SNOWMOBILE BLOG

February 28, 2013

Glove Box Liner

R&M Lightning Products has developed a new fitted fabric liner for the warm glove box on the Ski Doo Rev-XM and Rev-XS platform.

The Glove Box Liner protects your valuables by covering the entire compartment with soft, durable 100 percent polypropylene fabric that resists mold and mildew and is easily installed using pressure-sensitive adhesive backed hook and loop fasteners, which also makes them removable if needed.

Made in the USA.

The Glove Box Liners retail for $19.95.

Contact R&M Lightning Products (801) 467-2442 or www.rmproducts.net.


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February 28, 2013

Running Board Inserts

These new running board inserts for the 2013 Polaris Pro RMK offer excellent traction and snow won’t stick to them. No cutting is required to install.

The inserts retail for $150.

Contact The Hijacker (970) 641-4250 or www.highliftjack.com.


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February 28, 2013

LED Tail Light Housing

The new universal LED Tail Light Housing from Proven Design Products is available in white/black with LED Lights available in a red lens or clear lens. The unit wires directly into any stock tail light wiring harness. Includes new butt connectors, rivets and detailed instructions.

Contact Proven Design Products, 248) 264-6089 or www.provendesignproducts.com.


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February 28, 2013

Fly F2 Carbon Snow Helmet

Riders enjoy the ultimate combination of premium features with this Fly F2 Carbon Snow Helmet: light weight, outstanding coverage and protection and tremendous comfort. The carbon fiber/Kevlar shell materials deliver protection and light weight so a rider’s neck isn’t strained during a long day of riding.

• Color: Race Orange

• Sizes: XS-2XL

• Shell: Composite construction shell made of aircraft-grade woven carbon fiber and Kevlar composite materials for superior strength and incredibly light weight; dual density EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) liner, one layer softer and one slightly harder, combining to provide more progressive impact absorption for different levels of impact

• Vents: Multi-port air induction cooling system features 11 intake and four exhaust vents to create strong airflow to keep a rider’s head cool; also has tri-vent goggle anti-fog vents (three air intake vents above the goggle eye port that draw air away from the goggles to help prevent fogging)

• Interior: “Quick Snap” washable comfort liner and cheek pads can be removed quickly and easily and cleaned to keep the helmet fresh; the plush liner absorbs sweat, provides impressive ventilation

• Additional Features: Comes with breath deflector and rubber vent plug kit; custom molded rubber trim with protective nose guard; lightweight aluminum hardware for superior strength and light weight

• Safety: Snell M2010-, DOT- and ECE-approved

Contact Polaris www.purepolaris.com or visit any Polaris dealership.


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February 28, 2013

ABS Powder SB15 Snowmobiler Avalanche Airbag

New for the 2012-2013 season is the ABS Powder SB15 Avalanche Airbag. This is a zip-on specially designed to meet the needs of snowmobilers, allowing quick access to the shovel.

In combination with the lightweight Powder Base-Unit, the Powder SB 15 is your choice for endless powder days. Due to the small back-plate of the Powder Base-Unit, it offers full freedom of movement in every situation. The Powder SB 15 can easily be zipped onto the Powder Base-Unit including the proven ABS TwinBag system by means of a zip. The new touring pack has outside mounts for quick access to your shovel blade and shovel shaft. It offers enough space even for lengthy tours.

Contact SnowBigDeal.com (877) 766-9244 or www.SnowBigDeal.com.


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February 28, 2013

Exclusive Dan Adams Wraps

ArcticFX Graphics has announced its new exclusive graphics kits for Dan Adams’ NXT LVL Riding Clinic, the Dan Adams 2013 Edition Pro RMK. Sold exclusively at www.nextlevelclinics.com


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February 24, 2013

Preparing To Be Impressed


Steve Janes Blog

About the time you get around to reading this, the SnoWest staff will be heading
to an undisclosed location (which looks very similar to those undisclosed locations we’ve gone to in years past) to test ride the 2014 model year snowmobiles.

This is our first and only time to get on all of next year’s sleds for comparison
purposes. It won’t be until we do our Deep Powder Challenge next winter before we see the difference from what the manufacturers promised to what they actually delivered. So the few days we have to ride become very precious.

Naturally, we try to cram as much technical riding in as possible in a very short
time and with some significant stipulations. For example: We cannot use any measuring device (such as a radar gun) in head-to-head comparisons. Also, since these snowmobiles are prototypes with the main intent for photographic purposes, we must refrain from any style of riding which could alter their appearances (read: avoid hitting trees and rocks).

All we can do is ride them hard enough to get a feel for their design while
recognizing that in the 3-5 months prior to the actual manufacturing of these models
there will still be several dozen significant changes made to the sleds—engine
calibrations, shock calibrations, types of metals uses, etc.

Sometimes we wonder if the manufacturers aren’t using us for one final focus
group to figure out last minute changes or problems. Throughout our rides the factory reps are checking constantly with us about the performance of their products and making whatever adjustments possible to create the best ride for us. The difficulty for a rider is that every snowmobile has multiple adjustable features that can change the handling characteristics of the sled. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether the adjustments are incorrect or whether the sled merely has design flaws that create a certain type of ride. In other words, can a bad handling sled be adjusted into a good handling sled, or is just plain bad.

So for the next few days, we’ll be riding, comparing, note-taking, photo-taking
and doing all we can to acquire enough information to write about the 2014 model year sleds next fall. It’s during this week we acquire the information we will share with you next fall in SnoWest Magazine.

Obviously, there is a lot of work involved … but bottom line is we’re riding next
year’s sleds—how much fun is that?

