Electrify any jacket's performance with a Kanetsu liner. Closely patterned after the standard Aerostich Darien liner, this electrically heated version provides an under-jacket environment that's always a lot warmer than the outdoor ambient. Enjoy a cozy micro-climate which can be up to 30º warmer than outdoor ambient.
Three heating circuits provide warmth through the sleeves, body and collar. The sleeves use a slightly 'hotter' heating wire due to the liner's slightly looser fit.
This liner is reversible for all wearing situations and features a built-in self storing pocket, a convenient cord storage pocket, and a lighted on/off switch on a coil-cord. The WINDSTOPPER® fabric shell blocks drafts 100% and packs down nicely for storage.
Includes: fused, lighted coil cord hookup and power switch. 75 watts/5 amps*. Specify QuiConnect 2, SAE or BMW connectors. Black. 36–54 regular.
*ELECTRIC LINER COMPATIBILITY: 2006 and newer BMW CAN-bus outlets are limited to 5.0 amps. Kanetsu Electric Liner (#267) and the Kanetsu AirVantage Electric Liner (#291) draw 5.5–5.7 amps, so the CAN-bus shuts down the circuit. The Kanetsu Electric Vests and Kanetsu Airvantage Electric Vests are ok because they draw less amps (no heated sleeves). All Kanetsu Liners can be used with the 2006 BMW's if a fused outlet is attached directly to the battery (BMW Accessory Socket #108 and In Line Blade Fuse Holder #4664 with a 10 amp fuse) or if a 1.25 ohm resistor is inserted in the BMW accessory outlet circuit.
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- Blocks wind/ Warm? Review by Devildog
- I bought this jacket for winter riding in Oregon. I also like buying American made products when I can to support our economy. I ride F800 GS stock screen.(I know its not American) I am 5'11 220lbs. Broad shoulders. I ordered size 50. Fits shoulder area but, loose around torso. So far I have only tested the jacket at 34 ' and raining. I wear it under a waterproof shell from another manufacture. It does a great job of blocking the wind. Could only feel a little coolness around bicep area. When i turned it on I thought it would be warmer on high. It takes a little long to heat up. Could be from loose fit around mid section. I may look at getting this tailored. The connection in pocket is bulky and there are no plugins in sleeves for gloves. This was disappointing as the competitor jackets all offer these features. The craftsmanship is unmatched.(High quality) You could wear this jacket out to dinner by itself with no strange looks! Overall this a great jacket. (Posted on 11/2/12)
- Works well, however... Review by Big Rich
I'm 6'6" and 300lb with a proportionate build. I ordered a 54. It is slightly short in the torso, so it rides up ever so slightly when standing and when seated on the bike is barely long enough. Would like another 1" or so of fabric along the bottom. Also the sleeves are barely long enough, just short of the cuffs of my jacket. That's it for Con's, slightly shorter people should not have any problems.
Now for the Pro's; It WORKS! Supplies a nice level of heat. On a big cruiser behind a windshield I'm able to ride to work comfortably at 35 degrees with my mesh jacket, the KEL, a long sleeve t-shirt and regular thermals under my riding pants or double front dungarees.
Also, because of the heat and the breathable fabric, the inside of the KEL isn't wet and clammy, like my original liner. The original liner trapped moisture like a garbage bag and when cold air hit the outside, the warm air inside condensed, leaving the liner positively dripping.
The KEL has replaced my original liner, my micro fleece and under armor compression layer, so while it is thicker than the stock liner, it is now less bulky overall. Plus it slips over street clothes without extra layers; perfect for commuting.
While the collar isn't micro fleece lined and gapes a bit, it does have a loop of heating wire inside that you really feel without it being uncomfortable. There are armpit vents which also help disperse moisture without letting in excessive cold air. The stitching and detail around the plethora of pockets is good. It looks like it will hold up well. There are glove pockets inside the bottom of the liner, then above them zippered pockets. There is a large back pocket that doubles as the storage pouch if you roll the jacket up. It could also hold a spare shirt or other soft items like dry socks or glove liners.
The jackets SAE plug is heavy-duty zip tied to a rubber diamond-shaped strap grommet, like the kind used on backpacks to spread the weight of the strap across the fabric. It is a little clunky and feels like there is something in my pocket at all times, but its a solid anchor and you won't be ripping the electrics out of the jacket if you forget to disconnect before you walk away.
Overall I'm pleased down to 35F. (Haven't tried it below that and not sure I want to ride when it's that cold.) All day riding at that temp or below and you might want to get the AirStopper. (Posted on 12/15/09)
"...Last, but among the best, is the Darien liner. It is removable and becomes a very nice free-standing insulating jacket when separated from the Darien jacket. Nylon on one side and fleece on the other, it's a good looking casual windbreaker away from the bike. One of its seven pockets doubles as a stuff sack, including belt loops so you can carry it like a fanny pack. The liner is a highlight of the Darien suit, in my opinion: comfortable, practical, good-looking, and compact."
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.
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."