VIDEO: Which One is RIGHT for You? Gen5 Summit X vs. Expert w/ Dave Norona
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January 31st, 2023
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VIDEO: Which One is RIGHT for You? Gen5 Summit X vs. Expert w/ Dave Norona

In this video, Mountain Sledder joins up with Ski-Doo ambassador Dave Norona to help illustrate the key differences between the model year 2023 Ski-Doo Summit X and Expert Package models. The two sleds look pretty similar, but some small differences make for quite a different riding experience that riders should be made aware of before making a decision about which Ski-Doo deep snow sled might be the right one for them.

2023 Gen5 Summit X vs Expert Package

Dave illustrates the key differences between ski, rear suspension and track that combine to result in a different handling/riding experience. He offers some feedback from his own perspective and experience riding both models in an effort to help people understand which model is the right one for each individual’s own riding style and preference.



2023 Ski-Doo Gen5 Summit X vs Expert

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The 2023 Expert uses a new DS4 ski, with longer keel and spindle mounting located farther back on the ski than the DS3 ski.
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Dave shows the length of the keel and explains how it affects the handling and ease of steering.
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Dave prefers the easy handling characteristic of the Summit X model over the precise handling of the Expert Package model that requires slightly more effort to maneuver in certain circumstances.
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The Expert rear suspension is tMotion XT, which uses a fixed (non-pivoting) rear suspension arm.
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The Summit X (and all other deep snow models from Ski-Doo) use tMotion X, which features a pivoting rear suspension arm.
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As pictured, the 2023 Summit X uses PowderMax X-Light with FlexEdge track. The Expert Package model uses a similar track but with full width rods that the restrict the edges of the track from flexing.

Thanks for watching!

– MS

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