SJ

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February 23, 2013

ProClimb/ProCross Bumper/Skid Plate

The Zbroz Racing Ars Fx ProClimb/ProCross bumper and skid plate is made from 3/16-inch aluminum, making it lightweight while offering the ultimate protection and tightest approach angle. That allows you to get in and out of creek bottoms without your bumper slowing you down.

With the addition of complete skid plate protection, this bumper stands alone at the top. The bumper is available for the Arctic Cat ProClimb M or ProCross F series. The bumper weighs in at 5 lbs with full skid plate. You also have the option of cutting the back half of the skid plate, losing more weight for the ultimate in front-end lightweight performance.

This bumper is available in black (Sure Foot Ice Free Coating) or unpainted for a custom build. 

The bumper/skid plate retail for $279.

Contact Zbroz Racing (435)753-7774 or www.zbrozracing.com.


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February 23, 2013

New Cat Men’s X-Country Jacket

Built with a zip-out liner that can also be worn by itself, the new men’s X-Country Premium Jacket from Arctic Cat is a 3-in-1 system that emphasizes versatility. The jacket features waterproof and breathable A-Tex-coated fabric with fully-taped seams, plus 100 grams of bulk-free 3M Thinsulate Insulation for added warmth.

Sublimated printed panels deliver vibrant graphics and color while 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material produces maximum reflectivity in low-light conditions. Four spacious pockets include an MP3 player slot with a tangle-free neck cord system. The zip-out liner also features 100 grams of 3M Thinsulate Insulation and two pockets.

Available in orange, green and black styles in S-3XL sizes with an MSRP starting at $319.95 U.S./$369.95 Canada.

Contact Arctic Cat www.store.arcticcat.com or visit any local Arctic Cat dealership.


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February 23, 2013

Amsoil Introduces New 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil

New Amsoil OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil provides outstanding fuel economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil. The new addition to the company’s OE line offers high-quality protection and performance for manufacturer-recommended drain intervals at a very attractive price point.

OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is API CJ-4 licensed and suitable for modern and older, on- and off-road diesel applications. It is an excellent entry-level product for customers who want to move up to synthetic quality, but won’t pay a significantly higher price than a conventional oil or aren’t initially interested in extending their drain intervals.

Benefits include:

• Meets emission system requirements

• Extreme-temperature performance

• Resists oil consumption and emissions

• Controls soot-thickening and wear

Amsoil OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is recommended for diesel engines and, where appropriate, gasoline engines requiring any of the following specifications:

API licensed CJ-4/SN; ACEA E9; Cummins CES 20081; MB 228.31; CAT ECF-3, ECF-2, ECF-1-a; Mack EO-O; Volvo VDS-4, VDS-3; MAN 3575; Renault RLD-3; and MTU Type 2.1

Contact Amsoil (800) 777-8491 or www.amsoil.com.


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February 23, 2013

Polaris IQ Tall Windshield

PowerMadd has added one additional windshield to its Polaris IQ line. The latest windshield is the Tall. It adds an extra 1 inch of height over the Mid and 2.5 inches over the Low. It will come clear with black graphics.

You can view the full line of IQ windshields http://cts.vresp.com/c/?PowerMadd/a12107ff2f/4418e50045/50269f9df0 HERE.

The Tall fits 2007-13 Polaris IQ and 2007-11 Polaris RMK and Switchback models.

The windshield retails for $90.

Contact PowerMadd 462-8465 or www.powermadd.com.


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February 23, 2013

Boyesen Full-Valve Rage Cage Available For Ski-Doo 800R

For 2013 Boyesen Engineering has introduced an all-new Full Valve RC2 Series Rage Cage, designed to increase overall horsepower and throttle response in 2008-13 Ski-Doo 800R sleds.

Boyesen’s new Full Valve Rage Cage has been crafted to eliminate the need to periodically change your stock intake system’s rubber intake boot due to delamination. The Full Valve Rage Cage system is offered as an upgrade to the current Half-Valve Rage Cage system, which allows use of the stock rubber intake boot. Both the Full Valve and Half Valve Ski-Doo 800R Rage Cage options perform the same while increasing horsepower and response. The major difference between the Full and Half Valve options is that the Full Valve design is a leading solution to the problem of intake boot deterioration failure, a leading cause of lean-condition and possibly critical engine failure in Ski Doo sleds.

Each Ski-Doo RC2 Series Rage Cage is “Performance Optimized,” meaning its tailor-made to each sled’s model, year and displacement. While other aftermarket valves might change flange sizes or bolt patterns, they’re basically generic, but with the Rage Cage, there are no compromises in power and no modifications required to fit the valve while upgrading your sled’s reed intake system.

The RC2 Series Rage Cage’s multi-stage reed petal system has been designed to increase throttle response and acceleration, while also broadening peak rpm horsepower output. The Rage Cage’s seamless, one-piece, precision casting and continuous aero-form surfacing provide maximum flow velocities and instant, explosive movement of air particles the moment you turn the throttle. Standard equipment on each Rage Cage are Boyesen’s dual-stage reed petals. The race-proven reed petals are integral in providing the superior ability to maintain timing with the power pulses of the Ski-Doo 800 R engine platform.

The MSRP of Boyesen’s Ski-Doo 800R, RC2 Rage Cage Intake Systems are:

Full Valve Design $329.95 (fits 2008-2013 Ski-Doo 800R); and Half Valve Design $289.95 (fits 2008-2013 Ski-Doo 800R).

Contact Boyesen Engineering

www.boyesen.com.


