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.


Motorcycle Heated Jacket Comparison

We put our Deluxe Motorcycle Heated Jacket Liner (GT40) to the test by directly comparing it to a competitor’s heated jacket.  As you can see, Venture Heat’s 12V Motorcycle Jacket Liner reached maximum heat much quicker, does not have any hot spots and provides evenly distributed heat throughout the entire jacket liner.

Check out our full range of Heated Motorcycle Clothing.

VentureHeat Podcast Feature

Our very own Powersports Manager was featured in this podcast interview on Electric Koolaid for the Road.  Tune in to hear him discuss our heated gear and how it helps  you keep warm and comfortable on your ride.

The guys from Electric Koolaid for the Road are long time, long distance riders and are some of the nicest guys around.

Listen to the whole podcast here:


(Jeffery jumps in at about the 20:00 mark.)

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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12V Heated Motorcycle Gear

Stay out on the road longer with heated gear.

Who ever said that cold temperatures marked the end of the motorcycle riding season apparently had never used 12V Heated Motorcycle Gear. VentureHeat is committed to extending the riding season long into the winter so that as long as you have traction, you are ready to ride.  12V Heated Motorcycle Gear from VentureHeat includes head to toe heated apparel to keep you warm no matter how cold the temperature falls.

Heated motorcycle gear not only enables you to ride longer during the cold weather, but also ride more comfortably and more safely.  By regulating your body temperature, you can focus your entire attention on the road ahead rather than having to deal with cold temperatures which can limit your mobility and control over the bike while out on a ride.

Each item in the 12V Heated Gear lineup includes a battery harness and built-in fuse.  After a quick set-up of connecting the harness to the terminals on the battery, you are ready to experience the luxury of having heated comfort during your ride.

VentureHeat offers a variety of products to keep you warm, from the Heated Motorcycle Jacket Liner,  12V Heated Vests, 12V Heated Pant Liners, Heated Motorcycle Boot Liners, as well as Heated Motorcycle Gloves and Glove Liners.

All of VentureHeat’s Heated 12V Gear can be connected together using only one battery harness.  They also feature multi-zone temperature controls for an even greater degree of customization.  For instance, let’s say you choose to wear a complete outfit of heated gear with a Heated Jacket Liner, Heated Gloves, Heated Pant Liners, and Heated Insoles. With the temperature controllers that come standard with both the Heated Jacket Liner and Heated Pant Liners, (as well as the Heated Vests), you can control the heat on your upper body with a separate setting than your lower body.

The Heated Jacket Liner features pre-wired connectors in a concealed zip-up pocket near the cuffs to quickly plug in the Heated Gloves.  The Heated Pant Liners have a similar feature for the Heated Insoles. Configuring your gear in this manner allows you to control the temperature for both your jacket and gloves with one controller while the other controller adjusts your pants and insoles.  You will find this highly beneficial when out on the road especially if your hands and chest are prone to getting colder than the rest of your body.


After getting off your motorcycle, the quick release coax connectors easily unhook so you will never have to worry about tipping your bike over in the event that you forget to unhook the cables before walking away.  The connectors on the clothing can quickly be hidden away in the discreet, zippered pockets.  This feature is highly desirable in situations where you are wearing your motorcycle gear after you get off the bike, like when stopping to get something eat or refueling.

The idea behind the design of the heated motorcycle gear is to maintain a neutral look.  The clothing is constructed to be thin enough to be worn under you usual motorcycle gear.  That way, you can still maintain the same style you desire with the added bonus of being able to wear heated gear underneath.

All of the Heated Motorcycle Gear uses hair-thin micro fibers in the heating elements.  Unlike other companies that use bulky cables and coils to heat the clothing, VentureHeat’s apparel is both coil-free and cable-free.  The Xtreme Comfort Technology (XCT) heating panels provide maximum warmth while maintaining their flexibility.  The heating panels move freely with the fabric of the clothing itself, so you will never notice any obtrusive or uncomfortable cables that many of the other heated clothing companies use.

Learn more about the VentureHeat’s XCT heating panels.

We know that you love to ride, now you can more comfortably.  Check out our selection of 12V Heated Motorcycle Gear to stay out on the road longer.