Honda Pioneers are some of the toughest UTVs on the planet. Their recreational prowess and utilitarian reliability make them all-around workhorses. Though the Pioneer lineup is as tough as they come, owners are often not as tough and dependable when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Your Honda Pioneer will keep trucking along without hesitation through rain, sleet, and snow, but that doesn’t mean they come ready-made to keep you protected and comfortable when Mother Nature unleashes her wrath. That’s why a Honda Pioneer cab enclosure is one of the most useful accessories you can get for your side-by-side if you want to enjoy comfortable all-season riding.
Roofs, windshields, and rear wind screens can help keep the elements at bay, but those components are not enough to keep you behind the steering wheel when heavy precipitation and high winds decide to test your grit. Without a full UTV cab enclosure on your Honda Pioneer, you won’t be fully protected in harsh weather conditions, and you certainly won’t be comfortable. Of course, full cab enclosure systems do more than protect operators and passengers from precipitation and frigid winds. They also act as radiant heat barriers to lock in your body heat and keep you in the driver's seat when other recreationalists and workers call it quits.
Many owners try to create their own DIY cab enclosures, but few of them pass the test when downpours start to come in sideways. Even the best homemade enclosures cannot rival genuine Honda products, let alone compete with dedicated aftermarket Honda Pioneer cab enclosures. Most notably, you will need an enclosure that has a proper seal all the way around the cab. Incomplete seals leak body heat, allow water ingress, and create a space for ice to start widening the gaps. Furthermore, even poorly installed aftermarket Honda Pioneer cab enclosures may allow exhaust fumes to infiltrate the cockpit, creating a significant health and safety hazard.
When it comes to cab enclosures for the Honda Pioneer, there are two basic variants. The first option includes all soft, fabric-style enclosures. Honda Pioneer soft cab enclosures are usually made of a tough canvas, vinyl, or polymer material. The second option includes all forms of hard sided enclosures. Honda Pioneer hard cab enclosures are typically a mix of high-grade plastic resins, fiberglass, and metal substructures or panels. Soft cab enclosures tend to be more affordable while hard cab enclosures tend to last longer. Hard enclosures are also ideal for owners who know they’ll leave the enclosure on long-term. Both types of enclosures allow owners to turn their Honda Pioneers into true all-season machines capable of tackling any environment. The best way to determine which option is right for you is to assess your needs.
Hard cab enclosures often come as complete systems that offer 360-degree coverage with integrated doors and wind screens. They are heavier, but they are more heavy-duty as a result. Owners who live in cold climates, regularly use their machines in muddy conditions, or often drive through thick woodlands tend to prefer hard enclosures. Contrarily, soft cab enclosures are best for people who need an option that allows them to quickly modify the enclosure for changing seasons and riding conditions. Soft enclosures often come in modular components to create the amount of coverage and protection best suited for your needs. For example, Greene Mountain Outdoors offers soft sided enclosures for both the Honda Pioneer 700 and 1000 models. Their soft enclosures have full length double-pull zippers with doors that are completely removable and include automotive grade acrylic windows. Best of all, they integrate with the Greene Mountain Outdoors roof cover and rear windjammer for seasonal modularity while still maintaining complete coverage.
No matter which type of Honda Pioneer cab enclosure you prefer, this is one accessory best left to expert manufacturers. Aftermarket Honda Pioneer cab enclosures make use of the most advanced materials for proven performance and longevity, so you’ll be able to trust your equipment to keep you safe and comfortable when the weather sends other UTV owners packing. Whether you have the Honda Pioneer Deluxe, the Pioneer 700-2, the Pioneer 1000-5 Limited, or any other style or edition of the Honda Pioneer, Everything Honda Offroad has the aftermarket cab enclosure system and accessories you need to keep you on the trail or in the field!
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