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February 22, 2013

The Best Winter Vacation Destinations


Lane Lindstrom

More than likely most of you haven’t seen the article, “Livability.com Names The Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations: America’s Hottest Cold Cities.” It’s here: http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-best-winter-vacation-destinations-americas-hottest-cold-cities

Well I did, and after reading the introduction and then seeing the Top 10 list, well, let’s just say I have some serious issues with some of Livability.com’s choices. If you want to save the time of looking up the Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations list on Livability.com, here they are:

1. Anchorage, AK

2. Spokane, WA

3. Minneapolis, MN

4. Traverse City, MI

5. Reno, NV

6. Waukesha, WI

7. Missoula, MT

8. Bangor, ME

9. Concord, NH

10. Casper, WY

Some of those choices I can definitely agree with, especially those cities that are in the West. Yes, I’m biased. Others, well, not so much. Anchorage, Missoula and Casper get a thumbs up. A not-so-enthusiastic thumbs up (but still a thumbs up) goes to Traverse City, Concord, Bangor and even Waukesha. Spokane and Minneapolis raise my eyebrows. And Reno was kind of on the bubble for me but after some thought, I guess I can agree with that choice.

According to Livability.com, the criteria used to determine their top 10 list included: “...editors started by identifying those cities with an average temperature below freezing and an average snowfall more than 25 inches. Next, they looked for cities that offer an ample number of outdoor recreation options—cities near ski slopes or frozen lakes or with large open areas perfect for snowshoeing or snowmobiling.”

So far so good.

“Finally editors factored in the number and type of indoor activities offered, such as shopping, dining, concerts and theater.”

That’s where the train went off the tracks for me.

Here’s a criterion I would include in such a list: proximity to good snowmobiling. If that were included, it would be pretty tough to overlook Salt Lake City, Denver and Boise, ID, none of which made the list, I’m assuming, because of their average temperatures. They easily qualified in the annual snowfall category. I can think of a number of towns and cities that would be included and higher up on the list than some of those listed in

Livability.com’s rankings.

I’ve been to each of the cities on Livability.com’s current top 10 list in the winter, although I admit I haven’t snowmobiled near all of them. So I am familiar with them, some more than others.

I am glad to see snowmobiling mentioned in Livability.com’s winter top 10. I will give them credit for that, although I’m sure some who look at the list automatically discount its credibility for even including snowmobiling. One of the categories included in each of the top 10 cities was “Activities.” Listed there are the things you can do outside in the winter. Snowmobiling was listed for nine of the 10 cities with Minneapolis not being included.

I was curious about the snowmobile angle so I did a little more digging on my own. I tend to raise my eyebrows to any city that doesn’t promote snowmobiling if it claims to be a winter destination. Throw Spokane into that category. Snowmobiling isn’t mentioned in the Winter Sports section on its CVB website and if you search a little more, the Spokane Knights’, the local snowmobile club, winter snowmobile show is listed in the events section. But that’s it.

A handful of the towns listed in the top 10 do a nice job of promoting snowmobiling. Casper for one. Anchorage, too. I, like most other snowmobilers, am more than willing to spend money in an area that promotes and welcomes snowmobiling. Why go to a place where you’re snarled at or people turn up their noses?

I readily admit I’m partial to any village, town, city, hamlet, bump in the road in the West, particularly in or near the mountains. That’s why my list would be decidedly different than Livability.com’s top 10 winter destinations. As long as there is a place to eat and sleep close by, that’s enough to qualify as a destination in my book.

With that in mind, here’s my list of top 20 (sorry, too hard to whittle it down to 15, let alone 10) winter destinations in the U.S.

1. West Yellowstone, MT

2. Island Park, ID

3. Valdez, AK

4. Alpine, WY

5. Grand Lake, CO

6. Laramie, WY

7. Logan, UT

8. McCall, ID

9. Cooke City, MT

10. Togwotee, WY

11. Cascade, ID

12. Pinedale, WY

13. Stanley, ID

14. Clark, CO

15. South Fork, CO

16. Tollgate, OR (north of LaGrande)

17. Cle Elum, WA

18. Ephraim/Manti, UT

19. Winthrop, WA

20. Columbia Falls/Whitefish, MT

At least that’s my list for now. It might change in a week or two when I go riding in a new place. Heck, it’s always changing.

But if I was forced to choose just one place it would be The West. Period.


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February 22, 2013

High Fives Foundation Releases Avalanche Awareness Video

Basics video designed to educate backcountry users
B.A.S.I.C.S. (Being. Aware. Safe. In. Crazy. Situations), a program service of the High Fives Foundation, has released the second installment of a five-part video series to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching and education. The B.A.S.I.C.S. 2  – Avalanche Awareness video is intended to help outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the backcountry to be better equipped and safe while being aware of the inherent dangers with such activities.

The B.A.S.I.C.S. 2 – Avalanche Awareness video emphasizes five key things to recognize when enjoying the backcountry in order to come home safe: (1) Get Educated. Learn about avalanche safety by taking a class. (2) Know your skills, know your surroundings. Check out forecasts for weather and conditions before you go. (3) Have the proper equipment and know how to use it (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel and airbag). (4) Never travel alone. Always ride with partners in a group and have a plan. (5) If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t go. There is always tomorrow when using good judgment.

Watch the B.A.S.I.C.S. 2 – Avalanche Awareness video by visiting www.basics.highfivesfoundation.org.

“In 2012, North America saw 34 deaths due to avalanches,” Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation co-founder, said. “This video is designed to act as a catalyst to get youth and winter sports enthusiasts motivated to become educated in backcountry safety, prevention, and awareness.”

