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Polaris, (NYSE: PII) the global leader in powersports and off-road innovation, today announced it has been awarded a prestigious 2023 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award for its all-electric Polaris RANGER XP Kinetic within the automotive category.

The Polaris RANGER XP Kinetic is a groundbreaking offering for the off-road industry and showcases the benefits that electric technology provides to the utility off-road customer, from its instantaneous torque that delivers precise control when pulling or towing heavy loads, to a quieter ride that allows for easy conversations with passengers, the ability to work in the early morning or late evenings without waking neighbors, working around livestock, or stealthy trips to favorite hunting spots.

Best of What’s New is Popular Science’s longest-running editorial franchise and one of its most popular features, as well as a longtime media favorite and coveted award within the industry. The judging criteria includes the significance of the innovation, the quality of the design and the finished product, the originality of the product, and the ambition and scope of the project.

“Polaris RANGER has been the No. 1 selling utility side-by-side brand for more than 15 years and with the all-new, fully electric RANGER Kinetic XP getting into the market this year, our utility customers are seeing firsthand the performance and power that electric powertrains can provide,” said Josh Hermes, vice president of Electric Off Road, Polaris. “Being recognized by Popular Science and receiving their Best of What’s New Award is a testament to that vehicle’s performance and our continued efforts to innovate and set new standards within the off-road industry.”

With industry-leading horsepower and torque, the RANGER XP Kinetic offers more power than ever to pull more, haul more, and get more done. Featuring an all-electric powertrain, engineered for off-road use through Polaris’ exclusive 10-year partnership with Zero Motorcycles®, the RANGER XP Kinetic set a new benchmark for utility side-by-side vehicle performance and productivity.

Its electric powertrain also means fewer moving parts for lower maintenance costs and more uptime for increased productivity. All RANGER XP Kinetic models are equipped with RIDE COMMAND+, which offers industry-first connected vehicle services, including remote vehicle location services, battery status monitoring, enhanced group ride tracking, and more. RANGER XP Kinetic side-by-sides started rolling off Polaris’ manufacturing line in Huntsville, Ala., and shipping to dealers and customers earlier this year.

“Since 1988, Popular Science has proudly celebrated the groundbreaking innovations changing our world. The Best of What’s New Awards showcase the year’s radical ideas that are improving our everyday lives and our futures. From pioneering disease treatments to inspiring progress in space exploration, and from the electrification of the auto industry to forward-thinking gadgets, this year’s list truly represents the Best of What’s New in 2023,” said Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Annie Colbert.

Pro Point 4500W Gas-Powered Inverter Generator


With the depths of winter quickly approaching there is the potential of ice and heavy snow to take down power lines and cause havoc with power outages. Making sure you are equipped with a proper backup generator can be a valuable part of your emergency preparedness plan when a power outage occurs.

A well-functioning generator can turn the lights back on, keep appliances running, and power essential equipment and electronic devices.

Pro Point’s 4500-watt inverter generator is built to take the hassle out of powering your electric needs in a clean and stable method that is safe for sensitive electronics, including TVs, computers, microwaves, and other electronic devices.

This feature-packed power solution includes Quiet Technology, Extended Run Time, Economy Mode. The reliable single cylinder 224cc, 5 HP electric start 4-stroke engine produces 4500 starting watts and 3700 continuous running watts and runs for over 10 hours at 50% load when the 3.4-gallon (13 litres) tank is full.

The Pro Point 4500-watt Inverter Generator is ultra-quiet and ideal for camping, tailgating, powering items around the RV or providing backup for your essentials.

Receptacles include a RV ready 120V 30A connection, plus two 120V 20A household outlets with clean power and a handy dual port USB adapter.

For more information on the full line of portal power solutions available at Princess Auto visit princessauto.com

CKX Atlas Helmet Review: Unparalleled Protection for Your Ultimate Adventure!!


Luke takes a closer look at the CKX Atlas Dual-sport adventure helmet showcasing its features and versatility for both on-road and off-road riding.

