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Giant Loop Launches Giant Loop Snow Line: Adventure Proof Packing Systems for Snowmobiles

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Giant Loop Launches Giant Loop Snow Line: Adventure Proof Packing Systems for SnowmobilesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2014

Giant Loop Launches Giant Loop Snow Line: Adventure Proof Packing Systems for Snowmobiles


Adventure Motorcycle Innovator Brings Polar Tested Extreme Conditions Experience to Winter Powersports Market

(BEND, OR, USA) Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop announced today the introduction of a new line of products this fall for the 2014-2015 winter powersports season. The new Giant Loop Snow line is targeted at the hardcore mountain sledder, demanding touring snowmobile rider and the growing crossover market of on- and off-piste snow travelers. Giant Loop Snow is launching with extremely rugged, functional tunnel bags and gear pockets that deliver the rugged, stable, technical aspects of the company’s adventure motorcycle gear.

“We’ve been working in collaboration with Canadian extreme cross-country snowmobile racer Kirk Hastings and the owners of Motonation Canada, our motorcycle line distributor, to develop a tightly focused snow-specific product offering for serious sledders,” says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop’s owner.

Giant Loop dealer Rox Speed FX will preview the Giant Loop Snow Line at this year’s Sno-Barons Haydays Grass Drags, September 6-7 in North Branch, Minnesota. This event officially starts the snowmobile season each year, with many of the manufacturers introducing their new models at Haydays.

Last March, Hastings’s Snowxcapes Team 7 finished third, capturing $20,000 in prize money, at the world’s longest snowmobile endurance race, Cain’s Quest in Labrador, Canada, using virtually unmodified gear from the Giant Loop motorcycle product line, including the Great Basin Saddlebag, Bushwackers Hand Guards, Possibles Pouch and Pronghorn Straps.

Snoxscapes Team 7 - 2014 Cain's Quest

“With minus 52-degree C temperatures, polar bears, constant ice build up that required stopping to chop it off the sleds with axes — the most extreme conditions imaginable — Giant Loop gear performed flawlessly,” says Hastings.

“I have rolled my race sled twice — once down a bare gravel road — and the Giant Loop gear’s tough construction has barely shown a scuff. I have driven through a forest burn-over intoxicated with sleep deprivation and brushed up against seasoned sharp branches with no penetration.”

“There simply is no other luggage system out there utilizing such high quality materials and construction that would keep me moving forward under such user abuse,” says Hastings.

“Preparing for the race, we did extensive research into the most rugged and stable bags available to carry our 90 pound of extra fuel and mandatory supplies, and Giant Loop came up repeatedly as the best designed, most functional and durable bags in powersports. Next year, we are poised to win Cain’s Quest with the help of the Giant Loop Snow line.”

Giant Loop Snow products will be distributed by Motonation Canada and available from a network of premium powersports dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.


Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.


Giant Loop Racers: Cain’s Quest Race Team 7 SnoXscapes, Kirk and David, Finish On The Podium To Win $20,000, With Great Basin Saddlebags

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There was a strange knock at the email door, last Christmas season.  It wasn’t the first time that a well researched and experienced long distance rider contacted Giant Loop for luggage solutions.


Something was very different this time, since Canadian rider Kirk Hastings wasn’t outfitting a motorcycle and he wasn’t taking a trip across the Trans-Canada Trail, or riding the Haul Road to Inuvik, or traveling  south to Ushuaia. He was building a Skidoo Freeride SNOWMOBILE for cross country racing.

team7 setup

Kirk had heavily researched a few vital components, for his and team mate David Price’s race machines, that he knew would give him the edge over race teams with conventional equipment. The issues he wanted to dial in were lighting, luggage and suspension. His requirements for the packing system were to carry 90 pounds of supplies and required safety gear. So, he began the search to find the best soft luggage on the market, for his race setup, and after looking at every luggage system on the planet,  Giant Loop’s packing system became that solution.  The benefits that Kirk wanted to experience were dry safety gear, loaded close to the center of his machine, in a bag that was easy to mount and remove, mounted in a way that didn’t interfere with the rider, upset the balance of the machine or overload its limited rear framework.  While we have sold plenty of Great Basin Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bags and Bushwacker Hand Guards to motorcyclists for these very reasons, this is the first one destined for snowmobiles! The boys also found Pronghorn Straps to be very handy, keeping their gear secured tight.


It wasn’t just any little race, either, it was the 3300KM Cain’s Quest. Cain’s Quest takes place on the eastern Canadian coastline, in the region of Labrador, Newfoundland. The week long, 22 checkpoint, two rider team race starts in Labrador City. Then, the course runs out to the coast at Cartwright, across the coastal headlands and sea inlets to Nain, then back across land to finish in Labrador City. The racers  cannot use any groomed or established trails and must navigate across the barren northlands, while dealing with extremely harsh winter conditions and carrying mandated safety equipment. Emergencies are regular and many, with 20 of the 29 teams entered ending their race with either a medical or mechanical. While a mechanical may not seem an emergency, ANY time spent with protective winter gear removed, to wrench and hammer broken bits back together, leads to frozen body parts. Frozen hands, feet and faces are the main concerns for racers, but crashing at speed has its own risks, with the constantly changing conditions, terrain and wind driven snows.

Link to some Elka Suspension test video from before the race. The Great Basin Saddlebag looks solid and stable on that machine, as it rips the 2-3ft whoops, at 65mph.  

Read the exciting wrap up to the race, in these Cain’s Quest Facebook postings! 
I am sure our friends at Baja Designs and Elka Suspension were equally impressed with Team 7 SnoXcape’s finish of the 2014 Cain’s Quest.
Great Job Kirk and David!!

Hit this link for some POV camera footage of them during one of the stages.