Ski-Doo T3: Is bigger really better?
In 2014/2015 I was lucky enough to ride a Ski-Doo 163” T3 from No Limits Motorsports in Squamish. I was planning on riding my 2014 Ski-Doo 154” XM for the season, but a last minute decision from all the hype of the new design was not to be missed!
It took a good few days to get the hang of the new machine with its sensitive tipping point, but once I learned how to use its agile ergonomics to my advantage, riding seemed effortless. I was no longer leaning my full upper body into carves. Maneuvering the T3 feels more like riding a two-wheeled machine on dirt. Carving to the left and right is more of a movement of the head and shoulders. You can look where you want to go and the sled will follow through.
The 163” track combined with 3” paddles and T-motion is unreal. Just that little bit of extra track length in motion literally floats in powder, really keeps the skis down when climbing, and maintains the track parallel to the angle of the hill slope.
Before this season, I’ve only ridden a sled with 2.5” paddles and never thought that the extra ½” would made a drastic difference, but it does. In bottomless powder it’s able to find traction and hook up! The added traction allows you to accelerate where you couldn’t before and move more slowly in technical terrain to strategically pick your next line. The T3 makes my old XM feel like an XP!
As far as jumping goes, the extra length of the 163″ doesn’t even cross my mind. They were able to engineer these machines to weigh in the same as an XM and you can really feel it while flying.
I’m pretty damn stoked on the new machine! All we need now is some decent snow next winter for some epic roosting!
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