so the bulk of my riding is commuting 30 miles per day in Kansas where the weather is pretty unpredictable. After commuting with my new electric vest for about 12 days in temps from 28 to 35 I got kind of complacent about it's effectiveness. This morning I went to work in a better jacket than I had been wearing with the vest but without the vest in 40 degree weather and was amazed at the general non-warm feeling I had. I won't make this mistake again. Thanks for a great product. Steve (Posted on 2/27/07)
- This vest is a good buy a...Review by Randy Willoughby
- This vest is a good buy and an absolute necessity if you ride in the cold. I ride in the Seattle area year-round and usually don't need anything more than this vest under my Roadcrafter suit during the cold months. Installation is super simple. The construction is top-notch and the fit is pretty good... it seems to bunch up a little at the shoulders under my suit, but it doesn't affect the vest's comfort or heating capability. If you've never tried an electric vest, you owe it to yourself to get one of these! It really works to keep your torso/core nice and toasty. One of these and some heated grips are all you need to seriously extend your riding season. The only complaint I have is the inner heating wires seem to be a little fragile. I've owned three of these vests and two have had shorts or opens in the heating elements over time. The good news is that Aerostich will repair or replace any defective items for two years after purchase...and they have been great at this in my experience. If you have been thinking about getting one, don't delay any longer... you'll wonder how you ever rode without one. (Posted on 2/22/07)
Which power connector?
If you have a BMW with a built-in BMW accessory socket, then the BMW-style connector is simple, easy and good. Otherwise we recommend the Quickconnect, also known as coaxial or 'male-and-female' style. It's the easiest to use (to connect and disconnect) and has lowest electrical resistance, so your gear heats up a little faster. (A nanosecond? Half a minute? In use we can't feel any difference, but we once did some controlled bench tests and there is a difference.)
There are zero reliability issues with all styles. All are tough and durable in all weathers and conditions. The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) style is the commonest and oldest design, and it's the hardest to push together and pull apart, but this gets slightly easier as it breaks in. It's also the least expensive to manufacture, and is the most widely available at auto parts stores.
The BMW style has one feature the other two don't...It comes apart with a screwdriver. Inside are two little set screws, one holding each wire to it's respective terminal. These make it simple to transfer the plug to another wire if anything does break. This style is slightly larger and bulkier, and by a small margin it's the easiest to manipulate wearing bulky insulated gloves.
But we still prefer and recommend the durable, compact and easiest-to-use Quickconnect coaxial style. Overall, it's the best.
Simplifying Comfort (...a Better Power-cord)
We have been making this pretty neat coil cord power control for twenty years. I remember designing it to be an illuminated hi-low inline switch of such small dimension that it would not be a 'lump' in the middle of a compact coily power cord. We went round-and-round trying to find a switch which would allow a better functioning and packaging design. Something tactually, visually, and ergonomically lighter and cleaner.
And there still isn't anything as good in terms of simplicity and overall handy-ness. I wanted this cord switch to be so easy to use one could forgo a thermostat. They always seemed useless over-complexity...even the newer nice digital ones everyone uses now (just yesterday all were stupid power-hungry inefficient resistance rheostats). I'd used one several times but wanted something thoughtlessly simple, super-compact and field-reparable if ever needed. (This last consideration turned out irrelevant.)
It's just too easy to be riding along and without looking down move my left hand downward from the grip momentarily to find the cord lying across my left thigh and then by touch alone (finger or thumb) push or release the illuminated in-out button…then move my hand back to the left grip.
It's only one second, done without thinking, and there's no fumbling around. I can feel at a touch if the button is in high or low position to maintain temperature at a nice level all day long, with neither thought or effort. Just click-on and click-off as needed for comfort, and if there's ever question about power status a quick glance down shows the red pilot light glowing on or off through the button's cap. Even in daylight.
So today if I were for some reason forced to use some non-Aerostich electric garment, I'd still want this simple, intuitive and reliable coil cord and switch.