I must be getting old, because I’m nutty for gear bags. For the last seven or eight years, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time traveling to ATV and SxS races and press events all over the country. You can imagine the colossal pain in the neck it is to drag every piece of safety gear you could ever imagine needing, especially when those trips involve flying. I’ve sprinted through many airports like OJ Simpson in the old Hertz commercials (YouTube it), dragging numerous overweight gear bags in my roost. Through those experiences, I’ve found no bag finer than an Ogio. The company has a reputation for building some of the best high-end bags on the market, and I recently got the opportunity to test the new Ogio Rig 9800 LE. [ Read Full Post ]
Performance: For the last several years, I’ve owned an original pair of Klim Adrenaline boots, the predecessor to the Adrenaline GTX. Those boots have seen many miles while protecting my heinous feet on trail rides all over the country, keeping them warm, dry, and comfy during my adventures. In my opinion, the new Adrenaline GTX is even better. [ Read Full Post ]
Machine: 2012 Can Am Outlander 1000 XT MSRP: $11,949 -Yellow/Black $12,349 - Camo/Pure Magnesium Metallic www.canamoffroad.com
Over the last few months, I’ve logged nearly 300 miles testing Can Am’s new Outlander 1000 XT in the rocky, muddy, densely forested terrain of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region. The time spent riding the Outlander gave me a clear perception of how the machine performed in nearly every situation a typical rider would subject it to. The takeaway? This is the best ATV the company has ever produced.
What makes it so good? The updates to the new Outlander 1000 XT are both evolutionary and revolutionary, but the most obvious change is to the engine. Past Outlander models featured engines ranging from 400 to 800cc. But with other manufacturers bumping engine size above 800cc, and after the successful launch of the Can Am Commander 1000 Side-by-Side in 2011, it made sense for Can Am to transplant the Commander’s massive 1000cc power plant into a new, mega-bore ATV. [ Read Full Post ]
"For the approximate 5.5 million ATV riders and snowmobile owners in the US and Canada, the Terrain provides the footwear comfort and quality needed to enjoy any outdoor adventure," said Director of Footwear Sean O'Brien.
The boot is cradled in a micro fleece liner that absorbs moisture, keeping the rider warm and dry from temperatures ranging from sub-freezing to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Additionally, the durable and exceptionally lightweight rubber outsole is supportive, yet flexible enough for a rider to easily control the pedals of an ATV and keep their foot firmly in-place on metal grate surfaces. Protective rubber overlays and a reinforced ankle area contribute to the supportive design and overall comfort of the boot. The boot's tall upper portion is finished with a "dirt skirt" that keeps mud and debris out. [ Read Full Post ]
So Outdoor Life is part of a cool contest operated by Crown Royal, sponsor of Field & Stream’s Hook Shots show and maker of the whiskey that comes in a purple bag. The contest is called “Pass the Crown,” and it’s a variation on the Secret Santa gift exchange anyone who’s ever worked in an office is familiar with. Are you lucky enough to have never worked in an office? Then here’s how this works: [ Read Full Post ]