To the uninitiated, all you need to start riding an ATV or UTV is to go out and buy a vehicle. Technically speaking, it’s hard to argue with that logic. But in practice, there are a number of things we think every off-roader should have before ever going out for a rip – and an even longer list of things that would be very helpful (or at least nice) to have.
Roaring through a desert plain or across the back forty is a barrel of fun – until you get a snootful of dust and spend the rest of your trip hacking up the better part of two lungs. An ATV dust mask that fits well and is made of quality materials is just the ticket to avoid this irritating situation.
If you’re looking for a replacement for your old, worn-out gear bag, you might want to check out the Ogio Rig 9800. It’s a rugged, durable roller bag, billed by the manufacturer as “perfect for a trip to the track, a trek across the globe, and everything in between,” not to mention the “most elite, fully loaded travel bag available.” Features like a dedicated padded helmet chamber and over-sized wheels designed to traverse any terrain signal the bag’s true intent as the ultimate gear bag for outdoor sports enthusiasts, but in truth, the Ogio Rig 9800 is a multi-use rolling duffle, just as at-home at the airport as it is at the trailhead.
While there are plenty of protective outdoor sport optics out there, few have earned a reputation like Spy goggles. Based out of Southern California, Spy Optic has made it their business to design the best sunglasses, goggles, and prescription frames they know how, taking design cues from the outdoor sports community.
For many of us, it was our father, or father-figure, who helped start us onto our path with ATVs and UTVs. He got us our first machines and taught us the right and wrong ways to ride. Or, perhaps you were the one to introduce him to the sport and now he loves it as much as you do. Either way, you and your dad now share a mutual love of ATVs and off-roading. What better way to celebrate this Father’s Day than by helping him enjoy it that much more?
Off-road helmets are a must have piece of safety equipment for every rider and passenger. We all know this, too. Anyone who has ever taken a serious spill on an ATV, UTV dirt bike or other fun toy, and had any sort of contact with his/her head, can attest that helmets are truly necessary. Helmet technology has taken massive leaps forward in safety lately. The Multi-Impact Protection System, or MIPS system was adapted by most of the manufacturers, but some have looked to surpass it, looking for ways to offer more protection. One of the latest helmets to offer extended protection is the new Fly Racing Formula Carbon Fiber helmet. We’ve been testing one for a while now and feel it is one of the best carbon fiber helmets you can buy.
There are two main reasons to take the time to dress properly for a day of riding in the sand dunes – safety and comfort. Not adhering to those two tenants can ruin your day, your riding season and much more if you’re not careful. But have no fear! We’re here to give you some helpful pointers that will help make your dune-shredding fun and comfortable as well as safe.
Fox Racing grew from motocross racing in the 1970s when Geoff Fox formed a team of riders to compete against the factory teams. These riders used Fox’s engine and suspension components, and to make them look the part of a team, Fox created Team Moto-X Fox riding gear using bright red, yellow and orange colors. This was the birth of the Fox Racing gear clothing brand as it was a huge hit. From those beginnings, the company branched out into more Fox Racing gear, and eventually started working with riders from other teams.
After a helmet, it’s important to wear good, protective footwear when you’re off-roading. You want something that fits good, and provides good ankle support. Sorry, those high-top sneakers won’t cut it. If you look at what motocross racers wear, those boots have tons of ankle support, and protect the foot, ankle and shins from impacts. There are some great boots available for off-road use and below you’ll find our top picks for the best ATV boots.
KLIM‘s Badlands Jacket and Pant have been a hit since their introduction in 2011. Known for their storage capacity, armor system, GORE-TEX Pro Shell weatherproof technology, visibility, reflectivity, and abrasion and cut resistance, KLIM has taken it a step further for 2015.
Built on an updated chassis, KLIM says its new Badlands set focuses on increased comfort , while improving durability and lowering overall weight. Other updates include improved ventilation airflow, zipper pulls and storm flaps that are easier to reach, and increased visibility.
ATV and UTV riders who are keeping their hands warm with Can-Am branded heated gloves may need to return them as some models are being recalled. According to the recall notice, the glove’s lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
The gloves are only available in black and are sold with two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and a charger. The gloves have either”ski-doo” or “can-am” on the pointer finger and on the wrist band of each glove. Both gloves come in size XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. The battery pack is located on the zipped pouch on the wrist of each glove.
We’ve seen some awesome off-road riding gear at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., but two jackets from REV’IT! stand out.
The Poseidon GTX ($899.99) is what you want to wear when Mother Nature is having a bad day. It feels surprisingly lightweight, but REV’IT! says its 3L GORE-TEX outer shell is 100 percent waterproof for riding in the most extreme conditions. To add some ventilation when the sun comes out, open up chest vents with the FidLock magnetic fastener system. Other features of the Poseidon GTX include CE-certified protection, reflective panels, collar hook and connection zippers.