Christmas Gifts for ATV Riders
August 1, 2017
Tis the season, and if you're looking for ideas for the ATV lover in your life, we have a few suggestions.
There are so many brands, styles, and colors of gloves to choose from now that you won't have any trouble finding a pair that fit the riding style and personality of your ATV riding loved ones. I recommend durable gloves with flex material in the knuckles for comfortable riding and good gripping capability. However, in the winter, insulation is the number one factor you need to look for. Prices range from $5 all the way up to $80 –you get what you pay for.
- 12-Volt Tire Compressor
These portable machines do really well in a pinch if you find yourself forced to make a trailside repair to your ATV tires. They are surprisingly powerful, and with a price tag of $25-$75 they make a great gift for any rider.
- Throttle Extender
For anyone who rides for long periods of time, or who has easily fatigued thumbs, a throttle extender is a must. Reasonably priced (most are under $20), this little gem makes riding a lot more comfortable.
- Gear Bags
There are a ton of gear bags to choose from, so make sure you buy your ATVer one that is durable, waterproof and dustproof. Costs can run up to a couple hundred dollars, but for long trips, overnight rides, hunting, and other outdoor activities (gold panning, rock hounding, etc.) they are worth every penny.
- Helmet Personalization
Chances are that the riders in your life already have helmets. A growing trend is to add personalized decals to them. Names, numbers, symbols, sports logos, college mascots, and military flags are among the most popular.
- Dust Mask
These can be as simple as a bandana or as advanced as a head wrap with exchangeable filters. Top end prices are around $30 and some of the designs are quite trendy. Anyone who rides will love this gift, and if they are someone you have a desire to kiss, you won't have to make them wipe the crusted dirt off the corners of their mouth anymore.
- Snow Tires
It's always nice to be able to navigate the slick and frozen conditions of the winter season. Granted, many riders don't get out a lot this time of year, but those that do need a good tire for the job. One recommendation is the Duro Mud and Sand tires that grip well on icy surfaces. These are perfect for plowing snow with your ATV. Another quality snow tire is the Maxxis 4-Snow. This tire grips well in the snow in both forward and reverse because of its tread design.
One of my co-workers got his ATV precariously fixed over the edge of a steep hill and needed some careful rope work to get it back safely. He said to me, "I sure wish I had a wench." While I have no doubt that a buxom and lively working girl would have been nice for him, in his current predicament, a winch would be better for the job. You never know when one might come in handy, and they have a general price range from $150 to $400.
While this isn't exactly an ATV accessory, it is still a handy item that every rider ought to take on the trail. Costing between $30 and $70 this gift will be the most used of any you can give.
Simple and Practical ATV Gifts Will Get the Most Use
Just like all Christmas giving and receiving, ATV gifts don't need to be expensive or frilly. We've all got a closet full of stuff that never gets used and nobody needs anymore. Focus on items people will use a lot and get the most pleasure from. They will use that $1 bandana a thousand times, but the $1,000 Gucci riding pants will hang in the closet until he/she is too fat to fit into them.