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Aerostich WINDSTOPPER Electric Vest

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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.

A more packable version of the original fleece electric vest. Like that model, this version is also a most reliable, comfortably warm, hard-wearing electrically heated vest.

You'll appreciate its warmth, ultra-compactness and draft-stopping efficiency the minute you slip it on. It's also the least restrictive to wear beneath a closely fitted jacket or riding suit. Two pockets: one for storing the power cord and one that the entire vest stuffs into, forming a neat, compact pillow. 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.

WINDSTOPPER® fabric is 100% windproof and half as thick as TLTec Wind Blocker fleece. Black. S-XXL. Made in USA

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Customer Reviews (15)

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What Was I Thinking All Those Years?Review by David R
Why? Why did I wait all those years before getting this vest? Its cold outside and I arrive home wearing the same smile I had when I left. At no time during my second day wearing this did my level of discomfort impact my attention to the situation around me. I was a safer rider. I can't put a price on that. (Posted on 12/7/18)
Excellent!Review by James
Great fit and excellent quality. Sizing tool is accurate and vest proportions are perfect for my one-piece Roadcrafter suit. Essential for riding in cool weather, rain and wind. Thanks so much for providing high quality products that really work as described. (Posted on 11/15/18)
...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)

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Simplifying Comfort (...a Better Power-cord)

Lighted power switch coil 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.)

Lighted power switch coil cord

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

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