Product Reviews

Reviews of accessories, bolt-ons, and aftermarket products for ATVs, UTVs, and Side-x-Sides.

Ride Tested - Durablue UTV Wheel Spacers

Written By: 
Pete Bengel
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Are you looking for a little more stability and flatter cornering from your UTV?  Don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on longer A-arms, axles, and shocks?  If so, Durablue has the hook-up for you.  

Accessory Items - Trick Kitty

Parts Ready To Go from Arctic Cat
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One of the most popular vehicles ever for customization is the modern Side x Side.  Not since the 60’s have people so willingly applied parts and paint to their vehicle, creating machines that reflect their personal taste while increasing functionality, and in some cases ending up with  rolling works of modern art.  Visit any dune riding area and you’ll quickly see what we mean.  It won’t take you long to find an owner who has given their vehicle a name, and to him - or often her -  it’s more than a simple sand toy; it’s part of who they are.

Safety Gear - Protect Your Neck

A Look at the Leatt-Brace Protection System
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The one injury athletes in every sport fear is devastating damage to the spine.  However remote the possibility, it’s always there and for the unfortunate few who suffer such an injury, it’s almost always a life changing event.  Thankfully, new materials, better methods, and advanced medical research have aided the recovery for some, but nothing beats doing all you can to avoid the injury in the first place.

Riding Gear - Fly Girl Gear

Strong Enough for a Man, but made for a Woman!
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Visit any ride area and you will find women, lots of women, out enjoying riding just as much as the guys.  Ask any fun-loving girl if she wants to go riding and the result will almost always be an enthusiastic, “yes!”  For the most part, riding an ATV or Side x Side is a pretty gender neutral sport  and women can ride anything the guys can, often times even better, but there is one area where they have sadly been left behind.  Women have been largely overlooked by the companies that make riding gear and mostly end up wearing gear made for guys.

New Product Test - Snow Eagle

Testing American Manufacturing's Generation II Eagle Plow
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One of the best-selling accessories for ATV and Side x Sides is an aftermarket plow. With their maneuverability, 4wd, and ability to work in tight quarters, an ATV or UTV with a plow can get into places a tractor or truck mounted plow can’t reach, and they’re much more cost effective. If you already own an ATV or Side x Side, it’s a no-brainer to turn it into a winter work tool as well.

Tested! Rugged Radios

Can You Hear Me Now?
Written By: 
Wayne Davis
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Have you ever found yourself wondering what a good communication system would do for you on your Side x Side? We did and now we wonder what we did without them. Meet the fun-to-use Rugged Radios RRP660 headset and intercom communication system.

Hunter's Special - Fall Food Plot Prep

Get a start on next year’s hunting season now!
Written By: 
John Arens
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Even before you’ve climbed into your hunting stands this year, a little work on your food plots now can go a long way towards paying out in next year’s hunting season. There are a couple big reasons to work on next year’s fields now; to get crops that must be planted in the fall in the ground and growing, and to get much better weed control.

Field Tested - The Advanced Tec E-Chrome Goggles

Can-Am introduces an all-season, all-terrain goggle
Written By: 
John Arens
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We don’t often spend a lot of time comparing goggles. For the most part they all seem pretty similar and the most comparing we do is picking the set the foam has fallen off of the least since we last stuffed them in our gear bag. That all changed recently when a set of CAN-AM ADVANCED TEC E-CHROME goggles arrived. The E-Chrome goggles promised fit, comfort and features like we hadn’t seen before. They were right!

High Tech Head Gear - The Contour GPS Camera

Hi-Def Mobil Mapper!
Written By: 
Pete Bengel
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Have you ever gotten back from a ride and looked at a map to see where you’d been? And how many times have you been to a sweet ride spot but couldn’t remember where it was when you got home? Ever wondered what kind of speed you were carrying across the dunes or through a tight section of trail? At ATV&SXS Illustrated, we’re guilty of all three. At least… we USED to be!

Trailer Tech - Load Warrior

Aluma Helps Us Tow and Go
Written By: 
John Arens
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Regardless of whether you ride a Kawasaki, Honda, Polaris, or Kymco, every ATV and Side x Side owner has to haul their machine at times, and loading in the back of a pickup is not an option with the larger machines, even with full-sized trucks. Unless you ride, hunt, and never leave the property behind your house, you’re going to need a trailer.

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