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Aerostich Kanetsu AIRVANTAGE Electric Vest #244-245-246

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Minnesota Nice! Review by Charlie
This is an awesome vest! I have been skeptical of heated clothing, but I am now a believer. It keeps me toasty warm without endless layers of bulk. I was happy to find the double-pull zipper so I could release the bottom hem for more freedom at the waist. Once I figured out to attach the switch to the tank bag where I could see it, I found it easy to use even with gloves on. The medium fits my 38" chest pretty snug, so it only takes a couple of puffs to inflate it so it fits tightly. A very well thought-out product. (Posted on 4/17/14)
Kanetsu Airvantage Vest - A Review Review by Tom
Materials:
The Kanetsu (a Japanese word for “heated”) Airvantage vest is made of a slippery shell (marked “Windstopper”) with internal insulation. It seems to contain only the Airvantage air bladder(s) and the heating wire. As a result, when not blown up the vest is not bulky under other riding clothing.
The outer shell material makes it easier to pull a riding jacket (or Aerostich suit, I’d guess) on over it without the vest catching or bunching up. The vest can seemingly be worn either side out, though I only use it with the wires between me and the air bladder(s) rather than the other way around. When worn as I wear the vest, the collar has a comfortable lining (ultrasuede?) next to the rider’s skin.
Sizing:
I am about 6’ tall and 180lbs. A size large vest fits me well, being in between snug and loose (when not blown up).
Electrical Connection:
The vest comes with the buyer’s choice of SAE plugs (also called trailer plugs) or QuiConnect2 connectors. As I’ve had a long and hateful history with failing SAE plugs (they develop internal resistance, get hot and steal current from your vest, leaving you cold), I chose the QuiConnect2 hardware.
As there is no choice of connector for the vest end of the cable (it’s SAE only), I make sure to not allow that connector to be twisted or pulled on by providing some kind of strain-relief to protect the connector.
The curly power cable includes an on-off pushbutton switch that is lighted by the bike’s end of the cable. That would seem to be obvious, but what it means in practice is that it’s possible to have the cable disconnected from the vest and still have the light on when the switch is depressed. This makes it possible (though unlikely) for the rider to look at the lighted switch and believe the vest is connected when it’s actually not.
Wind Blocking:
The vest is labeled as being wind blocking and it works as advertised. When worn under a textile riding jacket that is itself not wind blocking, I noticed a distinct difference in how much of the (cold) wind reached my arms compared with my torso under the vest. Check.
Heating Without Airvantage:
The vest works like most other vests when it’s used without the Airvantage bladder(s) blown up. The rider feels heat here and not there and winds up either changing posture or taking a deep breath or both in order to help the distribution of warmth. In summary, about average for a generic electric vest. It provides warmth but needs to be helped along a bit by the wearer.
Heating With Airvantage:
All complaints about uneven heat disappear with a bit of air added to the mix. Breathing into the filler tube two or three times has the vest snuggling up to my lower back and immediately feeling warmer all around. It’s really a fundamental improvement, to the point that I think the extra money spent for the Airvantage feature over the regular Kanetsu vest is some of the best money I’ve spent for riding clothing.
The Fill Tube:
The fill tube includes a clever rubber/plastic cap that can be inserted in one way to just keep whatever goobers out of it and in another way to allow the vest to “breath out” all the way - for packing the vest away.
Interestingly to me, the user instructions that came with the vest mention that the fill tube can be shortened and noted that the most common amount to shorten it is about 2 inches. I’m not sure why I’d shorten it as it doesn’t get in my way and I can reach it without bending my neck weirdly. Dunno, maybe I’ll change my mind about that at some point.
Conclusion:
This is a nice piece of equipment, made of quality materials and with clever design features that make it stand out from other products. Rider Wearhouse is proud of these vests, I imagine, with that pride being reflected in the price. :-) To me, though, cold weather gear is one of the the things I’ve found it makes to “just spend the money”. (Posted on 12/23/13)
Alaska Review by Wrench
Bought this vest to cut down on the clothes load on a Seattle to Fairbanks and return trip this fall. Never owned heated gear before. This vest was a life saver!! I did not buy a thermostat for the vest and had to moderate the heating by more or less air in the vest and by switching the vest on and off. Have now purchased the thermostat. Our trip had poor weather, cold and rainy. We scraped frost on the bike in the AM and most of 3 weeks were in the rain some part of the day. The vest kept me toasty warm everywhere but the hands. I worried when buying it that I should have bought the coat rather than vest. Now having used it, I'm sure the coat would be nice but the vest did the majority of the work in the coldest temps we encountered. I fully recommend this article for function and quality. I suggest getting the thermostat as I now have but it's lack does not limit the use of the vest, only means you have more fussing to do with the on/off switch while riding. (Posted on 9/19/13)
Game changer Review by Alex
This vest is awesome. I've worn it over an undershirt and dress shirt, with a leather jacket over top and ridden into the high 20s. It keeps your core very warm, but breathes well. I didn't get the sleeves option. I've also worn the same base layers with a roadcrafter on top and felt very warm. Love this product. (Posted on 12/18/12)
Solid +Packs Small Review by TxBeemer
Living in central Texas and just receiving this heating vest, I can't give a thorough review at this time. I can say that the vest seems very well made with quality materials. The overall design is very well thought-out. The vest packs small (a key buying point for me) so packing for long rides in uncertain weather conditions shouldn't be an issue in my GS's panniers. Between heated grips, seat, and now my heated torso; if it gets a little nippy goin through the pass, I should be copacetic. (Posted on 4/30/12)
Warm and working Review by Brian J
I recently purchased an AIRVANTAGE Electric Vest from Aerostich.
One word...AWESOME!!!! Totally impressed with the innovative design and construction quality. This is my first purchase from you guys, and my first electric product for riders so all I can say is: THANK YOU for making it a great first experience!
Thanks again for the excellent product and great customer service. Aerostich ROCKS!!!

