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:



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.

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.

Tips for Heated Apparel

Help your heated gear to last long into the future.

Heated apparel is more than just a novelty or gimmick.  It’s a method of dressing smarter for cold weather to effectively keep your body properly heated.  Here are a few tips to make the most out of your heated clothing.

Fully Charge the Batteries

The 7.4 Volt lithium ion batteries that come standard with all of VentureHeat’s heated winter outerwear will perform optimally after first being fully charged.  To do this, simply plug the battery pack into the included wall charger.  When first plugged in, you will notice a red indicator light on the charger which means that the batteries are receiving power, and charging up.  After 4-6 hours of charging, the indicator light on the wall charger will turn from red to green.  Once the charger shows a steady green light, the batteries have been fully charged and are ready for use.  To get the most out of your heated gear, it is recommended to charge up your batteries  before each use.

Store When Not In Use

During the warmer months when you are not using your heated gear regularly, store your clothing in a cool, dry place. Prior to storage, fully charge the batteries.  If you are storing the heated gear for extended periods, it is recommended to charge up the batteries every 3 months to ensure that they will be ready to go when you pull them out of the closet the next time.

Wash with Care

To protect the longevity of the heating panels, spot cleaning is recommended.  Hang dry and do not iron. Bleach and other cleaning solvents should not be used.  Also, to take care of the heating elements, do not twist or wring your heated gear.  Following these instructions will keep your heated gear lasting for years to come.