Cycle World Reviews Venture Heat Motorcycle Gear

In case you missed the article in Cycle World magazine, here’s what they had to say about our heated vest liner, pants liner, gloves and insoles:

(See the original article here)

CW Evaluation: Venture Heat Grand Touring Collection Electric Clothing

Get warmly wired, from head to toe.

Leaving Abilene, Texas, the thermometer hadn’t broken 40 degrees and the windchill from the 35-mph breeze put temps slightly below freezing. I was headed north from the COTA MotoGP race, directly into the wind, and had a long ride ahead of me that had to happen as I was flying east the next day. It would prove to be one of the toughest days I’ve had on a motorcycle and there’s only one reason I rolled into my driveway 12 hours later: Venture Heat’s electric clothing.

The Venture Heat Grand Touring Collection vest, pant-liners, insoles and gloves had arrived the day before I left Colorado and they stayed neatly packed all the way to Austin, taking up valuable room in my small luggage and mocking me for this wasted space as I rode to Texas in comfortable 70-degree temps. I had replaced the Alpinestars insoles in my boots with the Venture Heat wired insoles and felt stupid every time I thought about it.

Motorcycle Heated Clothing and Gloves

Motorcycle Heated Clothing and Gloves

But that all changed five days later as I woke up in Abilene to whistling wind and the type of conditions that make even a Prius look good. I slipped into the vest and pant-liners, which are both extremely soft, flexible and have the same bulk as a good workout suit. I plugged the insoles into the bottom of the pant-liners, hooked the liners to the vest, plugged into my FZ1 and headed into the wind. Fifteen minutes later I stopped.

My hands were frozen and almost useless. I clawed through my luggage and pulled out the Venture Heat Carbon Street gloves. I’ve never been a big fan of cold-weather gloves due to the added bulk, reduced feel and reduced crash protection, but the Carbon gloves go a long way toward alleviating those concerns, especially in terms of protection. They have 3M Thinsulate insulation and a waterproof membrane. By definition they have to be a bit more bulky than the Alpinestars GP Pros I was wearing, but I was at the end of my rope that morning and literally could not have continued. Call me wimpy, but you had to be there to feel the misery. In 12 hours I saw only one other motorcycle on the road and twice I saw 37 degrees on bank signs. It snowed on me and I rode past miles of plowed snow left from the night before. The headwind never abated.

The Venture Heat stuff is outstandingly comfortable. The bulky coils of yesteryear have been replaced with hair-thin microfibers for instant heat and all-day comfort, which the company has dubbed “Xtreme Comfort Tech.” You will feel the insole wire running up behind your heel and it could get uncomfortable to walk in, but my Yamaha didn’t require me to walk. The Grand Touring collection pant-liners and vest each have separate power buttons that reside on a flap that sticks out about three inches for access on your left hip. I wore the clothing under a one-piece nylon riding suit and could access the power buttons through a zippered opening. One long push turns the gear on high (red glow from the power button), and two more quick pushes change to medium (yellow) and low (green), with another long push for off. I ran jacket and pants on high and then medium when I donned my rain jacket to blunt the wind sneaking through my suit’s shoulder seams. The heat hits immediately and I challenge you not to giggle when it comes on.

Glove power buttons are on the gauntlets. Plugs connect to cords that run up your sleeves to the vest. Due to the small fairing on my FZ1, I ran the gloves on high for most of the trip, switching to medium only twice when my speeds came down in larger cities. The fit and feel of the leather and nylon gloves improved substantially during the ride as they broke in, and a nice touch is the fingertip fabric on index fingers to access your electronic touch-screens when needed. Venture Heat also offers a full-sleeve heated liner for your upper body and the conditions I faced may have warranted that option.

This is a glowing review because Venture Heat has created an outstanding product in its Grand Touring Collection. Comfort and looks are exceptional and the gloves are the best compromise I’ve tried for cold-weather riding. Reaching the control flaps isn’t as easy as accessing a power-cord switch or thermostat, but each article of clothing can be adjusted separately, with the exception of the insoles; these are on any time the pant-liners are on and it’s interesting that I never felt true heat under my foot, but my feet were never cold. Venture Heat has found a good insole heat setting, at least for the conditions I faced. A handlebar-mount wireless remote is available to manage heat level without fumbling for the power flaps.

