Keis heated motorcycle jacket review

Keis J501 Premium Heated Jacket Review

"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

Snapshot

  • Price: jacket – £199.99 £174.99
  • Mileage tested: 4000
  • Testing conditions: Europe in winter and temperatures down to -15C
  • Durability: 55
  • Fit and comfort: 55
  • Ease of use: 45
  • Value for money: 45
  • Contact: www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk

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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.

Keis heated motorcycle jacket review

What’s good?

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.

Keis heated motorcycle jacket review

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.

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Keis heated motorcycle jacket review

I wore this throughout a winter ride from the UK to Bulgaria in snow and temperatures that dropped as low as -12°C while my girlfriend, Alissa, used the Gerbing heated jacket counterpart.

While we both had freezing fingertips and numb toes we didn’t feel the cold in our cores, which is important as a warm heart can continue to pump warm blood round the body. Our only regret was deciding not to take heated gloves to plug into our jackets’ sleeve connectors.

Keis heated motorcycle jacket review

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.

Keis heated motorcycle jacket review

What’s not?

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.

Round up

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: 1820

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Check out more heated motorcycle kit on sportsbikeshop.com

KEIS V501 Heated Vest, £125

Keis V501 Heated Vest

KEIS G102 Heated Gloves, £57.49

Keis G102 Heated Inner Gloves

KEIS S102 Heated Inner Soles, £59.48

Keis S102 Heated Soles

KEIS T192 Heated Trousers, £148.49

Keis T192 Heated Trousers

GERBING Heated Socks, £64.99

Gerbing Heated Socks

KEIS G601 Heated Gloves, £180

Keis G601 Heated Gloves

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