Additionally, the following websites are great resources to be better prepared when in the backcountry: American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (http://avtraining.org); Avalanche.Org (http://avalanche.org); Forest Service National Avalanche Center (fsavalanche.org); National Snow and Ice Data Center (http://nsidc.org); and Back Country Access (BCA) Float Airbags and Safety Equipment (backcountryaccess.com).

“The creation of B.A.S.I.C.S. has been essential in the growth of the High Fives Foundation,” JT Holmes, B.A.S.I.C.S. Program Director, said. “We are working hard to educate winter sports enthusiasts by encouraging them to use good judgment in order to catch them before they crash or have an accident. I also feel it is important to give back to your sport. Knowing that we could potentially prevent an avoidable accident through this education series of videos is very rewarding.”


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February 22, 2013

Snowy Mountain Lodge Re-opens for Winter Business

Lodge offers easy acess to Snowy Range

Nestled in the Snowy Mountain Range in Centennial, WY, Snowy Mountain Lodge has long offered a home away from home for travelers during all seasons. The lodge has changed ownership several times since its beginning in the 1930s and has recently re-opened its doors after having been closed for a couple years.

The lodge is the perfect location for winter sport enthusiasts of all types. For the skier, the lodge offers the closest accommodations to the local ski slope. For the snowmobiler, the lodge is located on the border of some of the best trails in Wyoming. For the snowshoer or cross-country skier, the lodge is centrally located around multiple trails, including some groomed. For those who love to just kick back and relax in a winter wonderland, the lodge is the perfect escape to enjoy some hot chocolate and a roaring fire.

Snowy Mountain Lodge currently has six cabins available for rent throughout the winter season. During the summer, small trapper cabins are also available. The large cabins sleep 6-8 people and offer a small kitchen, private bedroom, bathroom loft and a common area with a flat-screen TV and DVD player.

Four of the cabins are built in a duplex style, allowing larger groups to rent both sides and open up the adjoining door. Each cabin is built on the edge of the forest, giving guests their own mountain retreat.

For more information about the lodge, call (307) 742-SNOW or visit snowymountainlodge.org.


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February 22, 2013

Fish And Wildlife Identify Caribou Habitat

Area now 30,000 acres instead of 375,000 acres

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in late November its recommendation for final critical habitat designation for the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou.

Fish and Wildlife had originally sought about 375,000 acres but thanks to feedback from lots of different people, that number of acres was reduced to 30,000 acres, 24,000 of which are in Washington state and the other 6,000 in Idaho. The designation is of concern to snowmobilers because severe restrictions would have been put in place in a much larger area than what is now being suggested.

Here is the press release dated Nov. 27, 2012, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish and Wildlife Service Identifies Areas Essential to the Conservation of the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today its final critical habitat designation for the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

The southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou has been protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as an endangered species since 1984. It occurs in the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho and northeastern Washington and British Columbia.

The Service is designating 30,010 acres in Idaho’s Boundary County and Washington’s Pend Oreille County as critical habitat because they contain the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species.

The final designation, modified from the 2011 proposed 375,552-acre designation, is a result of 150 days of public involvement and extensive analysis that included public information meetings, hearings, comment periods, scientific peer review and a reexamination of information regarding occupancy at the time of the caribou listing.

“Thoughtful inquiry and scientific information was presented to us by Tribes, citizens, federal and state agencies, elected officials and other interested parties, Brian T. Kelly, the Service’s Idaho State Supervisor, said. “Because of this, we have a modified rule that adheres to policy, is responsive to issues raised by others, and most importantly, addresses priority habitat for caribou conservation. We are most appreciative of the time invested by many during the comment periods, public meetings and hearings. We look forward to participation in the collaborative conservation of this species in the future.”

Under the ESA, the Service is required to identify the most important geographic areas that are critical to the conservation of a listed species. The critical habitat designation requires federal agencies to consult with the Service on federal actions that may affect critical habitat, and prohibits federal agencies from carrying out, funding, or authorizing the destruction or adverse modification of the habitat.

Activities undertaken by private landowners that do not involve any federal funding, permits or other activities are not affected by a critical habitat designation. The designation does not affect land ownership or establish a refuge, wilderness, reserve, preserve or other conservation area, and it does not allow government or public access to non-federal lands.

The U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, required the Service to submit a final critical habitat designation under the terms of a Settlement Agreement with Defenders of Wildlife, Lands Council, Selkirk Conservation Alliance and the Center for Biological Diversity, which petitioned the Service to designate critical habitat for the caribou.

The final critical habitat designation; proposed rule; draft economic analysis; maps; public comments and reports are available at http://www.fws.gov/idaho or by appointment during normal business hours at the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office’s Spokane and/or Boise offices.

And here are comments from Idaho Governor Butch Otter about the USFWS’s announcement.

“On Nov. 27, Idaho received some unexpected good news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The agency announced its final critical habitat designation for the southern Selkirk Mountain population of woodland caribou—which have been protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 1984.

“I originally expressed some serious concerns about a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach we are so used to seeing from the federal government. But by working on this issue with our congressional delegation, our state Office of Species Conservation and others, we were able to provide the feds with meaningful input.

“As a result, the 375,000-acre critical habitat designation proposed in 2011 was modified down to 30,000 acres—including 24,000 acres in Washington and 6,000 acres in Idaho.”

To view the map go to www.fws.gov/idaho/home/CaribouFCHNov2012.pdf.