This outfit plugs into the bike’s 12-volt system and provides limitless warmth (as long as your charging system can keep up with the total draw of 170 watts for all the pieces), as opposed to self-powered rechargeable clothing that would not have lasted during my 12-hour ride from COTA. The fused power cord attaches directly to the bike’s battery and everything interconnects quickly. My maiden test with the Grand Touring vest, pant liner, gloves and insoles came in dire conditions and this gear was up to the task.


New Use for our Heat Therapy Wraps

Our Far Infrared Ray Heat Therapy wraps were designed to help diminish aches and pains but we never would have thought they would help customers reduce pain after car accidents.  We want to share a story we received from a customer who unfortunately got in a car accident, but had our Elbow Wrap and got creative with it to reduce their pain:

Dear Venture Heat,

First off, I just want to say how fortunate I am for finding Venture Heat. I couldn’t say ‘thank you’ enough!

A friend and I were recently involved in a car accident the other day. I was stopped at an intersection waiting for this extremely long traffic light to turn green. Once my light finally turned green, I proceeded to drive through the intersection. But, someone from right side of the intersection ignored their red light. This speeding car ran through the red light, t-boned my car and lifted it over the front of its hood. This accident basically trashed my ten year-old car. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the only thing banged up after the accident.

As a result of this collision, my neck became extremely stiff and sore. It was to the point where I couldn’t really turn my head. My friend had trouble walking due to the blow her hip took from the side of the car. The doctors said that they couldn’t do much for the pain except for prescribing painkillers to ease any discomfort. I wasn’t too thrilled about popping pills, so I had to get creative with my therapy.

I then remembered that I bought a couple of FIR heat therapy wraps from Venture Heat for my sore joints. So I placed an elbow wrap on my neck in attempt to ease up the muscles.  Almost immediately, my neck muscles started to relax. After a couple of heating cycles, I was able to move my neck more freely than before. I then let my friend borrow my knee wrap. With her skinny legs, she was able to place it to her sore spot. The heat greatly improved her walking ability after a couple of cycles.

To sum it up, I couldn’t have imagine the pain we would have endured without these FIR heat therapy wraps. Thank you Venture Heat for making this great product!

We are so glad to hear our customer is doing well after the accident and glad that our FIR Heat Therapy wraps were put to new creative and useful tests, that seem to have worked well!

If you have a story like this, we would love to hear about it. Email us! 

Star Touring and Riding Event

We had the opportunity to partner and host an event at our North American headquarters with Star Touring and Riding, Chapter 230, and it was fantastic.  Our role was simple, host the end of their day long ride with food, music, a raffle and great deals on our heated clothing.  Thank you again for such a great turnout! Check out the full recap below.

*The following is a re-post of Star Riding and Touring’s recap*

I’ll be honest, anytime we arrange for any of these multi-chapter rides I get a little nervous. What if no one shows up – ha! I had sent an email asking the chapter members to show up a half hour earlier so we could have our meeting before any of the other chapters that would be joining us. There was a hint of rain in the air – so I thought well, we shall see. But as I made my turn into the parking lot I was very happy to see that a good group had already arrived. By 7:30 everyone was there along with two new riders! Welcome David Dunkel and Ron Castner!

Our plan for the day was a nice ride through Malibu and Mulholland Highway, then back to Huntington Beach for a tour and BBQ at Venture Heat. Venture Heat being a heated gear retailer and they were promising great deals! Now I realize that those of you from areas of the country where it truly gets cold, the thought that we here in Southern California need heated gear probably makes you chuckle – but for our group and many others, we do ride out into areas that do get down-right cold, so heated gear is a great thing – oh and for those mornings where it gets a little frosty, like under 60 degrees (don’t laugh). So the offer of heated gear at more than 50% off was very inviting.

We held our meeting in the showroom at Mission Motorsports (coffee and donuts a plenty), and as we made our way through our business, a nice group of members from 109, 123, 415, 500, and 527 arrived to join us. Steve Thompson, Rac and Rose Cossart, our SoCal Ambassadors (East and West) were on hand with members from each of their chapters, as well as David Long President of Temecula and Tony Mayfield the president of Los Angeles with members from their chapters. Gregg Tomchick presented Greg Schedcik with a rocker as our newest Shepherd, congratulations Greg! And we had some discussion on our future overnighters – Jacumba next weekend!

By the time the meeting ended, 51 bikes would be riding out with us, with 66 riders. I have to extend my thanks to my ride crew! All available ride crew was there to help out. When it came time to head out we were six groups led by myself, Scott Hamilton, Ken Indorf, Richard “Taz” Green, and Johnny Harper. Doug Cort (Lead Tail Gunner) and Gregg Tomchick (Lead Shepherd) made sure our new riders had shepherds and all groups had tail gunners. Great job to all!!!

