ESPNW Reviews Heated Base Layer Pants

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Gear we love: Six pieces that will keep you REALLY warm

By Cristina Goyanes | Feb 23, 2017
Special to espnW.com

Snow sport lovers, from novice to expert, might know the popular adage: “There’s no such thing as bad weather — only bad gear.” With the imminent threat of the polar vortex — gusts of unbearably cold air usually reserved for the Arctic — a regular puffer and gloves might not be enough to keep you comfortably warm and cozy for a wintery day outside.

With this in mind, I found six sweet pieces of gear that fit the bill, and I brought them with me to Alberta, Canada, where the temps ranged from 30 to minus-5 degrees Fahrenheit during my visit, to put them to the test. (Another major appeal for heading northwest from my New York City base: All Canadian national parks are free to the public this year to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. If you’ve ever wanted to cross the border, now’s the time!)

Here’s how each item helped me brave the elements and enjoy five days of cold-weather activities — snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice walking — in comfort and with a smile, minus one meltdown on the slopes (more on that below).

ESPNW Heated Base Layer Pants 2

The details: These fleece-lined long johns feature hair-thin microfiber heat panels woven into each knee and thigh and the lower back. An exterior controller hangs over your outer pant, so you can easily change the heat settings (low, medium, high) with the push of a button. A long-lasting, rechargeable, lithium-ion battery gets stashed in the right pocket.

How I tested them: A full day of snowboarding at Lake Louise Ski Resort and two half-days at Sunshine Village (both of which are located within Banff National Park), plus a two-hour dog sledding tour with Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions over the frozen Spray Lakes in Kananaskis Country. The key moment: sitting at the top of a green run at Sunshine Village and having a five-minute meltdown in the snow.

What I liked: As a beginner snowboarder, I spent a lot more time on my butt and knees than upright. Whether I accidentally crashed or purposely plopped down to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views, these pants shielded me from the snow’s frosty bite. They really came to the rescue on day one at Sunshine Village: After a frazzled start to my morning (I unintentionally missed a private lesson) and an epic dismount from the chairlift (I lost my balance and cartwheeled off to the side), staring down my first green run of the season felt too overwhelming. Naturally, I sat in the snow at the top of the hill and cried — but just for a few minutes! The pants kept me warm, though, and soon enough, I was able to get back up and make my way down the mountain.

What I didn’t: The clunky battery sat on my hip in my right pocket. Because falling was a huge part of my day on the slopes, I worried about landing on this bulky block and smashing it against my bone. I got inventive and cinched the inner pocket carrying the battery above my waistline. This way, when I fell, it dug into my stomach, which was still uncomfortable but wasn’t dangerous. Also, I’m blessed with a bit more real estate in the backside. It would have been nice if my heat panel in the rear offered fuller coverage.

Are they worth it? No doubt, especially if you think you might find yourself lounging in the snow during your winter adventures. ($129.99, thewarmingstore.com)

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Venture Heat Assists With Eagle Photography During Cold Winter

Every once in a while our friends that have purchased our products send us updates on what they’re up to while using our heated clothing. Just recently, Dixie Kurtz from Iowa sent us a nice note and a few photos of her photography club, the Quad City Photography Club, wearing our winter sports heated glove liners to keep their hands warm when out taking photos in the frigid temperatures of the Iowan winter.

“I am a happy owner of your glove liners. My husband bought them for me for Christmas. I do a lot of eagle photography and live in Iowa where it is sometimes extremely cold. As a member of a photography club I have talked these glove liners up to a few of our members and several have purchased them. I know of at least four people who I have sent your way. If I could have carried an inventory I could have made a few bucks, haha!

Anyway, we have a winter seminar every year which incorporates eagle photography. I’m enclosing a picture of two of our club members that bought your gloves already! The photo shows how cold it is here! Our website is  https://qcphotoclub.com/.

As you can see the glove liners can make for a great day!

Thank you again!

Dixie Kurtz

Vice President

Quad City Photography Club

P.S. Here’s an eagle shot that I took.”

