Their extremely low ground pressure turns more frozen lakes and streams into clear iceways for quick, safe, easy transits. This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. With its low ground pressure and light-footed traction, Argo XTVs skim easily over all types of loose, soft soils. All I’m on an Argo, an off-road vehicle famous for being able to tackle just about anything. About half the Argo’s components are made in Canada, including the vacuum-formed body, while the rest come from the U.S. Argo also makes smaller, unmanned units for first responders and the military. Adding 100 pounds or so of gear to the back end would likely level it out. Most buyers will also add some options, which include a winch, convertible top, heater and windshield wiper. Argos are built to bring sand and surf together. - ARGOs cost far less than the heavier equipment required for equal off-road mobility; multiple ARGO units less cost than a single off-road hauler Argo designed 25” (635 mm) mud and swim tires combine to give this machine great traction and best in class payload all while providing a water speed of 3.5 mph. For deep snow, mud, and the fastest water paddling, almost nothing beats Escargo Brand (non Argo) Steel Paddle Extreme Off-Road UHMW. - Attachments are designed, tested and engineered to minimize the impact of the Static Stability Factor With the lowest ground pressure of any comparable vehicle, these XTVS ride over snow-covered hills and valleys instead of sinking in. The Argo’s specially designed webbed tires allow it to effortlessly propel through the water. For this story, she was a guest of the automaker. Jil McIntosh is a regular contributor to Toronto Star Wheels. - The design and placement of the exhaust and electrical systems of ARGO minimize any risk of a fire hazard in dry vegetation, High Utilization Up until now, the company’s been fairly low-key, selling mainly to hardcore enthusiasts and commercial users who would buy a base platform and outfit it as needed. rights reserved. Where others see the end of the road, your adventure is just beginning. Argo vehicles scale all sorts of rugged landscapes in all weather conditions. The sheer pulling power of these machines is relentless. - The complete family of ARGO 8x8 extreme terrain and amphibious models provides the right selection to match the needs of local customers and provide operators and rental companies with the right mix of products and accessories for maximized utilization of the fleet. Don’t let dust and grit get in the way of your mission. The lineup starts at $11,595 and tops out at $27,945. You get more value from an ARGO because you can do more with it The tires have a raised-bar tread pattern that wraps around the sidewall. A hot day at the beach and on the dunes gets easier in an Argo. Toronto Star articles, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com, The Toronto Star and thestar.com, each property of Toronto Star I also quickly mastered rocks, a swamp, and even a set of stone stairs. ARGO goes where others can’t follow Manufactured in the USA and sold exclusively by Beaver Dam Argo, Escargo-type tracks are made to strict tolerances. The Argos assisted in pulling out snowmobiles and ATV’s all day long.”, - Mike “Smitty” Smith The U.S. is planning a moon launch for 2020, and should it happen, an Argo moon rover will be part of it. The coolest Canadian vehicle company you’ve never heard of. I was a bit apprehensive when we arrived at a massive Texas ranch for the demonstration, because I’d never driven one before and didn’t want to look like a hopeless dweeb among more seasoned outdoorsy writers. Even if the ice lets you down, Argo keeps going with its amphibious capability to keep you safe and mobile. Copyright © 2012 Ontario Drive and Gear Ltd. All rights reserved. These features are a major benefit in environmentally sensitive and protected areas, as every Argo vehicle ensures that you leave the lightest footprint in the industry. - ARGO’s exceptional terrain capabilities and high altitude performance extends the range of sites and seasons where vehicles can operate productively To order copies of Argo is the most versatile vehicle for ice conditions. - The exclusive Admiral triple-differential transmission provides exceptionally smooth steering in constricted areas while maintaining traction on all wheels, “Green” mobility Go further, go harder with ARGO mobility, even at higher altitudes. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about Today’s best Static Stability Factor (SSF) means ARGOs are up to four times less likely to roll-over than traditional UTVs Add your choice of optional rubber tracks to Argo or Centaur vehicles and easily navigate the deepest drifts in frigid conditions. The XTI, HDi and Explorer models are all fully amphibious, while the heavy-duty Centaur will ford streams as deep as 26 inches. “[the Argos] saved our bacon.