Top Three Trail Snowmobiles Nov 1, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The search for the best trail-rated snowmobiles will frequently involve weeding through plenty of models that simply aren’t equipped for real trails. The ideal trail-ready snowmobile will combine touring and performance, although with fewer features than their touring counterparts. They tend to be more nimble and lighter than a touring snowmobile to help match the needs of aggressive riders and with sportier suspensions that can handle rougher trails. Here are the best trail snowmobiles that offer the top comfort, features, and performance.
Polaris 600 Rush XCR
Polaris is always a big name in snowmobiles, and the current models are no exception. The Rush XCR became the most trail-ready sport version of the Polaris 600 when it was added to the Pro-S. The XCR shares elements of the Pro-S, like the AXYS rider balanced chassis, but with more racing elements. This snowmobile will be fun for those who want to feel a strong performance and enjoy going fast. While there is an 800 Cleanfire model, the 600 twin is better for trail running when you are around sea level. This snowmobile also has a Pro-X riser bar, Cobra track featuring 1.35 gripper lugs, Pro-Steer skis, adjustable piggyback shocks, and a Polaris interactive digital display for GPS and Bluetooth.
Ski-Doo MXZ X 850 E-TEC
This particular snowmobile shows off its heritage while taking performance to the next level. It has a new generation of the REV chassis construction that improves balance during cornering and increases the precision of handling. Even the engine is completely new and more powerful, which is thanks to its larger displacement and the second-generation Rotax E-TEC direct injection. This new design consumes less oil to enhance horsepower and has broad torque. The result is a snowmobile that seamlessly combines performance and trail-readiness. The 850 also has innovative features, such as foot wells, narrow side panels, and the Forward Adjustable Riser to customize the snowmobile for various trails without any tools.
Yamaha Sidewinder R-TX
If you want the best trail snowmobile that focuses on performance, then this Yamaha is the answer. It has a new turbocharged 4-stroke engine that is 998cc and generates 180 horsepower officially, although experts feel as if it may be more. There are also numerous variations of this model available, but the Sidewinder RT-X will be the favorite for those who like to speed along the trails. You get the YSRC clutch from Yamaha, which has been updated and tuned just for this new engine. This is complemented by Cat suspensions and chassis to further enhance performance. Expect quiet operation when at trail speeds and a willingness to hit the power when you want.