Author: Jaimie Hernandez Photos: Courtesy of Manufacturers
The holidays can be a joyous time of year. They can also make us do crazy things, like mix eggnog and tequila, wear horrific sweaters and battle other shoppers over Tickle Me Elmo dolls (you know who you are). Admittedly, the holidays can be a little nuts, but thankfully your friends at Dirt Sports are here to help. First, we recommend you take a deep breath and reflect on the good things in life, like your friends, family, all those dirt loving people you can’t wait to see or beat at the next race. Once you feel jolly inside, it’s time to start shopping for the special gifts you will be giving (and hopefully receiving) this frosty season. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together some of the best gifts for the Dirt Sports Nation that anyone who spends time in the dirt would be happy to get. Whether it is something just to fill a stocking or a much-larger gift for those seeking to fill a garage, the following are sure to make anyone smile. While perfect for giving, these gifts are also great for receiving as well, so make sure to put them on your list! Happy Holidays from the Dirt Sports crew.
Wide Open Excursions
Wide Open Excursions has one of the best gifts this holiday season--the excitement of an open cockpit racecar with 18 inches of wheel travel powered by a 175 hp Subaru 4-cylinder engine. Since 1997, Wide Open Excursions has provided guests with the world’s most unique and adrenaline-filled adventure opportunities. They can enjoy high-performance off-road driving and the unspoiled beauty of Baja or the Nevada desert. From one-third day, full day and multi-day excursions, Wide Open will put you behind the wheel of a race-proven buggy, backed by a professional crew. If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime gift, this is definitely it!
Wide Open Excursions (888) 788-2252 www.wideopenbaja.com
The Replay XD1080 is the smallest and lightest full HD video action camera on the market. Featuring a water-resistant, hard-anodized, rugged aluminum housing and class-leading tuned optics, this little camera packs a big punch in a slim design. With a wide-angle 135-degree ƒ/3.1 lens and anti-glare coating, the Replay XD1080 is finely tuned to match the 5MP CMOS sensor for better clarity, accurate color and minimal image distortion. It is capable of recording video at 1080P at 30 fps, 960P at 30 fps, 720P at 60 fps, 720 at 30 fps and photos at 3, 5, 15 and 30 seconds. Simple On/Off and Start/Stop functions make the Replay XD1080 camera easy to operate. The built-in LED and vibration feedback tells you that you’re ready to go.
Replay XD (805) 480-9800 www.replayxd.com
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3 Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30 percent smaller, 25 percent lighter and two times more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197 feet, capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p at 48 fps, 1080p at 60 fps and 720p at 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3 Black Edition is said to be the world’s most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and Wi-Fi Remote make the HERO3 Black Edition even more versatile. The HERO3 Black Edition captures professional, cinema-quality video at twice the resolution and twice the frame-rate of previous models while delivering two times better low light performance.
GoPro (888) 600-4659 www.gopro.com
Mechanix Wear Touchscreen Glove
Stay connected to your touchscreen devices on the job or in the garage. Equipped with three-finger conductivity and four designated contact zones, the Original Touch glove allows you to manage your touchscreen devices without removing your gloves and compromising safety. Form-fitting TrekDry helps keep hands dry and comfortable, while the Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) hook-and-loop closure provides a secure fit. It is the perfect gift for the digital gearhead on your list.
Mechanix Wear (800) 222-4296 www.mechanix.com
Axial Wraith Rock Racer
The Jeep Wrangler Wraith from Axial Racing is ready for rock-spitting, dirt-slinging action. It’s designed to tackle the rocks with ease and blast across open desert at full attack speed. The Wraith is built with traditional straight axles, allowing for maximum suspension articulation using a four-link suspension. This vehicle features differential lockers front, center and rear just like its full-size counterpart. It is also available in a Poison Spyder 1/10th-scale electric 4WD Rock Racer, featuring a realistic high-strength composite full tube-frame chassis and custom painted body.
