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Princeton Swap Meet: My 2014 Snowmobile Season Begins

8/27/2013 8:15:00 AM

Arctic Cat stuff at Princeton.

I hit my first snowmobile show/swap event of the 2013-14 season this past weekend in Princeton, Minn., where the 20th Annual Outlaw Drags unfolded in perfect opposition to a blasted heat wave.

It's awesome how trailer loads of sleds and parts combine with conversations about snowmobiling to put you in a winter state of mind.

Click to see some pix.

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TGIF: The Aug. 23, 2013 Edition

8/23/2013 11:03:00 AM

TGIF: Snowmobiles, water and Arctic Cat

I'm thankful for water. I'm thankful for snowmobiles.

I'm thankful the human spirit compels us to occasionally throw caution to the wind, hit the gas and hope for the best.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

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Aug. '13 Trip Report: (Some of) What I Saw at Arctic Cat This Week

8/23/2013 8:39:00 AM

Welcome to Arctic Cat, let me get the door for you.

I was at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls this week, where the engine of progress was humming along at 8100 RPM and the people who make it happen opened up the doors for all of us to see.

Click to read about (some of) what was going on at my favorite place in the world.

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Flashback: Testing Arctic Cat ProCross Prototypes in the Spring of 2010

8/20/2013 9:23:00 AM

Arctic Cat's Larry Coltom & Ryan Hayes with prototypes in 2010. Photo:

Flashback: Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

The springtime ice on the Lake of the Woods near Warroad, Minn., is dark, with 10-ft. gaps between it and the shoreline where Arctic Cat engineers Larry Coltom (left) and Ryan Hayes are testing prototype ProCross and ProClimb snowmobiles.

The deteriorating ice conditions will soon force the various engineering crews to move to Colorado’s Grand Mesa and to Thompson, Manitoba, to continue development of the prototype machines.

But there are still a few days worth of testing in Minnesota, and on this day Coltom and Hayes are comparing and calibrating the F800 and XF800 prototypes...

Click to read more.

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New Hydration Pack and Tool Pack from Arctic Cat

8/19/2013 9:04:00 AM

Arctic Cat Hydration Pack by OGIO

The options for carrying gear while riding various toys have grown exponentially in recent years. The quality and versatility have moved in-step, resulting in an array of packs of all sizes, styles and features.

Click to read a bit more about these made-by-OGIO packs from Arctic Cat.

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New Products: Catgirl Glam Coat

8/19/2013 8:52:00 AM

Arctic Cat Catgirl Glam Coat in Pink

For the last handful of years, Arctic Cat has pushed the fashion envelope with its Gatgirl Glam coat, and 2014 is no exception.

Here are the two latest versions of this snowmobile fashion coat.







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TGIF: The Aug. 16, 2013 Edition

8/16/2013 9:09:00 AM

Mighty Good Feeling Arctic Cat handful ad.

I'm thankful for the humor and confidence that infused so many Arctic Cat ads over the years.

I'm thankful for the 1970s.

I'm thankful for the mighty good feelin' that comes with the Cat.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

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A Mighty Good Arctic Cat Radio Spot from 1977

8/15/2013 5:13:00 PM

Mighty Good Feeling Comes with the Cat

The year is 1977... after you hear the last rocking notes of Meatloaf blast through the single speaker of the clock radio in your bedroom, an ad from Arctic Cat is broadcast during which you hear this great line:

"Owning an Arctic Cat feels like you can lick the whole world."

Yep, it really happened.

Click below to hear it for yourself.

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New Products: Cat Wraps for Arctic Cat Sleds

8/14/2013 9:26:00 AM

CHAOS Cat Wrap from Arctic Cat

Back when Edgar and I were designing the Panther, nobody ran decals on their sleds.

Later, when Roger and I were tweaking the first prototype El Tigre, people ran the square registration decals purchased from the hardware store.

It was during the early 80s when I was helping Z put the final touches on the first AFS Cats that going full-custo with painted pinstripes and registration numbers signified that you were a serious sledder.

And when Kirk and I were imagining the Torque Sensing Link for the ZR line, die-cut vinyl became the new standard for sled sweetness.

