2013 Renegade or 2013 Switchback?

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Dear SnowTrax:

Just wanted to say thanks for such a great show (got you programmed into the DVR). Have a couple questions about new sleds.

I am finally upgrading from my 2000 ZR 800 and am interested in either a 2013 Ski Doo Renegade X 800 or the 2013 Switchback Pro R 800.

I ride mostly groomed trail with some flatland boondocking thru the woods and fields. Just wondering what your take is on both these sleds any input would be great.

Thanks again for putting together such awesome and informative programming.

Tom C

Hi Tom,

I’ve ridden both of these sleds and can say with conviction my personal pick would be the Renegade if you’re into the boondocking at all.

I like the way the rear suspension of the Switchback works, but the Renegade with R-Motion is superior when it comes to the off-trail capabilities and on trail compliance.

R-Motion is a sweet design and it delivers in every way. Ski-Doo nailed it with this suspension set up in the Renegade.

The Pro R is a beautiful looking sled from the front and the front suspension works amazingly well and is much more compliant and far stronger than the Ski-Doo’s.

With that said I still have a sweet spot for the Renegade and the R-Motion is what would tip the scales if it were my decision. It’s so smooth on the trail you’ll be laughing as you see your buddies bouncing around on their seats. It is easy to adjust, simple to understand and it delivers.

At the end of the day the Switchback has a better front end than the ‘Gade and they both have excellent excellent motors, but the rear suspension on the Switchback takes some getting used to and just isn’t as good as the Renegade’s rMotion skid on or off trail.

Thats my 2 cents. Hope it helps.


AJ Lester
AJ Lester
AJ is a former CSRA snocross racer and Co-Host of SNOWTRAX TV which can be seen on Sportsman Channel across America and in Canada on OLN, Sportsman Channel Canada, Wild TV and REV TV and globally on our YouTube channel.

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