UNDER-ACHIEVERS FROM THE PAST: SKI-DOO STRATOS
Down through the history of snowmobiling there have been snowmobiles built that fell short of expectations. At that time, the idea behind them seemed good – but the execution just didn't pan out...
Probably Ski-Doo would just like to forget about the Stratos.
Here was a snowmobile so ugly and awkward-looking it defied description. Was it lightweight? No. Was it a performer? No. Did it fit the market in its time? Nope. Was it pretty? Definitely not!
What it was, was built as solid as a battleship - just as reliable - and almost as heavy.
Back sometime in the late 1980s Supertrax toured the Ski-Doo plant in Valcourt, Quebec and watched in awe as extremely high grade parts were precision formed using robotics and CNC technology to make... unbelievably... parts and components for the Stratos. We couldn’t believe it!
We suspect the Stratos was an idea someone came up with that seemed really good at the time and as production and planning ramped up for it, there was no way to turn back.
To be fair, the Stratos was almost impossible to destroy. It was so overbuilt and underpowered (it used a 500cc fan-cooled Rotax), you just couldn't hurt the thing – and we suspect many who bought one really wanted to do just that.
The Stratos chassis spawned a similar 2-up model called the Escapade. It too was equally unpretty but just as rock-solid. Years ago, we took an Escapade with us on a tour in Quebec and our Polaris and Yamaha press sleds were stolen. The thieves walked right past the "Eska-Pod" and left it alone. No wonder!
You still see these sleds here and there - because like a bad penny, they just won't go away!
More to follow...
More Like This
LATEST VIDEOS View All
2021 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS 850 Walk Around Overview
April 6, 2020
We just had a brand new 2021 Renegade X-RS dropped off at our front door featuring the new ...
2020 SNOWTRAX Revolutionary Advanced Design Award Winner
April 3, 2020
AJ presents the 2020 SNOWTRAX Revolutionary Advanced Design award to the manufacturer that ...
2020 SNOWTRAX TV Real World Sled of The Year Award
April 2, 2020
It's time for Luke to reveal the 4 sleds we think stood out as the best-of-the-best from each ...
2021 Ski-Doo Summit Xpert 165 850 E-TEC Turbo Review
March 31, 2020
AJ's high up in the mountains delivering his full review of Ski-Doo's 2021 850 E-TEC Turbo ...
Top Gear View All
March 23, 2020
FXR RIDE PACK 20
This 5-star reviewed backpack has been a favorite gear item amongst the Supertrax/SnowTrax staff this winter.
Ask Motorhead View All
April 3, 2019
NOT HAPPY WITH SHOOTOUT RESULTS
Luke responds to a viewer's disappointment about the results of our 600-class, 129-inch shootout.
Press Releases View All
June 16, 2020
BRP WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST ARCTIC CAT IN CANADA
The Federal Court of Canada handed BRP an important victory against its competitor Arctic Cat regarding BRP's frame patent, which ...
Tourism View All
February 15, 2020
PLAN YOUR QUÉBEC TRIP NOW!
Have you been yearning to visit Québec but haven't figured out where to stay when you get there?