Tread Lightly! is a non-profit organization originally founded in 1985 by the U.S. Forest Service. The organization’s mission is to “promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.” Tread Lightly!, in partnership with many federal and corporate sponsors and thousands of individual members, works diligently to give outdoor recreationists an environmentally-friendly reputation and the education to back it up. We here at WeekendATV.com take great pride in preserving our riding areas and keeping our footprint confined only to those locations designated for our use. With this pledge we have proudly become Media Members of Tread Lightly!.
So maybe you are in agreement that Tread Lightly! has a good thing going, but wonder how partnering with them might benefit you directly? Hey, we understand. It’s tough economic times, but a Tread Lightly! membership could actually save you money! Yes, it’s true. Not only will your three year membership of $60 make great strides in keeping our great outdoors explorable to our hobbies and provide you with regular organizational news and store discounts, but you will also get a $100 mail in rebate on select sets of Goodyear Wrangler tires, a discount on insurance from Foremost Insurance Group and a huge discount on Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Chrysler vehicles. The automobile discount is 1% below factory invoice! This deal can save you thousands of dollars. If you have any intention of purchasing one of these vehicles then you must take advantage of this offer and join Tread Lightly!. Since beginning their affiliation with Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Chrysler, their membership has doubled.
Across North America trails are being closed to off road vehicles because of abuse, littering and other environmental damages caused by irresponsible riders. Help preserve our trails by being a responsible rider. See our Responsible Riding page or better yet, become a member of Tread Lightly!.
Recently, Polaris Industries released an app for Apple and Android devices. ORV Trails is one of a suite of apps created by Polaris that includes Indian Rides and Victory Rides for the streets, and Polaris Snow Trails. The app includes several handy features like live GPS tracking of your venture, weather conditions, waypoint placing and locating local services. Here is the full feature list from the iTunes store:
- display your current location
- view maps of US ORV trails
- view weather conditions and advisories for any US location
- find and contact Polaris dealers
- local services search with integrated direct dialing, including gas stations, restaurants and lodging
- save waypoints along your route
- track and save multiple ORV routes
- automatic map caching so maps can still be viewed while on the trail and outside of data coverage areas
- multitasking on iOS4 for route tracking in the background
- share saved routes to Twitter or Facebook
- export route data in GPX or CSV format
This trail might not be a good option today.
Admittedly, most of these aren’t particularly new items. Most smartphones have built-in maps, GPS, weather and can easily locate the nearest fuel, food and lodging. There are also apps for tracking our routes and adventures. However, there are few options that combine all of this info in one convenient app that is directly targeted at riders like you. As a bonus, there are thousands of trails already posted in the app. It also provides a unique method for mapping areas you may often ride, but have trouble seeing in full due to tree cover. The ability to place waypoints is a great feature too. Think “great hunting spot” or “great view from here”. The number of uses is endless and certainly not limited to ATVing.
The red and orange represent trails.
Perhaps the best thing about the Polaris ORV Trails app is that it’s free. To be completely honest it would have to be a really bad app to get a poor review when it’s free. However, there isn’t much negative to say about the Polaris ORV Trail app. The app is available for Apple devices and Google Android devices. There is also a PC desktop version. More details are available here:
Apple Devices: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/orv-trails/id493558794?mt=8
Android Devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.weathernation.mobile.orvtrails&hl=en
On January 1st Polaris will celebrate New Year’s Day by revealing a brand new RZR model in their side x side line. Polaris seems to be keeping tight lipped about what exactly is coming out, but my guess is it will be the Polaris answer to the Arctic Cat Wildcat. No matter what it is, Polaris is giving you a chance to win one. The contest ends as 2011 does so enter now. You can enter through the Polaris website here.