As the organizers of one of the biggest and best Beginners Snowmobile Races in America, we are constantly barraged by questions involving what type of gear you all need to compete. Obviously the type of snowmobile will depend on the type of race, so we are going to cover everything but your sled (Which you should already have)!
As you all should know by now, you will definitely need a racing helmet to compete, and even when you are just training or even just riding around for fun. These machines are extremely powerful and having a helmet can easily save your life. I would suggest to take a look at Up North Sports for helmets because I have gotten a few from them, and they are top notch quality. Along with this, you will want a helmet that has slots for goggles of course.
Along with a helmet goggles are extremely important. When you are riding you will be faced with a whole lot of cold wind and ice flying through the air, and you will need to protect your eyes, and be able to see in the harsh environment. Speaking of Goggles there are a few different types depending if you want UV protection or not, and also they have insulating goggles which can be nice if it’s extremely cold. There are quite a few good outdoor brands that carry these types of goggles, so I would take a look around.
An Outdoor Watch –
When you are racing or training I always recommend you take the time to get yourself a nice outdoor watch. These provide you with a whole bunch of functionality that you can need if you are out in the wilderness. Many people never really thought that these would be a huge deal until I wrote a giant post about my experiences with my own military watch, and how to pick the best military watch. You can check my giant post on Finding the Best Military Watch of 2016!
A Basic Survival Kit –
Now I wouldn’t worry about this as much if you are out on the track racing, but I have been able to save my skin a few times when I am just out riding and enjoying life when I take a wrong turn and get lost out in the forest. It is definitely a great thing to have in the outdoors, and I always recommend you have a survival kit with some of the following items:
- Some sort of communication device
Overall, snowmobiling is an amazing experience and a tremendous sport. I recommend it to anyone and I think it’s the most relaxing experience. That being said, those are some of the things you might need when you are starting to get into the sport. In the end of the day it’s definitely worth being prepared, and I hope you liked my post!
This post was written by Brett from Tactical Tutor who has been a good friend of mine for a few years, and is an amazing outdoorsman!