Brian J (Posted on 3/21/12)
Just right! Review by Joel
I looked at several other vests before ordering the Kanetsu. The Tour Master sizing chart for a 40" chest, my size, had a 42" waist, 10" over my size. The Kanetsu vest fit me very well, and the air bladder gives a perfect fit and seems like it would tailor to any shape of torso. I have an XR650R, converted to street use, with a dual 125W output stator. I am using a regulator/rectifier with a battery eliminating capacitor on one output to run the vest. It was 23 F when the vest came. I put it under some insulated coveralls and went for a ride. I was cozy warm! I highly recommend this vest. (Posted on 2/13/12)
Aerostich Kanetsu AIRVANTAGE Electric Vest Review by Sertaç Tülek
I would firstly like to thank you. I gave the order, one week later, came to Turkey. Vests are very successful do not feel the cold in this cold winter days. Thank you. (Posted on 2/11/12)
Perfect for Virginia winters Review by brian
I'm still dialing it in, but the Kanetsu vest is probably the best gear purchase I've made for cold weather. The quality is great- the stitching, cable management, and fabric are top notch. The power switch is easy to use with gloves, and its status light is so bright that I just look at the red glow on my handlebar to verify it's turned on.

I've run the gamut from roasting to freezing in my effort to figure out what works, and these are the configurations I've come up with for the best comfort, particularly since I don't have the temperature controller:

>60F: Any shirt as a base layer, vest powered off with bladder blown up under a riding jacket.
>50F: Long sleeves with the vest powered on over it, followed by my riding jacket
>40F: Long sleeves, vest powered on, sweater over the vest, then riding jacket. All-day comfort on a naked bike.
>25F: Same as 40F, but only for about 40 miles.

For you hard-core folks with real winters, it may be inadequate on an unfaired bike, but I used it on a rented Street Glide and I was completely fine in some really frigid weather.

Great product and I definitely recommend it. (Posted on 1/8/12)
Aerostich Kanetsu Airadvantage Vest with zip-off sleeves Review by Motormaniac
I upgraded from the regular Kanetsu vest with zip-off sleeves, to the Airadvantage. I have used the regular Kanetsu for many years. Although I was generally satisfied with the thermal benefits, I was always uncomfortable with the tight fit and the friction between the 'fuzzy' outer material of the vest and my Aerostich Roadcrafter suit, making it difficult to get in and out of the suit. The Airadvantage solves both problems with its 'adjustable' fit and its 'slippery' outer surface. Getting in and out of my Roadcrafter is easier and I'm a lot more comfortable. The thermal comfort seems to have been improved as well. I highly recommend getting the optional quick-connect cord. An excellent product, though not inexpensive - I wouldn't take a motorcycle trip without it. (Posted on 12/12/11)

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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.

- Mr. Subjective 12-13

Rider Magazine Review: Aerostich Kanetsu Airvantage Electric Vest

Riding gear that fits too tightly often becomes uncomfortable on long rides. On the other hand, electric vests work better the tighter they fit, because the closer they are to your body the more heat they transfer.

But what if you’re not built the way the vest is—if, for example, the vest is cut for a rider with broad shoulders and a thin waist, and you’re just the opposite? If you buy a vest that’s big enough to fit comfortably around your midsection, it’ll be loose at the shoulders, and loose spots equal cool spots. Now there’s a solution to the problem—the new Kanetsu Airvantage vest from Aerostich.

The Kanetsu Airvantage is made of Aerostich’s TLTec 1 fleece. It has a heated collar that’s thinner and shorter than those on some other vests so it doesn’t bunch under your jacket when you fold it down. The vest is cut long in the back and shorter in the front, so it doesn’t ride up in the back or bind in the front in a seated position. It has two pockets, one on the inside for storing the power cord and another on the back that you can fold the vest into and zip shut for compact storage. The main zipper is a two-way. Continue to Full Review

Motorcycle Consumer News Review

"As expected from an Aerostich garment, the Kanetsu's overall build quality is superb. The Kanetsu lives up to Aerostich's reputation and was the best of all liners tested. Also...the Kanetsu did an admirable job of blocking windchill. Its Windstopper exterior allowed for a lower setting on the controllers to achieve the same equivalent feeling of toasty warmth as the other two liners on higher settings. Heat was evenly distributed, with no dramatic cold or hot spots detected." - April 2010 Motorcycle Consumer News Heated Riding Gear Comparison, by Moshe K. Levy.
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