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As politically correct and friendly as we try to be to our advertisers, this is a test and there can be only one winner. With such a great group of machines the test produced some really close results with a different sled taking a win in each of the three tests. Once all the data was compiled and averaged the Polaris Pro-RMK 155 with a win in the weight test and two second place finishes in acceleration and handling took the top honors in this test for the fourth consecutive year. With two thirds and a first the Ski-Doo Summit T3 174 finished second followed by the Yamaha Viper, Polaris Pro-RMK Terrain Dominator 163 and finally Arctic Cat M8000 153. However as we said at the beginning, the rider is much more of a factor than the sled itself, and in a test producing results this close this holds even more true than ever before. So before you go running to the local dealer to purchase a sled based on what you have read, know that a gym membership, riding school or change of diet will likely get you higher on the mountain than a different machine ever will.
Thanks to: The PR departments at Arctic Cat, Polaris,
Ski-Doo and Yamaha for the loan of these machines. Colton Green, Steve Sill and David McKinney for their help testing. AIM for the GPS timing equipment. Rick Stroebl, Todd Tupper and Shay Smith. Carl Solden and all the staff at Ponds Lodge.