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Default After nearly a full season of riding. Is a 153-154"" or a 162"-163" preferable?

I'm so close to pulling the trigger on a new sled. I think I have an 800cc sled picked out but I'm really hung up on track length.

I am 5'10" and weight 170 lbs without gear and ride in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. There will be the ocassional trip to Canada or Cooke City too. I want a boondocker more than a climber this time around. I know there will be days in the early season when the 162-163"" will shine and days in the spring where the 153-154" will be more than enough track.

What are you guys finding from your experiences this season?

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Frosty that is a tough one. I wish my sled was a 153" this year but I would not have wanted it that way last year. Following your posts; my opinion is you would be happier with the 153" especailly since they go so good now. The 153" is better in all but the deepest of snow but that is what I ride for. And I can recall season after season threating to choose the shorter one but I never do. But I think I will for 2010 lol.

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i prefer the 154 and donny[VE] prefers the 163
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136-144 let those guys break the trail then have a ball in the big powder rolling hits and dips!!!
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I think it all depends upon what your goal is. If you're always getting stuck following people on longer tracks, you best go that route.

If your goal is to never get stuck, buy the longest track you can get.

If your goal is to ride into and out of places that only a longer track will do, go for the long one.

For my use, I prefer the 151-155 range. Various reasons - I only ride 8-10 days a year. This range still leaves plenty of challenging terrain. I may be lucky enough to ride in truly deep powder once every season.
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I don't intentionally follow anyone. I like to break the trail but oftentimes no one follows because I'm boondocking.

If I'm not busting fresh powder under my sled I'm disapointed.

An awful lot of the riding is picking through trees with some sidehilling and any necessary climbing.

I love the feel of a sled with a nice light front end that can easily be roosted into the air when a log, stump or creek blocks the path.

Straight up point and shoot riding really doesn't do much for me.

Does this help?
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156 3" is it out yet???
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Frost- When I was on a 136 in 1999, I thought it was awesome. When I was on a 151 in 2003, I thought it was way more awesome (but still got stuck). In 2006 I was on a 162 Cat and loved it and would never get anything shorter. I can go through trees, boondock, and explore a lot better with the 162. With a 162 you go in with confidence even when the snow is deep and fluffy. I do very little hillclimbing, I prefer exploring and boondocking, and for me, the 162 on the M Cat is the ticket. I love my M7, and even though the 09's are awesome, I don't feel like my M7 162 is outdated in the least. If it were me, I'd go for a new M8 with a 162. You may not need the long track all the time, but when it's deep (I hate crusty snow) there is nothing like the big track. Just my opinion, good luck.
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