Hotwired Heated Gear Review

Heated gear is a great way to extend your riding season. Looking to be warm while winter riding, instead of “just a few degrees above death,” I decided to get heated gloves and a heated jacket liner.

After scouring internet reviews, I went with a Hotwired Heated Jacket Liner Evo and a pair of Hotwired 12V Heated Gloves. I liked that the gloves plugged into the jacket liner sleeves and that each item had its own built-in temp controller. Other brands require a separated controller, meaning more wires to deal with.

The Gloves:

The fit in the hand section is OK, and true to size. The gauntlet section leaves a lot to be desired. It’s too tight to fit over the jacket sleeve, and too bulky to fit under it. The adjustment strap at the wrist is worthless, because the glove is far too tight at the wrist. Getting the gloves on is a chore. Since the gauntlet doesn’t fit over my jacket sleeve, I have to put it under the sleeve. It takes a fair amount of time and effort, and shouldn’t be this hard – definitely a FAIL!

The heat control is great, conveniently located, and makes it easy to see what setting you’re on. There are three temp settings, green yellow, and red, with red being the highest. The glove gets pretty warm on the top of my hand and fingers, but the section between my fingers tends to get cold. They heat unevenly, with parts being too hot and other parts being too cold. I’ve had to turn the heat down to keep from burning the back of my hand, while suffering from frozen fingers at the same time.

A windshield would greatly improve the performance of these gloves, but there isn’t much you can do to improve the poor fit of the gauntlet. They are better than nothing, but I’d recommend checking out a different brand.

The Good:

Separate heat control on each glove.

Plugs into the heated jacket liner.

The Bad:

Poor fit.

Uneven heating

Recommendation:

Look for something else!

Score:

2 of 5 stars

The Jacket Liner:

There’s not much wrong with the jacket liner. It seemed a little thin and I was worried that it wouldn’t be strong enough, but I’ve had it for three years and it’s held up fine. Like the gloves, the jacket liner has a built-in temperature controller with three settings – green, yellow, and red, with red being high. The heat is evenly spread out and is quite good. The key is to wear it close to your skin and layer over the top of the liner. (I usually wear a long-sleeved t-shirt, the jacket liner, then a sweatshirt, then my winter riding jacket.)

The only issue I’ve encountered is that the heat controller will sometimes change settings on its own. I’ll start on high and after a few minutes, it will be on the medium setting. Once I switch the controller back to high, it will generally stay there.

The Good:

Built-in heat controller.

Plug on each sleeve to power heated gloves.

Proper fit.

Even heating throughout.

The Bad:

Temperature controller will sometimes change settings.

Recommendation:

Don’t hesitate, get this right away!

Score:

4 of 5 stars

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