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 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Heated Gear for Beginners

The 411 on heated apparel.

If you are new to heated gear, you may be wondering how exactly it works, or why you hadn’t thought of it sooner.  We’ve all been in situations where our conventional outerwear lacks the ability to effectively keep us warm.  Perhaps you have thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if my clothes had little heaters in them to keep me warm?”  Well, that is exactly what VentureHeat has achieved with their entire line of heated apparel.

Heated clothing in general is a rather simple concept.  It works by using the power provided by a battery and uses conductive resistors to transfer heat throughout the garment.

Traditional heated gear is constructed using stiff resistor cables and coils.  A major drawback of this method of heating is that the cables and coils tend to create hot spots which can burn your skin.  Also, because heat is not spread evenly throughout your body, you will be left cold in other areas.  In an attempt to fix this problem and disperse heat evenly, extra insulation is added which creates added bulk and restricts your mobility.  The downsides of heating outerwear in this manner can create more troubles than they are worth.

Thankfully, with years of research, product testing, and development, VentureHeat has pioneered a solution for these problems with Xtreme Comfort Technology (XCT) which leads the industry in tech-enabled heated outerwear.

The XCT heating system features hair-thin micro fiber heating elements which are both pliable and flexible.

The Xtreme Comfort Technology is coil-free allowing for a lightweight and less intrusive design.  The efficient heating system provides instantaneous and consistent heat levels throughout your entire body.

Because of the flexibility that the XCT system enables, you are able to move freely about without restrictive cables or coils impeding your movement.  The micro fibers are integrated into heating panels which are strategically placed throughout the garment for supreme overall warmth. Take a look at the Xtreme Comfort Technology video for more information.

VentureHeat’s Heated Outerwear utilize rechargeable 7.4 Volt lithium ion batteries to provide you with safe, consistent, and long lasting warmth. Depending on the settings you choose, you can experience heated comfort for up to 5 straight hours of use.  With quick recharge times using the included wall adaptor, you can have heated warmth day in and day out.

VentureHeat also features temperature controllers that come standard with all of their rechargeable battery heated garments whereas many of the competitors charge extra for the ability to modulate the heat settings.  VentureHeat’s controllers are easy to use and allow you to select the appropriate temperature level with just the click of a button.  The whole idea behind heated clothing in the first place is to maximize comfort.  A temperature controller gives you the piece of mind of not having to worry about being either too hot or too cold as you can pinpoint which setting is right for you whenever you’d like.

Both the batteries and controllers are ultra slim allowing them to  fit discreetly inside of the hidden pockets found in the liner of the clothing.  The stealthy technology allows you to easily conceal the components from view and allows the heated apparel to look like traditional non-heated clothing.

You will surely find a style that matches your desires in the wide selection of modern designs from VentureHeat.  They include great deals in heated jackets, heated vests, heated gloves, and more.  Browse the VentureHeat collection today to start experiencing the joys of heated apparel.

Heat On Demand

Giving you that boost of heat when and where you need it.

Have you ever wished that you could control the weather? Now with VentureHeat’s Heat on Demand feature, you can do just that.

Imagine if you could take the warmth of your fireplace with you when you head outside.  VentureHeat makes this possible through safe and portable heating elements that provide you with soothing warmth when and where you need it most.

If you have ever experienced having to pile on layers of clothing to stay warm during a chilly morning only to have to shed your outer layers by mid afternoon as the day warms up, then you know the hassles that come with variable weather.

You will never have to accept being too cold or too hot again as the Heat on Demand feature allows you to dial in the perfect micro-climate that matches your personal preferences.

While traditional cold weather gear attempts to trap body heat between layers of bulky insulation that impedes mobility and compromises style, VentureHeat uses the latest technology in lithium-ion batteries to power the tri-zone heating panels that eliminate bulk while maximizing comfort and performance.

By boosting your body’s blood circulation through regional heating, you will begin to feel gentle warmth throughout your entire body for up to 5 straight hours.

VentureHeat’s apparel is styled as appealing modern outerwear, giving no indication from sight alone that it differs from conventional non-heated gear.

If you’re ready for total comfort and total control during the cold weather, then you’re ready for VentureHeat.