Hello Fans…Your Game Time Temperature Is -59 Degrees Below Zero

January 10, 1982 –

That day a huge football game was scheduled between the visiting San Diego Chargers and host Cincinnati Bengals.  Not just an ordinary regular season game, this match up decided who played in the Super Bowl.  But this game would be unlike any before it.  Yes, there have been cold football games, but this one possibly was one of the coldest in the history of professional football.

The first person on the field for the Chargers was Hank Bauer.  Bauer made it a point to run out on the field and begin his pre-game routine of fielding punts and kickoffs.  Just one problem…

Picture from Sheila Gray

Probably didn’t keep you warm

Warming up was going to be virtually impossible.  See the ambient temperature outside was -9 Fahrenheit.

Oh but it gets worse.  Add 35 mph winds and now you have an actual temperature that’s -59 below zero!  The prior week San Diego played the Miami Dolphins in South Florida and the temperature there was in the 80s with high humidity.  In fact so humid that star tight end Kellen Winslow was helped off the field from exhaustion.

Just to give you an idea how cold that is, the coldest inhabited place on earth is a place called Oymyakon, Russia where on February 6, 1933 the temperature was recorded at -90F below zero.

By the end of the game, anything having to do with being warm would become a joke you told friends or over drinks.

Just to keep his feet warm, Bauer kept his cleats on top of the heater near the Chargers’ bench.  The cleats began to melt but Bauer said he couldn’t feel any heat coming from his footwear.  Players on the Cincinnati side wanted to show some bravado by not wearing more layers of clothing and exposing their skin to the brutal conditions.  After a few minutes in the cold they opted to rub Vaseline on their arms to keep the skin from cracking.

Even Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts had icicles hanging off his beard.

While the players struggled with the frigid conditions, fans didn’t fare much better.  Fans like Bengal supporter Gary Berliner sat on the floor of the men’s restroom wrapping paper towels around his feet.  Why?  “It’s a wood product, it’s the best insulation,” Berliner said.  He had multiple pairs of socks on which caused his feet to perspire and of course made them even colder.

Now if you had a ticket to a major sporting event and had to go, what piece of clothing or equipment would you bring to stay warm?

Heated Stadium Seat Cushion – take a look by clicking here

Sources:

“A ch-ch-chilling recollection of the Ice Bowl”  by Frank Luska

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs07/columns/story?columnist=luksa_frank&id=3198023

“Cold reality: ’81 AFC title game a struggle from start to finish” by William Bendetson

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs07/news/story?id=3198404

Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/9877325/The-coldest-inhabited-place-on-Earth.html

Fans’ Burning Spirit Helps Them Survive – Martin Hogan Jr. Jan 11, 1982

http://retro.cincinnati.com/Topics/Article/392/Fans-Burning-Spirit-Helps-Them-Survive

How To Deal With “The Year Without A Summer”

So picture this…you’ve taken a time machine back (you borrowed Marty McFly’s flux capacitor just humor me) and you’re in the year 1816.

Europe was just beginning to recover from the French Revolution and Napoleanic Wars when a volcano in Indonesia blew its top.  The previous year, Mount Tambora which at the time was an active volcano erupted.  In fact, nearly a third of the mountain blew apart during the eruption sending tons of debris and dust into the atmosphere.  This dust formed its own giant layer literally blocking out the sun in parts of North America and Europe.

What must have completely confused everyone is the bizarre weather patterns that followed.  As Spring gave way to Summer, people prepared to harvest crops when instead of warm sun they got…winter.  In parts of the United States like New York and Massachusetts locals were treated to frigid winds, snows in June and outright mayhem.  Crops failed, food prices skyrocketed and starvation became a real threat.  Even the rain didn’t look right.  During rainstorms in some areas, the drops were red instead of clear because of the dust in the atmosphere.

The rich and famous didn’t escape.  In Virginia, Thomas Jefferson had recently retired to his estates and looked forward to years of selling his crops but instead went deeply into debt to finance his farms.

To give you a feel for how people felt during The Year Without a Summer, here’s an article from The Boston Independent Journal dated June 17, 1816:

“On the night of 6th instant, after a cold day, Jack Frost paid another visit to this region of the country, and nipped the beans, cucumbers, and other tender plants. This surely is cold weather for summer.

