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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-25-2005, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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First time snowmobiling - What do I need?

Always wanted to try it and finally put aside enough time. Will be renting Tuesday for the first time. Just want to make sure I've got everything I will need.

I have:
A really decent Reima snowmobile jacket
Heavy HJC snowmobile gloves
Six pairs of socks
Assortment of sweatshirts, turtlenecks, etc.
Fleece lined cargo pants
Sweatpants
Thermal Underwear
Winter boots
Full face mask/balaclava (sp)

Do I need to buy a set of coveralls or will heavy lined pants with thermal underwear be ok since legs are mostly covered by the fairing? I hear that my motorcycle helmet will not work because a multi-layer face shield is needed - is this true?

Throw out any tips if you have them. As always, I intend to take it fairly easy until I get the hang of it. I hope I don't end up buying one unexpectedly
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-25-2005, 11:42 PM
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correctamundo on the bike helmet. Itll ice up in short order.
And I would rent bibs too if you dont want to buy. Not worth it freezing your arse off. Your legs arent that protected.

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We're staying just outside of Three Lakes - renting from a place in town - Watercraft Sales? just off Hwy. X
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Did you buy a bike after the first time your rode one? Than you're gonna want a sled by the time your done riding. It's a blast but there's no-where good to ride around here.
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We're staying just outside of Three Lakes - renting from a place in town - Watercraft Sales? just off Hwy. X
I'll be in Eagle River if you need a guide.

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I'll be in Eagle River if you need a guide.
That's a great offer but I'm sure you're used to moving a bit quicker than a couple of newbies. Pm me some contact info just in case. I've got the sled for 24 hours and fully intend to get my money out of it.
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Did you buy a bike after the first time your rode one? Than you're gonna want a sled by the time your done riding. It's a blast but there's no-where good to ride around here.
That's kinda what I heard and I'm sure I'd have one already if there was anywhere decent to ride around here.
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Is a set of the insulated Carhartt coveralls good? I've been wanting to pick up a set of those for awhile now for working in my unheated garage and now would be a good time for me to convince myself to finally do it.
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When I had my sleds We used to try to find the most way out knit or stocking hat to put on after the helmet was taken off. (4' stocking hat. a few jester hats w\ bells, long hats w\ dino scales ect,ect. )

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Talking Ah newby, I can help

J,
I've got spare stuff you can use at my cabin.
10 miles up the road from where you'll be at.
My AGV motorcycle helmet works better than the ones I have made for sledding.
Check your pm's.

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Snowmobiling scares the crap out of me with fresh snow. Have only done it a couple of times and I can't see other peoples tracks. When I hit them and the sled tilts I get spooked. Of course I would do it all over again because it is a blast.

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I tried wearing a Carhardt jacket once snowmobiling, and the wind cut right thru it.. You might wanna try some HJC bibs since they can be had for around $100. They work well in the garage too, if you are a bit careful..
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No snowmobiling for me after all. They're pulling our rentals due to weather. This sucks.
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