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February 22, 2013

Gear Box

ProClimb/ProCross Bumper/Skid Plate

The Zbroz Racing Ars Fx ProClimb/ProCross bumper and skid plate is made from 3/16-inch aluminum, making it lightweight while offering the ultimate protection and tightest approach angle. That allows you to get in and out of creek bottoms without your bumper slowing you down.

With the addition of complete skid plate protection, this bumper stands alone at the top. The bumper is available for the Arctic Cat ProClimb M or ProCross F series. The bumper weighs in at 5 lbs with full skid plate. You also have the option of cutting the back half of the skid plate, losing more weight for the ultimate in front-end lightweight performance.

This bumper is available in black (Sure Foot Ice Free Coating) or unpainted for a custom build. 

The bumper/skid plate retail for $279.

Contact Zbroz Racing (435)753-7774 or www.zbrozracing.com.

 

New Cat Men’s X-Country Jacket

Built with a zip-out liner that can also be worn by itself, the new men’s X-Country Premium Jacket from Arctic Cat is a 3-in-1 system that emphasizes versatility. The jacket features waterproof and breathable A-Tex-coated fabric with fully-taped seams, plus 100 grams of bulk-free 3M Thinsulate Insulation for added warmth.

Sublimated printed panels deliver vibrant graphics and color while 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material produces maximum reflectivity in low-light conditions. Four spacious pockets include an MP3 player slot with a tangle-free neck cord system. The zip-out liner also features 100 grams of 3M Thinsulate Insulation and two pockets.

Available in orange, green and black styles in S-3XL sizes with an MSRP starting at $319.95 U.S./$369.95 Canada.

Contact Arctic Cat www.store.arcticcat.com or visit any local Arctic Cat dealership.

 

Amsoil Introduces New 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil

New Amsoil OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil provides outstanding fuel economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil. The new addition to the company’s OE line offers high-quality protection and performance for manufacturer-recommended drain intervals at a very attractive price point.

OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is API CJ-4 licensed and suitable for modern and older, on- and off-road diesel applications. It is an excellent entry-level product for customers who want to move up to synthetic quality, but won’t pay a significantly higher price than a conventional oil or aren’t initially interested in extending their drain intervals.

Benefits include:

• Meets emission system requirements

• Extreme-temperature performance

• Resists oil consumption and emissions

• Controls soot-thickening and wear

Amsoil OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is recommended for diesel engines and, where appropriate, gasoline engines requiring any of the following specifications:

API licensed CJ-4/SN; ACEA E9; Cummins CES 20081; MB 228.31; CAT ECF-3, ECF-2, ECF-1-a; Mack EO-O; Volvo VDS-4, VDS-3; MAN 3575; Renault RLD-3; and MTU Type 2.1

Contact Amsoil (800) 777-8491 or www.amsoil.com.

 

Polaris IQ Tall Windshield

PowerMadd has added one additional windshield to its Polaris IQ line. The latest windshield is the Tall. It adds an extra 1 inch of height over the Mid and 2.5 inches over the Low. It will come clear with black graphics.

You can view the full line of IQ windshields http://cts.vresp.com/c/?PowerMadd/a12107ff2f/4418e50045/50269f9df0 HERE.

The Tall fits 2007-13 Polaris IQ and 2007-11 Polaris RMK and Switchback models.

The windshield retails for $90.

Contact PowerMadd 462-8465 or www.powermadd.com.

 

Boyesen Full-Valve Rage Cage Available For Ski-Doo 800R

For 2013 Boyesen Engineering has introduced an all-new Full Valve RC2 Series Rage Cage, designed to increase overall horsepower and throttle response in 2008-13 Ski-Doo 800R sleds.

Boyesen’s new Full Valve Rage Cage has been crafted to eliminate the need to periodically change your stock intake system’s rubber intake boot due to delamination. The Full Valve Rage Cage system is offered as an upgrade to the current Half-Valve Rage Cage system, which allows use of the stock rubber intake boot. Both the Full Valve and Half Valve Ski-Doo 800R Rage Cage options perform the same while increasing horsepower and response. The major difference between the Full and Half Valve options is that the Full Valve design is a leading solution to the problem of intake boot deterioration failure, a leading cause of lean-condition and possibly critical engine failure in Ski Doo sleds.

Each Ski-Doo RC2 Series Rage Cage is “Performance Optimized,” meaning its tailor-made to each sled’s model, year and displacement. While other aftermarket valves might change flange sizes or bolt patterns, they’re basically generic, but with the Rage Cage, there are no compromises in power and no modifications required to fit the valve while upgrading your sled’s reed intake system.

The RC2 Series Rage Cage’s multi-stage reed petal system has been designed to increase throttle response and acceleration, while also broadening peak rpm horsepower output. The Rage Cage’s seamless, one-piece, precision casting and continuous aero-form surfacing provide maximum flow velocities and instant, explosive movement of air particles the moment you turn the throttle. Standard equipment on each Rage Cage are Boyesen’s dual-stage reed petals. The race-proven reed petals are integral in providing the superior ability to maintain timing with the power pulses of the Ski-Doo 800 R engine platform.

The MSRP of Boyesen’s Ski-Doo 800R, RC2 Rage Cage Intake Systems are:

Full Valve Design $329.95 (fits 2008-2013 Ski-Doo 800R); and Half Valve Design $289.95 (fits 2008-2013 Ski-Doo 800R).

Contact Boyesen Engineering www.boyesen.com.

 

ABS Powder SB15 Snowmobiler Avalanche Airbag

New for the 2012-2013 season is the ABS Powder SB15 Avalanche Airbag. This is a zip-on specially designed to meet the needs of snowmobilers, allowing quick access to the shovel.

