Dear Ralph: I just bought a 2012 XF800 High Country. All of the Cat literature indicates this it the Procross chassis, but stamped on...

Dear Ralph:


I just bought a 2012 XF800 High Country. All of the Cat literature indicates this it the Procross chassis, but stamped on the tunnel, is “Proclimb”. This is on the outside top of the tunnel above the heat exchangers. Some of the forums say this is indeed the procross chassis, but Cat just used the tunnel from the M sleds in this model.
Do you know anything about this?


Eric Fisher
Waunakee, WI

Technically they are basically the same……..with the differences being tunnel & running boards, front end width, skis, seat, and telescopic steering column. I guess I don’t see the issue if it is called one or the other, it is really a hybrid between the two that didn’t exist until late into the spring, as there were no prototypes for us to ride and photograph.


It is positioned as a ProCross from a marketing standpoint, simply because it is an XF and the XF series is a ProCross. The only reason I see the High Country being called an XF (and thus ProCross) is the track length – 141”. Everything else about is is a short track M sled, thus ProClimb. It has the ProClimb tunnel to be able to stuff the 2.25” lug height in there. The HCR mountain sleds also use the 42-43” adjustable front end, so they are kind of in the same predicament, except for their track lengths – 153” and 162”. It’s like when Ski-Doo came out with their Renegade – they first called it a Summit Renegade, but quickly decided to call it an MX Z Renegade to better position it for marketing (and the expected buyers).


So, the High Country is positioned as a ProCross but in reality it is a hybrid of both platforms. The difference between ProCross and ProClimb is more of a marketing differentiation than anything else. The same, but slightly different.

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