Cycle Source Magazine Tests our Hybrid Heated “Cruiser” Gloves

When on a long motorcycle ride, comfort can make the difference between a fun ride and a terrible one. Professional long-distance riders depend on heated gear to regulate and adjust their temperature and therefore stay on the bike for longer periods of time. Heated motorcycle gear (like our heated Cruiser gloves) allow a rider to increase or decrease temperature settings and take charge of their personal comfort without the time-consuming process of removing or adding clothing.

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Venture Heat Hybrid Heated Cruiser Motorcycle Gloves

Our friend, Jeff, tested out our all-leather Cruiser heated gloves on his trip down from Columbia, South Carolina to Daytona Beach, Florida for Bike Week 2017. He noted the glove’s versatility and durability encountering considerable changes in weather conditions while on a Harley-Davidson Softail standard that he rode through the assorted climates and states.

Take a closer look at the gloves, here: Hybrid Heated “Cruiser” Motorcycle Gloves

And read the entire review here:

Venture Heat Saves the Daytona Ride

 

 

 

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

Road Runner Motorcycle Mag Reviews our Heated Jacket Liner and Carbon Gloves

Our GT-40 heated jacket liner and heated “Carbon” gloves were reviewed in the latest issue of Road Runner Motorcycle Touring and Travel magazine. We were excited for the testing because we know the Road Runner crew ride more miles in a week than most ride in a year, so it was the perfect opportunity for our motorcycle gear to warm up a few miles of their winter roads.

Long-distance motorcycle riders and those that ride year-round are extraordinarily tough, but there’s a few secrets hidden under that hardy exterior that keep them on the road. Temperature controlled heated motorcycle gear is one of those secrets. For instance, heated jacket liners are lightweight and minimize bulkiness while dexterity is maintained- which is very important for safe riding. And now, the secret is getting out. More and more everyday riders are starting to use heated gear regularly because it has evolved into practical, easy-to-use, and durable protection from the cold.

If you’re interested in heated gear and would like a third party opinion- take a look at what the folks at Road Runner had to say; view each image or visit Road Runner’s website: www.roadrunner.travel

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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.