2018 Ski-Doo Renegade Backcountry X 850 – 1,000 Mile Test Report
Not quite a mountain sled, not quite a trail sled, rather a new breed of extreme crossover – getting closer and closer to that one sled that can truly do it all. If you’re a true 50/50 on-trail/off-trail crossover rider, you want this sled. Really bad. It’s that good.... Read more
2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Sno Pro 137″ – 1,800 Mile Test Report
The new 800 DSI engine is an excellent motor in every regard. Power up top indeed seems to every bit as strong as our beloved Suzuki 800, with quicker responding pick-up at partial throttle settings through the low end and midrange, in addition to improved fuel mileage and reduced... 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
2018 Polaris Titan – A New Breed of Extreme Utility Crossover Sleds
Designed to perform reliably and dependably for riders in the world’s most unforgiving winter locales, the Polaris Titan is a new breed of extreme utility crossover sled with unmatched capabilities and ground-breaking innovations. Built on the Polaris AXYS chassis, it features extreme capabilities including leading carrying and towing capacities,... Read more
2018 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS
The “Tour de Force” of Crossover Sleds When Ski-Doo introduced their new Gen 4 REV platform last season, Ski-Doo riders everywhere immediately knew there was a new standard being set with the next-generation REV platform, powered by an all-new 850 E-TEC 2-stroke powerhouse. But, as with so many new... 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
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
2018 Arctic Cat – The Wait Is Over
Arctic Cat just couldn’t wait any longer. The much anticipated and long-overdue Dual Stage Injection 800 two-stroke is finally here, and it rocks. We’ve been talking about this engine for a couple of years now, actually all the way back to when the DSI 600 was first introduced. The... Read more
2018 Ski-Doo – Invasion of the Gen 4 REVs
With the wildly popular introduction of the Gen 4 REV models and the 850 E-TEC for 2017, it only makes sense that for 2018 Ski-Doo would maintain their momentum, and accelerate even harder. The 2017 introduction of Gen 4 850s was rather limited, as the new platform and engine... Read more