Trail blazers, part 2

Need get in and out of the bush? Check out 2016’s sweetest side-by-side rides

This year's side-by-side ATVs are chock full of innovative features. Also check out 2016’s best new quad bikes.

ARGO

Outfitter 8 x 8

2Built to handle commercial use, the new Outfitter 8 x 8 is geared toward hunt-camp operators, lodge owners and big-game guides. Like all Argos, it’s amphibious and boasts generous load capacities, both on land and water, for transporting a whole lot of gear and downed game. The Outfitter comes standard with a 4,500-pound winch to get out of tough spots and a Sure Grip gun rack to ensure the safe transportation of firearms.

ENGINE: 748cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin, Kohler Aegis with EFI

TRANSMISSION: Admiral two-speed triple differential

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Set by tire pressure

FUEL CAPACITY: 36 litres

CARGO CAPACITY: 1,500 pounds on land, 1,000 on water

CAN AM

Defender XT Cab HD 10

3Since this impressive side-by-side has a fully enclosed cab, complete with a heater kit, there’s no question your trip into the bush will be comfortable. But that certainly doesn’t mean the Defender XT can’t handle the tough stuff, too. Backcountry hunters and anglers will especially appreciate the available heavy-duty bumpers, skid plates and gun boot. And the cargo box has a built-in quick-attach system with integrated anchors and tie-down points, making it both versatile and adaptable.

ENGINE: 976cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin Rotax

TRANSMISSION: CVT

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Double A-arm front, torsional trailing arm at the rear

FUEL CAPACITY: 40 litres

CARGO CAPACITY: 1,000 pounds

LEARN MORE: 1-888-272-9222; www.brp.ca 

CF MOTO

Uforce 500 HO UTV

4A fairly new player in the Canadian ATV market, CF Moto introduced its new High Output lineup this year. The Uforce 500 HO UTV, along with all the other models in the series, features the Canadian-made CVTech direct drive system, providing “unrivalled built-in performance and reliability.” CF Moto also says its new High Output engine is 13.5 per cent lighter than its regular models, “and easily delivers substantially more power and torque.”

ENGINE: 495cc, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, SOHC

TRANSMISSION: CVT

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Double A-arm

FUEL CAPACITY: 26 litres

CARGO CAPACITY: 1,500 pounds

LEARN MORE: 1-877-463-3940; www.cfmoto.ca

HONDA

Pioneer 1000-5 EPS

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Available in three- and five-rider versions, the new Pioneer 1000-5 EPS would be a great vehicle for getting several people and their gear into camp in just one trip. It’s equipped with Honda’s most powerful off-road engine ever, featuring an all-new, strong and compact 999cc Unicam engine. It also boasts an efficient and smooth six-speed dual-clutch transmission with low range—what Honda says is the most advanced transmission ever installed on a side-by-side.

ENGINE: 999cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Unicam

TRANSMISSION: Dual-clutch transmission

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Independent double wishbone

FUEL CAPACITY: 30 litres

CARGO CAPACITY: 1,000 pounds

LEARN MORE: 1-888-946-6329; www.atv.honda.ca

POLARIS

General

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The new General combines the utility of the Ranger with the high-performance sportiness of the RZR, two earlier Polaris models. Used as a workhorse, it has class-leading towing capacity and a 600-pound dumping cargo box. On the trail, the 100-horsepower Prostar 100 engine will get you where you want to go in a hurry. The cab is spacious, with premium bucket seats set at the right angle for all-day driving comfort. Another nice touch is the instrument panel integrated into the tiltable steering wheel for better readability.

ENGINE: 999cc, 4-stroke, twin-cylinder, DOHC

TRANSMISSION: Polaris Variable Transmission

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Double A-arm

FUEL CAPACITY: 35.9 litres

CARGO CAPACTIY: 1,100 pounds

Learn more:1-800-765-2747; www.polaris.com

For new modifications to existing Bobcat, John Deere, Kioti, Nordik and Suzuki ATV models, go to www.outdoorcanada.ca/atvmods