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.

Repost: Interview with Venture Heat, by Cold Outdoorsman

*This is a re-post from Cold Outdoorsman. We were given the opportunity to be interviewed about our company, products and goals, which we were happy to be apart of.*

I’ve struggled with Raynaud’s syndrome my entire adult life. That means I’ve been fighting for 20+ years to find clothes and other ways to stay warm, long before I ever launched Cold Outdoorsman. One company had been on my radar for some time, but I never took the initiative to reach out because I figured it was just “little ol’ me” asking questions. Thanks to you, dear reader, I’ve finally been able to conduct the Venture Heat interview I’d thought about for years. Venture Heat doesn’t use wool and insulation to help people beat the cold outdoors. Instead they work with powered clothing — an electric blanket for your body, so to speak.

Q: So many people focus on wool and insulation for warmth. Venture Heat’s strategy goes straight to the (power) source: electricity. What made this light bulb go on when Venture Heat was founded?

A: Our original idea was inspired by a plug-in heated blanket, and we thought, “why can’t this be portable and in clothing?” Since we love the outdoors and have always been looking for a way to extend our seasons and adventures, we thought this was the perfect solution.

Q: Why do you think more companies haven’t explored this powered-heat route for clothing?

A: It really takes the electronics expertise to provide exceptional heated clothing, and most clothing companies don’t have the infrastructure to perfect this.

Q: Electricity and water don’t play nicely together. What sorts of fail-safes do you use to ensure that the cords and batteries are 100% protected against water short-circuiting them and/or harming the wearer?

A: All of our wiring and controllers are protected with a waterproof coating. We have built in circuits to our battery packs to ensure that if they were to get wet, they would shut off immediately in order not to short out the garment or harm the user.

Q: I’m sure you encounter a lot of people who are skeptical about the clothes’ day-to-day use because of a battery pack. Outdoors-y folks are obviously concerned about warmth, but they also don’t want any additional weight or things that’ll consume precious space. How big are the battery packs, and how heavy? Do they make Venture Heat’s clothing look or feel bulky?

A: It is understandable about people’s skepticism in wearing clothes with a battery. Our batteries weigh roughly 8 ounces. They are about as wide and as long as a business card and less than an inch thick. Our glove batteries are even smaller! You can hardly notice you are carrying a battery when wearing our garments, especially once you start enjoying the heat.

Q: Some people, myself included, have called Venture Heat’s products “basically an electric blanket that you wear.” That’s not entirely correct, is it? Can you share about the technology you use vs. the coils in an electric blanket?

A: In a sense that is true, as that is where our original inspiration came from. The difference is over the years we have innovated our heating elements using micro-alloy wiring that is ultrasonically bonded between two materials then stitched into each garment to create more well-rounded comfortable outdoor clothing. Other than the heat that comes with every product, we add features such as Dintex and 3M Thinsulate layers in our gloves to make them water and wind resistant.

Q: Your materials seem to be largely polyester, spandex and other synthetics. What consideration has Venture Heat given to natural materials? What attributes have led you to choose synthetics over natural materials?

A: One key factor has to do with the markets we strive to support with our product line. We match the popular materials used in those markets with the garments we make. Also, it is important that our products don’t shrink and wear the way many natural materials do.

Q: When you’re designing new gloves and clothing, does the Venture Heat team focus first on form or function? In other words, does the look/feel take precedent, or does warmth? Why?

A: We take a three-pronged approach to this by looking at the current popular styles in the market, how we can take that and apply our heating system, and then how well it will function. If we leave any of these areas out we would not achieve the success we expect in our customers’ continued satisfaction.

Q: I get cold hands, so I’m fascinated by the Epic 2.0 gloves. They’re heated and touchscreen-friendlyand waterproof. Normally waterproof and touchscreen don’t come in the same gloves, let alone with powered heat. How did you pull that off?

