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Old 11-28-2018, 03:15 PM
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Last year was my first year of sledding. I am 43, 5'5 and 135 pounds. I improved a lot over my first year of riding but never was able to get the sled I was riding on it's side, or rather, I could get it here but never keep it. Last year I was riding a 2012 Cat 8000, my husband sold that to buy himself an Alpha 1 and gave me his 2017 8000. He is thinking of trading that for a 2017 M 6000 Sno Pro because he thinks it will be easier for me to ride. I wish I could ride the 6000 first before making the exchange but that is not an option. What are your thoughts???

We live in MT and mostly ride in the mountains on ungroomed trails. We do a lot of riding in fairly steep terrain. Side hilling is necessary at times where we ride and what I struggle with most Confidence was a big issue at first but once I discovered the throttle is my friend that was less of an issue. We often ride all day and I am always fatigued by the end. My husband does not care if I want a bigger sled next year, just wants me to be able to have fun and keep up with him and the boys better this year.
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:24 PM
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I ride with my wife, 5 daughters, and son. Kids are 10-19
We have an m5,6, 2-7’s, and the rest are 8’s.
They all prefer the m-8, with the exception of my youngest daughter who fits her m5 perfectly.

We are in an area where my kids have never seen a groomed trail, all backcountry riding.

Our experience is the 8 will lighten up with horsepower, giving more ski lift than the six.

The actual sled wieght difference is marginal, the extra power is more forgiving in a tough spot.
Going from a 12 to 17 will be night and day difference in handling.

The last m6 we bought was sold after one year, replaced with an m8.
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If your having problems keeping it there it is technique not power because you already have it up. Practice that and steal his alpha.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:24 PM
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I prefer the 800 and don't think having the 600 will make it much easier for you to keep up. Learn your machine and the more confident you get with it the better you will keep up. Take other woman with also!
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16 and newer cats are way easier to ride. Only con of the 800 vs. 600 is they are very difficult to pull start. I think you will be better off with the 800 though.
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Old 11-30-2018, 11:33 AM
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You are coming off one of the worst handling sleds that Cat has built, you will love the 17. I hated my 12, it was exhausting to try to keep on a sidehill. I bought a 14 with the 16 front end and was amazed at how easy it was to ride around in a field on one ski. I sold that sled right away but my 8 year old now has a 16 M6000, I think that is going to be a great sled for him.
800 vs 600 I wouldn't worry about. You don't need to use it all but is nice to have it if you do need it.
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Get the Alpha 600, it has estart!
Other than wheelies and big hills, it will keep up with the 800!
I bet 600 Alpha will out climb the '12 800 by a fair amount!
Did i mention estart!? Lol

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We found some snow and did some trail riding yesterday, my first impression was EHHHH....to be fair though we do not normally ride trails and the trail we were on had a large drop to one side almost the entire day and while I know I am not going to go over the edge I can never stop thinking about going over the edge My husband had also wiped the seat down and it was SLIPPERY so I do not think that helped my initial impression, I am almost fell off the first two times I put my knee on the seat. This sled is a lot narrower then my 12 was so that will take some getting used to also.

I am hoping I will like it better after I get to do some meadow riding in deep snow. I took my husbands Alpha for a zip and was sold....I told him I should not ride it because now I want one, I do prefer the feeling of the extra power.

The electric start was nice starting out but I do not have to much trouble pulling them once they are warmed up. I will post another update once I can really try getting it on its side....It is just not going to happen when I am riding near a cliff!
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