Whenever we went on family trips while I was a kid I would stare out of the side window for hours. I would imagine that I was racing “Big Blue,” our baby blue family wagon, on a four-wheeler. If a bridge came, I would jump it. A fence — I would blast through it. Water? Well. My 4-wheeler would turn into a boat. Kids have great imaginations. We tend to lose that creativity when we grow up. [ 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 ]
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 ]