I have a Primaloft hooded jacket that worked well on my 6500-mile motorcycle odyssey last Fall:
Yes, I got mine from L.L.Bean but I think they are available elsewhere. The point is the new lightweight, high performance insulation works. When you put it on, you don’t think it is going to do much for you because it is so thin, but it is warm. And it packs very small.
You can get it without the hood, but the hood is nice if you are off the bike in a cold wind. The hood sticks out under the back of the helmet but doesn’t flap around.
On the trip, I ran into such varied hot-to-cold weather that I took my summer RevIt armored jacket (slightly large for me) and just added layers under it to keep warm. The Primaloft jacket was one of those layers.
It was so hot in Alabama that I was running for a while with just a T shirt. Pretty naked. But snow in the Rockies and a couple whole days of cold rain brought out everything I had including the Gerbing heated vest and the Primaloft jacket.
By the way, the Gerbing vest is a bit of disappointment. I helps, but is no panacea. With extended riding below 45 degrees F, your body cannot absorb enough heat from the vest to stay warm, hour after hour. You still need a lot of layers to slow down the heat loss.
For cold riding, I wear the Primaloft and the Gerbing, but on most local rides I don’t need to plug in the vest. I can make a 15 mile run on a sunny day at 35 degrees in perfect comfort without electric, but it’s there if I need it.
It’s a bofundous kick to be out on a motorcycle in cold weather. Absolutely, you aren’t as cold as you think you would be. Or as onlookers imagine you are. Using both hands and feet, but mostly your head, leaning into curves, rolling on power, two-wheeling into the winter wind, smiling.