Keisters J501 Heated jacket

Keis J501 Premium Heated Jacket Review

It turns out that motorcycling in the winter when you suffer from Raynauds is rather uncomfortable and often painful. The solution? Heated everything! I have spoken about my heated Keis insoles before, but recently I have added to the collection and I am now the proud owner of the Keis J501 Premium heated jacket.

The Good

First and foremost the jacket is easy to use and keeps you really warm in sub-zero temperatures. To get started, all that’s required is for you to connect a cable to your bike’s battery, leaving the plug sit out from under the seat. When you get cold, just plug this into the jacket and use the remote, fitted in the left pocket of the jacket, to choose the desired temperature. There are three temperature levels. To date, I have never gone above ‘medium’. It probably takes less than 2 minutes for the jacket to reach the temperature you have chosen, heating your arms, neck and upper body. Very quick!

One of the best things about how the whole Keis heated system works, is that using the same cable connected to the bikes battery, you can connect any other heated Keis garments you may have, without having seven hundred cables coming out your suit. This makes the process of wearing heated gear far more comfortable and neater.

The Keis J501 Premium heated jacket is also flattering and fits well. I often find that the thickness and snug fit of the jacket means that it traps the heat it generates well and acts as a good windproof layer. This technical layer means that there have been times I don’t even have to turn the jacket on, or keep it on the lowest setting. Designed in simple black and red, it looks good off the bike when you stop for lunch.

The Not So Good

This is a unisex jacket and I have purchased the smallest size available. Whilst it is very snug on the body and fits me well, the jacket is slightly bulky on the arms. In particular, I find my left arm often looses blood supply because the material is trapped under my armpit or in my elbow, resulting in numb fingers. Having said that, I have kept my motorcycle thermal liner in, whilst riding with the heated jacket, so perhaps this wouldn’t occur if I removed this.

The only other issue I find with this Keis jacket is that despite being a great generator of heat, unlike other thermal liners, it doesn’t retain your body heat. Therefore, when you turn the jacket off you are immediately exposed to the external temperatures, leaving you cold.

Keis J501 Premium Heated Jacket
  • Insulation
  • Comfort
  • Design
  • Price


Expensive bit of kit, but fundamentally it keeps me warm and keeps me riding during the colder weather so worthwhile investment.

The Good

  • Warms up quickly
  • Easy to use
  • Snug fit
  • Stylish
The Not So Good

  • Bulky in the arms
  • Not so warm when off
  • Pricey
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4 thoughts on “Keis J501 Premium Heated Jacket Review

  1. A controller in the pocket isn’t very practical on a bike. I find with my current set up that I do adjust the level as I’m riding.

    1. Hey zed, we have actually found it is quite good. We thought the same at the beginning but we now leave the remote hanging and it just comes out enough that we can operate it while on the bike with the gloves.

  2. db here,
    i looked long and hard. at first i was just going to buy a set of keis gloves, then i said i will look at coats love my 2 piece jacket i have, and the stuff i read on the 501 i got it with plan of using as a liner. lots said either you take out your liner or its to bulky the 3 together. it is a electric jacket why wear it off less it really warmed up in a all day ride i got my gloves today cost more than my 501jacket lol. the g701 harness installed wiring in 15 minutes and tested out bang instant heat good heat all over!, just as a glove no power felt way warmer than my 509’s or my alpine stars, and they feel luxurious, and the quality of craftsman ship looks great the years will tell the truth there though. so if the jacket is the same quality then the negative side of the above review is misleading! as for bulk of course 2 liners are going to bunch. as this jacket /liner does not have crash pads in it it is no more than a liner. no claim by keis to be real warm off, and as for price 209.00 dollars for a high quality electric jacket with life time warranty on the heating element better than buying a chinese knock off for 150 or even 100. the g701 gloves were a harder choice for me but now i have them i am so glad i got them!! wish keis had a place to review on their sight but when i searched this one came up and thought id put out my word. look on you tube for people talking about them they sold me so glad they did . cheers and thanks keis for the quality warmth will revisit after sum zero highspeed use. at this point id give a confidant 4.5 till i see longevity of my keis gear

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