#285 Aerostich Windstopper® Electric Vest

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Aerostich WINDSTOPPER Electric Vest

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SKU: 285-286-287

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...turned on the vest, cozy!Review by J.M.
I just returned from a ten day motorcycle trip on the Alaska Highway to Anchorage where we encountered heavy rain, sleet, a little hail and some snow. Most days the temperature ranged from 35 to 55, with a few afternoons in the low 60s.

I wore my faded, red, 20 year old, two piece, Roadcrafter suit and nearly as old Kanetsu Electric Vest.

When the weather changed the rest of the group had to stop to put on rain gear and then stop to take it off. When it got too cold they stopped to put on rain gear to cut the cold. I certainly was not a a fashion statement, but when things got bad I just kept on riding and if it was too cold I just reached down and turned on the vest, cozy. As a side benefit I think that the faded suit might have lent some credibility to my experience. I have replaced the armor at least once for a margin of safety.

I am sure that my story is not unique; I just wanted to reinforce your adherence to a standard of function over style.

Today I am returning the pants for a zipper repair in the hopes that I can get at least another eight years of riding out of it. Then when I am 80 I will probably consider a new one.

Thank you for a product that lasts.

J.M. (Posted on 7/3/17)
Love itReview by David
Feels like sunshine. My Roadcrafter, a jacket over the vest and I'm comfortable down to about 30F with heated grips on my Honda F6B. Make sure it fits snug. I'm 6'2 170 lbs and a medium fits me. On cold mornings I find myself inhaling deeply and holding it for a second or two to get a little more heat. I see now why the Airvantage would be a good idea. The windstoper packs small in it's own case. On and off control works great. After about 3K of winter riding, I'm very pleased. (Posted on 2/25/16)
Game ChangerReview by Black47
Having an electric vest for cold weather riding is a game changer.
I have resisted getting an electric vest for years and years, not wanting to have another piece of technology to have to count on. But I was also tired of having to dress like I was losing the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Windstopper electric vest means I can wear fewer layers, my freedom of movement is much better, and I look forward to riding in the cold. More riding is better!
I ordered mine with SAE connectors, which plug right into the SAE dongle I had already installed for my battery tender. The simple on/off lighted push button switch is KISS perfect. And the vest heats up as quick as my bike, so I'm warm from the start.
I ordered the zip on/zip off sleeves, and they make for a very complete piece of kit.
The fit is very close, and seems to be designed with skinny folks like myself in mind, so bigger folks be aware.
It's a winner, way to go Aerostich! (Posted on 1/8/16)
Warm, thin, well builtReview by MeefZah
I ride year round, 30,000 miles a year, on a V-Strom with OEM windshield; and I live in Ohio, so temps range from mid 20s F - 100 F.

I've owned 2 non windstopper (standard model) Aerostich vests, and 1 non windstopper Aerostich AirVantage vest over the past decade. My wife still owns and regularly uses a non windstopper Aerostich vest that is 5+ years old.

I recently got rid of the somewhat ill fitting AirVantage (I had bought it used so I took the size it was offered in which was a tad big) and replaced it with a correctly sized new Aerostich windstopper vest. The windstopper is my favorite of all the ones I've used, as it is warmer than the non-windstopper versions, thinner, and lighter. It packs much smaller, too. USA made and the quality is top notch - I have no doubt this will last, just as the others did, for years. I replaced the others only due to size fluctuations over the years, not due to any defect in the product.

I would strongly suggest spending the extra $10 and getting the windstopper version.

I personally prefer no arms on the vest (that's what makes it a vest, duh!) because it keeps the vest much smaller to pack; and the optional arms aren't heated anyway.

Also, a note on sizing because I didn't see anything already posted specific to that: follow the sizing chart, it is accurate. I found myself right on the line between L and XL. Under normal circumstances, I'd be inclined to go to the next largest size (XL) but in this instance I opted to go to the smaller size (L) and it was a good call. The vest is perfectly snug, which is what you want for optimum heat transfer. I am 6-00, 220, 39-40" waist, 44-46" chest.

