“The Keis Heated Jacket has become one of my favourite bits of kit and an absolute necessity for the cold sections of our round-the-world trip.”
Keis Heated Jacket Review
- Price: jacket – £199.99
- Mileage tested: 5,000
- Testing conditions: Europe in winter and temperatures down to -15C
- Durability: 5⁄5
- Fit and comfort: 5⁄5
- Ease of use: 4⁄5
- Value for money: 4⁄5
- Where to buy UK: sportsbikeshop.co.uk
- Where to buy US: revzilla.com
Wearing the Keis J501 Premium heated jacket on a cold day is like being treated to a warm cuddle. It is an expensive bit of kit, but if you’re a cold weather rider – or even if you’ve had enough of being freezing cold on a motorbike – then it’s a worthwhile investment.
I used to ride with a Keis heated vest, but since trying the jacket with its heated sleeves I wouldn’t go back. If it’s cold enough to warrant a heated undergarment you may as well opt for the full thing and keep your arms and neck warm too.
That’s the beauty of a heated jacket – your entire core is kept warm with the push of a button.
All you have to do is connect a cable to your bike battery and let a little plug poke out from under your seat. When the weather turns, just chuck the jacket on and plug in!
As well as being ultra-toasty, owning a heated jacket means you can leave all those thermal layers at home. Squeezing into a base, mid, outer and windproof layer is sweaty work and leaves my arms rigid and uncomfortable.
Popping a heated jacket on and plugging it in is effortless. With the press of a switch I can choose from three heat settings on this Keis jacket and I have only needed to go higher than a medium when riding in sub-zero temperatures.
The jacket also looks pretty good. The fit is excellent and I tend to wear it as a casual jacket when off the bike. It has two zip-up side pockets, a chest pocket and a dedicated pocket to house its wiring loom, making it practical when strolling around.
I only had to put the Keis jacket on its maximum heat setting once, and that was in -12°C in Slovakia. Otherwise it stayed on low, or medium if I fancied a treat.
The jacket itself is a snug fit, so as well as looking stylish off the bike it is close enough to my body to trap the heat it’s generating, meaning I don’t need to have the garment on high heat and often I can leave it without any heat at all.
The only downside to the jacket is if it’s worn with the wrong type of base-layer it quickly becomes a fantastic static conductor. But once you get the right, non-static base layer sorted you’ll kick yourself for not having worn a heated jacket sooner.
I’m chuffed! The Keis Heated Jacket has become one of my favourite bits of kit and an absolute necessity for the cold sections of our round-the-world trip. If it’s kept me warm through constant freezing conditions day in and day out it’ll easily take on a British winter.
Keis Heated Jacket Review: Total score: 18⁄20
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