Electric Vest product review
purchased fall 1984:
I purchased this Widder electric vest
back in the days when everything was new
to me in motorcycling and ordered it with
the standard on/off switch. My experience
is that the heated vest worked too well.
I'd spend my time clicking the switch on,
roasting for as long as I could stand it
and then clicking it off. Soon I'd be
cold again. Much better than not having
heat, but not the ideal.
Then I went through years
of not riding. When I began riding again,
I wondered if the vest might still be
functional or if there might have been a
degradation in the wiring. I contacted
Widder and was reassured that there
should be no problem.
This time I ordered the
electronic controller to replace the
on-off switch. This tiny and nifty
regulator adjusts the amount of heat
produced using a knob graduated from 1 to
7. Makes all the difference. Now I can
set the heated vest at an intensity of 2,
for example, and forget it. Turning the
knob instantly adjusts the heat output.
This Widder electric vest has become my
faithful travel companion. I've relied on
it during many rides involving nasty
weather. During cold rides, I rarely have
to use a setting higher than 2-3. For
unusually cold riding, I will
occasionally select a setting of 4-5. It
falls into my don't leave
home without it category.
At full power, the Widder electric vest
uses only 33 watts. This is an important
consideration for sportbike alternators
that produce a more limited output, as is
the case for the 929.
check out review for: System2
electric vest with arm chaps