The Best Heated Motorcycle Jackets and Gear

If you’re looking for heated kit for winter riding, then here are the two best heated motorcycle jackets on the market, their pros, cons and links to our 5,000-mile reviews. Stay warm out there!

Cold weather motorcycle riding in Slovakia

Contents

The Two Best Heated Motorcycle Jackets

Heated motorcycle gear is a gift from the biking gods. They provide their wearers with warm soothing cuddles on frosty bone chilling rides as well as a handful of other benefits… 

As well as keeping you exceptionally toasty, they make for safer riding because they stop your teeth from chattering so you can fully concentrate on the road instead of letting your mind wander. 

You don’t need to dress up like the Michelin man with a hundred sweaty layers on before leaving the house. It makes for a far more comfortable ride too. 

You can fully regulate your core temperature with the click of a button or the twist of a dial and also connect heated gloves, trousers and footwear. And you’ll be able to ride further for longer in more comfort in 365 days a year biking bliss. 

Here are the two best jackets on the market: Keis and Gerbing. Both are exceptionally well matched. Check them out below, have a read of our reviews and ask any questions in the comments below.

Keis Heated Jacket

Quick info: Free heat controller, Bike battery operated only,  £199 approx. 

The Keis J501 Premium Heated Jacket is a breathable and lightweight jacket that has an excellent fit, elasticated panels and dedicated zipped pockets for cables and a controller. It comes with a lifetime warranty on all heated elements and produces heat in the chest, kidneys, collar and arms. 

A great addition to this jacket is that it comes with a free heat controller included. 

  • Price: £199
  • Controller included: Yes
  • Connectors for accessories: Yes
  • Bike battery powered: Yes
  • Portable battery powered: No
  • Water repellent: No
  • Lifetime warranty: Yes
  • Lifetime warranty on all heating elements 
  • Comes with a free heat controller
  • Stylish and comfortable
  • Built in sleeve plugs for gloves
  • Can connect gloves, trousers and insoles to the jacket 
  • The Keis heated jacket can not be used with a portable battery, which means it can only be used while connected to your motorcycle. 
  • The Keis J501 Premiuum heated jacket is priced at £199 and includes a free heat controller.
  • There is a J501RP, which is the same but without the red panels.
  • Keis also produce a range of heated vests, which you can check out below. 

Keis Heated Jacket Review

reviews

Gerbing Heated Jacket

Quick info: Bike or portable battery operation, water repellent, fitted, £199 approx.

The Gerbing MicroWire Pro Heated Jacket is the upgrade to the Gerbing 12V heated jacket we tested. Gerbing say this is their best and most comfortable jacket yet. The MicroWire gets style upgrades, a tailored compression fit, stretchy panels and more heating elements. 

What’s impressive about this jacket is that it can run off a portable 10Ah battery so it can even be used when off the bike. Another big plus is that it’s water-repellent and Gerbing have done a fantastic job of making it look cool as a standard jacket too. It comes with a lifetime warranty on all heated elements and can be connected to Gerbing gloves, trousers and socks all at the same time.  

  • Price: £199
  • Controller included: No
  • Connectors for accessories: Yes
  • Bike battery powered: Yes
  • Portable battery powered: Yes
  • Water repellent: Yes
  • Lifetime warranty: Yes
  • Lifetime warranty on all heating elements. 
  • Water-repellent
  • Compressible and fitted
  • Water repellent zip close interior and exterior pockets
  • Built in sleeve plugs for gloves
  • Dual wiring so gloves and other Gerbing gear can be controlled from the jacket. 
  • Doesn’t come with a heat controller. The he controller needs to be bought separately. The jacket can still be operated without a controller but will be on full blast, which will get too hot too quick unless used in seriously cold conditions. Check out Gerbing’s controllers here. 
  • The MicroWire Pro is the upgrade to the 12V and is priced at £199. 
  • There is also a ‘Basic” version, which is priced at £189. 

Gerbing Heated Jacket Review

reviews

More Heated Motorcycle Gear

Heated Vests

The benefit of a heated vest over a jacket is that they’re lighter and less restrictive. If you hate the idea of sleeves inside sleeves and need that extra arm room then these are for you. Also, they draw less power and can be used with portable batteries so the vests can be used when off the bike. 

Keis Heated Vest £139

The Keis V501 vest can connect to bike or battery packs. 

Keis Heated Vest £155

The Keis B501 is the Ladies cut variant of the V501. 

Heated Trousers

Your legs don’t lose as much heat as your torso and aren’t as important to keep warm for body temperature regulation. But, if you’re riding to seriously cold places or need to commute all through the winter then consider a pair of these toasty bottoms. 

Keis Heated Trousers £165

Keis T102 heated trousers come with an integral heat controller. 

Gerbing Heated Trousers £119

Gerbing 12V heated liner can connect to your jacket or bike. 

Heated Gloves

Heated gloves are brilliant. Once you’ve tried a pair it’s very, very hard to go back to standard gloves. There’s the option of heated grips and they are less faff because there are no plugs and messing around with cuffs, but these keep the entirety of your hands warm – not just the palms.

Keis Heated Gloves £199

Keis G601 armoured glove has a heat controller on the back of the wrist.

Keis Heated Inner Glove £57

Lightweight stretchy inner gloves so you can wear your normal gloves on top. 

Gerbing Heated Gloves £179

Gerbing’s XRL Hybrid gloves comes with integrated push button controller.

Gerbing Heated Gloves £169

Gerbing’s XR gloves are the short-cuff variant of the XRL.

Heated Socks and Insoles

Cold feet and toes can get painful on long rides. If you’re suiting up for a long-distance freezing ride then these are worth the extra money and saves splashing out on a specialist pair of cold weather boots. 

Keis Heated Insoles £69 

Heated insoles warm the soles of your feet and can be cut to size. 

Gerbing Heated Socks £94

Heated element on top and bottom of sock. Can be connected to jacket or trousers. 

Read more on Motorcycle Gear

Thanks for checking out our Heated Motorcycle Jackets Guide. We hope you enjoyed it! Here’s a few more articles on motorcycle gear that we recommend you read next. 

ps. We receive a small commission, at absolutely no cost to you, if you purchase any product using any of the links on this page, this link to Sportsbikeshop or this link to Amazon. You will help us keep our website and motorbike running. Thank you for your support.

Liked that? Try these next…

RESOURCES

START: Check out this packed Motorcycle Travel Database

BIKE: Get your bike adventure ready with the Motorcycle Preparation Guides

KIT: Detailed Gear Guides and motorcycle Clothing and Kit Reviews

DESTINATIONS: Comprehensive Country Guides for motorcycle travellers

INSPIRATION: Awesome Stories from travellers and our monthly Blog

FORUM: Advice, chat and travel info on the Motorcycle Travel Forum.

Let us know what you think of this Heated Motorcycle Jackets and Gear Guide in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you if you have any suggestions, questions or use any of these bits of kit. 

1 thought on “The Best Heated Motorcycle Jackets and Gear”

  1. Cheers for this article. I’ve decided to swap out my thermal layers for a heated jacket and it’s good to hear the pros of both jackets especially as you’ve tested both of them. Cheers!

    Reply

Leave a comment