This is an example of a good idea perfectly executed and yet I’m not sold on it. Apparently the Ventz is the ultimate hot weather riding solution. Honestly, I can’t argue with that.
What we have here are a couple of ‘vents’ that you insert at the end of your jacket sleeve. The idea is that cool air will flow up the arms and regulate the rider’s temperature. Riding a motorcycle in hot weather can be uncomfortable but here in the UK I can vouch for the fact that it’s a welcome novelty. Accustomed to bitter cold and penetrating rain, to be actually hot whilst in the saddle isn’t really something we would grumble about.
This is the issue with Ventz. Whilst they do vent cool air into the jacket, which certainly does give you a pleasing sensation, you can’t help but wonder how necessary they are? Here are the issues: They’re fiddly to put into the sleeve. Putting your gear on is enough hassle without adding to the routine. What happens is you hit a sudden downpour? These would efficiently funnel rainwater up your arms aiding in the soaking process. Whilst we’re assured the Ventz doesn’t affect your riding safety, I wouldn’t want to hit the deck with these on my wrists.
I imagine this product would be awesome for a cruise though the desert or a gruelling over-land tour. The moments when you are truly uncomfortable on a bike over here is when you’re sitting in heavy traffic – during which there isn’t enough air flow to cool you down.
I’m also left wondering; why not simply unzip your jacket sleeve a little?