This section focuses on products that I have tested personally. I have not been paid by any of the following companies to post a review. These are tried and true, honest opinions. Click on the heading of each section for a link to their website.
Castle X Gear
It's no secret that I have partenered up with Castle X clothing now for 8+ years. I still love their gear and use it exclusively for riding. In 2017-2018 I have been wearing the non insulated Mono Suit. This has been a game changer for me. I resisted the mono suit for a couple years but finally tried one out. Now I love riding in a mono suit. You stay warmer, dryer and cooler all at the same time. It's so nice to find awesome price point gear that works great and doesn't require a loan to purchase.
Castle X redesigend their mountain gloves (stance) in 2017 and are honestly the best gloves I have ever used. The leather palm is bullet proof and my hands always stay dry. Again...only $65 you can't go wrong.
In late 2016 I started having neck issues and spoke with Castle about bringing back a carbon helmet. They sent me out a prototype MX style helmet (that's all I wear) to test that they had been working on. They have acheived the weight of a carbon helmet without the massive cost of carbon. Instatly I fell in love with the helmet. I had been wearing HJC for years and liked them but the new Castle X helmet is a huge improvement. The weight is substantially lighter than a stanadar MX style helmet and super comfortable. Best of all they are true to size fit. Order a medium and it's not sized like an XXL or XXS. At $119 you're crazy to not get one.
HMK Pro Boa
Still my favorite boot. I have tried others and still always come back to these. I really like the ankle support and since I have skinny feet the snowboard style boot works great for me. About once a season I treat them with a spray on water proofer that helps repel the water. My feet stay dry...mostly. When its warm out (sping riding) its tought to prevent wet feet from sweat but that's just something I'm willing to deal with.
For the first time in years I have not done a single modification to my sled. I'm on a '17 850 Summit X 154 and have loved it. The only thing done to it is vents. I feel that there is some major improvement to be had in clutching but there are not many options out there. Some stuff for low elevation guys but not much for us guys that ride above 7000 feet. For 2019 I am going to be testing a couple different set ups. I will post what I end up using.
OK so I had a chance to ride this season with the prototype 2013 Castle X riding gear. Castle X invited me to ride with them in February for 5 days in Towgotee Wyoming to shoot some video and stills for their new 2013 product line. I am no stranger to Castle X and have even been given the opportunity to offer my input in the past year on what I think would make their gear even better for mountain riders. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at Towgotee and found 5 huge boxes of gear. I opened the boxes and my mouth dropped. Castle X had completely redesigned their gear for mountain riders. Lightweight, waterproof, highly flexible, un-insulated for extreme riding! To top it all off the colors and patterns were awesome! The coats have tons of venting, sealed seams, few pockets, and the material is incredibly soft.
The pants have lightly padded knees, great snow gaiters, lightweight construction, and great reinforcements. I am SOLD! No need to go blow your whole wad on special K or MF this gear looks great and works awesome. You won't be disappointed!
The castle goggles have been great. I use them on every ride. They are very fog resistant and I highly recommend them to all my buddies. I have switched back and forth between my Smith, Haber's, Spy and Scott goggles and next to my Smith's the Castle ones are the best!
If you are a mountain rider like me I highly recommend Castle X clothing. You will not be disappointed and you won't blow your entire paycheck getting outfitted. Castle makes high quality, highly waterproof, very breathable, and very stylish gear. In this day and age, awesome gear for less money gets an A in my book.
Check out the 2013 Castle X gear on Youtube Video
I love the HMK Pro Boa boots! They are super quick to put on, they have heat mold able liners, tons of ankle support, and keep your feet warm. I have had Klim boots, Ski-doo Boots, and Castle Boots, and all them take FOREVER to put on. The Klim boots probably are second choice but like I said before, they are laces...I hate laces.
Star Valley Ski-Doo:
Located in Thayne, Wyoming. Over the past few years these guys have become some of my best friends. I have spent lots of personal time with them as well as done lots of business. They are extremely fair and honest. They know Ski-Doo snowmobiles like nobody else. They tune many of the top hill climb racers' sleds (including Luke Rainey, Rick Budge, Tom Roby etc). I highly recommend their services and awesome tuning. They are also the western Rep for Trygstadt Motorsports.
This has been the best clutch tuning tool I have ever used! It allows for perfect clutching every day for every condition. I have never found a clutch kit that gives you "perfect" performance for every condition. The shockwave allows you to make minor helix adjustments for every condition. This has been an absolute "must have" for my turbo XP.
Van Amburg Enterprises:
If you are extending your tunnel or want a custom tunnel Van Amburg is the best. They make super strong tunnel extensions with custom bumpers. I have been running VA tunnel extensions for 2 years now and love the look and strength. Check out their website for pics.
I beat the crap out of these things for two years and they were awesome. You can see them pictured on my sled above. These were one of the best mods I did to my 2012. They never build up with snow, and you can't bend them. These things are rock solid.