Lastly, a note on a thermostat vs. the standard switch - obviously opinions vary, but I found that I like my vest either "on" or "off". My AirVantage had a thermostat control with it, and I disliked it immensely. It added weight, complicated things (where to hang it?), and I felt the heat output was diminished at maximum setting from what it was with the standard switch that comes with the vest. I personally would not opt for the thermostat.

I think the basic windstopper vest by itself is a gamechanger and a top notch product, no accessories needed. (Posted on 3/14/14)
Can't believe I waited 10 years to buy one!Review by David
The vest fits closer than I am used to clothes fitting on my tall skinny frame. It is warm and wonderful when riding. The SAE connectors definitely start out very stiff. Working them on and off one pin at a time as per the included suggestion makes them connect and disconnect smoothly. I really can't believe that I didn't get a heated vest before now. (Posted on 1/29/14)
Why did I wait so longReview by David
I have been riding for over 30 years and have endured some very bone chilling rides with multiple layers of clothing. Finally I broke down and bought the Windstopper Electric vest and I could just kick myself for having waited so long to do so. The incredible warmth and comfort this vest provides is unbelievable. I wear it between a cotton turtleneck and my Darien liner (not zipped into the Darien). I then put on my Darien light and ride in total comfort even down into the low 40s. The vest is exactly what I have come to expect from Aerostitch, a high quality product made right here in the USA. I highly recommend this vest. (Posted on 12/2/13)
Great vestReview by Robert
This is my second Aerostitch electric vest. I replaced my original one with this vest and appreciate the improvements. The lighted switch is a nice addition and easy to read even in daylight. The vest has even heat distribution and is a nice fit under my leathers. As others have noted, once you have an electric vest you wonder how you ever got along without it. Just get one... (Posted on 10/11/13)
Just what you'd expectReview by Roadracer Al
This is my second electric vest. The first was a Widder which lasted 20 years and is still going strong. The Aerostitch vest is every bit as well constructed, if not better.

If you've never used one, picture an electric blanket which you wear under your riding gear.

Uh huh. Warm and fuzzy. That's what I'm talking about. :)

I am a bit curious as to why the power cord connector is horizontal, and not vertical so the cord hangs straight down. The connector always seems to twist a little and dig into my flank slightly.

I like the cord pocket, however: nice feature. (Posted on 1/25/13)
should have bought one soonerReview by monkey wrench
i just started using this vest a few weeks ago so i dont have a ton of miles with it yet. Also, this is the first heated vest I have owned so I cant compair with others.

I have used it under my leather riding jacket and my aerostitch suit. it works very well. The windblocker fabric inside the vest helps keep my core warm even when the vest is not on. I like the vest since it does not add bulk in the sleeves of my jacket or suit. I like the freedom of movement this affords me.

once turned on, its heats up nicely. with the vest in my suit and grip heaters, i've been comfortable down to the low 40s high 30s. i have not been able to ride in temps lower then that but i suspect that combo will keep me warm well bellow freezing.
the construction looks top notch and the electrical equiptment that came with it looks high quality as well.

i cant comment on the durability since i just bought it but so far so good. its made in the usa and good quality materials. I feel i got my $ worth. I generaly subscribe to the buy once, cry once philosophy. i'll spend the extra dough on the good stuff. no regrets on this purchace. (Posted on 10/31/12)
Game ChangerReview by Mike
I've been using this vest for 3 years, and words can't describe how great this thing is. I live in Northern California, and while the folks who live in truly cold climates might laugh at this, I'm a year-round, rain or shine commuter, with a 110 mile round trip commute daily. I typically experience sub-freezing morning commutes 30 or so days a year, and foggy and cool is the norm even in the summer. I've been doing said commute for 12 years, and this vest has been a total game changer for me. Not only does it boost my core temp, to stave off shivering, it also keeps my hands and feet warmer. Believe what you hear about electric vests. They really do make you warmer all over. This one is quality too. 3 years, and 75K moto miles, and the thing has never let me down and shows virtually no signs of wear. If you're on the fence, get one. Like me, you'll likely wish you'd made the leap sooner. (Posted on 1/9/12)

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