battery heated vest/liner?
Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:56 AM
The likes of the Gebring gear is another step on that road to prevent a nights observing being cut short by frozen fingers and toes.
I have one question though. What am I going to do about my fellow observers who have/do none of the above and call it quits early and leave me on my own....out in the middle of nowhere...surrounded by darkness.....and weird noises.
Only as strong as the weakest link and all that?
Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:49 PM
Regards, Linda B.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:32 PM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:38 PM
on my own....out in the middle of nowhere...surrounded by darkness.....and weird noises.
That's my every observing session.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:28 PM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:10 AM
Thanks Roscoe for the Cabella's tip. I looked today and it sort of bothers me that their name is on it. I mean is it the same as Gerbing's or a knock off. Probably not because it is the same price. A good price for the battery and charger that is the same as G's for the battery alone but then again is it as good as the real thing ? Still looking for a better hat ? ? ? *BW*
I wonder if it's like Kasai orthos......you can get them with many different names on 'em, but they all come from the same factory......
Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:46 AM
BTW, happy birthday Russ!
Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:25 AM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:59 PM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:44 PM
Only in my roll off, and I do have a power converter and am connected to a wire. Unit has dual controls for upper and lower adjustment independently.
Been using this for over 5 years now, still going strong.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:37 PM
Here is how it didn't work out. Full batt charge with a light shirt on underneath,heavy knit cap, 38f, very light wind and light dew and the heat on high I went out and sat in a chair. Before long my jeans were cold and I could feel a little heat at the chest and neck heaters area. Got up and walked around but that didn't help. Went into the house looking for the other batt to try and soon I felt the warmth of the jacket heat. Enough for one nite.
Next nite after lots of thinking went back out and had a waterproof shell jacket over the Gerbing to help hold the heat in. About the same temp and conditions. After a while where is the heat ? and changed to the other batt. No difference. Walked around and sat back down. Really wasn't very pleased by now. Far as I know with all the reading of reviews I have given it a fair chance. I mailed it back to Gerbings today for a full refund. Now I have a new but used once batt and a DC charger to dispose of at another loss of money. Can't win. Good luck with yours. *BW*
Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:33 PM
Lower, thermal underwear, down pants (Western Mountaineering Fight pants). Regular tube socks, wool over socks. Shearling boot insoles.
Head: sheepskin mountie type hat.
I am well covered and core warm down to below -20C. The only problem are my hands as I use leather-thinsulate gloves for dexterity. My hands become cold within 30-60 minutes.
I have a Zippo handwarmer that really throws heat, though it is a bit of a pain to use. It needs lighter fluid and it occasionally goes out. I recently got a Sanyo Eneloop Kairo handwarmer that is powered by NiMH AA cells and it is really nice. I keep it in one glove, and put it on with a click of the button when I need it. It warms my hand up nice, and I switch hands every now and then. The batteries last about two hours, so I usually have an extra set in my pocket, though I rarely need them for a typical evening session.
In my opinion, this sort of battery operated warmer is only a comfort device, not a replacement for good clothes. Though some readers with cold hands might be interested.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:59 AM
Insulated boots are important, too. Mine have removable thick felt liners in them.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:18 AM
DIDN'T PERFORM AS EXPECTED !
those gerbing jackets are different than what I have, I have the motorcycle vest which is wire with nice thick wire and will keep me warm going 60mph in 30° weather.
I guess I'll stay away from their micro-what-ever technology.
thanks for the head up.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:39 AM
DIDN'T PERFORM AS EXPECTED !
Here is how it didn't work out. Full batt charge with a light shirt on underneath,heavy knit cap, 38f, very light wind and light dew and the heat on high I went out and sat in a chair.
If what you say here is correct, I would not expect it to work either.
If you re-read the posts above, note that several refer to using a well insulated jacket over the vest. Did you use one and forgot to mention?
My Gerbings vest is 5 years old and works well, under my North Face ski jacket.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:26 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:04 AM