BEST 2018 FREESTYLE SLED
WINNER: SKI-DOO FREERIDE X 850 146
Here's an example of how Ski-Doo refuses to let any buyer fall through the cracks.
This sled represents careful targeting at the almost mountain specific market while still allowing for spirited and pleasurable trail riding.
The 850 Freeride can get you to the snow and the vertical rides better than any pure mountain rooster. With fully adjustable KYB's out front and a custom calibrated t-Motion skid, the Freeride comes as close to anything you might call dual purpose in MY 2018.
Before Kent loses his mind (it may be too late for that), let me qualify my last statement. If you were heavily into trail carving and into riding off-trail frequently, the new Renegade Backcountry X 850 with a 146 would be the right choice. However, there's a ton of riders who spend significant time on trails or hard pack just to get to the big snow.
This 146 x 2.25 PowderMax-equipped Freeride is the perfect balance of track and suspension to make both genres enjoyable.
There's more here making my intuitive anointing of the Freeride as the BIC winner. Think about a 165-hp E-TEC with lightweight SHOT batteryless starting, mass centralization, tunable KYB dampers, RAS 3 IFS, t-Motion rear suspension and the list goes on.
The Freeride is, quite frankly, one of the best-equipped vert sleds in Ski-Doo's line-up, yet it still displays competent trail riding versatility.
Hard to beat, Kent.
RUNNER UP: POLARIS SKS 800 HO 1460
The truth is, the SKS, just like the Freeride, is a pure mountain sled with a shorter track and a chaincase.
The 146, as opposed to a 163 or a 155, makes the sled easier to pivot and more fun to play with in powder, thus its freestyle designation.
Polaris got it right with the SKS because it's lighter, totally flickable and has incredible deep-snow manners.
But honestly, Mark, what are you thinking, talking about how these sleds are so great because you can ride them in powder - and on trails?
Gimme a break, they've both got 2.25-deep tracks. Tracks that deep dig trenches in trails and eat up sliders in two miles!
They're not intended for, nor are they any good on trails and it means you have to rate them as powder sleds only.
If you look at it that way, the Polaris is it. Period!
More Like This
LATEST VIDEOS View All
2019 Yamaha Sidewinder SRX Walk Around & First Impressions - Hay Days 2018
October 19, 2018
Luke gives the SnowTrax Nation a quick overview of the 2019 Yamaha Sidewinder SRX.
2019 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS 900 ACE Turbo Walk Around & First Impressions - Hay Days 2018
October 12, 2018
AJ gets some seat time on the 2019 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS 900 ACE Turbo and let's you know ...
NORTH AMERICA'S TOP SNOWMOBILER EAST vs WEST
October 5, 2018
We're on the search again for North America's Top Snowmobiler and this time it's a showdown ...
Walking Through The Swap Meet at Hay Days 2018
September 28, 2018
Luke and AJ venture through the endless aisles of Swap Meet while in attendance at Hay Days ...
Top Gear View All
October 19, 2018
FXR HELIUM HELMET
FXR's Helium Carbon bucket has a cool impact absorbing chin composite and dual density EPS safety core to further protect your melon. ...
Ask Motorhead View All
September 26, 2018
850 Switchback XCR vs. Renegade XRS
If you were choosing between the XCR 850 Switchback and the XRS Renegade which sled would you go with?
Press Releases View All
October 4, 2018
Iron Dog board hires new executive director
Iron Dog Inc. has selected John Woodbury to be the executive director of the “World's Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race.”
Tourism View All
March 21, 2018
Québec Original – Ride Where the Passion Began
Ask any rider anywhere and they’ll tell you: When it comes to snowmobiling, Québec is the best place on earth!