In combination with the lightweight Powder Base-Unit, the Powder SB 15 is your choice for endless powder days. Due to the small back-plate of the Powder Base-Unit, it offers full freedom of movement in every situation. The Powder SB 15 can easily be zipped onto the Powder Base-Unit including the proven ABS TwinBag system by means of a zip. The new touring pack has outside mounts for quick access to your shovel blade and shovel shaft. It offers enough space even for lengthy tours.

Contact SnowBigDeal.com (877) 766-9244 or www.SnowBigDeal.com.

 

Exclusive Dan Adams Wraps

ArcticFX Graphics has announced its new exclusive graphics kits for Dan Adams’ NXT LVL Riding Clinic, the Dan Adams 2013 Edition Pro RMK. Sold exclusively at www.nextlevelclinics.com. 

 




509 Carbon Fiber Helmet, Polarized Stealth Aviator Combo

Introducing the highly-anticipated 509 full Carbon Fiber Evolution Helmet. This bad boy is one of the lightest on the market, starting at just 2.7 lbs. It features a durable full carbon fiber shell and premium stealth liner. It also comes standard with a removable cold weather breathbox.

Pair this beauty of a helmet with 509’s all new 2013 Polarized Stealth Aviators and you’ll not only be the best-looking rider on the mountain, but you’ll have the industry’s best performing helmet and goggle combo. These 509 Aviators feature a rimless frame design that maximizes your field of view by eliminating excess frame from your vision. Combined with a top-of-the-line polarized smoke lens, you’ll have unmatched performance with these Stealth Aviators.

Contact 509 www.ride509.com.

 

New Snap-in Pre-Filter Kits From BRP

BRP Genuine Accessories offer the advantage of being designed hand in hand with the vehicles so their fit is exact and their finish is the same quality you expect from BRP and the new snap-in Pre-Filter is a prime example of this.

The Pre-Filter kit fits both Rev-XM and Rev-XS platforms so mountain and trail riders benefit from the easy snap-in installation. The fine mesh of the pre-filters repels snow, preventing it from entering the bottom pan and hood openings while still allowing air to flow through.

And for days when snow infiltration won’t be a problem, the filters come off almost as easily as they went on.

The kit includes five filters: bottom pan grill, lower pan cover plugs, hood grill and air box pre-filter.

The Pre-Filter Kit retails for $99.99 USD/$114.99 CAD.

Contact Ski-Doo www.store.ski-doo.com or visit your local Ski-Doo dealer.

 

Vapour Jacket Boondocker Edition  

This ain’t your daddy’s cardboard parka. Aggressive riders can cut in the all new Vapour Jacket. FXR’s proven MMT “Two Stage Dry” System utilizing two layers of our HydrX Pro laminate is guaranteed to keep you dry.

Experience premium interior comfort with FXR’s Thermal Mapping System. Go powder bound all day with FXR’s exclusive Dry Vent System which offers more than 38 inches of venting to keep you cool without snow ingestion. Step away from the straight jacket feel of other waterproof products and enjoy the versatile, comfortable side of the mountain.

Contact FXR www.fxrracing.com.

 

Black Ice Three-Piece Dolly Set

Store or glide your snowmobile across the garage or shed floor with the greatest of ease when you have the assistance of the Black Ice Three-Piece Snowmobile Dolly Set from Rage Powersports.

The set of steel-constructed dollies includes two carbide runner dollies that measure 10-1/8 inches L x 7-7/8 inches W x 4-3/8 inches H with a strap and buckle to securely affix the snowmobile runner and a track dolly that measures 7 inches L x 7 inches W x 3-1/2 inches H, perfect for mobilizing the back end of the sled. All three snowmobile dollies have a raised edge, four 2-inch swivel casters for portability and can be used for single or double runner skis. The dollies assemble in minutes and come with a one-year warranty.

Contact DiscountRamps.com (888) 651-3431 or www.DiscountRamps.com.

 

Glove Box Liner

R&M Lightning Products has developed a new fitted fabric liner for the warm glove box on the Ski Doo Rev-XM and Rev-XS platform.

The Glove Box Liner protects your valuables by covering the entire compartment with soft, durable 100 percent polypropylene fabric that resists mold and mildew and is easily installed using pressure-sensitive adhesive backed hook and loop fasteners, which also makes them removable if needed.

Made in the USA.

The Glove Box Liners retail for $19.95.

Contact R&M Lightning Products (801) 467-2442 or www.rmproducts.net.

Running Board Inserts

These new running board inserts for the 2013 Polaris Pro RMK offer excellent traction and snow won’t stick to them. No cutting is required to install.

The inserts retail for $150.

Contact The Hijacker (970) 641-4250 or www.highliftjack.com.

 


LED Tail Light Housing

The new universal LED Tail Light Housing from Proven Design Products is available in white/black with LED Lights available in a red lens or clear lens. The unit wires directly into any stock tail light wiring harness. Includes new butt connectors, rivets and detailed instructions.

Contact Proven Design Products, 248) 264-6089 or

www.provendesignproducts.com.

 

Fly F2 Carbon Snow Helmet

Riders enjoy the ultimate combination of premium features with this Fly F2 Carbon Snow Helmet: light weight, outstanding coverage and protection and tremendous comfort. The carbon fiber/Kevlar shell materials deliver protection and light weight so a rider’s neck isn’t strained during a long day of riding.

