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    FXR Racing and Bret Rasmussen have joined together to promote “FXR Mountain,”a new product line for serious mountain riders. Both parties have many years of experience and success in the snowmobile market and are excited about this new marketing partnership.

    FXR, a riding apparel company founded by Milt Reimer and based in Winnipeg Canada, has studied current market opportunities and is now focusing on the mountain terrain rider. FXR Mountain product has utilized product testing combined with 15 years of experience and market studies to put them right on track with this new product release. Both men and women will find extreme riding apparel with focus on waterproof breathable and rider temperature control through an exclusive radial dry vent system and multiple layering components. FXR Mountain’s exclusive radial dry vent system accomplishes two things. While controlling rider temperature, it also keeps a rider dry by keeping the snow out and letting only air in. Riders can now vent without experiencing snow ingestion.

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      We found a very cool product form Zeal Optics that we thought you might like to know about – GPS-equipped goggles.

      According to Zeal Optics, its Transcend GPS Goggles are the only ones available with a “heads up” display. At this point the Transcend goggles are designed for skiing, but you can certainly imagine a use for snowmobilers.

      The goggles use GPS and state-of-the-art sensors to track maximum, average, and current speed, current temperature, latitude and longitude, total vertical distance traversed, number of runs completed, and total ground covered. The two-inch display is similar to those found in jet pilots’ helmets – the LCD dashboard continuously displays performance data inside the goggles’ right lens frame and Zeal Optics claims it does not block the view. The user is alerted when altitude or speed milestones are achieved.

      More information is available on the official website – https://www.zealoptics.com/transcend/.

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        The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), citing a source from Environment Canada, says Ontario can look forward to a good winter for snowmobiling. That forecast sets the celebratory tone for Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week, November 22 – 28. This annual launch of winter by the OFSC invites Ontarians to discover the many social, health and recreational benefits of snowmobiling, including the world’s largest recreational trail system.

        As its name implies, Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week is also the cue for OFSC snowmobilers to start making ride plans and preparing sleds and gear. Sled dealers and snowmobile clubs across Ontario are marking Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week with open houses and other special events. Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week is also the last full week for purchasing Seasonal Snowmobile Trail Permits at the pre‐December 1st fee of $200. Permits can be bought online at www.ofsc.on.ca.

        This season, Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week also celebrates many OFSC firsts to improve the rider experience, including:

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          Levi LaVallee, a seven-time Winter X Games medalist, will attempt to jump his Polaris snowmobile longer than ever before and eclipse the current record of 301 feet on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 on ESPN.

          The event will take place at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the Port of San Diego. Embarcadero is Spanish for “landing place,” making it an appropriate location for LaVallee’s jump. On-site viewing will be free to spectators at Marina Park. The event will immediately follow the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, which should be at approximately 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT.

          “I can’t even explain how excited I am to be part of this year’s Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.,” says LaVallee. “With the jump gap itself being longer than the existing distance record, it is going to be one heck of a ride!”

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            As you anxiously wait for the snow to pile up so you can fire up your sleds, we found a little something to tide you over. Somebody was snooping through some old video reels from the 1960s and came across some race footage from an event in Rudyard, Mich. that he posted on YouTube.

            If you ever want to see how far snowmobile technology has come in 45 years just watch this video. The sport was so new back then that the machines differed dramatically. If you look closely you’ll even see a front-drive Bolens in action.

            This is some of the best vintage footage we’ve ever seen. We’ll keep our eye out for more and post it here when we find it. Enjoy!

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