How to… fit heated motorcycle clothing

Stay warmer - and consequently safer - through mid-winter Arctic blasts


Words and pictures: Alan Dowds

IF you've never tried using heated clothing for winter riding, you're really missing out. In the same way that heated grips add a new level of comfort to your hands, having an electric hot vest will keep you far toastier than almost any conventional insulating winter jacket.

We've fitted some KEIS electric kit for the present Arctic blast. Here's how to do it.

1: Pick your kit

We've gone for a solid level of heating here – a zip-up gilet/vest, and a pair of undergloves. You can get even more coverage, with heated sleeves, trousers and socks too. But for our needs in the relatively balmy SE of England, this will more than do the job. We've also got a battery pack that lets you use the kit without a bike connection. That's handy for when you're off the bike, or if (like us journos) you often ride different bikes without a connector on them.



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