• Color: Race Orange

• Sizes: XS-2XL

• Shell: Composite construction shell made of aircraft-grade woven carbon fiber and Kevlar composite materials for superior strength and incredibly light weight; dual density EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) liner, one layer softer and one slightly harder, combining to provide more progressive impact absorption for different levels of impact

• Vents: Multi-port air induction cooling system features 11 intake and four exhaust vents to create strong airflow to keep a rider’s head cool; also has tri-vent goggle anti-fog vents (three air intake vents above the goggle eye port that draw air away from the goggles to help prevent fogging)

• Interior: “Quick Snap” washable comfort liner and cheek pads can be removed quickly and easily and cleaned to keep the helmet fresh; the plush liner absorbs sweat, provides impressive ventilation

• Additional Features: Comes with breath deflector and rubber vent plug kit; custom molded rubber trim with protective nose guard; lightweight aluminum hardware for superior strength and light weight

• Safety: Snell M2010-, DOT- and ECE-approved

Contact Polaris www.purepolaris.com or visit any Polaris dealership.

 

Klim Summit Tech T

 The men’s Summit Tech T is designed as a performance-riding base or mid-layer shirt. Its new-for-2012 Polyester Micro-grid knit main body fabric and stretch panels of poly/spandex fabric make it ideal for all riding duties. Don’t compromise your layering system with a cotton t-shirt. Choose a Tech T and stay drier and more comfortable all day. Anti-microbial sweat zones fight the funk of the hardest rides while its anti-piling 4-way stretch fabrics keep it looking and fitting perfect ride after ride. 

Contact Klim (208) 552-7433 or www.klim.com.

 

Venom Solstice Helmet

For lovers of the snow, Z1R Helmets has a helmet for the snowmobiler in your family with the Venom Solstice. Using the same technology tested and proven in the Z1R street helmets, the Venom is packed with features.

Starting with the advanced ABS/Polycarbonate shell construction that meets or exceeds DOT and ECE standards, Z1R keeps rider safety in mind. To keep riders comfortable, the Venom is fitted with a fully-removable moisture-wicking and anti-microbial Heal-Tec comfort liner. It also includes a chin curtain and a breath box in conjunction with the air diffuser that keeps the double-paned shield clear from condensation. After wearing the Venom Solstice, riders will be saying ‘bring on the snow.’

Other features of the Venom Solstice helmet include a dual-density EPS impact liner, double lens, anti-fog shield with no-tool quick release mechanism and D-ring closure system with padded neck strap.

The helmet is available in black, blue, orange, pink and red and retails for $164.95 (SM-2XL).

Contact your local Parts Unlimited dealer. To find a dealer near you visit www.Z1RHelmets.com.

 

Powder Keg Life Kit Storage Box

Survive to ride again. Powder Keg has once again listened to rider input and now offers a new Life Kit storage box. The new lid design will allow Powder Keg’s lightweight, all-aluminum shovel to snap onto the top of the lid and be locked in place by a rotating aluminum disk. This new lid also has a 16-inch folding saw, an LED flashlight and a complete fire-starter kit built right in.

Powder Keg took special efforts to keep a smooth-shaped exterior with no hang-up points that could snag a rider or his clothing. These new items are built to last so you can expect to keep them to move from sled to sled over the years.

You can now order the low-profile storage box with your choice of the original lid or the new Life Kit lid. Both fit many models of Ski-Doo, Polaris and Arctic Cat sleds. The new Life Kit box comes complete with the shovel, folding saw, LED flashlight, fire-starter kit and all installation hardware for just $344.00.

Contact Powder Keg (888) 758-7307 or www.powderkegllc.com/.


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February 22, 2013

1 First Ride

Our Initial Thoughts on the Mountain 800s

For several reasons, this winter has been one of most anticipated riding seasons we here at SnoWest Magazine can remember, not the least of which is the opportunity to ride the 2013 mountain 800 sleds--a class we think will be the most competitive ever.

We gave our readers a little teaser on our webpage www.snowest.com (if you missed it, go here: http://www.snowest.com/snowmobile-news/display.cfm?ID=3601) with some photos from our first rides. The purpose of those early rides, as with many snowmobilers on new sleds, is to break the machines in. So we didn't thrash them right out of the box or climb the tallest mountain we could find. At least on the first ride.

We were anxious to rekindle the memories we had of our last ride on the Arctic Cat M 800 Sno Pro, Polaris Pro RMK 800 and Ski-Doo Summit X 800 in West Yellowstone, MT, last March to see if the production versions of those mountain machines were going to be as good as the prototypes.

Our early season ride on the Arctic Cat was on the ProClimb XF 800 Sno Pro High Country Limited as well as the M 800 Sno Pro which was transformed into the project sled.

We've put a few miles on each machine in the backcountry of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming and so far we're still pretty impressed.

The real test, though, comes in January when we put each of those stock machines through the Deep Powder Challenge, our annual head-to-head battle of the mountain 800s.

So even though we haven't really put the machines through the wringer, we do have some initial thoughts. The following is from our panel of riders who have had the chance to put some miles on the sleds.

 

Steve Janes,

SnoWest Publisher

First rides are always hard to judge. First, you haven’t been riding a snowmobile for more than six months. Second, you’re so anxious to get on snow, anything with a motor and track is a bonus. And third, you are so out of riding shape that whatever you do ride still sort of feels like riding a bull.

This doesn’t even take in the factor that most new snowmobiles require a break-in period when they don’t perform to their full potential.

So what we have is a one-year-older, out-of-shape snowmobiler looking for his first ride of the season regardless of how bad the snow may be, trying to get a first impression on the new snowmobiles.

