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.

2017 MX Z X 850 E-TEC Test Ride: 5 Cool Things About The All-New Ski-Doo


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
March 15, 2016

  A few days on trails in Minnesota with the new MX Z X helped Snow Goer editors get more familiar with the powerful and fun snowmobile. Snow Goer magazine editors recently returned from a week-long trip in Montana where they tested all of the hot 2017 snowmobiles, including the all-new Ski-Doo Gen4... Read more »

2016 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK First Rides


T.J. Krob, Contributing Writer
January 20, 2016

Snow Goer contributor T.J. Krob has enjoyed a great start to the snowmobile season near his home in Bozeman, Montana. Here is his initial review, written on January 6, of the 2016 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK 163 demo he’ll run all season. Click here to read his initial impressions of the 2016 Yamaha SR... Read more »

Ski-Doo Pilot TS Skis: So Far, So Good


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
January 5, 2016

Despite being covered in ice and mud, the Pilot TS system worked without a hitch. So far in this young snowmobile season, I’ve ridden both of our Ski-Doo long-term test sleds, and each of them is equipped with the new Pilot TS skis. For the uninitiated, the Pilot Tunable Ski allows riders to adjust... Read more »

First Impressions: 2016 Arctic Cat XF 6000 CrossTrek


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
December 31, 2015

The past 10-plus days have been fun as I’ve taken four separate road trips to ride in northeast Minnesota – near Lake Superior – where there is enough snow for snowmobiling. My first ride of the season was on December 20, and a few days later I returned to near Two Harbors, Minnesota, and rode... Read more »

2015 Yamaha SR Viper S-TX DX Review


Andy Swanson
December 16, 2015

Introduced for 2015 with a broad windshield, spacious and protective cab, comfort-tuned suspensions and a tunnel-mounted storage rack that gives it a square-shouldered, masculine look, the Yamaha SR Viper S-TX DX snowmobile was designed for a long day – or days – on the trail. The tall Yamaha SRV... Read more »

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 »

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