Arctic Cat ZR-120
Real shocks up front. Looks like an AWS-V ZR 900. Nice standard amenities: Gas gauge, headlight and plastic skis. Lots of Cat cachet.
Needs a rear shock to control the boing-boing. Doesn’t look like a Firecat.
Tons of value here. If your underwear is green and you have a kid, there’s no choice but to buy this sled. The company that started this parade with the venerable Kitty Kat has another enduring winner.
Polaris XC-SP 120
Real shocks up front. Wide stance. Potent stock mill. Plastic skis. Under seat storage. Of the three minis offered, the Polaris is the most true to its big brother’s dimensions – in other words, it doesn’t look like a cartoon snowmobile.
Needs a shock in the back. Doesn’t look like an IQ Fusion.
It’s so well styled you could mistake it for a full-on XC-SP – at a distance. Ride and handling are best in class. Pure Polaris offers – among other things – a complete high performance rear suspension with shocks. In the hands of the right tuner and pilot, the Mini Polaro is formidable at the races.
The original mini-rocket. There’s a Honda logo on the engine. Many REV styling cues. More off-the-shelf engine mods available than the other guys combined. Easy and cheap to modify for any level of competition.
Looks a little over stuffed. Fit and finish departments are a little cobby.
The popular choice for racer/tuner Dads. Go ahead, let your kid(s) try to wear one of these things out. It’ll likely bring you within a few hundred bucks of what you paid for it when junior outgrows the thing. There are lineups for used Mini-Z’s.