Quad City Photography Club taking some outdoor photos with a little help from Venture Heat's heated glove liners

Quad City Photography Club taking some outdoor photos with a little help from Venture Heat’s heated glove liners

 

Photo of an eagle in flight, photographed by Dixie, while wearing Venture Heat's heated glove liners

Photo of an eagle in flight, photographed by Dixie, while wearing Venture Heat’s heated glove liners

Dixie and the Quad City Photography Club wearing Venture Heat Glove Liners

Dixie and the Quad City Photography Club wearing Venture Heat Glove Liners

Venture Heat Winter Show Schedule 2016 to 2017

Do we really need to justify attending a motorcycle show to you? In addition to the unveiling of new bikes from all the OEMs, the latest parts from aftermarket manufacturers, and incredible deals you can get at a show, we’ll give you one more reason to participate: try on heated motorcycle gear for yourself!

We’ll be at these upcoming International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) over the next few months. Come by our booth to see our new, innovative Hybrid powered gear and experience our proven heated clothing for yourself. We have multiple sizes and styles available, plus friendly staff at the booth to assist you with any heated motorcycle gear questions you might have.

  • December 9-11, 2016 New York, New York. At the Javits Center
  • January 6-8, 2017 Washington D.C.  At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • January 13-15, 2017, Dallas, Texas. At the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
  • January 27-29, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio. At the I-X Center
  • February 3-5, 2017 Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the Minneapolis Convention Center
  • February 10-12, 2017 Chicago, Illinois. At the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Long Beach IMS

I don’t always pretend like I’m riding a motorcycle, but when I do, I make “vroom, vroom” sounds.

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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.

Are You Ready For Winter? It’s Ready For You

Winter does not wait for anybody or anything, and will be here before we realize it.  We just want to make sure you are prepared all winter long by keeping you warm, comfortable and ready for any adventure.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the 2015-2016 winter will be about the same, if not colder than last year.

Venture Heat has you covered for any cold weather situation, from battery heated jackets, base layers, and heated gloves to heat therapy items and motorcycle heated clothing.  Our inventory is fully stocked with all sizes and colors.

If you already have our heated gear then all you need to do is make sure your batteries are charged and tested.

Check out this post to learn some tips to maintain and increase battery life.

Battery Heated Jacket

Battery Heated Jacket (9690)

Battery Heated Base Layer (9229)

Battery Heated Base Layer (9229)

Battery Heated Gloves (905)

Battery Heated Gloves (905)

Far Infrared Ray Back Wrap (KB1290)

Far Infrared Ray Back Wrap (KB1290)

Motorcycle Heated Clothing and Gloves

Motorcycle Heated Clothing and Gloves

Taking Care of Heated Clothing

Spring is finally in full swing and most of us couldn’t be happier that the sun is shinning and temperatures are heating up.  So we just wanted to give you a few friendly reminders of the best ways to take care of your heated gear while it waits for next winter.

WASH & CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Remove battery and connecting cable (select models applied). We recommend spot cleaning with damp cloth or hand wash in cold water with mild detergent; hang dry only. Do not twist the garment to prevent damage to cable. Do not dry clean or bleach.

Glove batteries being charged.

CHARGING INSTRUCTIONS
1.) Plug charger into wall power outlet (before plugging battery into charger)
2.) Connect battery(s) into charger
3.) The charger light will turn from red to green once battery(s) is fully charged
*Do not overcharge the battery(s)*

*Reminder: as winter has come to an end (almost for some people) please fully charge your batteries every 3 months. This prolongs the battery life.* 

BATTERY CARE (select models)
To prolong the optimal performance of our lithium-ion battery, we recommend the following steps:

  • Only use battery charger provided by Venture Heat
  • Fully charge the battery prior to first use (battery indicator will turn green).  Charging will vary and you should unplug the battery from charger after the battery is charged
  • Battery should be charged before storage and at least once every 3 months
  • Over time, lithium-ion batteries tend to lose their capacity due to their chemical nature. Erratic charging and heat speed up this degradation. Store in a cool and dry area. Typical battery life spans may range from 2-5 years even with ideal storage conditions and care
  • Do not use batteries that are not designed for the specific model (this voids the warranty and may cause damage)

More Than Just Heated Gear

This winter has been pretty brutal throughout most of the United States.  Even though we are approaching the end of February, Spring doesn’t seem to be approaching any time soon.  Which is why we wanted to provide you with some tips on staying warm, comfortable and maybe even save some money on your bills by replacing your home’s heat with Venture Heat’s heated clothing and gear.

