The move to a 137-inch, floating front arm skid in the X-Over segment is a significant breakthrough for Arctic Cat who have suffered with less than desirable ride quality from the XF’s 141-inch, torsion-less X-Over skid.
Although at this writing, we have not ridden the new 137 FFA skid, we believe this shorter, more trail friendly and inherently plusher riding set-up will ratchet-up Arctic Cat’s fortunes in the rapidly expanding crossover segment.
Essentially this move represents the continued specialization of X-over models from every OEM. The new 137 XFs will compare favorable with the Polaris Pro Ride 136 Switchbacks and Ski-Doo’s 137 Renegades while the 141 inch XF Pro-Climb models will meet Polaris’ Switchback Assault 144 and Ski-Doo’s Freeride models.
There’s more – way more and we’ll have it all over the next few weeks and of course – in September’s issue of Supertrax Magazine!
Tune in to this website for our riding impressions of these sleds. We’re in Yellowstone right now riding all the new stuff.