On the 5th we had quite warm weather, and in the afternoon copious showers attended with lightning and thunder — then followed high cold winds from the northwest, and back back again the above mentioned unwelcome visitor. On the 6th, 7th, and 8th June, fires were quite agreeable company in our habitations.”

The insane weather actually inspired a classic horror tale, one you’re familiar with.  In Switzerland, the intense winter weather inspired Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft to write horror stories.  Frankenstein came alive because of the Year Without A Summer.

So here’s the question for you, what would you do to deal with a summer without heat or sun?

Not sure, here’s some ideas:

Tri-Zone Base Layer Top – link

Battery Heated Fleece Jacket – link

Source:  Robert McNamara, History Channel – link

How To Survive In The Cold – Venture Heat Winter Survival Guide

Just because the temperature drops outside doesn’t mean you need to put your favorite past times in hibernation.  Over the next few weeks, we’re going to get  you all the information you need to survive the cold and keep on playing outside.

First things first….safety!

Cold weather has its good, bad and ugly parts to it.  The good?  According to Harvard Medical School you can burn lots of brown fat by exposing yourself to cold weather.

Yes, your body needs to produce heat so it takes those nasty fat cells and begins firing them up.  Guess you can call it your “cold diet”.

The bad?  When the temperature begins to drop your body begins prioritizing where it needs heat the most.  Primarily it’s your body’s critical organs like your heart.  The losers in this game are your extremities namely your fingers and toes.

Now for the ugly…

As your body relocates heat from  your extremities, those body parts are more susceptible to frostbite.    What happens is you experience a “pins and needles” feeling in those body parts followed by numbness.

With prolonged exposure you run the risk of losing those body parts.

Question is, how do we keep this from happening in the first place?

The National Institute of Health (USA) first suggests to plan ahead when it comes to winter outdoor activities.

For instance, if you plan on being outside for several hours avoid drinking alcohol and get plenty of sleep.  But there’s one major thing you can do to avoid frostbite.

Reducing exposure to the cold.

Any bit of skin that’s exposed to the cold is going to result in you losing body heat…super fast.

In fact the Weather Channel suggests that within seconds, with temperatures in the 20s you can lose 40% of your body heat from one exposed area.

First thing you need to do in extreme cold weather is make sure that your base layers (clothing touching your skin) completely covers every square centimeter (inch for US people).

Hands, ears, nose and yes, toes (you’d be fairly crazy to go outside barefoot) need to be completely covered.  If you do go outside barefoot, please seek help.

Here’s what you should look like in terms of keeping your skin covered, take a look:

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Xtreme Weather Protection Suit

That’s part one of your Winter Survival Guide.

Got some great ideas or tricks you use to play in the cold, share them below we’d love to hear them.

How To Choose Between 12V and Battery Heated Gear

Here’s the most basic question you need to ask when looking at heated gear:

“Which type of power source is best for my needs?”

With all the brands and choices you have put in front of you, making a decision can be incredibly difficult.  Do I use 12V gear that plugs into my vehicle?  What about battery heated gear…will that give me enough heating for my hiking?

In part one of our battery heated buyer’s guide we’re going to help clarify those choices so you can take the stress out of your decision making process.  Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • why you should buy gear based on your lifestyle
  • how long can battery heated gear keep you warm?
  • what parts of my body will it keep warm?

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How To Extend Your Riding Season In Winter

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Imagine this:  you’ve just enjoyed your summer riding season, but time flew by and now you have to decide what to do with your bike for the winter.

Typically you have two choices:  a) shut it down or b) keep riding but figure out how to keep warm

Which do you choose?  If you want to keep riding but tend to shut it down…we’ve got a solution for you.

Check out this new video featuring the new Grand Touring Collection of heated gear.

You learn about:

  • extending your rides in winter with 12V gear
  • new way to control your heated gear’s settings
  • how to power multiple pieces of heated gear with one power source

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How to Properly Store Your Batteries and Heated Clothing

Every once in a while, we get a phone call or email from a customer that is upset that they received their products in time for winter, used them on their ski trips or for a season and now, a year later, the batteries are no longer working. Within a few questions, we are able to determine whether or not the batteries were properly cared for.

