Cycle World Reviews Venture Heat Motorcycle Gear

In case you missed the article in Cycle World magazine, here’s what they had to say about our heated vest liner, pants liner, gloves and insoles:

(See the original article here)

CW Evaluation: Venture Heat Grand Touring Collection Electric Clothing

Get warmly wired, from head to toe.

Leaving Abilene, Texas, the thermometer hadn’t broken 40 degrees and the windchill from the 35-mph breeze put temps slightly below freezing. I was headed north from the COTA MotoGP race, directly into the wind, and had a long ride ahead of me that had to happen as I was flying east the next day. It would prove to be one of the toughest days I’ve had on a motorcycle and there’s only one reason I rolled into my driveway 12 hours later: Venture Heat’s electric clothing.

The Venture Heat Grand Touring Collection vest, pant-liners, insoles and gloves had arrived the day before I left Colorado and they stayed neatly packed all the way to Austin, taking up valuable room in my small luggage and mocking me for this wasted space as I rode to Texas in comfortable 70-degree temps. I had replaced the Alpinestars insoles in my boots with the Venture Heat wired insoles and felt stupid every time I thought about it.

Motorcycle Heated Clothing and Gloves

Motorcycle Heated Clothing and Gloves

But that all changed five days later as I woke up in Abilene to whistling wind and the type of conditions that make even a Prius look good. I slipped into the vest and pant-liners, which are both extremely soft, flexible and have the same bulk as a good workout suit. I plugged the insoles into the bottom of the pant-liners, hooked the liners to the vest, plugged into my FZ1 and headed into the wind. Fifteen minutes later I stopped.

My hands were frozen and almost useless. I clawed through my luggage and pulled out the Venture Heat Carbon Street gloves. I’ve never been a big fan of cold-weather gloves due to the added bulk, reduced feel and reduced crash protection, but the Carbon gloves go a long way toward alleviating those concerns, especially in terms of protection. They have 3M Thinsulate insulation and a waterproof membrane. By definition they have to be a bit more bulky than the Alpinestars GP Pros I was wearing, but I was at the end of my rope that morning and literally could not have continued. Call me wimpy, but you had to be there to feel the misery. In 12 hours I saw only one other motorcycle on the road and twice I saw 37 degrees on bank signs. It snowed on me and I rode past miles of plowed snow left from the night before. The headwind never abated.

The Venture Heat stuff is outstandingly comfortable. The bulky coils of yesteryear have been replaced with hair-thin microfibers for instant heat and all-day comfort, which the company has dubbed “Xtreme Comfort Tech.” You will feel the insole wire running up behind your heel and it could get uncomfortable to walk in, but my Yamaha didn’t require me to walk. The Grand Touring collection pant-liners and vest each have separate power buttons that reside on a flap that sticks out about three inches for access on your left hip. I wore the clothing under a one-piece nylon riding suit and could access the power buttons through a zippered opening. One long push turns the gear on high (red glow from the power button), and two more quick pushes change to medium (yellow) and low (green), with another long push for off. I ran jacket and pants on high and then medium when I donned my rain jacket to blunt the wind sneaking through my suit’s shoulder seams. The heat hits immediately and I challenge you not to giggle when it comes on.

Glove power buttons are on the gauntlets. Plugs connect to cords that run up your sleeves to the vest. Due to the small fairing on my FZ1, I ran the gloves on high for most of the trip, switching to medium only twice when my speeds came down in larger cities. The fit and feel of the leather and nylon gloves improved substantially during the ride as they broke in, and a nice touch is the fingertip fabric on index fingers to access your electronic touch-screens when needed. Venture Heat also offers a full-sleeve heated liner for your upper body and the conditions I faced may have warranted that option.

