Snowmobile Reviews

Above all else, Snow Goer magazine is known for its reviews of new snowmobiles. Our editors regularly test ride the latest and greatest sleds from all four major manufacturers,( Arctic Cat, Skidoo, Polaris, and Yamaha), riding them on trails and in the backcountry, to give readers the most information possible. We’ve been doing it for years — snowmobiling and then writing about the experience — so is packed full of reviews. If you’re shopping for a current or non-current snowmobile, use as your resource.

2016 Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro 800R E-TEC Test Ride


Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
April 16, 2015

As snowmobile manufacturers try to understand the desires of their customers, they further slice and dice the market segments – including the popular crossover segment. The new 2016 Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro is for snowmobilers who are looking for versatility to go on and off the beaten path. These... Read more »

2016 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited 137 Test Ride

ZR 8000 Limited 137 test ride

Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
April 7, 2015

Arctic Cat shuffled the name of its popular trail-focused crossover snowmobiles by renaming XF models with 137-inch tracks as ZR models. One Arctic Cat that should be a hot seller is the 2016 ZR 8000 Limited 137. After test riding the machine last month, here are five of the machine’s features... Read more »

2016 Ski-Doo MX Z Blizzard Test Ride


Andy Swanson
March 17, 2015

  MX Z Blizzard models include new skis with modern, edgy styling. The 2016 Ski-Doo MX Z Blizzard is one of the most intriguing and impressive snowmobiles that will hit the snow next winter. It includes new ski technology and a longer track than some other MX Z models, not to mention it brings back... Read more »

2016 Polaris Axys RMK Test Ride

2016 Axys RMK test ride

Andy Swanson
March 2, 2015

Squeezing the throttle on the Polaris Axys RMK makes the front end jump out of the snow. Polaris moving its Pro-RMK models to the Axys chassis might have been easily predictable, but it represents the next stage in mountain snowmobile technology from the brand that set the benchmark for deep snow... Read more »

Comparing The 2015 Yamaha SR Viper R-TX LE, SR Viper R-TX SE


Andy Swanson
March 26, 2014

This special color scheme is only available during the Yamaha Spring Power Surge program. Issues of Snow Goer magazine this fall will have complete, detailed reviews of the 2015 Yamaha snowmobiles, but for now we’re posting stories about exclusive, spring order models. Some people who want special... Read more »

First Ride: 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000 Models

2015 ZR 4000 LXR

Andy Swanson
March 20, 2014

  Quick, lightweight and fun describe the 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000 RR and ZR 4000 LXR. If you’re looking for a fun, small-bore sled, you owe it to yourself to check out the 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000 models. It doesn’t matter that these ZR models are only 500cc — they’re flat-out fun to ride,... Read more »

2015 Ski-Doo Summit X T3 174 Test Ride

Ski-Doo Summit 2015

By T.J. Krob, Contributing Editor
March 4, 2014

Ski-Doo has extended mountain snowmobile riders’ expectations with the longest track ever in a stock snowmobile — 174 inches. Armed with more track and blessed with new front and rear geometry, plus targeted weight savings, Ski-Doo’s T3-equipped Summit X promises better balance and up to 174... Read more »

2015 Polaris Axys Test Ride

prusak action

Andy Swanson
March 2, 2014

2015 Polaris Axys Test Ride Snow Goer was invited to test ride the new 2015 Polaris Axys snowmobiles in January, and that ride proved that the new snowmobiles offer major improvements over those same models from the past few years. The 2015 Polaris Switchback, Rush and Switchback Adventure snowmobiles are... Read more »

2014 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 El Tigré: First-Ride Impressions


Andy Swanson
December 9, 2013

Welcome back to the 600 class, Arctic Cat. Yesterday was our first ride of the season, and we grabbed our 2014 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 El Tigré demo sled and rode it to stretch out our snowmobiling muscles after they were in off-season storage since April. It’s amazing the difference a few months of... Read more »

Review: 2013 Yamaha RS Vector Is Familiar, Surprising


Andy Swanson
October 16, 2013

The Yamaha RS Vector has been an intrepid member of the Yamaha snowmobile lineup since 2005 when it came out as a less-potent version of the RX-1. Always a comfortable trail cruiser, the RS Vector has evolved over the years to remain a (mostly) modern trail runner. It moved over to the Yamaha Deltabox... Read more »

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