The Alberta Snowmobile Powersports Show is the biggest snowmobile show that has ever existed in the history of everything everywhere.*It’s full of three things: Dudes, a Beer Garden and Really Rad Sled Stuff. To balance things out, we traveled booth to booth with our Gear Girl to emphasize the finer points of the sled show and the new gear available for the coming winter.
-Photos by TGFG
-Model Kayli Dentman
Highmark by Snowpulse Ridge Avalanche Airbag – New for 2016 this 15L pack was built off the success of the super-low profile Highmark Pitch. Knowing that an extra inch is always appreciated, Highmark added a bit of height to the Ridge and included their trademark exterior shovel carry system. When it comes to life saving technology Highmark by Snowpulse is used by more snowmobile professionals than any other brand. www.snowpulsehighmark.com $749 ($968 with cylinder)
CFR Handlebar Grips – Available in 5 colours these CFR grips fit both straight and pre-bent bars, so no matter which way you hang, you’re covered. They are compatible with hand warmers and are guaranteed to not be the reason you can’t fly through the sky like Brett Turcotte. $34.95 www.cheetahfactoryracing.com
Klim PowerXRoss Glove – Let’s face it, your current gloves are the reason you’re not climbing the Monster chute. Right? With a full leather palm and a silicone grip zone you’ll be giving the highest of fives and claiming bragging rights when you rock these bad boys. $99.99 www.klim.com
Munster Kill Switch – With a life cycle of 1,000,000 kills, this Munster kill switch will have you pushing buttons like a real life Grand Theft Auto. Say goodbye to accidental shut offs, this baby requires intended pressure to get the job done. $115 www.munsterprecisionmetal.com
509 Altitude Carbon Fibre Helmet – At less than 3lbs, this 509 helmet uses carbon fibre technology that may or may not have been stolen from NASA. One thing for certain is that it is out of this world light and reduces huck-neck by at least 19.84%. $495 www.ride509.com
Motorfist Outerwear – Fact is, if you’re wet you’re miserable, at least when snowmobiling. Motorfist uses eVent technology to make garments that are tough and wick water away from your body and keep you drier than a popcorn fart. www.Motorfist.com
Mountain Sledder Ride Guidebook – The very first of their kind, the Ride Guidebooks are an invaluable resource for those snowmobiling in BC. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Golden and need to know what zones to hit or you’re an experienced sledder from Revy who just wants to see if we got the info right on your favourite chute, these two books are the most talked-about resource for sledders in BC. $29.95 www.sleddermag.com
TSS Turbo – Polaris – Hand made in a secret bunker in Tappen BC, this Top Secret Shop Pro Water to Air Turbo kit creates faster spool up for better throttle response in the trees and climbing hills. Leave your punk buddies behind. $7950.00 www.topsecretshop.ca
Skinz Front Bumper – The front of your ride says a lot about you. Do you have a deer slayer over your grill, or are you more of an eyelashes-glued-to-the-headlights-of-your-VW-Bug kinda guy? We thought so. These bumpers have extreme front protection with front tubes and a bash plate, making them the best bumpers in the biz. $239.95 www.skinzcanada.com
Backcountry 8.4 Flashlight – Pop quiz, hotshot: It’s 7:45pm in God-knows-where-backcountry and you’ve got a buddy with a busted sled. Buddy has an iPhone flashlight with a cracked screen and about 12 minutes of battery life. You’ve got a waterproof case with a fully submersible, 840 lumens, GoPro compatible, mount kit. Now, here’s the question – how much beer does buddy owe you? $149 www.frankensled.com
Skinz Freeride Seat Kit – Ideally, the lower your seat kit, the easier you’ll be able to jump back and forth when steering your sled. Also ideally, the gripper-cover over your seat will allow your ass to stay in place in snowy or damp conditions. Meet the ideal seat from Skinz, which will shave key pounds of weight off your sled so you can stock up on extra McBreakfast. $559.95 www.skinzcanada.ca
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