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Been riding in the winters for nearly 20 years now.

I've used heated gloves, heated grips, glove covers, heat pack inserts etc.

Here's my thoughts.

1. NOTHING works as well as heated gloves. BUT the wiring can be a PIA and I find I often wouldn't bother putting them on.

2. Nothing is as convenient as heated grips. You'll use them in the spring/fall and on cool summer nights. And they can help in really cold temps, but they can't keep up once you're near or below freezing (unless you ALSO have some wind deflection).

3. Both heated gloves AND heated grips work BETTER if you cut the wind with a windshield, hand guard or something like the little National Cycle hand deflectors.

SO for me, I haven't actually used my heated gloves (they've been hanging in the garage) for nearly a decade.

I would go with heated grips and deflectors mounted in the winter for convenience for MY usage. But if I was regularly riding more than say an hour each way, I'd want the gloves.
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With a heated liner or jacket your body will be toasty and circulate warm blood to your hands/feet keeping them nice and steamy, you have to keep the heat from escaping through your head though so a good full face helmet is key.

Just remember the days on the football field how warm you where until you took your helmet off, or working outside in the winter with out gloves and having steamy hands.
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I'm going with the heated gloves also. And I have ridden with them in the rain....a nice all day soaking to the skin type rain and never had a problem with them. In fact....I stayed dryer in the Gerbing gloves than I would have with my rain gloves.
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I have just installed the Heat Demons, they work great too hot on the highest setting, and the elements heat up the bars so you can use your current grips

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I love my heated grips! I have heat demons now. The HD ones you have the picture of are... for lack of better words... junk. I went through four sets of them, three were warrantied and the last set I had to pay for. They work great for a while, then slowly start getting less and less warm. I have had my heat demons for two years now I think.... You can use them with any style grips and they actually work. I ride year round in Michigan. It was 24 degrees on my way into work this morning. They are worth their weight in gold when it is cold outside.
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So have I got this right: you buy one kit, and it heats both grips, it's just a choice of which side you want the control?

Thanks for telling me about those; very interesting.
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With a heated liner or jacket your body will be toasty and circulate warm blood to your hands/feet keeping them nice and steamy, you have to keep the heat from escaping through your head though so a good full face helmet is key.

Just remember the days on the football field how warm you where until you took your helmet off, or working outside in the winter with out gloves and having steamy hands.
Yes and no.

The heated liner (I've got one too) doesn't work the same for everyone.

Yeah the theory is warm the core, but due to variances in people's circulatory systems some people will cook at the core while the finger tips still freeze.

And I wear a HELL OF A LOT LESS to snowboard or ski in than I do to ride a bike in freezing weather because sitting still on a bike is a lot different than doing something more athletic.

But the helmet is a good point - also - a wind-triangle (like Aerostich makes) or a good scarf or balaclava can be really important too. Specifically to cover your carotid artery which, if exposed, allows a lot of heat to escape.
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I don't like heated grips because the ones they sell here at least are always on. They just get warmer as the temperature drops. Plus I've already put new grips on that I really like and don't want to rip them off. Gloves are more expensive but they give better coverage, keep you warmer and come in battery powered or electric.
I have these Heat Demons on my bike, fully adjustable heat settings, and they work good until you get into the mid 40s. By then the tops of your hands are getting cold.

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Just remember the days on the football field how warm you where until you took your helmet off,
I can remember playing football (just), but I can't remember being such a wuss that I felt I needed to wear a helmet!

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I use the Gerbing heated gloves. I love them.
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Which? Grips or gloves?
Sorry she has the grips. Her next wish is also the BMW gloves that are thinner on the palms that allow more heat transferance.
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I have the heat demons also and love them gloves are a pain with the wires the heat demons will keep your hands warm riding thru the snow for hours on end.
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