2010 Deep Powder 800 Challenge
Line them up, drop the flag and see which one takes the checkered. Sounds simple. Nice clean contest. No subjectivity. You have one winner and the rest are losers. It would be nice to be able to pick the best mountain snowmobile by one defining event. However, for the SnoWest 2010 Deep Powder 800 Challenge, you just can’t line the sleds up. (Okay, you can … and we did several different times. But all that means is which sled was best set up for that one run.) You need to put the snowmobiles through every imaginable condition, with the limitation as to what the snow conditions are at the time of testing, to see which one is the best all-around mountain sled.
September 01, 2010
The Buzz About The Phazer MTX
Many times, when there is talk about which sleds are ideal for those who want to break into mountain riding, the discussion usually focuses on the 600 class or sometimes even the mountain fan class, which is down to one machine for 2010.
February 04, 2010
M1000 still biggest stock sled on earth
The 2010 Arctic Cat M1000 comes to the market as a warmed-over 2009—not that that is a bad thing by any stretch, as the ‘09 M1000 was bestowed with some major improvements over the previous year’s model.
February 01, 2010
10 Simple Ways To Improve Clutch Performance
It seems like there is always one guy in every group whose sled runs just a little bit better than everybody else’s. What does he do different than you? After all, you’re running the same sled with the same parts, you have the same track and you even weigh the same. The difference probably lies in the clutches.
January 10, 2010
Your sled's shocks can be the reason you either love or hate your snowmobile. And yet they are often the most neglected area of the machine when it comes to time spent on tuning. Trust us: all it takes is one ride on a dialed-in sled to make you realize what you're missing—even just by making adjustments to existing components.
December 22, 2009
Economic State Of The Mountain 600 Class
It wasn’t too many years ago that fan-cooled sleds and then the liquid-cooled 500cc machines were the economy class of mountain snowmobiles. They were a relative bargain compared to other mountain sleds and they were fairly inexpensive to maintain. Those machines weren’t intimidating and they seemed to have the right horsepower for those looking to get a foot in the door of this winter sport that hard core snowmobilers were raving about. All those features also made those sleds a favorite among snowmobile rental outfits.
December 20, 2009
Twenty-ten was shaping up to be a significant model year for four-stroke mountain sleds. It still is, but what did (or didn’t) happen was enough to make us at SnoWest separate the four-stroke mountain sleds out from the two-strokes, bunch them together and compare them head-to-head. But here we are in the October issue and all we really have to cover are the Yamaha FX Nytro MTX and Apex MTX.
November 01, 2009
Amber Holt Riding Tips
As a female backcountry rider and instructor of Mini’s Back Country Basics, I get asked a lot of questions. I get asked, “What are some techniques that a lighter novice or female rider can use to aid in maneuvering a sled in the backcountry?” and “Does having a female build require different rider input and methods?” as well as “How about the equipment you ride: should that be set up differently?”
October 22, 2009
Dream along with us here for a minute. Imagine this scene: a mountaintop somewhere in the West. From this mountaintop you can see nothing but mountains in every direction and nary a track in sight. There are two and a half to three feet of fresh, untracked powder covering a decent base with bluebird skies overhead. The conditions are absolutely perfect for a day of sledding.
October 10, 2009
Challenges Of 2008-09 Affect 2010 Models
As this winter unfolded, the snowmobile industry found out something that many of us probably believed could never happen—if we had snow, snowmobiles would sell and people would be out riding.
October 01, 2009
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