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I'm hoping you fine people here at snowest can help me out with finding a sled for the Mrs. She's currently on an 04 Ski-doo Rev 800. She cant pull start it, and being carbureted, the stiff throttle wears her out quickly. I'd like to get her something that is fuel injected, has electric start, and 153ish track (though longer would be fine). Budget would be around 4k, maybe 5 for the right sled. I just dont know what makes and models I should be searching for. If you have any suggestions, please share! Thanks!
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I'm a skidoo man myself so maybe a little biased here, but any of the etecs seem to have a very good rep and very capable of going anywhere she wants to go. You should be able to shop around and find one for the range your looking at.
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Given that shes at least somewhat used to the DOO chassis, the 13-16 XM chassis is a hard one to beat. 4-5k will get you into a decent used unit. 154 2.5" Track. Etec's start stupids easily compared to others and the most long term reliable sled in that price range/era IMO.

They also roll around MUCH easier making casual pow carves and such a lot more fun for this type of rider.
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Given that shes at least somewhat used to the DOO chassis, the 13-16 XM chassis is a hard one to beat. 4-5k will get you into a decent used unit. 154 2.5" Track. Etec's start stupids easily compared to others and the most long term reliable sled in that price range/era IMO.

They also roll around MUCH easier making casual pow carves and such a lot more fun for this type of rider.


I am not a Doo guy but think this advice is right on. Lots of my buddies on XMs, super reliable, one pull starting almost everytime and easy to ride as long as you can live with the goofy steering post angle.


In the same price range you could look at the Polaris Pro, also super easy to ride and very light but, motors do not last like the e-tec. Cats in that range are heavier, wider and though bomber tough, they are probably harder for smaller/lighter people to handle.
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I have my wife on a 2014 m8000 153 with 36" front end and E start. she is 5'1" she does well with it but without E start the cat 800 ho is a bit hard to pull for a lady her size.
the poo 800 is easier to start and has similar handling with the cat. the doo is easy to start but as said above the handling is all doo.

if it is mostly trail the doo has a nice ride the cat I would put next and the pro below IMO
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Agreed again... The Cat is a great choice but would have to be electric start as they do pull hard, especially when cold. Finding one with an updated front end would also be essential because the 2012-2015 stock Cat ProClimb steers like crap. Night and day difference starting with the '16 front end geometry.
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U want her as comfortable as possible so that she enjoys the sport.
Ski-doo XM's feel like they have power steering compared to cat and poo.
That alone may make her day more enjoyable?

Polaris Pro-ride has a pretty stiff throttle pull, similar to her current sled so she may be ok with that? Cat and doo both pull so easy u will never get sore or tired.

Trail ride, they are all close enough(tmotion sleds are a bit wobbly) unless ur mobbing some whoops... doubt u will be doing a lot of that. But maybe u do?

As for wind protection, doo with its wind deflection accessories probably wins...

Doo has the best electric start in that price range.



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I can't ride a Doo because of the dumb dumb steering. If you found the other two steering hard it was more than likely the set up than an inherent flaw in the design. I find both the Cat and Poo to steer better, the Poo is downright telepathic in its moves, hardly requiring any steering input once you get the hang of it. Almost no counter steering needed on the newer Cats either. The wobble bottom Doo with a too narrow front end has always been the hardest for me to control. They doo seem easier for most beginners/intermediate or lighter riders though.
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