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
2017 Ski-Doo Summit 850 E-TEC: Long Term Test
We were lucky enough to spend a significant amount of time on not one, but multiple different Summit 850 E-TEC machines over a 3 month period in early 2016, spanning several different states and even two different countries. Since that time we have additionally been able to spend several... Read more
2018 Yamaha? – Pure Speculation
Coming out with a brand-new turbocharged engine and an incredible number of new Sidewinder models for 2017, one kind of wonders what Yamaha might have up their sleeve for the 2018 model year. We were told several years ago to expect new models each year for many years, so... Read more
2018 Arctic Cat? – Pure Speculation
Another Engine Option for Arctic Cat? In the last issue of SnowTech we had an open discussion as to where the new 800-class 2-stroke engine was from Arctic Cat. This time around let’s consider yet another option that might be part of what is happening in the land of... Read more
Inside the Yamaha Genesis 998 Turbo Engine
Yamaha listened, they designed and then they tested. The new Genesis 998 Turbo engine is a product of their dedication to bringing the most advanced, high performance engines to the snowmobile industry. With more horsepower than any production engine in the history of our performance-obsessed sport, they are confident... Read more
Stage Tuning the Polaris AXYS 800 with Starting Line Products
In just two short years, the new Polaris 800 H.O. 2-stroke twin (only found in the Polaris AXYS models) has quickly gained a reputation as being an extremely potent powerpack with wicked-fast throttle response, making it really fun to ride. The crankshaft alone is 2.5 lbs. lighter for quicker... Read more
ROX Coyote Hunter – Bearcat Project Sled
By Chris Ohlin A few years ago my son and I had an amazing experience hunting the varmints in Northern Minnesota. We were walking an old logging trail from years gone by looking for big gray squirrels and grouse. As we were walking, my son Isaac started following the... Read more
2017 POLARIS 600 Switchback SP 144
The Sleeper 50/50 Switchback Every now and then a snowmobile manufacturer surprises us with a new model that kind of sneaks in under the radar. Instead of being the biggest, baddest or meanest of the year, it is an all-new sled that doesn’t get as much attention as the... Read more