I finally had the opportunity to trail test the Polaris Indy XCR. I’ve been wanting to ride the Matryx-based XCR for a long time, to see how it stacks up against other sleds in its segment, not to mention to figure out exactly where it falls within the Polaris lineup. Polaris markets the 2023 Indy XCR series as a hard-core racer inspired big bump machine. Does the Polaris Indy XCR live up … [Read more...] about Does Polaris Indy XCR Live Up to the Hype?
After three years of use in harsh conditions, the Cardo Packtalk long term durability test results surprise tough snowmobile critics. The last time the SledNH crew field-tested the Cardo Packtalk communication devices was in November 2020. Cardo Packtalk Bold for Snowmobile Helmet After three seasons of snowmobiling, it is time to give an updated performance review of these sled-to-sled … [Read more...] about Cardo Packtalk Long Term Durability Test Results Surprise
Like a gunfighter coming down the trail, the Polaris 650 VR1 MATRYX test proves this chassis is ready to fight its way to the top of the heap in the mid-size sled segment for 2022 and beyond. Just how does the VR1 MATRIX chassis, powertrain, and suspension stack up? Is it all the Polaris faithful had hoped for? Stay tuned to find the answer to these questions and some special insights about the … [Read more...] about Polaris 650 VR1 MATRYX Test￼
New sleds can be expensive, which made me wonder if buying a cheap used snowmobile is a solid alternative. Could an older snowmobile really deliver trail riding bliss on the cheap? The only way to figure it out was to play to my strength and look for a newer vintage sled to refurbish. Heck, I love to bring things back to life, so why not? As many of you know, I'm into … [Read more...] about Buying a Cheap Used Snowmobile
Back in March I reached out to Polaris Ambassador Kim Bergeron for a chance to test ride the Polaris Switchback Assault MATRYX with the mighty 850 under the hood and a 146 skid-frame out back. Due to deteriorating conditions later in the season I wasn't able to test the 650 version of the 2021 Polaris Switchback Assault Matrix, as planned. Suffice it to say, riding the Polaris MATRYX was truly … [Read more...] about Test Ride the Polaris Switchback Assault MATRYX
The Arctic Cat Blast test lends insight into a number of innovations by Arctic Cat since the Textron merger. The marketing gurus at Cat/Textron have produced a smaller, lighter, mid-size sled we know as the Arctic Cat Blast. Yes, they raised the bar of our beloved snowmobile universe yet again. Learning to Snowmobile It's always been a conundrum for parents who want to teach their … [Read more...] about Arctic Cat Blast Test