Three Things Make Alpha #1

Rear suspension, C-TEC2 engine and Power Claw track

October 2020 Feature Steve Janes

Power Claw Track

Even before the Alpha One single-beam suspension, the Power Claw track was considered one of the best. But when you combine the benefits of the single-beam suspension to the performance of the track, you now have incredible hookup.

Tracks are well designed when they do two things—first, propel you through deep snow; and second, climb on top of the snow to allow you to right lighter. The Power Claw does both superbly. The track has a tendency to stay connected to the snow, regardless of the terrain. So it’s always delivering maximum traction to the sled.

Cat offers two track options for the Mountain Cat Alpha One M8000—154 and 165, both with 3-inch lugs. Power Claw Track is built lightweight, with a single-ply design and a 3.0-inch pitch, its stagger-set, curved-forward paddle towers won't fold over. 

Finishing Touches

Although there is a long list of refinements that make the Mountain Cat a winner for 2021, everything tends to be based on allowing you to ride harder, farther and longer in rugged terrain. Even the premium LED headlights make it easier and safer to extend your ride late into the already shortened winter days.

As with all mountain sleds, an adjustable ski stance (from 35.5 inches to 37.5 inches) allows you to fine-tune your needs and riding style. You can dial in more stability or create a narrower attack to mountainous terrain.

Since Cat did a great job of keeping this sled simple, we’ll try to follow suit with a simple review—from suspension to engine to track … this sled just works. As simple as one, two, three.

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