Local outfitters share their top picks for holiday giving
The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it the challenge of finding the perfect gift for the outdoors person in your life. SnowRider asked some experts and came up with a list of the perfect present options to give those hard-to-shop-for individuals.
The F3 Helmet ECE/DOT by KLIM, $299, is innovative and changing the game for off-road style helmets. Engineered to minimize neck fatigue and maximize impact protection, and remodeled to give a sleeker, more comfortable fit from three shell sizes. It also give you all day comfort with an internal liner system to secure the rider’s head completely, and 3D Ergonomic cheek pads for a great fit.
Pair that with KLIM’s Radius Pro Goggles, $109.99, for the ultimate riding experience. The Radius Pro has a tri-tested polycarb UV400 dual lens, snowmachine-spec oversized face foam and strap outriggers, giving you the smoothest comfort while you hit the hardest rides.
Eagle River Polaris
Eagle River Polaris and Arctic Cat has you set with Klim gear, featuring the Powerxross Glove, $99. These gloves are guaranteed to keep you dry with Gore-Tex technology and a full leather palm with improved wrist strap closure to keep snow out. The glove also features Scotchlite reflective piping so you can be seen in low-light conditions, and a google squeegee built into the glvoe to help you keep your vision clear. With silicone injected knuckle pads, this could be the glove your outdoor lover has been craving.
Alaska mining & diving Supply
Staying safe in Alaska’s rugged backcountry is the key to enjoying snowmachining, and Alaska Mining & Diving Supply president and general manager Nick Olzenak tries to be part of the solution.
Not only is Alaska Mining & Diving marking down all of its avalanche bags to encourage widespread use and make them more affordable, but the company also is continuing its tradition to donate a brand-new snowmachine to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. This year, it also will be donating a sled to the newly formed Hatcher Pass Avalanche Information Center.
“Yeah, you could buy from a guy who sells them wholesale or you could get them even cheaper online,” Olzenak said. “Or you could support a local shop that’s been in business for 40 years
Alaska Mining and Dining is indeed a local company and is 100 percent employee-owned. That’s what gives AMDS the ability to work with local avalanche forecasters and you, the shopper, a chance to support local business. Olzenak said AMDS carries just about any model of air bag Avy Packs available, from the entry-level BCA Float 8 at $400 to the $1,100 Pieps from Klim. Now you needn’t worry about filling canisters. Just pack and go, knowing you’re protecting yourself well.
“We did recently do a large markdown on our Pieps Avy bags from Klim, with a savings of around $400 per bag,” Olzenak said. “We stock both the 10L and 25L.”
Another popular gift idea, Olzenak said, is the Munster Finger Throttle, designed by Munster Precision Metal out of Canada. These aftermarket additions can make you fall in love with your sled all over again, Olzenak said.
“It’s a super high-quality innovative product, and one of those interesting unique products that not a lot of people use,” Olzenak said. “But give it some time, and you will love it. It took me two days of hating it to realize the benefit of it. It changes your riding experience.”
The throttle, which is available to fit all snowmachine manufacturer’s sleds, is perfect for the mountain rider who stands a lot and maneuvers heavily.
“When you’re leaning against your thumb which is leaning against the throttle, it starts to hurt,” Olzenak said. “Now, with the finger throttle, you’re not bending your wrist, and the throttle is placed so it never packs with snow. It’s just an item that once you get used to you won’t want to live without.”
Avalanche gear is crucial to survive in backcountry. Northstar Motorsports has got you covered with all avalanche safety equipment always listed at 10 percent off. In addition to the BCA Float backpacks, which include canisters, they also have BCA beacons. The Tracker2 Avalanche Beacon, $299.95, offers the industry’s fastest, most precise pinpointing, they also have the Tracker3 Avalanche Transceiver for $335, which is 20 percent smaller and lighter than the Tracker2. With triple-receive antenna flexibility, these transceivers will keep everyone safe, from the experts to the beginner riders. They also carry shovels by Ortovox, which range from $60 to $90.
Anchorage suzuki arctic cat
For whatever reason, Motorfist’s Blitzkrieg full-body outerwear suit has taken on the nickname the “Onesie” — we can’t figure out why since “Blitzkrieg” sounds so much tougher. No matter the name, though, this multi-pocketed protective suit is made to last.
“It’s a coat-bib setup, and it’s a great suit for the backcountry,” said Chad Helwig of Anchorage Suzuki Arctic Cat. “You might not use it going out to the cabin because you still want to take your jacket off and haul wood – it’s more of the mountain guys thing.”
The suit has eVent fabrics and fully taped seams that allow it to keep warmth in while letting moisture out; reinforced nylon panels on the seat, knees and lower leg help protect areas that take a beating. There are plenty of zippered pockets for convenient storage, both at the thigh, waist and chest, inside and outside the suit. The fleece-lined sleeves and moisture-wicking liner also gives the suit that “onesie” feel that makes it so comfortable.
Retailing at $799, this is a gift for the very-much-loved-one in your life. But it will last forever.