Exciting New Snowmobile Products For You!
by Scott A. Sumner
The snowmobile season is now in full swing! Recently I visited four dealers in Thunder Bay to find out about some new products they were excited about this year.
North Country Cycle & Sports Jessica Stevens, Parts “ The 509 has been a hot product this year- both helmets and goggles. The lightness of the helmet, with a starting weight of 1260 grams, is impressive. The combination with the 509 goggle and Altitude helmet we sell are designed to fit perfectly together so you don’t have a draft, leaks or frost. “ 509 also sell an antifog fan that goes in your googles, drys the air out and blows it out the top. They also have so many different lenses for varying light conditions eg sunny, night riding, overcast and so on. Many people get multiple lenses when they buy their goggles because it is so easy with all the selection.” “ You are paying for a light helmet in the range of $250 to $300 but the quality is so high. The lightness makes a real difference. The perfect fit with the goggles and helmet is great as well and I don’t know of any other brand that has that. When people first pick up the helmet they are impressed with the lightness and then the perfect fit with the goggles ( price range $80 to $150)
J&J Sports Dustin Krezonski Sales “ The PPS Micro Start kit has been a great product for us this year. It is a boost pack which also has a flashlite on it. You can charge your phone, computer or any electronic item with different computer adapters, cell phone chargers and USB plugs. It will boost a car, truck, ATV or snowmobile and can be carried right with you.” “ If the battery goes dead on the trail you have this unit that will get you going again. If you are out on your ATV and the battery goes dead this will allow you to start the unit. Most of the new ATV’s don’t have a pull cord now.” “ The cost is $185 and has been very well received by our customers here at J & J Sports.”
Intercity Power Sports Jamie Fraser, General Manager “ We have a new product made by a company called Mountain Teck Performance from Colorado. They call it their blow hole kit. It is like a bilge blower from a boat but mounts on the clutch side of the snowmobile and operates continuously while the snowmobile is running. It pulls all that air from the under the hood across the clutches, getting all the hot air out from under the hood. This allows clutches to run a lot colder which helps belt life.”
“ It is designed primarily for the 800 ProClimb chassis of Arctic Cat for 2012 to current but they also make a version for some Polaris models. We have sold 5 sets already and I have seen it is operation riding with one of the staff here.” “ It has an electric motor and is wired into the electrical system of the sled. It pulls a large volume of air and even allows the motor itself to run cooler. This product works really well when the rider is boon dogging or breaking trail with lots of RPM and heat build up but the machine is only doing 10 to 20 MPH. This system creates air flow like you were doing 80 MPH, so it really cool the clutches.”
Excalibur Motorcycle Works of Thunder Bay Eric, Parts Manager “ Drift Innovation has a new line of cameras you can attach to your helmet. They can be used for snowmobiling, skiing, motorcycling, atv’ing, snorkeling- so many uses.” The Drift product has a mounting system where you can have the camera positioned anywhere you want and then turn the lenses to properly orient the picture. You can mount it anywhere. You record all the action and can even play it back on your TV because it has a HDMI outlet on the back. The unit allows for a large memory card, say 64 gigs, and you get a long record time in HD. The cost is $449.00 for the Ghost model. The Stealth model is smaller in size and $298. “ All kinds of people are using these cameras today, even fishing, anywhere you could use a video camera. It is small, fits in your pocket and takes still pictures as well.”ion for some Polaris models. We have sold 5 sets already and I have seen it is operation riding with one of the staff here.” “ It has an electric motor and is wired into the electrical system of the sled. It pulls a large volume of air and even allows the motor itself to run cooler. This product works really well when the rider is boon dogging or breaking trail with lots of RPM and heat build up but the machine is only doing 10 to 20 MPH. This system creates air flow like you were doing 80 MPH, so it really cool the clutches.”