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[CES 2009] Venture Heated Clothing

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By Evan Ackerman

Humans are tropical animals. We really aren’t designed for cold weather, and we have to wear impractical amounts of clothing to go outdoors in the winter when you get much beyond the 23 degrees of latitude. So instead of wearing five extra layers, it makes a lot more sense to just wear one extra layer that provides all the heat you need. Venture’s line of self-heating fleece jackets and pants contain integrated single-sided heat pads that’ll keep you toasty warm, even in ridiculously cold places like Canada.

Venture jackets have a heating pad in the back, and two across the chest. The heating units themselves are barely noticeable in the fabric of the jacket, but from what I could tell when I tried it out, they’re quite powerful. Although you do have to carry a battery pack, it’s lithium and doesn’t weigh much, and there’s a remote control that lets you select the temperature for each heating zone individually. You should get 5-10 hours per charge, and you can recharge the jacket from a standard wall outlet. Venture also makes fleece-lined heated cargo pants if you need a head to toe solution.

The jackets are all high quality outerwear, and it shows in the price. Expect to pay $150 – $200 for one.

[ VentureHeat ]








  • Jon

    We aren't designed for anything. We've evolved into our current form over thousands of years. There's no designer involved, intelligent or otherwise.

  • Jon

    We aren't designed for anything. We've evolved into our current form over thousands of years. There's no designer involved, intelligent or otherwise.

  • http://blog.perljam.net/ tedder

    There are much, much better solutions that have been on the market for over a decade, as long as you can get a source of 12v power.

  • http://blog.perljam.net/ tedder

    There are much, much better solutions that have been on the market for over a decade, as long as you can get a source of 12v power.

  • Joel

    I asked for one of these for Christmas, but got the size wrong. Stupid unisex sizing charts.

  • Joel

    I asked for one of these for Christmas, but got the size wrong. Stupid unisex sizing charts.

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com/ Evan Ackerman

    I didn't mean “designed” in that way… More like, we originally evolved as tropical animals and have not physically adapted to deal with cold temperatures without the assistance of technology. Though, I s'pose you could argue that that IS adaptation…

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com/ Evan Ackerman

    I didn't mean “designed” in that way… More like, we originally evolved as tropical animals and have not physically adapted to deal with cold temperatures without the assistance of technology. Though, I s'pose you could argue that that IS adaptation…

  • Carly

    I recently used +Venture's vest up snowboarding in Maine and loved it (x-mas gift)! I set it on low while out on the slopes and cranked it up in between runs. There are tons of companies out there, and probably more to come next Christmas but I'm sticking with these guys.

  • Carly

    I recently used +Venture's vest up snowboarding in Maine and loved it (x-mas gift)! I set it on low while out on the slopes and cranked it up in between runs. There are tons of companies out there, and probably more to come next Christmas but I'm sticking with these guys.

  • Shin Lee

    We make a 12V line as well, including lamb skin power sports gloves, insole warmers, jacket and pants liners… These products have heating elements all over (even the fleece collar in the jacket liner!) and the elements are just as hard to distinguish as in our battery powered stuff.

    We also have battery powered ski gloves, seat covers, and are coming out with glove liners, mittens possibly, etc…

    Thanks for your kind words Evan. We're glad you were able to enjoy our product. Also, not to mislead your readers but, typically our vests last between 2.5-8 hours… this is largely due to the limitations of affordable, portable battery technology.

  • Shin Lee

    The unisex sizings are sometimes confusing admittedly. If you ever need help, feel free to give us an email or phone call. We can sort it out pretty quickly usually.

  • Shin Lee

    Great idea with the cycling of heat Carly! That definitely helps extend the battery life as well!

    There are definitely a lot of companies out there, something you might not know and only discover once you've immersed yourself in the world of heated clothing… who am I kidding… haha, nobody really immerses themselves besides those in the industry of heated clothing, I suppose. Am

    Anyways, thanks for the kind words Carly.

  • Shin Lee

    We make a 12V line as well, including lamb skin power sports gloves, insole warmers, jacket and pants liners… These products have heating elements all over (even the fleece collar in the jacket liner!) and the elements are just as hard to distinguish as in our battery powered stuff.

    We also have battery powered ski gloves, seat covers, and are coming out with glove liners, mittens possibly, etc…

    Thanks for your kind words Evan. We're glad you were able to enjoy our product. Also, not to mislead your readers but, typically our vests last between 2.5-8 hours… this is largely due to the limitations of affordable, portable battery technology.

  • Shin Lee

    The unisex sizings are sometimes confusing admittedly. If you ever need help, feel free to give us an email or phone call. We can sort it out pretty quickly usually.

  • Shin Lee

    Great idea with the cycling of heat Carly! That definitely helps extend the battery life as well!

    There are definitely a lot of companies out there, something you might not know and only discover once you've immersed yourself in the world of heated clothing… who am I kidding… haha, nobody really immerses themselves besides those in the industry of heated clothing, I suppose. Am

    Anyways, thanks for the kind words Carly.

  • PabronEStith

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  • PabronEStith

    We also have an older generation that went from the Hippies look to the Gothic look. Black seems to be the dominant color here with mysterious accent colors and even sensual cuts of clothing. Gothic clothing thigh high boots switzerland clothing and low neckline dresses can be seen here.

  • xim430

    Yeah, the MET5 was definitely not as innovative… instead of putting their heating panels throughout the jacket, they were so naive as to follow the exhaustive research on the efficacy of instead focusing two large heating panels to warm the chest?

    When large military grants co-fund Natick Lab research in huge sums and time, and you follow the opposite of their conclusions, you need to question the wisdom of that decision. All I know is, the MET5 might have broke every 6 weeks, but at least when it worked, it made sense, and the controls didn't look like something I stole from a hospital bed. You guys know what you're doing, but aren't living up to your potential talents, and that is a huge let down. The MET5 could make me feel like cold was obsolete at zero degrees F in seconds outside, with a wind chill, and no liner. The Venture jacket? if it's under 40 degrees F, I am advised to warm it up for “5 minutes.” And because max temp is required pretty much constantly unless it's like 50 degrees out, comparing battery times to the MET5 is impossible.

    The MET5 would require a high setting for like 30 seconds max before 90% of the time, and without a liner or pre-heating, you'd want to use it at half-power mode. Jacket was better form-fitting and insulated, without any added bulk. Even a few cm can make the difference of trapping heat and losing it, and your demographic should be fit+slim enough to make the whole concept make sense anyhow.