Lithium Ion Batteries are fragile. Not in a smash-in-a-million-pieces-if-dropped kind of way, but they do need to be treated and cared for. Batteries need to be fully charged every three months, regardless of whether or not they are going to be used. This means that when you are putting your winter clothes in the attic for the winter; keep your batteries accessible, because you need to be able to charge them every three months, no exceptions.

Just a reminder – our warranty for clothing and gloves if for one year & batteries are for six months.

Learn more about how to care for your batteries.

The Competition – How We Rise Above the Rest

In order to be a successful company in a competitive market, you’ve got to find a way to stand above your competition. So how do we do that? Easily, by offering quality products at a price that is more available to the masses. We don’t compromise our product just to lower the prices and take the lower market share. Instead, we do the opposite. We offer the very best products while still offering them at a price that nearly everyone can afford. Sure, the ticket price may seem high at first, but when you take into account the quality, lifespan and how it compares to our competition – it’s easy to decide who you should go with.

In fact, we’re the only heated clothing manufacturer that offers batteries and chargers as part of the purchase price, instead of having to purchase those necessities separately. Additionally, if you’re purchasing clothing or gloves from our 12 volt powersport line, you’ll receive a battery harness, free of charge.

We won’t nickel-and-dime you like the other guys; Why would we? We want you to be a customer for life; liking our products so much, that you reorder things and start to add to your collection of heated clothing.

Heated Glove Liners vs. Heated Gloves – What’s the Difference?

Our customer service reps are asked this a lot. Why buy glove liners when you can skip straight to heated gloves? Glove liners are great if you already have a glove you like or you use a work glove currently. We all know what it is like to find a piece of clothing we love and regardless of how worn in it is, we can’t seem to get rid of it. When you want to use your favorite gloves, but need a little added heat, liners are the perfect thing.

So what about gloves? Heated gloves are the perfect accessory for any skier or biker or anyone that simply lives in cold weather. We’ve had everyone order our heated gloves from those who suffer from Reynaud’s to those who work construction in cold weather. We get people getting ready for snowboard and skiing trips, and even those who just like to keep their hands warm while walking through a snowy NYC.

If you’re not sure what you need, you can feel free to call our customer service office at 310-412-1070. In the meantime, feel free to check out our more popular gloves and glove liners.

City Collection Gloves 

City Collection Glover Liners 

Epic Series Heated Gloves

How Do We Heat Our Products?

We live in a time where technology is improving each day, which is good, but it also makes your brand new, super expensive phones and computers outdated very fast. The good news, is that when good technology is developed, not only can you get great products, but they don’t become outdated because they still work and perform well.

That’s exactly the story behind Venture Heat. When the heated clothing industry started, bulky wires and heavy cages were the only technology available it wasn’t cheap in any sense of the word. When Venture came around, we changed all of that. Our engineers developed never before seen hair-thin carbon fiber heating elements. You literally cannot tell whether or not they are in the fabric. Discreet and slim, you’re able to order a form-fitting jacket, like the City Collection line, without sacrificing style or comfort.

Our own Lithium Ion Batteries are made specifically for our products, which means don’t try to plug anything else in! It may look like it fits, but it won’t and it may actually cause items to break. We’re the leading manufacturer of heating clothing. Know why? Because we’re the best at what we do.

2013 Kinsey Dealer Show

We are excited to be participating in the 2013 Kinsey Dealer Show right now.  VentureHeat is here this weekend showing off some of our latest products and advancements in our heated gear technology.  Alongside over 200 other manufacturers in the archery and hunting accessories industry, we are thrilled to be a part of this show to present our heated jackets, gloves, and vests to archery and hunting enthusiasts.

While only midway through the morning, we have already received a ton of positive feedback from the archery community as many have found that by using our heated jackets or vests, they would not have to layer on bigger, bulky jackets to stay warm which can get in the way when you are using a bow.  Our heated soft shell jackets have heating elements placed throughout your core and allow you to adjust the temperature to your comfort level.  So instead of packing on the layers in the morning, only to shed them by the afternoon, you can instead just wear one of our heated jackets and change the temperature as needed throughout the day.

Trade Show BoothIf you happen to be in the Hershey, PA area come check us out at the Convention Center and try out our electric heated gear firsthand. Or meet up with us next weekend in Lynnwood, WA at the Euro Moto Show where we will have some of our heated motorcycle gear on display.  See ya there!