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Published in the November 2010 Issue White Out & Wide Open—The Blog

Avi Vest

One of the newest products on the market aimed at helping snowmobilers survive an avalanche is the Avi Vest.

The vest features an inflatable red safety airbag that you can inflate by pulling a rip cord if you're caught in an avalanche. The airbag inflates and rises to the surface of a slide, taking the person wearing the vest with it. After two minutes, the airbag slowly begins to deflate, discharging breathable air while creating a cavity behind the person's head.

The compressed air cylinder used to inflate the Avi Vest is rechargeable. The Impact version of the Avi Vest also offers impact protection.

Contact Avi Vest (877) 428-4432 or


2011 Dennis Kirk Snow Catalog

Now is the time to tune-up and upgrade your snowmobile, not to mention replace that tattered coat, bibs and helmet. We all know great winter days are few enough. Don't waste a single day of fresh snow, trails covered in powder and smooth icy lakes to a broken belt or cracked windshield. The folks over at Dennis Kirk have all the goodies you need to get stocked and ready to go, including brands like Arctiva, HJC, Woody's and more. Orders placed by 8 p.m. CST will be shipped out the same day and if your order is $100 or more, the shipping is free. You can place orders everyday from 6 a.m. to midnight CST.

Contact Dennis Kirk (800) 970-2308 or


HMK Outlaw Jacket

The HMK Outlaw snowmobiling jacket is designed for performance and comfort for when you're on the run. It has a highly sought-after distinct appearance, versatility and was "built to withstand anything that gets in the way."

It has a removable shell with a full featured Tech Jacket Liner. It is a waterproof/windproof/breathable heavy-duty Cordura three-in-one-jacket that can be worn with the Tech Jacket Liner zipped in for maximum warmth as a shell or you can use the liner as a stand-alone jacket.

It has a removable hood with internal draw cord, embroidered logo on sleeves, back and chest and reflective piping along the chest, back and sleeves. It comes in black and is available in men's sizes XS-3XL for $349.95.

Contact HMK


XXX Mod Rods Cat Skull Hood/Vents

Keep your cat cool with Mod Rods' new Cat Skull Hood and Side Vents. 

These vents come in many different colors and options. Mod Rods also has a full line 

of vents for all makes and models of snowmobiles.

Contact XXX Mod Rods (509) 370-1457 or



This vest has NobleTek insulation and was designed specifically for the needs of snowmobile enthusiasts. Surviva-Vest is the most thermally efficient and effective survival vest available.

It provides instant warmth by simply pulling a cord and the vest auto-inflates in less than a second, capturing your body's heat in an efficient way. It has a dynamic channel design so when the vest is inflated it contours to your body and doesn't allow the air to escape.

NobleTek insulation also keeps you warm regardless of moisture, even if you fall into a creek. Another feature includes pressurized bladders of Argon for wind proofing. Argon also makes it thinner, warmer and more compact emergency gear.

Contact MotorFist (877) FIST-411 or


RAM Suction Mount, POV Camera Clamp

This POV Camera head mounting solution includes the RAM Suction Mount and POV Tri-Pod Mount.

The two complementing pieces are joined by a secure ¼-20 Tri-Pod thread. The RAM Suction Mount is designed to have an extra strong hold on any smooth, non-porous surface. For best results, mount the suction cup on a glass or non-porous plastic surface.

The unit retails for $ 49.95.

Contact V.I.O. (888) 579-2267 or


Klim Impulse Parka

Klim's insulated Impulse Parka has a clean, streamlined style and advanced all-condition design and function. Featuring Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabrics and 100 gram Thinsulate Insulation, the Impulse Parka instantly becomes the cross-over king, tearing up western vertical assaults just as easily as it torches down the most intense high-speed trails.

Top-end features include an integrated, optional-use powder skirt, dual-pull pit zippers with internal storm flaps for controlled ventilation and adjustable, insulated waterproof hood.

The Impulse also comes in kids' sizes and there are pockets galore. All cargo areas have brushed tricot lining to aid in warmth and offer a soft protective layer for delicates. Headphone-securing loops and an audio port come standard. It is available in adult XS-3XL sizes and in kids 4T-12 and comes in black, blue, red or tan.

Retail price is adult XS-2XL $249.99, 3XL $279.99 and $189.99 for kids sizes.

Contact Klim (208) 552-7433 or


Ski-Doo Helium Series Clothing

The new Ski-Doo Helium Clothing series from BRP is designed with a combination of high-tech materials for active mountain riders. At the heart of this system is a membrane new to the North American market known as Sympatex, which establishes new levels of breathability, durability, elasticity and is more environmentally-friendly compared to PTFE-membranes.

Helium gear has a breathable membrane with Sympatex that adapts as the rider's effort level increases. The non-porous membrane is waterproof, windproof and the PTFE-free Sympatex membrane is a copolymer consisting of polyester and polyether-production of which produces no toxic materials-and is 100 percent recyclable.

Helium jackets and pants are offered in two versions, the Helium 50 series featuring a heavier Cordura outer shell with XS through 3XL sizing and the Advanced TEC Helium 30 series using a nylon outer shell and offering tall sizing in addition. Both series are available with black or red jackets.

Retail price is $399.99/$479.99 Canadian.

Contact BRP 


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