Axial Racing (877) 64-AXIAL www.axialracing.com
Dezert People 10
Team Ford Las Vegas and JD Films have released the latest in the Dezert People video series just in time for the holidays. Over the last two years JD Films has captured over 30 events in Baja, California, Nevada and Texas to bring intense desert racing action onto the television screen. The new video features Steve Olliges, Brandon Arthur, a tribute to the Terrible Herbst Truggy and much more! Dezert People 10 builds on an impressive title collection of top-notch off-road motorsports videos, and is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Dezert People (760) 494-0284 www.dezertpeople.com
The iON Air Pro 2
This compact, lightweight and fully waterproof action HD POV camera makes it easy to shoot and share action stills and videos. The Air Pro 2 boasts a 14-megapixel sensor for superior still image quality, 180-degree lens for the widest field of view among action cameras and 60 frames per second 1080 and 720 HD video for crisp, dynamic action video recordings. The camera records video in both full resolution and reduced resolution for easy uploading to the Web for sharing. Wi-Fi PODZ allows the camera to upload videos to social sites like Facebook and YouTube quickly and easily via iON’s iOS or Android apps for smartphones and tablets. The iON app enables use of an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android phone or tablet to stop and start recording, change all camera shooting modes, trip the shutter for still images, check battery life and more.
iON (855) 411-4466 www.ioncamera.com
Completely redesigned, Ironclad’s top-of-the-line work glove boasts extensive metacarpal protection and exclusive Exo-Guard flexible finger impact protection. The Ironclad Superduty glove will handle just about anything you can throw at it. It features synthetic leather finger sidewalls, Lycra inner fourchettes for breathability, TPR cuff puller for secure fit and a built-in quick release safety feature. Fortified with Advance Glove Technology (AGT), this glove is perfect for working on vehicles, operating them and more. It is also available in an all-black Stealth version.
Ironclad Performance Wear (888) 314-3197 www.ironclad.com
Team Associated SC10 Race Truck
Team Associated’s SC10RS 1:10-scale Ready-To-Run R/C truck is a replica of the trucks driven in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The electric 2WD SC10 has won the R.O.A.R. National Championships three years in a row, and has received some major upgrades along the way. These include a water-resistant high-power XP SC700 brushless speed control, Reedy 3300 KV brushless motor and a water-resistant enclosed receiver box. The suspension also received an upgrade with the addition of adjustable blue-anodized aluminum V2 coilover shocks. KMC replica hex-drive wheels come standard on the SC10RS, with high traction JConcepts racing compound rear tires and inserts for more grip.
Team Associated (949) 544-7500 www.teamassociated.com
2013 King of the Hammers Vindication
For the rock racing fan on your list, look no further than Vindication: 2013 King of the Hammers from Hammerking Productions. The movie documents the week-long off-road race event held annually in Johnson Valley, California. The 2013 KOH race marked the seventh year, and featured more than 300 teams and 35,000 spectators. Fierce competition and racing through some of the most difficult rock trails and desert terrain in the world make this video a must have.
Hammerking Productions (719) 203-4169 www.kohthemovie.com
Traxxas Nitro Slash
The Nitro Slash adds more raw power to the Traxxas R/C lineup. The Pro 2WD inspired short-course race truck delivers screaming redline horsepower from the award-winning nitro-powered TRX 3.3 racing engine. A lightweight and rugged 6061-T6 aluminum chassis gives the Nitro Slash a rock solid platform, matched with proven components that have made the Slash the standard for durability. Officially licensed racing replica bodies and tires give these R/C trucks real trackside looks. Special edition Chad Hord, Rob MacCachren, Mark Jenkins and Robby Gordon are the trucks available.
Traxxas (888) TRAXXAS www.traxxas.com
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition
Since launching in 2010, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has set the benchmark for low- and high-speed off-road performance through aggressive all-terrain tires, industry-exclusive internal triple-bypass FOX Racing Shox dampers, skid plates and standard Hill Descent Control. The 2014 Raptor Special Edition adds interior and exterior upgrades to differentiate its appearance further and appeal to luxury truck buyers looking for uncompromising off-road performance. The 2014 SVT Raptor Special Edition adds unique new touches to Raptor’s existing package, including a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color and box-side graphics. Industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels were also added to help increase grip in low-traction conditions, along with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and SYNC with MyFord Touch for added connectivity. The SVT Raptor is available exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality.
Ford Motor Company (800) 392-FORD www.ford.com
HPI Super 5SC Flux
The 1/5-scale Super 5SC Flux Brushless from HPI Racing is the largest production R/C off-road truck on the dirt. The 4WD truck features a Flux Tork 2200kV brushless motor, a Flux Blur brushless electronic speed control and a 2.4GHz 3-channel radio system. A center differential evenly splits power between the Super 5SC Flux’s front and rear ends. Other highlights include big-bore oil shocks, a painted/trimmed body and compatibility with most HPI Savage hop-ups. The HPI Super 5SC Flux has the capacity to handle up to 6S LiPo power batteries for more dirt-pounding action.
HPI Racing (217) 398-0007 www.hpiracing.com