ESPNW Reviews Heated Base Layer Pants

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Gear we love: Six pieces that will keep you REALLY warm

By Cristina Goyanes | Feb 23, 2017
Special to espnW.com

Snow sport lovers, from novice to expert, might know the popular adage: “There’s no such thing as bad weather — only bad gear.” With the imminent threat of the polar vortex — gusts of unbearably cold air usually reserved for the Arctic — a regular puffer and gloves might not be enough to keep you comfortably warm and cozy for a wintery day outside.

With this in mind, I found six sweet pieces of gear that fit the bill, and I brought them with me to Alberta, Canada, where the temps ranged from 30 to minus-5 degrees Fahrenheit during my visit, to put them to the test. (Another major appeal for heading northwest from my New York City base: All Canadian national parks are free to the public this year to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. If you’ve ever wanted to cross the border, now’s the time!)

Here’s how each item helped me brave the elements and enjoy five days of cold-weather activities — snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice walking — in comfort and with a smile, minus one meltdown on the slopes (more on that below).

ESPNW Heated Base Layer Pants 2

The details: These fleece-lined long johns feature hair-thin microfiber heat panels woven into each knee and thigh and the lower back. An exterior controller hangs over your outer pant, so you can easily change the heat settings (low, medium, high) with the push of a button. A long-lasting, rechargeable, lithium-ion battery gets stashed in the right pocket.

How I tested them: A full day of snowboarding at Lake Louise Ski Resort and two half-days at Sunshine Village (both of which are located within Banff National Park), plus a two-hour dog sledding tour with Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions over the frozen Spray Lakes in Kananaskis Country. The key moment: sitting at the top of a green run at Sunshine Village and having a five-minute meltdown in the snow.

What I liked: As a beginner snowboarder, I spent a lot more time on my butt and knees than upright. Whether I accidentally crashed or purposely plopped down to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views, these pants shielded me from the snow’s frosty bite. They really came to the rescue on day one at Sunshine Village: After a frazzled start to my morning (I unintentionally missed a private lesson) and an epic dismount from the chairlift (I lost my balance and cartwheeled off to the side), staring down my first green run of the season felt too overwhelming. Naturally, I sat in the snow at the top of the hill and cried — but just for a few minutes! The pants kept me warm, though, and soon enough, I was able to get back up and make my way down the mountain.

What I didn’t: The clunky battery sat on my hip in my right pocket. Because falling was a huge part of my day on the slopes, I worried about landing on this bulky block and smashing it against my bone. I got inventive and cinched the inner pocket carrying the battery above my waistline. This way, when I fell, it dug into my stomach, which was still uncomfortable but wasn’t dangerous. Also, I’m blessed with a bit more real estate in the backside. It would have been nice if my heat panel in the rear offered fuller coverage.

Are they worth it? No doubt, especially if you think you might find yourself lounging in the snow during your winter adventures. ($129.99, thewarmingstore.com)

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The Correct Way to Maintain Batteries

7.4V Battery

Battery Connection for Lithium-Ion Battery

One of the most common questions we hear is how to properly care for the batteries supplied with our clothing. So here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your Lithium-Ion Batteries: our clothing. So here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your Lithium-Ion Batteries:

  • The Lithium-Ion Battery should be fully charged for the first use
  • Once turned on, keep the battery in its designated pocket for protection and warmth
  • In below freezing temperatures, turn on your battery before going outside
    • The battery stops discharging power at -20F and since the battery will already be running, thus it will naturally keep warm
  • Charge the battery at least once every three months
  • Keep the battery fully charged when not in use
  • Store batteries at room temperature, in a cool, dry place

All batteries eventually wear out over time which is why it is important to get the most out of each one. Lithium-Ion batteries typically decrease capacity by around 10% each year while having a good service life of 2-3 years. VentureHeat’s Lithium Ion Batteries typically last up to 500 charges so even though they last a long time, the more TLC you give the battery, the longer life they can have. If you have any tips, please share them with us in the comment section! To learn more about extending the life of the battery here: http://www.ventureheat.com/blog/2012/12/05/extend-the-life-of-lithium-ion-batteries/

Extend the Life of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries have become the new standard for portable consumer electronics. Li-Ion batteries are a significant improvement over older Nickel Cadmium batteries.

Lithium-Ion batteries offer twice the energy density of a standard Nickel Cadmium battery which allows the battery to run much longer on a single charge. Lithium-Ion batteries also self-discharge at approximately one-half the rate of a Nickel Cadmium battery.

Despite the fact that Lithium-Ion batteries are low-maintenance, there are some steps you can take to extend the life of your Lithium-Ion battery.

  • Charge Lithium-Ion batteries fully before beginning to use the battery
  • Keep Lithium-Ion batteries fully charged when not in use
  • Charge Lithium-Ion batteries regularly, at least every few months.
  • Avoid regularly running Lithium-Ion batteries too low
  • Never leave Lithium-Ion batteries discharged for long – the batteries do self-discharge and the charge could drop low enough to damage the battery
  • Keep Lithium-Ion batteries out of extreme temperature -high temperatures may cause premature battery failure while lower temperatures can prevent batteries from fully charging.
  • Store Lithium-Ion batteries in a cool, dry place if you will not be using the battery for several weeks

Batteries are categorized as “consumables.” which means that they are expected to wear out eventually. Even if you take the best possible care of your battery, its performance will degrade over time. Accept the fact that your battery won’t last forever, no matter what you do.

The useful capacity of a Lithium-Ion battery decrease by around 10% each year. Lithium-Ion batteries usually have a service life of 2-3 years. These batteries begin aging when they are manufactured – not when you begin using the battery. Manufacturers usually anticipate a life expectancy of 300-500 discharge cycles.

Oxidation in the cells can prevent an old battery from discharging properly, so even when left on a shelf, a battery’s lifespan shortens with time. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some steps that you can take to ensure the Li-Ion batteries last as long as possible. While Lithium-Ion batteries may not last forever, they’ll benefit from a little tender loving care.