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THOR RIDING GEAR

-- PRODUCT EVALUATION:  By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Thor has been serving great riding gear to the off-road community since the 1970s, and it continues to produce high-quality products today. The gear lineup is extensive and has flavors for any rider and at reasonable price tags too. We picked up the Pulse gear set, Sector helmet and gloves, and the Sniper goggle to test. SECTOR HELMET The Sector helmet has remained in the Thor lineup as a price-point helmet for a long while. This lid retails for $109.95.…

VIRAL BRAND PRO 3 GOGGLE KIT

-- PRODUCT TEST: The Clear Vision kit -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels:  Speed comes with practice, but it also comes with wearing the right gear to ride fast. Clear vision is crucial to fast lap times, and the Viral Brand understands this fact, so they offer their Factory Series PRO 3 goggle kit. This kit retails for $74.99 and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to comfort and quality. We picked up a few sets, handed them out to our test riders and gathered the data to provide this test! CONSTRUCTION Viral…

INTERCO SNIPER ATV/UTV 920 TIRE

-- TIRE TEST: A true all-terrain tire from the mud experts -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels: Interco Tire Corporation has been building some of the most trail-worthy tires for trucks since 1968. Some of us recall how wildly popular their Super Swamper and Bogger truck tires were for extreme mud and trail conditions. That’s still the case these days for the Louisiana-based company. They’re taking their know-how of successful truck tires and implementing that into ATV/UTV tires, and the end result is awesome. One of…

ALPINESTARS KNOXVILLE & GP DRIVING SUITS

-- PRODUCT TEST: Price-point fire suits for UTV drivers -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels At Dirt Wheels, we promote safety as much as possible. That means showing our readers the best protective gear out there and, of course, wearing it ourselves. In the sport ATV world, we all know that a good helmet, riding boots, riding gear and a chest protector is proper etiquette. With UTVs, it’s a bit different. We still see a large population of UTV drivers not wearing helmets. In our eyes, no helmet is a huge danger.…

UTV MIRRORS BUYER’S GUIDE

-- Clear choices for the rear or side of your UTV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels.  One vital item that most UTVs on the market don’t come stock with is either rear- or side-view mirrors. That can be a drag when trying to back up, check on your buddies or check out the gnarly hill you just climbed. It makes things even more difficult if you’re utilizing any type of four-, five- or six-point seatbelt set-up that renders your body too restricted to look behind the machine. We always try to install them on our UTVs for…

FIXATE SILICONE RINGS

These medical-grade silicone bands were developed by professional athletes, construction workers, business professionals and mechanics who depend on their hands to make a living.

PROJECT POLARIS GENERAL 4

Darin McGuffin just wanted something different than what everyone else had, and after changing a few things on his General 4 he now absolutely loves it.

SHOT OPTICA RACE GEAR

Shot Race Gear is a company that provides riding gear with great protection. We tested a complete outfit of jersey, gloves and pants from their top-tier Optica lineup, and we were impressed.

GBC KANATI TERRA MASTER TIRES

-- TESTING THE NEW DUAL TREAD PATTERN TIRE --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels When we first saw the GBC Motorsports Kanati Terra Master tire, we were intrigued with the unique tread pattern that GBC calls “asymmetrical non-directional.” For those of us who like smaller words, the tire has two different tread patterns. It is essentially divided along the center with tread for harder surfaces on one side and more sideway lugs and open space on the other. The sides of the tire are labeled “side A” and “side B.” We ordered…

2018 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 SP

-- ATV TEST By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- The better we get to know the Polaris Sportsman 570 SP, the more impressed we become with its performance and handling characteristics. This mid-bore single-cylinder ATV has potent power delivery, generous suspension, and light and nimble handling, in addition to being quite useful as a workhorse. There weren’t many changes made to this machine for the 2018 model year, but it is nevertheless one of the most changed quads of 2018. The Sunset Red color scheme is brilliant, and…

PROJECT POLARIS RZR XP 1000

-- PRO ARMOR MAKES IT EVEN BETTER -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels One of the beauties of off-road is that the sport is accessible. Chris Pino has never had much of a dirt background aside from some local mountain biking. He has owned street bikes and appreciates a performance automobile, but a friend and former coworker found a package deal of two RZR 800s and a trailer. A year later they had driven the wheels off of the 800s and were feeling the limitations in power and suspension. Pino’s daytime job is…