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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.…

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.

Product Test: Secure Sling Ratchet Straps

Secure Sling & Strap has a variety of tie down options to choose from. All hold a high standard of quality as well as a great price. We recently tested the two newest options; the 2" x 8' super ratchet with a snap hook and the 1"x15' super ratchet with S-hooks. The 1″ x 15′ industrial grade ratchet straps put in serious work. Whether transporting cargo or bundling loads together, our 1″ x 15′ ratchet straps are perfect for a wide range of uses. We particularly like them for tying down quads or keeping our…

GBOOST CVT CLUTCH KIT INSTALL

-- STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Recently, we have come across a number of UTVs that were fitted with oversized tires, and in most of those cases we found that performance suffered. We are all for the cool look and added ground clearance that big tires supply, but not if we lose performance and driveability. The solution is to have the CVT clutching modified to work with the larger tires. The photos and text here will show how we installed GBoost clutch kits in 2017 Polaris UTVs; one was a Turbo…

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…

SHOEI VFX-EVO HELMET

-- Testing one of the best head protectors you can buy --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels The Shoei brand has been a well-known name in the motorsports industry for quite some time, and it’s because of the research and quality behind their name. The Shoei VFX line has evolved into a high-tech masterpiece with styling that is the envy of wannabe helmet brands. But, Shoei isn’t just a stylish helmet company; there is a lot of science in these helmets. The new VFX-EVO features Shoei’s own Motion Energy Distribution System…

RUGGED RADIOS MOTO KIT

 -- PRODUCT EVALUATION: Communicate with your fellow rider --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Rugged Radios has almost cornered the market in communication systems for off-road applications. These days, it is becoming more unusual to see a UTV that doesn’t have one of their systems installed on it. Having the ability to communicate with your passengers or friends in other machines is not only safer, it adds to the enjoyment of recreational riding and racing. Rugged also caters to ATV and motorcycle riders with their…

OCELOT RACING ATACAMA DESERT TIRE

-- Testing Chaparral's lower-priced performance tire -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels:  Chaparral Motorsports has been an off-road product distribution and sales company for quite a long time and has long had Ocelot Racing as its house brand of budget gear. Ocelot now has a full range of tires. Ocelot specializes in ATV and UTV tires of all types, and we recently picked up a set of its Atacama tires designed for 4x4 machines to tackle the rough, rugged and unrelenting terrain of the desert. We mounted them on our…