SnowTrax Selects 2011 Sleds Of The Year

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Most Watched Series Grants Awards in Two Segments

Each season, snowmobiling’s most popular, most watched television series has picked one sled from the current model year offerings as the “Snowtrax Real World Sled of the Year”. History has shown the award is a significant predictor of sales success and often, market domination.

This year the competition was tight for the coveted laurels and included highly regarded contenders like Arctic Cat’s Z-1 Sno Pro and Yamaha’s all-new Apex with EPS.

The Snowtrax Crew consists of the industry’s most experienced editors who are unashamedly hardcore snowmobilers. Without hands-on experience with SOFTY nominees, the award would carry little credibility in the snowmobile industry.

Snowtrax Co-Host Luke Lester stated: “When we decided the Polaris 600 Rush Pro R was the winner of the Real World SOFTY, we didn’t have to fumble around looking for nice things to say. The sled outright stole the imagination of the team and earned respect with drop-dead reliability and outstanding performance.”

In just its second year the 600 Rush Pro Ride chassis has undergone myriad updates that dramatically affected reliability and improved both ride quality and handling response.

In both high speed, twisty trail carving and when run wide open the 600 Rush Pro R proved its mettle in the real world with Snowtrax staff.

The Real World SOFTY is an award system always on the alert for new trends while remaining acutely aware of variability in snowmobiler’s demands. Deep snow capability and trail mogul bridging attributes have moved up on riders “must have” lists the past three years.

To this end, SnowTrax decided the rapidly expanding Crossover segment should have it’s own Real World SOFTY.

In the words of X-Over specialist and Snowtrax Co-Host AJ Lester: “Ski-Doo pretty much invented the modern crossover sled and clearly dominates the segment with more offerings than any competitor in MY 2011. With the 600 E-TEC Renegade X and its superb 137×16 wide footprint setting the standard for this segment, we could not credibly overlook the vehicle as a completely worthy Real World SOFTY on its own.”

Without any debate, Ski-Doo has drilled the X-Over equation with this year’s 600 E-TEC Renegade X. The sled is equally as capable at deep snow boon-docking as it is on any trail surface.

It is amazingly competent in a broad range of conditions and the E-TEC engine line-up is clearly the benchmark for both power and amazing economy.

For MY 2011, Snowtrax Television is proud to pronounce the Polaris 600 Rush Pro-R as the Real World Sled of the Year and the 600 E-TEC Ski-Doo Renegade X as the Real World X-Over Sled of the Year.

To View the Snowtrax 2011 SOFTY Awards go to the Dayco Video Portal at SNOWTRAXTV.COM

Celebrating its 17th year, SnowTrax Television is a magazine format show that is packed with editorial content tailored to every type of rider. Each episode features in-depth product evaluations, instructional tech tips, destination features along with the latest news in the industry. Affiliated with national broadcasters TSN and TSN2 in Canada and the Outdoor Channel in the United States, SnowTrax Television is the most watched snowmobile show in North America. For more information and the complete broadcast schedule visit the SnowTrax Television website at

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