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The year’s best new ATVs, Part 1: Quads

Trail blazers, part 1

Heading to camp, carting gear or hauling out a quartered moose? These 2016 bikes will git ’er done

The 2016 crop of quads is chock full of innovative features. Also check out 2016’s best new side-by-side ATVs.

ARCTIC CAT

Alterra 700

Alterra 700

Arctic Cat says the new Alterra is the most off-road-capable ATV it’s ever built. With 11 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of suspension travel, it can certainly tackle all types of terrain in all types of conditions. And the on-the-fly 2WD/4WD with front differential lock promises to make it easy to get out of tough situations. Featuring improved ergonomics and easier handling, the Alterra has a smaller turning radius than comparable models, making it well suited for tight trails.

ENGINE: 695cc, 4-stroke, SOHC (single overhead cam) with EFI (electronic fuel injection)

TRANSMISSION: CVT (continuously variable transmission)

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Double A-arm

FUEL CAPACITY: 22.7 litres

CARGO CAPACITY: 100 pounds front, 200 rear

LEARN MORE: (204) 982-1656; www.arcticcat.com

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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