Since everyone always asks about the Highly Visual™ RC here's the spill all of what went into the build. The build was based off an axial racing Yeti Trophy Truck. A custom 1/4" steel tube TT style roll cage was fabricated and added under the Yetti Retro body, which was custom painted in house from the inside out. Our live-wire bolts were painstakingly laid in matte black over the top to give it our signature stand-out look. In the rear Axial ultra 4 light kit and radiator/fan kit was added for a realistic look from the back. Up front sits an Axial bumper light bar combo. Holes were drilled through the grill and stock light bar mounts were used to hold it in place. A custom valance was cut and bent up front to give the body a more authentic Trophy Truck look. The highlight of the build is focused on the custom built 7 canister TT style light bar that sits up top. The bar was fashioned with 1/8" steel tube, and a jig was made to ensure the proportions would be correct. Like the real thing it is detachable and is mounted to the custom built roll cage. Stock axial light bar supports bars were used to secure it to the roof. Other noteworthy details include custom built TT style antennas, authentic window nets, chrome gold driver visors, carbon filled exhaust tips, and enough sponsor decals to make your head spin.
The dust has settled and we are BACK from the Great American off-road race. If you happen to miss the event we have your eyes covered as we have a few pairs of these special edition Mint400 sunglasses available on the site now. Available with your choice of lenses and either red or gray print starting at just$40 here.
We will be shutting down the HQ for a couple days to attend one of the best events of the year. The Mint400! We will be gone March 1st - March 6th so no orders will be shipping until March 6th. If you are attending the Mint400, be sure to come see us. We will be vending at Tech and Contingency on Fremont Street on March 3rd, and we will be at the Primm start/ finish on Saturday. Come say whats up, get some shades and hang at the Heat Wave Visual booth!
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The Mint 400 and Heat Wave Visual have teamed up for the 3rd time to bring you the official custom sunglasses for the 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires! The 2017 Mint 400 Heat Wave Visual sunglasses will be available for purchase at both the Heat Wave Visual booth space and official Mint 400 merchandise semi at Tech & Contingency on Friday, March 1st from 8:00am-5:00pm on Fremont St. East and all day long at the official Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line in Primm, NV on Saturday, March 4th.
These Limited Edition Mint 400 Sunglasses are based off of Heat Wave Visual’s proven model the VISE and feature red or grey Heat Wave metal logo inlays exclusive to the 2017 Mint 400. They also feature “The Mint 400” printed on the side of each arm, along with official branding on the inner temple. The Mad Media designed eyewear is a perfect way to rep off-road in style while keeping your eyes out of the searing Nevada sun.
Available exclusively at Contingency on Friday March 3rd on Fremont St. in Las Vegas, NV and Saturday on Race Day at the Start / Finish at Primm Valley, or thru Themint400.com
We're going against the grain and releasing two Highly Visual™ new colors in the dead of winter to get everyone out there fired up and moving - Introducing our first colored frames in several years, and the first ever colored frames for the VISE and Regulator; Marina Blue & Infrared. Both designed to pop for those of you that want to add a little color to your eyewear collection.
The Vise shown in Marina Blue
I've been to the S.N.O.R.E. for the past 3 years in a row and I for one have never even seen the river, and I'm not lying. I think it's because I get to Laughlin and head down the strip and go right - Straight back out towards the desert. And that is where I stay for 2 days. Covered in sand, silt and sage. But what is all the rage?
Over the years I have seen countless DNF's, many people don't make it 2 laps, let alone make it to day 2, and even more racers DNF the 2nd day. I didn't actually see anyone rage. Maybe because they just love being out there. Despite the broken trucks, it's family. It's community. It's bond. I've never seen anything like it in my life. Each camp is filled with a massive support group of friends and family. To them this is tradition - If you break, it is par for the course. If it can be fixed, the teams will tirelessly work to get their drivers back in the race. If it can't, well...there is no can't. There is no give up. And no, nobody is being paid. This is all for the love of racing and hanging in the dirt. This is what off-road racing and Rage At the River is really all about, you and your family. Your crew. And without it, river be damned, there is no rage.
Here's my top 20 photos from the 2016 RATR in no particular order:
Lined Up: A large field for the 1400 racers, with almost an endless line of trucks lined up to go on day 2, with Hi-Vis crew member sitting on the pole, with Darren Parsons right behind him.
Launched: 1400 Driver Jerry Laimore takes the road crossing down while running with the big dogs int he unlimited race.
Hole Shot: Travis Chase pulls away from his competition at the start.
Fast N Close: Heat Wave supported driver Harley Letner was absolutely hauling.
Transmission: Towers and trucks. Keith Smith framed nicely in front of a row of power lines.
Towers towns and trophies: The path most taken, is usually the most beat up and it's the trophy trucks that beat it up.
Newly Weds: Paige and Nick have a special thing going on and recently just got married. Paige is #1 in Nick's support group.
Gear Up: Ashley is just as much an integral part of Chris's team. Chris and Keith getting suited for their race on day 2.
General Lee: Catching the sun just right, and making that orange 01 car glow. This dude even had the Dukes horn.
Spark the fire: Nick's truck was a force to be reckoned with and was spitting fire both days. While it was easy to see, it was much harder to catch on "film"
Fly the flag: FREEDOM! Preston flies the flag with pride off the back of his truck and it made for a lot of great shots.
Fully focused: Darren's truck is the closest thing to a daily driver out there. Fully windowed up and creature featured out. Darren hard charged and had the fastest lap times if I can recall correctly. I heard he was also bumping music and taking calls while sending it. Just another day in the office I guess!
Dirt explosion: I hate that they water the track - I want more dirt explosions.
Push it to the limit: Coming into the infield a bit hot had 2008 holding on for dear life. Luckily he recovered, the marker light? Not so lucky.
Safety first: The visor sticker a close second.
Fully Alpha: Harley was piloting the Youtheory Class 1 so fast, the thing was on two wheels out of the turns.
Low Shutter + Fast Car: Blurry is fast!
Fish-Eye: Rule of the fish-eye is usually If you can't get hit, your shot ain't shit. Well, if a rooster tail can fill the entire frame, I think that's an exception.
2 wheelin: Walking the fine line between fast and falling.
Cocked, locked and ready to rock.
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Hi-Vis crew in full effect. Glamis. Halloween weekend 2016. Heat Wave Visual.
Featuring Nick Isenhouer, Chris Isenhouer, Blake Wilkey, Pre Ran Dan, Preston, Kevin Terry and more.