Textron Outlines the Future of Arctic Cat
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. has announced its plan for growth as it incorporates Arctic Cat into the company, including its future powersports brand portfolio, and a tease of new and upcoming products across its snowmobile, side-by-side and ATV product lines. Company President and CEO Kevin Holleran welcomed a select... Read more
Summit or Freeride? – Is the Freeride really worth the extra cash?
This has been brought up several times since Ski-Doo announced their new 850 G4 Freeride models with a 36” front end and reinforced chassis, so it’s a really good question. The easy explanation is the Freeride is to the Summit what the X-RS is to the MX Z or... Read more
First Ride!  2018 Ski-Doo Summit X & Freeride
By Jerry Matthews / SnowTech Western Test Staff – When we were invited to the Ski-Doo Sneak Peak of the 2018 mountain models back in December, we wondered what Ski-Doo had up there sleeve that was important enough for us to head up to CKMP (Carl Kuster Mountain Park)... Read more
Track Length and Lug Height – What’s Right for You?
In a world where track length and lug height on mountain sleds have been steadily increasing, and with so many options currently available, it leaves snowmobilers wondering, “What’s right for me?”. Choosing the proper track length and lug height for your riding style and snow conditions is critical to... Read more
2018 Polaris – Growing the AXYS Family
We will be the first to admit that we really didn’t know what to expect for 2018 Polaris. They had introduced their new AXYS platform for 2015 on their short-tracked RUSH and Switchback models, followed by the strong following of the AXYS RMK models for 2016, and then filled... Read more
2018 Yamaha
Looking at the snowmobile line-up from Yamaha for 2018, it quickly becomes evident that this is the land of the turbocharger. Their Sidewinder models were so popular for 2017 that they have been expanded out to a total of 18 different versions. Yes, you can choose from 18 different... Read more
2003 BLADE OutLaw
Bad-Ass V-Twin Snowmobile that Never Made it to Production Back fifteen years ago (in 2002), BLADE Snowmobiles (of FAST M-10 fame) was preparing to release their OutLaw™ snowmobile, powered by a torquey, four-stroke, American made V-Twin from S&S CYCLE, Inc. The OutLaw had a rather unique appearance with somewhat... Read more
2018 Arctic Cat M 8000 Sno Pro “Early Release” – FIRST RIDE!
By Dustin Pancheri – SnowTech Western Test Staff 2018 came early for those of us waiting to see what Arctic Cat had coming down the pipe line. In fact, it came just as the 2017 calendar year was getting started but we aren’t complaining….who wants to wait to find... Read more
2017 Polaris RUSH PRO-S:  Sharpest Handling, Quickest Accelerating
With the 2017 model year we had another full season of validation on the Polaris AXYS models. All doubt should now be erased, as these sleds are the real deal. They do work as advertised, and they work very well. About time. For the past couple of years now... Read more
2018 Ski-Doo?  – Pure Speculation
For 2017 Ski-Doo brought us their latest platform, the new GEN 4 REV. This all-new platform of course features the all-new 850 E-TEC engine, designed specifically for this narrower chassis with a focus on mass centralization and agility. So where do they go from here? Ski-Doo said it –... Read more