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
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