Obvious to its name, All-terrain vehicles are designed for different types of terrains including snow and ice which can be the most challenging for both the vehicle and riders as well. ATV riding in the winter requires a little bit more gear as compared to any other season. If you’re planning to go ATV riding during this season don’t forget to pack these Winter ATV essentials that will help you and your ride get through the colder months with no fuss.
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What Are The Winter ATV Essentials?
You don’t have to bring a whole lot to keep you safe and comfortable when ATV riding in the winter. Bring these winter ATV essentials with you and you’re set for an awesome winter adventure.
1. Layered Winter Clothing
One of the most effective ways to combat the cold weather outdoors is by wearing winter-appropriate clothes and layering them properly. The first or base layer should be tight to the skin and is moisture-wicking. The second/Insulation layer should be a bit loose, thicker, and warmer( wool or fleece). Don’t forget that it should be good in wicking moisture so you stay dry and warm. The third/outer layer is ideally a waterproof yet breathable jacket and pants set, gore-tex is a good material to look out for.
2. Winter Gloves and Boots
Keeping your hands dry and warm is necessary so you can best control and maneuver your ATVs. Waterproof gloves that aren’t too bulky are something that you should go for. Aside from that, don’t forget to get yourself a nice pair of winter boots that are waterproof and are made of insulating material. Putting on some wool socks is a great addition to keeping your feet warm and toasty.
3. Warmers and Wind Protection Gears
To protect you from the bone-chilling wind and now along the way you need protective gear like windshield, handguards, and gauntlets. Adding ATV accessories like seat warmers and heated grips on your quad helps a lot in keeping you warm and toasty throughout your ride.
4. Track kits
Track kits are available for all types of ATVs and work to boost your quads performance in snow. ATV tires are replaced with a track system that helps them run through snow and mud terrains. Some tracks are offered in four wheels and there are others that have a single rear track and front skis. Don’t forget to do your research first before getting one for your quad. Also, make sure that you choose something durable and easy to install.
5. Winch & Tow Strap
No matter what the season, winch and tow straps are essential to help you get your quads out of the rut. When shopping for a winch make sure that you look for its weight rating that is strong enough to pull your ATVs in case it gets stuck. The heavier your ATVs, the higher is the weight rating. Tow straps are also included in this list of ATV winter essentials as they can be a lifesaver when your ATVs are stuck and need towing.
6. Improve Traction Or Snow Tires
Traction is important in ATV riding to help you stay on track especially in winter. You can use stock tires or you could upgrade them for improved traction. Tire chains, ice racing studs or snowmobile track studs(just make sure you install them right) are some of the things you can add to your tires for improved traction. Switching your regular ATV tires to snow tires is best if you plan to ride more frequently in winter.
7. Extra Battery
It’s also best to bring brand new or freshly charged ATV battery with you as they can help especially when you need to add other devices like winch and lights that feed off from your ATV battery.
8. Snow Plows
Shoveling can take up much time and effort. That’s why it is also a great idea to add a snowplow to your ATVs for more convenience. There are plenty of snowplows on the market that come in different sizes, designs, and shapes. Makes sure you choose something that fits your quads and is durable for long-lasting use.
9. First Aid Kit
Your first-aid supplies should always be on your essential list all the time especially when doing outdoor activities. You’ll never know when accidents are going to happen. That’s why it’s important to always pack your medical supplies. Get yourself a compact first aid kit that you bring with you anywhere you go.
Just like your first aid kit, you should also pack water and snacks when you’re ATV riding in winter. These are lifesavers especially when you get stuck and rescue may take time. Bring some snacks that are easy and full of nutrients like granola bars, beef jerky, and trail mix.
11. Communication System
Always take your cell phone with you in case of emergency. Also, when you’re out with a group or family, wireless headset devices that you can clip onto your ATV helmets are ideal to stay connected with everyone else.
ATV Winter riding usually means riding on the shortest days of the year. It’s easy to get caught up while riding ATVs, one moment it’s bright and the next thing you know it’s getting dark. Flashlights are essential because you can use them when fixing mechanical troubles any time of the day as well as use them in case of emergencies.
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