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#217 Aerostich Electric Warmbib

Aerostich Electric Warmbib #217-221-229-231

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Helped keep me alive in AK Review by Nemo
Great little boobie warmer for bikes with limited spare electrical capacity, quality materials and it does indeed stay put beneath a jacket. I used mine on a 3-month Alaska ride on a DR650--the warmbib and heater grips were just within what its charging system could handle. Silliest looking garment ever, but its warmth kept me one step ahead of misery on those chilly, rainy Alaska summer days, including a snowy crossing over Atigun Pass.

Two small things: an elastic strap (perhaps removable) would be handy to compress the bib against the body, so that contact and heat transfer is maintained. Second, after the big ride, one of the prongs of the SAE plug fell out, and a new cord will be necessary. Better-quality cords would be a great idea--if it had failed in AK or British Columbia, I'd have been in a bad way and close to hypothermia on some days. (Posted on 7/29/12)
warmbib review Review by mark in mesa
i bought the warmbib because one of my vintage bikes has a very weak electrical system and it cannot support much of an accessory load. the warmbib works just great on this bike. so far it has not overloaded the system at all. on a chilly 45 degree phoenix morning the bib made a usually uncomfortable ride quite comfortable (this bike is unfaired). and it works very well on my large cruiser, too. i'll be getting one for my wife as well. good value. (Posted on 3/14/12)
heated bib for motorcycle Review by mrboat
Since I have received the bib I have not had time to wear it as the weather has been toooo cold to ride. Highs 40 or less. I did pu the bib on and dressed as if I were riding and I really did not feel any difference. It feels as though I have on a heavy sweatshirt. As soon as the weather gets better I plan to try it out on the bike. (Posted on 2/12/12)
A little small. Review by Kung
I am 5'5" so I thought the regular size would fit well but I am wishing it was 2" longer. Other than that, it heats up very well. I have used it about twenty times now. (Posted on 2/2/12)
Just right Review by T100SC
I've ridden many times at temps down to 30 or so and been warm with just a proper jacket and a few layers. So I was not interested in an electric jacket or vest. The Warmbib, however, seems to be just right for me. Easy to pack for our AK trip this year, and does a nice job keeping the core nice and warm. Allows one less layer on a cold day. May make all the difference if caught out on a 38 degree and raining day. If you've ever thought: "Electric gear is not for me..." then consider this one. Very nice...also bought one for the wife. (Posted on 12/30/11)
Still experimenting Review by Senior Moments
Warming bib does work well under my close fitting Aerostich zipper liner. I would alter the bib to work with just a lined jacket by using a loop neck and a wide (3") belt with velcro close to the bottom of the bib, to hold it close to the body. As it is now, a bit bulky at the neck, especially under the Aerostich liner and with my XL Aerostich liner (I have several), not close enough to my chest to stay warm. It is gratifying to feel the heat under the close fitting liner, making it a success. (Posted on 12/27/11)
Warm Rider Review by Butch
Works great, easy to put on and off. Great for those summer unexpected cool spots like high elevations. Also works well for Kentucky winter rides. Takes up very little space. (Posted on 12/27/11)
Get the vest Review by Senior Moments
It seemed like such a good idea, so compact, taking up less room when stowed in my seat pack. Problem is that it needs a strap to keep it close to my chest. It does work as a windbreak, but not so well as a heating element. I tried a fleece vest over it and that works well, but defeats the low bulk storage. I expect that my Kanetsu vest will be my usual heated gear. Perhaps I will carry the vest primarily as a back up for when it gets colder than expected before I get back home. We shall see. (Posted on 12/16/11)
works great Review by freethinker
It works great! I wish I had purchased one years ago. I love it on my motorcycle, and will probably use it in the cockpit of my sailboat under foul weather gear. (Posted on 12/2/11)
Warm Pizza Review by duneman
hello, my wife and i both enjoy our bibs. we live on the oregon coast where the only thing predicable about the weather is that it is unpredictable. even in the summer, the fog can roll in and get chilly fast. we keep two bibs on board all the time in the bottom compartment of our tank bag on our 1999 cbr 1100xx. we recently went to canada and used them several times on the trip. nice and handy without taking up much room. last use was to keep pizza warm in the tank bag on the way home, worked great!!!!!! (Posted on 11/23/11)

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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

Electric Bib Story

A few years ago John Chase (designer and co-founder of the pioneering motorcycle luggage company Chase Harper) wanted some electric heating wires for an experimental off-road chest protector. One prototype led to another and pretty soon we were making prototype versions of this Kanestu electric bib. They worked so well…much better than we'd anticipated…and there was nothing else even remotely like them on the market. So we applied for a US Patent (#D641,543S) and somewhat surprisingly received one.

With perfect hindsight it's easy to see why this non-obvious invention is so wonderful. Generations of riders have put layers of newspaper under their jackets, carefully positioned across their chest to block cold winds. At the same time our circulatory system is incredibly efficient at moving any calorie of added heat to all areas of our body, no matter where those calories are added. Doesn't matter if they come via heated grips, saddles, vests, liners, bibs or from a just-imbibed piping hot cup of cocoa. Calories are the same wherever they're added.

Worn beneath an Aerostich textile suit aboard my unfaired bike I'm good to temps in the lowish fifties during all-day-long rides...and down into the forties under a Transit jacket.

Whenever cool weather is anticipated I'll also carry a wind block jersey and a 100wt micro fleece...and layer-up as needed: electric bib first, then fleece, then the jersey and lastly the Roadcrafter/Darien or Transit. The combination takes me five to ten degrees lower.

Is this electric bib is the most important new Aerostich product we've added during the last five or ten years? I don't know. But if it's not it's near the top of the list.

-- Mr. Subjective, 9-13


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