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 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

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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 »

Easy Rider: Review of the 2014 Polaris 800 Indy SP

Polaris 800 Indy SP

By John T. Prusak
October 15, 2013

Can a snowmobile that costs $10,599 really be considered a “value” sled? That question begs itself when considering the new, 2014 Polaris 800 Indy SP. It’s an interesting dichotomy, with a modern yet somewhat throwback chassis, forward but not too-forward ergonomics, and a high (related to most... Read more »

5 Late-Model Snowmobile Reviews

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May 31, 2013

For this week’s “5” list, we ventured into the dark, dusty cave that houses the Snow Goer magazine archives to find articles about late-model snowmobiles. Here are excerpts from stories about five Snow Goer demo sleds, ranging from model year 2006 to 2010. Click the links for bonus... Read more »

600 Rush vs. 600 Indy SP: What’s Old Is New

Polaris Comparison: Polaris 600 Rush vs Polaris 600 Indy SP

John T. Prusak, Executive Editor
February 26, 2013

Remember “New Coke?” Launched in 1985 as the “new taste of Coca-Cola,” this slightly sweeter version of the original Coke was meant to turnaround the brand’s notable slide in marketshare against rival Pepsi-Cola. After an initial buzz factor, public sentiment quickly turned on the new formula... Read more »

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