I gotta tell you, staging six groups in one parking lot is a little crazy – but in the end we got everyone into a group and we headed out. We jumped on the 405 and quickly made our way over to the carpool lane. Not sure why, but we were really lucky with traffic. There was the usual slowing around LAX and then up where the 10 hits the 405, but otherwise we made good time getting out of LA. Of course we did have to jump out of the carpool lane and make our way over to exit onto the 101, but that is always an adventure! Once on the 101 we headed into the San Fernando Valley and up to Agoura Hills. We exited at Kanan Road and turned into the Chevron for our gas stop.

Now, this is a roomy gas station, but I am sure the sight of 50 bikes pulling in was rather overwhelming (it truly was a pretty awesome sight). And I had to feel for the other patrons who pulled in. I am really pleased to say though that we worked efficiently and got everyone gassed up, had some snacks and got everyone ready for the twisties that were ahead. It was also great that there was a Jack in the Box right next door – that provided another set of bathrooms, and some great tacos (lol).

We saddled up and each group left the gas station and headed down Kanan road, to Latigo Canyon Road. Latigo is full of some great switchbacks, twisties and usually some great views. Unfortunately for us it was cloudy, and as we made our way up in elevation we ascended into the clouds and the mist. To top it off, there was a bicycle event going on and they were riding the same road as we were, but without lights. So the ride slowed down to a safe speed and we carefully made our way. This was really a bummer – normally we get a great view out to the ocean and get to see some really amazing homes. Eventually, we dropped down in elevation below the clouds and the road dried out. But by then we were all the way down to Pacific Coast Highway. It was then that we realized that the second leg, which would take us back up in elevation was not a good idea.

One by one each group turned left onto PCH and then pulled over to a parking area to make the decision. Now first of all we were lucky – since it was a cloudy and drizzly day, the place we parked was empty – usually there would be a lot of cars there; lots of people going to the beach. Second there was nowhere near the normal amount of traffic on PCH so we were able to all pull off and back on easily. We were all in agreement that the remainder of the ride could pose some issues with safety and decided to skip that leg and continue down along the coast to the 10 east. This part of the ride took us all along Malibu, Santa Monica and a great view of the beach! We were at high tide and the waves were pretty great – so it was a great ride down the coast.

Eventually we merged onto the Santa Monica freeway. We hit the normal traffic as we headed to the 405 south – so it was slow going for a little while. Then we were back on the 405 and the road was moving. Freeway riding is a little dull – but then again we were with great friends and we were riding – so all was good.

We exited at Bolsa Chica Road and made the right. We cruised by Boeing and then made the left onto Edinger, then left onto Graham and then arrived at Venture Heat. We were greeted by Tony and the rest of the Venture Heat Staff. They had opened up their back parking lot for us – what a great sight all of our bikes lined up across the entire lot. They had all their gear out for us to look at, and they had street tacos for us! Really great tacos!! A few members who were unable to ride, and a few friends also joined us at Venture Heat. Tony presented their products and it looked to me like a lot of people walked away with at least a jacket or two.

We had put off our usual raffle until we got to Venture Heat and it looked like a lot of tickets were sold. I was glad to see a lot of our visitors were winners! Eduardo Peres from 415 was the lucky 50/50 winner and Ken Indorf, Alan Clow, Bob Davis, Kristi Moore, Scott Komie, and Tony Mayfield won our raffle items. Venture Heat was nice enough to offer a pair of heated pants and two sets of gauntlet gloves for the raffle – they were won by Glen Sandstrom, Rac Cossart, and Steve Thompson. Congrats to all!!! It was really great afternoon – seemed to me like everyone was having a great time.

Eventually, after we were so full of tacos that we all needed naps, riders started to leave and head home. I can’t thank Venture Heat enough for this great welcome and great deals! For those of you who didn’t make it, don’t worry, we will be doing this again!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated. It’s always really great to be able to ride with other chapters and share what we have in 230.

Next month, Joshua Tree!!

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Venture Heat Featured on Good Day New York

When it comes to combating and conquering the cold weather, Venture Heat products are second to none. Which is why Good Day New York invited us to educate people on how to stay warm and comfortable in any weather.

We want to thank Fox 5 New York and the team at Good Day New York for giving us this great opportunity.