Our heated clothing does more than just keep your adventure going – it allows you to create a personal micro-climate wherever you want and whenever you need it.  Which means it doesn’t always have to be worn outside.  We have seen and heard that our customers save money on their heat bills during the winter months by the following suggestions:

Wear your Heated Clothing indoors

Heated base layer

Heated Base Layer keeps your entire core warm

 

Have spare batteries to extend the heat

Battery Combo

Find all of our spare batteries and accessories here.

 

Huggie Buddy – Heated Blanket with Sleeves

200868-z3

Heated blanket with sleeves keeps your naturally warm, comfortable and cozy for hours.

 

Heated Seat Cushion and Back Support

SS100-8

Heated lumbar support cushion will relax your back with deep penetrating heat.

 

Heat Therapy (Portable and Plug-in)

Universal Heating Pad

Univesral Heat Therapy Wrap can be relieved for any pain, stiffness or aches.

 

What is Heated Clothing?

Heated Clothing
You Will Wish You Would Have Known About It Sooner

We have let winter weather control our lives for far too long, and it’s time to do something about it.  I’m sick of letting the thermometer dictate when I go out for a walk or attend an evening concert. I’m tired of waddling like a penguin from all of the extra insulation I pack on just to try to stay warm. And I’m finished with going into 6 more weeks of seclusion just because some rodent saw his shadow.  I’m ready for a change, and I’m ready for it now.

Clearly layering clothing is not the most effective way of staying warm during the winter as sweating quickly becomes a major problem.

As the body sweats, perspiration exits the pores and is trapped in the layers clinging to your body.  The cooler outdoor temperatures chill the moisture causing you to feel cold.

Becoming a hermit every time the weather turns cold has its own set of drawbacks as well, like completely detaching yourself from the outside world, to call upon one example.

I propose a new solution.  A solution that makes the winters more bearable. No, I’m not talking about global warming, I’m talking about heated clothing!

Oh wait, heated clothing already exists!?

Yes, you heard right battery heated clothing designed specifically to give you the ability to adjust your body’s temperature is in fact a reality.

Powered by slim lithium-ion batteries, heated clothing provides long-lasting, consistent heat levels directly to your body.

You no longer have to deal with the hassles associated with bulky insulated outerwear as heated clothing integrates hair-thin micro fibers into key areas of the garment whether that be in a heated glove, a heated jacket, a heated vest, or a heated base layer.

These heating panels are both as pliable and as flexible as the fabric of the clothing, allowing you to move freely without even noticing their existence.  Heated apparel also gives you the ability to adjust the heat level to match your individual needs.  This gives you the power to create your own personal micro-climate.

The idea behind heated clothing is to be temperature neutral, or near room temperature. With heated gear, you will never be too hot or told cold as you can dial in the temperature settings to pinpoint your comfort level.

Imagine going skiing early in the morning as soon as the slopes open.  With the clouds still hanging overhead, you may want to power on your heated gear to the maximum setting on your ride up the chair lift.  Once you get moving and your blood starts to pump, your body will begin to naturally warm itself up and you can turn the heat settings down a few settings.  When you head into the lodge for lunch, instead of shedding layer after layer, simply power off your heated gear.  Having variable temperature control puts the weather in your hands.

The benefits of heated clothing are many.  For starters, heated clothing keeps your body warm even when it’s cold outside. (makes sense after all, right?)  Because of the lithium-ion batteries you have the freedom of portable comfort, giving you the luxury of taking the relaxing heat of your fireplace with you when you head outdoors.

Heated apparel is great for anyone spending time outdoors during the winter and is also beneficial to those that get cold easily. If you have ever wished that you could control the weather during the winter months, then heated gear may be the answer for you.