Our fourth day of our annual Four Wheeler of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year testing brought us to our final trail day and to start our morning off right, we hit the road towards a nasty storm near the mountains to test this year’s rigs in more challenging terrain and conditions.
We soon found out how this year’s vehicles handled high crosswinds on the highway and while the effects of the gusty winds were felt, it was nothing our group of vehicles couldn’t handle. It wasn't long before we hit the dirt again and came up to our first obstacle, a long loose dirt hill climb.
after spinning tires and articulating through the rutted out center of the hill climb, we decided to head for the mountains for a little snow trail action.
Snow wheeling on trails is always a little bit tricky since it can mean the trail will be impassible near the top of the mountain due to snow drifts but we decided to take a chance and get some more snow under our tires. We navigated our way as far up the mountain as we could get and with the snow getting thicker and the weather starting to come down on top of us, we realized we had gone as far as normally possible so we headed back down the mountain and up to a ski resort area.
The conditions on the road there were a bit icy so we got a good opportunity to get a feel for how these 4x4’s would handle in wintery conditions. Traction control is definitely much better at keeping you safe when hitting slippery surfaces on the road. Of course as luck would have it, the road was blocked off near the ski resort and since we still wanted to do a little more snow wheeling, we found another trail that was ripe with the white powder.
Check out what we put this year’s Four Wheeler of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year vehicles through and be sure to pick up the upcoming issue of Four Wheeler magazine to read all about how they stacked up and who came out on top!