These days, you gotta have a wrap.

So after that history lesson, it's time to click to see the new Cat Wraps from Arctic Cat.

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New Products: Arctic Cat Garage Collection of Casual Threads

8/14/2013 9:02:00 AM

Arctic Cat Garage Collection Pinstripe Shirt

I have a feeling that the new Garage Collection of portswear from Arctic Cat will be pretty popular.

Click to see these fancy new threads.

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2014 Arctic Cat ATVs and Side-by-Sides

8/13/2013 9:25:00 AM

2014 Arctic Cat ATV & Side-by-Side Intro, photo by

Arctic Cat recently pulled the wraps off of most of its 2014 line of ATVs and side-by-sides.

Click to read the highlights, a few ride impressions and see some cool pix.

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TGIF: The Aug. 9, 2013 Edition

8/9/2013 8:50:00 AM

TGIF: Aug. 9, 2013 snowmomoto edition

I'm thankful for snow. I'm thankful for the rubber track.

I'm also thankful for skis.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

(Super-thankful to Minnesota Rob continuing support of TGIF.)

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Don't Be Shocked! FOX Racing Shox Files $120 Million IPO

8/8/2013 8:59:00 AM

Fox Racing Shox

Starting tomorrow, you can own even more of FOX Racing Shox than the units on your snowmobile or Wildcat.

The company completed an IPO yesterday and will be offering 8,571,429 shares at ~$14 per share.

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Former Arctic Cat Pres. Lowell Swenson to be Inducted into ISHOF

8/8/2013 8:04:00 AM

Former Arctic Cat president Lowell Swenson

On Sept. 13-15, former Arctic Cat President Lowell Swenson will be postumously inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in Eagle River, Wis.

Swenson was a key figure in Arctic Cat history, guiding the company through the tumultuous decade that began in 1966.

Click to read his bio.

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Return of the Winnipeg I-500 Cross-Country?

8/5/2013 4:05:00 PM

Brian Nelson of USXC recons a Winnipeg I-500

What do you think of a return of a point-to-point I-500? 

Brian Nelson, owner of USXC, thinks enough about it that he and Joey Hallstrom spent a day last spring doing reconnaissance of a route from Winnipeg to Thief River Falls.

Nelson's goal is a return to the Winnipeg for 2015. 

Click to read more.

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TGIF: The Aug. 1, 2013 Edition

8/2/2013 8:31:00 AM

TGIF: Aug. 2, 2013

I'm thankful for snowmobiles and choppers.

I'm thankful for the inventive spirit that pervades the world of snowmobiling. 

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.



(Thanks to Minnesota Rob for the submission.)

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Transport Yourself to 1980: 1-min. El Tigre & Jag Radio Spot

7/30/2013 9:34:00 AM

1980 Arctic Cat El Tigre & Jag snowmobiles

Click below for a 1-minute transport back in time to 1980 (when you might have been listening to the radio and heard this commercial for the Arctic Cat El Tigre and Jag).

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Q&A with Adam Kuiken: Senior Test Engineer for Arctic Cat

7/26/2013 11:49:00 AM

Engineer Adam Kuiken with a prototype Arctic Cat. Photo by

Adam Kuiken is an Arctic Cat Senior Test Engineer whose job is to develop and collect test data during product development.

It's amazing (to me) the kind of data he's able to collect, and how that translates into the machines we buy.

Click to read the interview with him.



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TGIF: The July 26, 2013 Edition

7/26/2013 8:50:00 AM

TGIF from July 26, 2013

I'm thankful that the human spirit naturally compels us to compete, no matter what the vehicle or circumstance.

I'm thankful that the dreaded "inside ski lift" is a rare occurance when these guys take to the race track.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 26, 2013.


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Arctic Cat Reports Strong Fiscal 2014 First Quarter

7/25/2013 7:36:00 AM

Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, MN, photo by

Today Arctic Cat reported record results for its fiscal 2014 First Quarter.

One line from the results that greatly pleases me: "The company continued to increase investment in research and development to ensure a strong pipeline of new products and technologies..."

Click to read the full report. 


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