This is a glowing review because Venture Heat has created an outstanding product in its Grand Touring Collection. Comfort and looks are exceptional and the gloves are the best compromise I’ve tried for cold-weather riding. Reaching the control flaps isn’t as easy as accessing a power-cord switch or thermostat, but each article of clothing can be adjusted separately, with the exception of the insoles; these are on any time the pant-liners are on and it’s interesting that I never felt true heat under my foot, but my feet were never cold. Venture Heat has found a good insole heat setting, at least for the conditions I faced. A handlebar-mount wireless remote is available to manage heat level without fumbling for the power flaps.

This outfit plugs into the bike’s 12-volt system and provides limitless warmth (as long as your charging system can keep up with the total draw of 170 watts for all the pieces), as opposed to self-powered rechargeable clothing that would not have lasted during my 12-hour ride from COTA. The fused power cord attaches directly to the bike’s battery and everything interconnects quickly. My maiden test with the Grand Touring vest, pant liner, gloves and insoles came in dire conditions and this gear was up to the task.


Waterproof Testing

We have been getting a lot of questions about our gloves being waterproof and if our products are save to use when wet.  So we wanted to take it to the extreme to show you that our products are safe when wet.

Our gloves have a thin Dintex (similar to Gore-Tex) membrane which makes them water proof, and safe to use when wet.

Heated Glove Liners vs. Heated Gloves – What’s the Difference?

Our customer service reps are asked this a lot. Why buy glove liners when you can skip straight to heated gloves? Glove liners are great if you already have a glove you like or you use a work glove currently. We all know what it is like to find a piece of clothing we love and regardless of how worn in it is, we can’t seem to get rid of it. When you want to use your favorite gloves, but need a little added heat, liners are the perfect thing.

So what about gloves? Heated gloves are the perfect accessory for any skier or biker or anyone that simply lives in cold weather. We’ve had everyone order our heated gloves from those who suffer from Reynaud’s to those who work construction in cold weather. We get people getting ready for snowboard and skiing trips, and even those who just like to keep their hands warm while walking through a snowy NYC.

If you’re not sure what you need, you can feel free to call our customer service office at 310-412-1070. In the meantime, feel free to check out our more popular gloves and glove liners.

City Collection Gloves 

City Collection Glover Liners 

Epic Series Heated Gloves

Electric Heated Gloves

Electric Heated Gloves
Keeping your fingers warm all winter long.

Winter gloves work fine for blocking wind and resisting moisture, but they lack in keeping your fingers adequately warm.  This is because standard winter gloves depend on a layer of insulation stuffed into the glove with hopes to trap what little heat your hand is producing.  When temperatures fall, the effectiveness of this method quickly dwindles as the outside elements over power your hand’s ability to produce heat, which in turn leads to cold fingers.

Dealing with cold fingers can be a painful experience as you lack the ability to fully control the movement in your digits.  This decrease in mobility is both frustrating and potentially dangerous.

To put an end to cold fingers altogether, heated gloves work by producing active heat that is delivered directly to the source of the problem.  Heated gloves use micro-carbon fibers which are about 10X thinner than the human hair to warm up the perimeter of your hand. These heating elements move and flex just like the materials in the glove making their existence go unnoticed.

Powered by long-lasting lithium-ion batteries, you can rest assured that you will feel consistent heated comfort throughout your fingers.  After up to 6 straight hours of active heat, simply recharge the batteries and you are ready to go for another day of soothing warmth.


Temperature controllers allow you to regulate the heat emitted to your fingers so you will never be too warm or too cold again. The idea behind heated gloves is to make your hand temperature neutral by creating your own personal micro-climate. You now have the power to adjust the heat according to your own particular desire.

Heated gloves give you the ability to regain your mobility and make cold weather outings much more enjoyable. Not only are they great for skiers, motorcyclists, and hunters, but heated gloves are perfect for anyone dealing with cold temperatures.

Those of us that suffer from Raynaud’s disease can benefit greatly with heated gloves as they effectively warm the extremities and reduce the symptoms of an attack.  Improving blood circulation within your fingers with active heat can help to treat attacks from Raynaud’s disease making everyday living more comfortable.

Heated gloves are the answer you have been waiting for. Stop suffering with freezing fingers and look forward to heading outside when the winter season sets in.