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Although it’s now been six years since the last major platform overhaul of Arctic Cat’s mountain sleds, it would be a lie to suggest that the manufacturer has been resting on its laurels.
You hit the ramp as fast as your sled will take you and immediately pull back on the bars, stretching to look around the rotation and spot your landing. At this point you realize that rider forward sleds with a centralized mass would rotate much easier than this nose-heavy tub you are riding.
How well does it work? For starters, Polaris riders continue to rave about their Axys PRO-RMK mountain sleds, even in the face of significant engine technology releases from the three other manufacturers in the last two years.
Since I tore ligaments in both knees within five months of each other, I currently consider myself a self-proclaimed professional at knee rehab. And in this brief history of injury professionalism, I have had the epiphany that knee injury prevention truly is the better route. Shocking stuff, I know. Here are my top 5 tips for knee injury prevention.
Long before the magnificent mountain machines we ride today were produced, our roots were formed on frozen lakes and fields. There, weekend warriors would battle for supremacy on one of over 100 brands of new snowmobile. And while many did not directly contribute to the design of our current machines, they ALL contributed to the growth in popularity of our sport.
My first day on snow, November 16 was a deep one, with chest deep snow! Yes, I am short at 5’6″, but that is still pretty damn deep! As they say, “it’s on like Donkey Kong,” here on the Coast. Yes, conditions in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor have been that good!
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.
If we all did this for top quality video instead of trolling and arguing in comments on video that we really don’t care about at all, we can show Facebook and other social media platforms what’s really important to us.
We demand better sleds, we demand that our brand of choice keeps up with its competition, and we demand that our sleds get faster, lighter and better handling every year. Is the downside to this a shortened development time in a race to get new ideas to market?
The Charity Ride takes place on December 16 this year on Boulder and Frisby with a day of coached and guided riding. While instructors Nadine Overwater, Rob Alford, Brodie Evans and Derek Wood will offer tips and wisdom, it’s designed as less of a clinic and more as a day of stoke in the mountains. Photographers will be out taking professional photos of participants, and the day ends with an epic after-party at the Big Eddy Pub in the heart of Revelstoke.