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
2017 Yamaha SR Viper X-TX SE
Yamaha has learned that riders are looking for a sled that gives them the ability to be a good rider wherever they go. Maybe it is on a groomed trail. Maybe it is through a foot of fresh snow. Maybe it is in even deeper snow off trail. The... Read more
2017 Polaris 800 PRO-RMK 174 LE – A New Class of Snowmobile
The term “long track” has meant many different things over the years. The 90’s brought us 133”, then the 136” and even the 144” tracks and we thought wow, that is a really long track. Even the very first 1997 RMK 700 was, wait for it – 136”. At... Read more
2017 Ski-Doo Renegade Adrenaline XS
If you walked into a Ski-Doo dealer this Fall/Winter, what do you find? It’s all REV-XS and XM sleds, with the exception of a rare 850 TNT, Renegade Adrenaline or Summit SP. The reality is not everyone wants or needs an 850, or can afford one. This is what... 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
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
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
Yamaha is doing something out of the ordinary for 2017 – they are not only creating some serious excitement with the introduction of their fire-breathing 998cc Genesis Turbo three-cylinder 4-stroke, but they are also creating a brand new class, or model segment as well. Enter the B-TX designation. B-TX... Read more