We’re sure you’re all dying to take his advice about the new models. Right?

Here’s what I like:

The new Polaris 800 is smooth and quick. It is easy to get up on an edge, even with the crusty snow we encountered early this season. The track works hard and provides incredible thrust up the mountain. It’s quick to react to your rider input … so you better be quick to maintain balance as you encounter ever-changing slopes.

The Arctic Cat 800 has plenty of grunt and feels strong on the snow. The track hooks up hard and the platform is well-balanced. It has a smooth ride on the trail. It does have a little bit of a bulky feel to it … and the back of the seat tends to get in the way when you're crossing over from side to side.

The Ski-Doo 800 is a soft-purring sled that delivers great power in a friendly fashion. It’s soft and easy to ride, yet it will take on even the steepest slopes and cruise to the top. This is a snowmobile that tends to fit anyone’s style. It has a balanced feel—not only from side to side, but from front to back.

 

Ryan Harris,

SnoWest Tech Editor,

SledHeads Editor

Pro RMK

Great sled that is in another world when it comes to weight. If I'm spending a long day in the mountains, this is the sled I want to be on just because I'm not as tired at the end of the day. 

Summit X

Probably the easiest sled to roll up and tuck into a sidehill line. You can go for miles traversing slopes on this machine. And it has enough power to turn it straight up the hill. 

M 800 Sno Pro 

This sled is substantially better than the 2012 version. The 38-inch front end makes it a sidehilling machine that stacks up to any sled on the mountain. The suspension is awesome.

 

Jason Harris,

President of Harris Publishing

(hey you have to take the boss riding once in a while, right?)

Ski-Doo - I felt more confident and comfortable riding the Ski-Doo. I liked it better. I liked the suspension better, the feel better, the handlebars better and the seat was more comfortable.

Polaris - There was a section on the trail with some pretty serious wind drifts. I was going a little too fast and remember thinking to myself, "I'm going to endo," but the Polaris handled it pretty well. I thought I was going to lose it and I didn't. That is because the machine handled those deep drifts really well.

 

Lane Lindstrom,

SnoWest Editor

If the snow will cooperate, this is going to be one of my best riding seasons ever and it's because of these 2013 mountain 800s.

The Arctic Cat XF 800 Sno Pro High Country is better than the 2012 model. That was noticeable on the first ride. I like the power and its delivery. Want a short burst of power to jump a mogul? Jab the throttle and the machine reacts. One other thing that was noticeable came as we were riding a shelled-out section of an off-camber trail. The balance on the Cat was great and it landed fairly square when it came back down on the snow. And the track really hooks up.

The Polaris Pro RMK 800 is still the confidence-builder the machine has earned a reputation for. It feels light, light, light. And it rides light, light, light. Flickable is becoming an overused word with this sled, but it still describes it very accurately. I agree with Ryan that this RMK doesn't wear you out.

The Ski-Doo Summit X 800 is every bit as good as I remember it late last winter and spring. The powerplant really delivers and does it so smoothly. And unlike previous years' models, you don't have to wrestle the XM chassis on a sidehill. Lean and go. It's that easy.


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February 17, 2013

Mid-winter Blues


Steve Janes Blog

It’s the middle of February and by all accounts we should be in the prime of the winter season. Every blue-bird day should be a riding day. That’s how it works; snowmobiling at its finest.

So how come I’m sitting at my desk pounding away on the computer instead of out busting power? The answer is simple—the snow sucks.


We are presently going through a weather pattern which has brought little or no snow to the higher elevations during the past two weeks. The little snow in the mountains, particularly at elevations lower than 8,000 feet, has become dehydrated, crusty or hard … not the snow you really relate with busting powder.


Temperatures have gone up and down—cold, warm, cold—which leads to deteriorating snow conditions. Basically, riding conditions are just not good.


So that means there has been no real desire to go out and fight with nature. And with the lack of fresh snow along with the already low snow depths, there’s just not that much ground cover to protect your sled from rocks and stumps. (This is speaking from experience—I’ve already replaced three A-arms this season.)

Don’t get me wrong—I’d rather be riding in bad snow than sitting at my office fingering a keyboard and watching winter slip away. But now I’m just content biding my time and watching every storm front move across the radar maps. 


The snowmobiles are all fueled and ready to go. I’m working ahead on assignments to free up my schedule. All it will take is one fat-looking snowflake to float down from heaven to get me up out of my chair and heading for the mountains.


After all, winter is half over … but I hope I’m just getting started with the riding season.

SJ


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February 09, 2013

Sex And The Single Snowmobiler


Steve Janes Blog

Let’s be perfectly clear … sometimes people can be just shameless when it comes to promoting their product.

For example, when I write a blog, I do it out of love for the sport. However, if I were to do it for, let’s say, trying to increase web traffic, I would use certain words that would generate more interest on search engines. WARNING: Material of sexual nature.

Instead of writing about stock sleds and mountain riding, I would use code words. For example, a stock sled could be referred as a NUDE or even NAKED “love machine” which would capture a lot of search hits. Instead of project sleds, we say XXX “no one under 18 years of age allowed” stuff. “We’d call stuff SLEAZY and refer to ASIAN or HOT CANADIAN WOMEN when talking about our snowmobiles. Touring sleds could be described in French terms and cylinders could be called BIG JUGS. And I won’t even go where two strokes and big bores could take us.

But all of this would naturally cast a bigger net in attracting people to this blog.

So all you sexy snowmobilers who are lonely and want some company for some steamy action … aren’t you glad I don’t stoop that low?

SJ


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