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snowmobiling-cortechChoosing your winter gear can be a hard choice when there are literally hundreds of options. Whether you are heading out on a cold January morning or warm March ride, using the correct gear can not only make your snowmobile ride much more enjoyable but it also could save your life if you have problems out on the trail.

I recently had an opportunity to test out some new gear and I was pleasantly surprised with how well the gear performed! It might seem obvious but your location and riding style greatly affect what type of gear that will suit you best. For me, the following gear worked great for moderate riding with a variety of ditch banging and trail riding. No matter where you ride, always research for the best gear before making your purchase!

Snowmobile Jacket

Journey3.0-JacketSnowmobile jackets are probably the most advertised item but it’s not necessarily the most important component for a good gear setup. I have used many jackets over the years from some of the top brands in the snowmobiling industry but not many have been as comfortable as the Cortech Journey 3.0 Snowmobile Jacket.

The Journey 3.0 is light weight but is as warm as many of the heavier jackets. It resists both wind when cruising down straightaways and water on the warm and wet days. Unlike many other jackets, it has the ideal balance of pockets. I find it amusing how many jackets you see with 26 different pocket compartments and literally no way to remember which one contains the key for your snowmobile. One of the best features I love about the Journey 3.0 is the easy to access vents at the back of the jacket. Just reach back and unzip the back vents and under arm vents to allow the hot air to vent out when the temps starts to rise. Looking for a warm, good looking snowmobile jacket that won’t break the bank? The Cortech Journey is the perfect snowmobile jacket for you.

Snowmobile Pants

Journey2.0-PantsIf you put in a ton of seat time during the winter months, choosing the best snowmobile pants is important as performing regular maintenance on your snowmobile. It can get cold riding with a wet ***! The Cortech Journey 2.0 pants lived up to their names and were perfect for my snowmobile journeys. They are warm and form fitting. In the past, many of my snowmobile pants had to be very large and baggy in order to be warm. I consider these snowmobile pants the perfect match for someone (like me) who rides in a variety of snow conditions and temperatures.

The pants have several convenient pockets and a velcro strap at the waist to tighten or loosen the fit. I think the best part of the pants is the heavy duty zipper that runs the entire length of the leg. This makes it easy to put on your boots just before you are heading out and huge ventilation on those warm spring rides. All in all, I think these pants are awesome! Warm, waterproof, functional and comfortable.

Snowmobile Helmet

HJC-CL-17Purchasing helmets can be tough for snowmobilers. You are in the store or shopping online and you are trying to think, “Ok, how is this going to feel when I am doing 70 mph across the lake or when we just received a monster snowstorm that dropped 20 inches of fresh powder?” There are so many things to consider with purchasing a new helmet such as size, features and design. You obviously want a helmet that protects your head in any event but you also need a helmet that fits well and provides clear vision of the trail ahead.

I have worn open face, modular and full face snowmobile helmets in the past but after wearing the CL-17 for the first time, I instantly fell in love with it. I was amazed on how good the helmet felt when out on this season’s first ride. The padding on the inside of the helmet is very comfortable and the helmet follows the jaw line perfectly to seal out wind and snow. I was also surprised about how lightweight it felt! The helmet has 2 top vents, two front vents and two side vents that allowed the helmet to breathe very well when you need to get rid of all the extra heat inside the helmet. I am using the CL-17 with the “Hot Air Expel System” which included a frameless electric double lens visor (Model HJ-09P). Hooking up power was easy and the heated shield never fogged up even on the coldest days of ditch banging.

Overall, the helmet performs great! You can purchase it with several style variations, it has good air ventilation and it is very comfortable. For those who like full face helmets, check out the CL-17

Snowmobile Gloves

TourMaster-Synergy-2-Heated-GlovesFinally I was able to test Tourmaster’s Synergy 2.0 heated gloves. At first glance, I was a little worried that the gloves might not be warm enough but after the first ride, my hand were so hot that I had to ride with no gloves on! I luckily was able to turn the temperature setting down and they were perfect.

The glove itself is very comfortable and appears to be built to last more than one season of riding. There is patches sewed into the wear locations and a heavy duty velcrow strap to seal up your sleeve from the wind and snow. Installing the wires to power the gloves were fairly self-explanatory and the temperature control box easily hooks onto the outside of the Cortech pants making it easy to adjust the temperature while riding. I really love how warm the glove is for how small it is. Many manufactures make warm gloves but the gloves are so large and clumsy.