Exploring The 2024 CFMOTO Offroad Lineup


We take a closer look at CFMOTO’s ever-expanding MY24 model line-up including the special edition Carey Price signature series UFORCE 600 EPS.

Enhancing Your Can Am Outlander Pro HD7 for the Hunt


AJ outfits our Can Am Outlander Pro HD7 Hunting Edition with all the essential accessories necessary for a successful hunt.

How We Conquered the Mountains of British Columbia


We seek out the ultimate Can Am offroad adventure in beautiful British Columbia, Canada through one of BRP’s exclusive Uncharted Society providers – Toby Creek Adventures.

DIRT TRAX TV 2023 – Episode 12

On this episode of DIRT TRAX…

Luke heads to the wide-open spaces of Utah to evaluate Yamaha’s newest iteration of its Pure Sport YXZ 1000 RR and experience just how thrilling the new six‑speed sequential shifting and automatic clutch really is.

Then AJ’s in the TRAIL TECH shop increasing the multi-terrain performance and versatility of our 2024 Polaris RZR XP 1000 with some essential Pure Polaris add-ons.

Then in TEST RIDE, Mike gets behind the wheel of the 60-inch wide ZFORCE 950 Sport G2 featuring CFMOTO’s 85-horsepower 963cc V-twin engine and shares his experience with this value-priced, performance pure sport machine.

LEATT 8.5 Composite Helmet with 5.5 Goggles


In our world, crashes are a reality. Give yourself the best possible chance of keeping trauma to a minimum, buy the best helmet you can find to protect your head and brain.

Leatt helmets feature category-defining 360-degree Turbine Technology, the helmet is lined with 360-degree discs constructed from an energy-absorbing material designed to allow the head to move slightly inside the helmet during a crash reducing rotational, direct and deflective impact energy. This technology has two key advantages, the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and the absorption of energy upon impact at concussion level.

The Pro-Fit modulating comfort liner stretches over your head to provide superior comfort and stability. Once on your head you’ll almost forget you’re wearing a helmet.

The all new 8.5 helmet is a great choice for any Thrill-seeker and is both ECE and DOT certified. It includes visor extender, helmet bag and Free Leatt Velocity goggles.


  • 8.5 Helmet and FREE 5.5 Velocity goggles as a kit.
  • New high-performance certification ECE 22.06.
  • Composite shell in three sizes.
  • Brain injury reduction technology.
  • Reduces forces associated with concussion.
  • Pro-Fit elastic comfort liner that shapes to your head.
  • Large ventilation channels to keep your head cool even at lower speeds.
  • 4 densities of Impact foam for reduction of forces to head and brain.
  • Visor has breakaway function to reduce forces to head and neck in a crash.
  • X-Static® Inner liner is washable, breathable and has moisture wicking anti-odor fabric.
  • Designed to offer great neck brace mobility.
  • Emergency cheek pad removal.
  • Hydration side port (with optional hands-free kit).
  • 360° Turbine Technology:
  • Reduced peak brain acceleration by up to 30% at impact speeds associated with concussion.
  • Reduces peak brain rotational acceleration by up to 40%.

Certified and tested: DOT + New ECE 22.06.

Weight: DOT+ECE from 1.250 ± 50g (2.76lbs)

Go to kimpex.com to shop for Leatt off-road helmets and more.

DIRT TRAX TV 2023 – Episode 11

On this episode of DIRT TRAX…

AJ’s outfitted his truck with new TT1 tires from TIS Offroad and Hercules and goes over some of the features of this tire before taking his truck to the streets and then offroad to demonstrate their durability.

Then Luke takes a closer look at the CKX Atlas helmet showcasing its features and versatility for both on-road and off-road riding.

Then in TEST RIDE, AJ hops behind the wheel of the hyper-potent and totally overhauled Polaris RZR XP 1000.

2024 Yamaha Wolverine X2 1000 SE Detailed Overview


Mike highlights all the goodies packed into Yamaha’s newly released Wolverine X2 1000 SE featuring the potent 999cc twin cylinder engine and a host of features that might have you considering this machine over an RMAX.