My Top 5 Sleds For 2010
by Scott A. Sumner
Everyone has their own favourite type of riding when out snowmobiling with their friends. There are sleds for on trail, off trail and a combination of both. You have really fast sleds, more utility sleds and economy sleds. It really is about the kind of rider you are, your experience level and financial budget. You can spend from around $5000 to over $15000 for a full sized sled in 2010!
In my case I have always been very interested in the technology of the sled and how it has advanced over the years. Last February I got the opportunity to ride my first snowmobile ever, 1969 Ski Doo Olympic 12.3 and then their new 2009 Ski Doo Renegade 600. That was a real eye opener. Snowmobiles have advanced by light years!
Today I think all the manufacturers build a great sled. Each has it’s own strength such as lightness, engine type, suspension and track type. This year my favourites are as follows:
The 2010 Polaris RUSH is really a game changing sled. Just like the forward riding Ski Doo REV introduced in 2003 it is a major step in rear suspension with an articulating approach like found in moto cross bikes. I can’t wait to ride the sled and see how it really performs in rough conditions.
The 2010 Arctic Cat SNOPRO 500 is a true race sled chassis with a fuel injected trailable engine. This sled should be like driving a Camaro, Mustang or Charger around the trails. In fact if you don’t see the 500 on the hood the sled is a duplicate of the full blown SNOPRO
600 race sled that runs on race fuel.
The 2010 Ski Doo MXZX Adrenaline ETEC 600 HO is a sled that does everything well. It is very light, has a superb suspension system especially as the Adrenaline and most of all a fantastic high technology engine that is smooth, quiet, burns hardly any oil or fuel and has great performance. I got to ride this sled here in Thunder Bay and many would say it is the best all around sled on the market today.
The 2010 Yamaha FX Nytro RTX is based a lot on the Yamaha race sled that has been ridden by Iain Hayden the last few years. It is 4 stroke
which means great gas economy and performance with no oil to add. It has the best suspension system available from Yamaha and has beentweaked tremendously from the days of the introduction of the RX 1 in 2003. The fit and finish is top notch and the sled as well made as any on the market.
These are my top 4 sleds. Let me know what yours are at