Tourmaster’s Synergy 2.0 gloves are warm and comfortable even on the coldest days. They are a little more expensive that a basic glove but you are getting so much more than just a basic gloves. Heading out for a long ride? Checkout the Synergy 2.0 gloves!

Overall, I was very surprised on how well Cortech’s products performed in the variety of riding conditions I was able to sled in. From a lazy Sunday ride to a late Friday night rip, the gear kept me warm and comfortable even on the coldest days. Looking for new gear? Checkout Cortech’s snowmobile gear.

Thanks to LeatherUp.com for the opportunity to test out their gear! Please check out their snowmobile gear here. With over 1.5 million satisfied customers, LeatherUp.com sells more leather jackets, helmets and motorcycle boots than anyone else. They are dedicated to providing the best customer service and offing the best products at exceptionally low prices. Check out LeatherUp.com here.

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SCHOOLED 6 Teaser

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In its sixth year, SCHOOLED continues to deliver great instruction mixed with epic backcountry footage. Try to follow Bret Rasmussen in some insanely deep Idaho powder, and push the limits with Chris Burandt on mountain-goat-steep Colorado side hills. The best suspension set-up experts in the industry share secrets to maximizing any sled's backcountry performance. For those looking to step up their suspension-game in a big way, SCHOOLED is proud to include a special in-depth introduction to the ARC System from our friends at SKINZ. See the system in action first hand and how it can help you beat your buddies to the top of the mountain.

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Sled Chicks Vol. 3 - 16 Photos

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A little tribute to those beautiful women that love to go snowmobiling. Do you know any beautiful ladies that love to ride? You can send their pictures with their snowmobile to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included in the next volume.

Maria-Sandberg-Pink

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Please help us save a life. Here at ReflexSnowmobiling.com, we understand that most are fans are strong family people and we would like to share a little girls story:

 


As Big and burly as all us SnoCross Racers are we have a soft spot for “Daddy’s little girl” and we have decided to band together to help Eliza out. You can go here and purchase an epic shot of your favorite Pro SnoCross rider and 100% (thats right, EVERYTHING!) goes to finalizing the treatment that can save Eliza’s life.



We also understand not all of us are in a position to do this. But you can share this with those in your circle of friends and family that may be able to help.

From all of us at ReflexSnowmobiling.com we thank you and together we can change a life.

To view other snocross pictures taken by Aaron Belford, visit this page or checkout his website here

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All new chassis? 93% new parts? Looks like Polaris has something new coming March 2, 2014 when they release all the information about the new 2015 snowmobiles. "Our sleds are engineered to be the best. With a no-compromise blend of durability, balance, power and suspension, we build sleds that perform to the highest level. Our engineers look at every facet of terrain, and spend time out there to get it right."

What do you think about Project AXYS? Something really different or same old sled, different marketing pitch? 

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Throttle-Decisions-BackcountryGoing snowmobiling in mountainous terrain or planning a trip out west? If you always ride in steep terrain, Avalanches have always been a risk but unfamiliar snowmobilers riding in steep terrain can accidently trigger a potentially fatal avalanche without even realizing it until it is too late. In the last 10 winters, an average of 28 people die in avalanches every year in the United States (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) with Colorado, Alaska and Utah having the highest fatalities. They also show that since 1950, snowmobilers outpace skiers and climbers having the highest fatality rate.

There are approximately 150 avalanche fatalities reported each year by the 17 countries that are members of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue. In the past 30 years, an average of 11 avalanche fatalities occur each year in Canada. (http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/library/avalanche-accidents)

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The 2015 SRViper R-TX LE

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The 2015 SRViper R-TX is Yamaha's rough trail model. 

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What's new / cool for the 2015 Yamaha's? Source - Yamaha

  • Lightweight, rigid SRV chassis
  • High Performance Genesis 4-stroke engine
  • Fuel injection
  • Engine braking reduction system
  • Legendary Yamaha Clutching
  • Multi-purpose magnesium chaincase
  • High performance Hayes Brake system
  • 15 x 129 x 1.7-inch Camoplast Snowcross track
  • Dual Shock SR 129 Race rear suspension
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The 2015 Yamaha SR Viper M-TX 162

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What's new with the 2015 SR Viper M-TX 162? Source - Yamaha

  • Lightweight, rigid SRV chassis
  • High Performance Genesis 4-stroke engine
  • Fuel injection
  • Engine braking reduction system
  • Legendary Yamaha Clutching
  • Multi-purpose magnesium chaincase
  • High performance Hayes Brake system
  • 15 x 162 x 2.6-inch Power Claw track
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