One of the best analogies to the classic question, “Which is the best snowmobile for me”, is that snowmobiles are like gloves. Most of...

One of the best analogies to the classic question, “Which is the best snowmobile for me”, is that snowmobiles are like gloves. Most of us all own numerous pairs of gloves of all sorts and types. And most of us would admit that, depending on exactly what we’re doing, each pair of gloves has a situation where it is the “best” pair of gloves for that job. Not any one pair of gloves is necessarily “bad”, it’s just that some work better than others in various environments.

Like with snowmobiles. Each one will work better at a specific application than another. The key is to determine which pair of gloves (or snowmobile) and its set of features and attributes best matches YOUR requirements and particular situation. If you could only select ONE pair of gloves from your arsenal, would you choose the pair that works acceptably well across the widest range of conditions, or would you select the pair of gloves that works best in a narrow set of conditions that you most frequently encounter or consider to be the most important? There is no right or wrong answer here – this choice is yours to make. But this analogy perhaps best demonstrates the selection process we all must labor through in the selection of your next purchase, be it gloves, snowmobiles, or just about anything you spend money on.

Examples? The obvious ones would be if you’re an off-trail deep snow rider, then a longer track with deep lugs is going to generally be the better performer. But as the frequency of riding in hard packed conditions increases, or you do a fair amount of groomed trail riding, you may go with a shorter track or one with not-as-tall lugs to compensate for the wider set of conditions. If ultimate flotation in bottomless snow is your paramount concern, then the greatest amount of track on the ground will be your primary consideration. If all you do is motor around on groomed trails then you select a short track sled. This doesn’t make the longtrack machine “bad”, it just isn’t well suited for that particular application.

You have to ask yourself what is truly most important to you – the broadband (shotgun) approach, or the narrow focus (rifle) selection. This is exactly why the “crossover” segment of sleds with “medium” track lengths have gained tremendous popularity recently. These machines work fairly well in a wider range of conditions than do the long or short track models. Even so, a long track will always work better in the deep and a short track will always work better on tight, packed groomed trails.

  • Larry Storm

    December 29, 2006 #1 Author

    Ok, Sleds are Gloves. Check out the Snow Hawk! It’s a blast to ride! And trully nothing like a sled. It’s more like a dirt bike or stand up jet ski. It can climb & carve in the powder. Lite & quick handling. The best of the snow hawk line is still the 503 fan short track model. Lightest,and with the right combo of handling & performance mod.’s they are the best & with the short track it’s lite & nimbleest of them all. And if you look around you can get a low hour bargain 3K or less. The most fun i’ve ever had in the snow. And very, very low maintenance. No liquid cooling system,or lubed chain case alone just made life So easy!! Long travel suspension is nice on the body & big air’s are the rule. Way off the trail is where you’ll find me. Bang’in the bowls in the big tree’s is where long heavy Mt. Sled’s won’t dare. That’s where the hawk shines. And after the big climb, I carve my way down with the snowboarders. With the greatest of ease! Don’t waste you big bucks on the heavy 600 or over weight 800. You’ll still have to replace parts to make them work right. The 503 02′, 03′ , 04′ , 05′ is what to look for. The Gloves have come off! Fly High!!

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