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

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.

 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need Heated Apparel

Whether you knew it or not, heated apparel features benefits that are highly advantageous to anyone spending time out in the cold.  Though you may not have experienced the luxuries of heated clothing yet, you have certainly had to deal with the hassles of chilly weather or drafty rooms.  VentureHeat offers a complete lineup of heated gear designed to keep your entire body warm, no matter what the weather has in store.

Take a look at the following list to find out why once you try heated clothing, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

5. Minimize bulky layers 

Traditional cold weather gear relies on layers of bulk to keep your body warm.  The idea behind this method of warming is dependent on trapping the heat that the body produces.  As you know, layers of insulated winter gear only goes so far in keeping your body warm.  A major problem in layering is dealing with perspiration.  The body begins to sweat in order to compensate for the heat being trapped by the insulation.  This causes problems as the sweat is also trapped in the insulation, which will create adverse effects due to the lower temperatures outside. You then have the additional hassle of being both wet and cold.

VentureHeat realizes that layering is not the most effective way in keeping you warm.  Instead of stuffing the outerwear with a bounty of insulation, VentureHeat uses active heating panels, positioned strategically throughout your body for maximum warmth.  This shows that dressing to compensate for colder temperatures does not necessarily mean having to wear more as a heated vest or heated jacket will work great to keep you warm all day long.

4. Regain your mobility
Freeing yourself from the thought that in order to stay warm during the winter means you have to pile on the layers opens up a whole new world of activities you will be able to take part in, without having to battle against your over-puffed outerwear.  Whether you are working outdoors, playing sports, or simply trying to manage everyday tasks while out in the cold, VentureHeat’s Heated Apparel makes life easier.

Reducing layers of insulation gives you your mobility back while the heating elements keep you sufficiently warmed. These heating panels feature hair-thin micro fibers that flex and bend naturally with your body so you will never have to worry about them getting in your way.  In fact, they are so thin that you will forget that they are even there when you power the heat off.

3. Manage your Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s disease is a condition that causes areas of your body to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. The smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin constrict which limits blood from reaching the affected areas.

heated glove liners

When the symptoms of this condition attack, heat often helps to ease the pain.  Using heated gear allows those living with Raynaud’s to enjoy the outdoors more.  Also, since VentureHeat’s heated apparel gives no indication from sight alone that it differs from conventional clothing, it is great to wear indoors as well to ward off the chills of a drafty room without having to bundle up. The Rechargeable Battery Heated Glove Liners are a great choice for those with Raynaud’s.

2.  Protect Against Frostbite
Frostbite strikes when the skin and the tissue just underneath it freezes.  The skin becomes very cold, then numb, hard, and pale.  Frostbite can be extremely painful and leads to severe complications if left untreated.

Protect yourself from frostbite by looking into VentureHeat’s heated gear, with special attention to their array of heated gloves.  Styled as high performance winter gloves, these heated gloves will protect your fingers even before you power them on.  Once you experience the relaxing heat that the heated gloves provide, you will be sure to always have a pair on hand!

1. Enjoy Being Outdoors Longer!
The cold weather tends to limit our desires and abilities in being outdoors for extended periods of time.  If you have noticed that you are not as active during the winter, it is time to regain your lifestyle and continue to enjoy the activities you love all year long.  Instead of letting the weather control you, you can control the weather with VentureHeat’s Heated Clothing!

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.