A: The Epic 2.0 glove is one of our best products. We knew with the continued growth of touch screen products, it was important to provide our users the ability to use their devices without having to remove their gloves in the cold. The waterproofing is achieved with our Dyntex waterproof membrane installed within the glove. It did take us some time to find a durable material to provide a truly functional touch screen friendly surface, but we did it.

Q: Do you see skiers and snowboarders buying Venture Heat products? Do the heated gloves offer the same dexterity that non-heated gloves do? What about the heated jackets, hoodies and pants? What’s their flexibility and breathability like?

A: We have very good success in the ski and snowboard market. Our gloves do have nice dexterity in comparison to a standard ski glove that has equal insulation. We provide 110 grams of insulation in our gloves, and the heating elements do not add unwanted bulk or reduce flexibility. You can literally roll up and scrunch our heating elements without ever damaging them. Our jackets and other garments are equally successful. They breathe well and again are extremely flexible without any concern of damaging the product.

Q: Venture Heat offers therapy items as well, so clearly you have some medical/therapeutic sensibilities on staff. Have your designers heard of Raynaud’s syndrome? When looking at new products, how much are niche consumers like this on their radar vs. designing for a broader audience?

A: Our heat therapy line provides many users relief in many different areas including Raynaud’s, stem cell recovery, arthritis and replacement surgeries, not to mention standard aches and pains. Our line is also great for pre-exercise warm ups. You can use them to warm and loosen your muscles prior to your physical activity. The key to our heat therapy line‘s success is that we use Far Infrared Heat technology that penetrates deep into the muscle tissue to provide warmth from the inside, not just burning the surface of the skin like traditional heating pads.

Q: What are the biggest differences between a therapeutic heated item and one designed for more recreational use?

A: There are not a lot of differences. We build portable battery powered heat therapy wraps that are designed specifically for certain body parts, like a knee or shoulder. We have many users wear them during their recreational activities. It helps provide deep heat to the specific troubled area they have and helps keep the muscles loose for their activities.

Q: Raynaud’s sufferers tend to really be sensitive in the hands and feet. You seem to have hands well covered, if you’ll pardon the pun. What’s the likelihood that we’ll see heated socks in the future? What are the challenges to pulling that off?

A: We are in the development stage of heated socks. We get asked this question a lot, and the reason we just don’t build one and bring it to the market is, like all of our products, we aren’t satisfied with just copying what is out there. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and functional solution for your feet.

Q: How are the motorcycle gloves different from the standard battery-heated gloves? Is it mostly a voltage thing? Are there other differences?

A: The 2 major differences are the heated motorcycle gloves are specifically designed as riding gloves and plug into your motorcycle, allowing for more all-around efficient heating. Our battery heated gloves are designed for winter sports and keeping warm during everyday activities, where has our motorcycle heated gloves have pre-curved fingertips for increased throttle feel, protection, leather palms for maximum grip and are wind and waterproof.

Q: It sounds like there’s some excitement about the Escape USB Heated Softshell jacket. What innovations in it are you most proud of? 

A: We are extremely excited and proud of our Escape USB heated jacket because not only is a built for harsh conditions and stylish, but because of the power source – any 2.1A USB Power Bank can power the jacket for hours! Since many people already have a USB Power Bank, they can naturally save on cost and bring their own heat. By having a USB Power Bank as the jacket’s (and hoodie’s) power source, it allows for much longer heat duration since their capacity is much larger than a traditional 7V battery.

Q: Are Venture Heat’s products washable? If so, what precautions should people know about before washing them?

A: Our new Evolve Heated Hoodie and Escape Heated Jacket are machine washable. We recommend washing on cold and tumble dry on low. Our 7v and 12V heated products are to be washed by hand and hung dry.

Get Ahead of Winter

Did Winter Storm Jonas catch you off-guard or get the best of you? Don’t let it happen again. At Venture Heat, we strive to keep your adventure going, which is why we want to keep you prepared for any additional winter storms.

With our industry leading heated clothing, you can easily combat winter and stay warm. We have you covered for any activity, from the casual skier to the shoveling your driveway to snowmobiling or snowshoeing.

Get ahead of winter this time.