Polaris| Mountain Sledder Magazine
The Big Four snowmobile manufacturers have come out with their parts and accessories catalogs for 2019, so here’s our take on the top 3 snowmobile accessories available this winter for Ski-Doo, Polaris, Yamaha and Arctic Cat mountain sleds!
Polaris has partnered with avalanche safety gear manufacturer, PIEPS, to make a Polaris avalanche airbag available to riders. Two new avalanche transceivers from PIEPS will also be available through the Polaris network of dealers.
My first ride in the mountains was in 1997 aboard my ’97 Polaris XLT. Riding the backcountry in the mountains was a whole new experience. That feeling of being able to go anywhere was so powerful. There were so many new challenges: obstacles to navigate, sidehill manoeuvres to learn and jumps that called to be hit.
You have a relaxing weekend planned with your wife when the phone rings and a voice says, “Hey, you want to come down and try out the new Polaris 850 RMK?” What do you do?
If you’re anything like me, you drop everything, ditch your plans and leave tire marks in the driveway. After all, it’s not every day you get an offer to put some miles on a sled that isn’t even in production yet.
A precedent-setting decision was made in BC courts recently in the case of an incident involving mountain sledders. In it, an Alberta snowmobiler was found to be 100% liable for damages to a fellow rider after failing to wear his snowmobile tether cord (Passerin vs Webb 2018).
Big news for the 2019 Polaris snowmobile lineup of mountain sleds! At the top of the list is a brand new, “clean sheet design” engine called 850 Patriot, built fresh from the ground-up. Awesome! With 25 years of experience Liberty engine experience, Polaris has designed the 850 Patriot to be the most powerful engine they have ever built.
Snowcheck time is here again. For some people, snowcheck is an exciting time to plan ahead for next year. Meanwhile, others have trouble understanding the desire to spring order a new snowmobile.
Here’s the story behind the Finger Throttle and Munster Innovations. No, this isn’t some kind of “Goldy” left-handed finger thing. It’s the real deal.
However, there are some who practice brand bashing with sincerity. In perhaps a misguided attempt to be funny, or possibly in a jealous attempt to justify their own poor choices, some sledders will go to great lengths to find issues with competing brands. These issues are often then exaggerated into preposterousness.
The Polaris INDY EVO is a brand-new youth sled—available in 2018—hot on the heels of this year’s release of youth trail sleds from Yamaha and Arctic Cat.