Gear | Mountain Sledder Magazine
Two models, the Crow Bar and the CB (Chris Brown) Bar, are completely new for 2018. They are intended as a swap-out stock replacement for Ski-Doo REV Gen4 850 and Polaris AXYS PRO-RMK bars. These bars are 7/8″ diameter throughout, so they don’t require an oversized riser unlike the other CFR handlebars in the lineup.
MY2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Yamaha-built snowmobiles, but that major milestone isn’t the only reason for Yamaha enthusiasts to be excited about their favourite brand for 2018. Steady refinement and a few key factors have made the latest Sidewinder M-TX the best mountain machine that Yamaha has ever produced.
The 509 Evolve Jacket and Bib use a proprietary weatherproof fabric they call “5TECH”. For maximum mobility, the jacket and bib have been tailored for an aggressive riding posture—they are shaped for the position you’ll be in while riding, not while putting out the vibe at the pump.
Camso has issued a DTS 129 recall for its products made in model year 2017 (MY2017). The issue stems from a number of reports of brakes malfunction on the dirt-to-snow bike conversion kit. The pin which secured the brake pads can loosen, causing a crash or impact hazard. No injuries have been reported as a result of the issue.
The Elevation Dry-Link is called a monosuit, but it isn’t really. It’s two pieces (jacket and bibs) that zip fully together to form one. And from what I’ve seen so far with one day under my belt (haha), you kind of get the best of both worlds.
A heated lens element is used by military aircraft and is what 509 has incorporated into their new Ignite series of goggles. By utilizing an indium tin oxide layer on the inside lens, the science of fogging just doesn’t apply anymore.
There are a variety of different styles of TOBE jackets available for 2018. Between the uninsulated jackets, the insulated jackets and the selection of mono suits available, we were starting to get a little confused! So when Greg from TOBE stopped by our office, we asked him to stand in front of the camera to help clarify the lineup for us and our readers.
BoonDocker has revealed to Mountain Sledder that its popular Sidekick pump gas turbo kit is now fully developed, tested and available to owners of the MY2018 Arctic Cat Mountain Cat, Sno Pro and M models. The Arctic Cat turbo kit is designed to work with the manufacturer’s new C-TEC2 engine to produce improved power across the entire spectrum of engine speeds.
Historically, turbo induction upgrade kits have not achieved mainstream adoption for a number of reasons. 1) They were expensive and are difficult to install, 2) they demanded specialized knowledge to be able to tune and maintain, 3) they were unreliable and 4) they required expensive race and/or aviation fuel to run, which was prohibitive for many riders. …
What about your emergency kit? There is a pile of info on these online and I encourage you to do a search. Being prepared and as comfortable as possible in an emergency situation can make a big difference in the final outcome. A few of my must-haves besides the obvious are a bivy sack, small cook stove, flares and two-way reliable communication that can reach the outside world.