We kicked off our second day of our annual Four Wheeler of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year testing bright and early and quickly headed for higher ground. Would we find snow? We were wondering the same thing and really hoping we could get to play on some fresh powder high up in the mountains.
There was only one way to find out — follow the rocky trails with breathtaking views that at times made our palms sweat. After climbing to over 8,000 feet in elevation, we finally got our first taste of a little snow wheeling. While it might not have been much more than a light to moderate dusting, it sure was fun to make our way through it.
The switch-backs were tight and the trails were even tighter at times. Some of our Fullsize pickup trucks required a little more finesse to get them through the tighter sections without getting some of nature’s special pin-striping.
After hitting the summit, we quickly dropped down the mountain with plenty of front row seats to steep drop-offs as we overlooked the valley below. Needless to say, low range and hill decent controls were thoroughly tested on our way down. Luckily we were able to pick up the pace a bit on a nice curvy graded road which gave us a good feel for the handling characteristics of this year’s lineup.
After fueling up, we headed out for a little sand wheeling action to see how the Four Wheeler of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year contenders handled the sand dunes.
So far we can tell you that all the vehicles are holding their own fairly well in many of the categories we’re testing for. You’ll be able to read all about it in an upcoming issue of Four Wheeler but for now, we’re giving you a little more behind the scenes action!