last season Polaris introduced the pro our mk1 74 as the only competitor for ski-doos summit 174 despite the fact that last season's could you introduce the Jeep for platform across almost their entire summit lineup but chose to leave their 174 in the old X M chassis we still thought a 174 shootout would be a good idea and something our viewers would appreciate the results of that shootout were pretty clear the pro r MK made a better 174 inch mountain sled than the XM based some at 174 however nearly every area that the XM summit fell behind the pro r MK we speculated a g4 based some at 174 could potentially move ahead of it but as always we have to stick to our rules for a shootout and use only sleds that are available at the time of the shootout in that case it was the 174 X M based summit now though skidoo has done exactly what we suspected they would do for 2018 the longest summit model you can get from skidoo or any other OE for that matter is the new summit g4 175 today we're gonna revisit our 174 shootout but this time we're gonna use Polaris's 2018 800 pro r MK 174 and ski-doos new 850 summit x 175 to get started let's look at last year's 174 inch shootout winner the pro r MK 174 Polaris's 800 clean fire mil really is an overachiever at altitude it's got stellar bottom-end strong mid-range and pulls super hard up top it produces power that easily spins the 174 by 3 inch series 7 track in even the heaviest snow which is all very good but another trait this motor exhibits that we absolutely love is how fast it revs simply put it's snappy and responsive which makes it really fun and easy to ride claire's is 800 uses a semi direct injection system makes it start and idle smooth and run clean and crisp at any altitude it also uses a precisely controlled electronic oil pump helps with longevity and keeps oil consumption low Polaris has always stood by their statement that a mountain sled works best when it's rigid their claim is that a rigid chassis more effectively transfers the riders weight placement and movements into the snow which in turn requires less energy from the rider and is therefore less tiring to ride and we found this to be true a Polaris rmk is a very responsive chassis that leaves the rider feeling very connected to the sled combine this with its relatively low weight and you've got a sled that's extremely predictable and easy to control economically the consensus from our crew is that the rmk is darn close to perfect the seat is small but comfortable when you need to sit the handlebars are just tall enough and just wide enough they're also a great shape and the additional bar and hooks feel better than a handlebar with curved ends in our opinion maneuvering your body around this sled is easy and we didn't once find anything we wanted to change or anything that got in our way from a feature standpoint most mountains lights are pretty sparse the rnk included on a pro our MK 174 you'll get a basically non-existent windshield a nice gauge package Polaris is gripper skis a small storage area in front of the gauge and a small storage bag under the seat and that's about it the last area of the rmk that I think's worth mentioning is the suspension Polaris is Mountain skid does a great job of providing lift and offering excellent deep snow handling a full set of adjustable remote reservoir and piggyback Walker Evans shocks gives you the ability to finally tune both the front and rear ends of the sled to work exactly how you want them to on trail the our MKS ride is harsh at best but off trail it rides great for 20 18 s canoes longest summit is all new and I do mean all new the g4 platform is not just a remake of the X M it's a completely 100% new sled that shares only the rear suspension and a few minor components with this older counterpart it also includes canoes new 850 mil that's controlled by generation 2 eTech direct injection technology which is hands-down the best engine control technology in the industry the 50 starts like it's connected to your brain of course it's a monster download it pulls super hard it's got stout mid-range and good top-end all of this goodness is simply accentuated by the new P Drive primary clutch that allows for instantaneous back shifts and near-perfect clutch performance in all conditions at all throttle levels the Gen 4 chassis is all-new and it pushes the boundaries of snowmobile chassis layout even farther than the XM platform did to call this one rider forward would be a little bit of an understatement when the rider stands as far forward as possible they are standing directly on top of or even slightly ahead of the drive axle at first this feels awkward and wrong but once given a chance you quickly adapt to it and it becomes more natural the front end of the g4 address is the most nagging issue we had with the older chassis which was the weak bulkhead the new setup is strong and durable so there's no more worrying about bumping a tree or stump and bending your sled we've talked about this many times before t motion makes a summit mountain sled incredibly easy to get on its side and keep on its side easier than any other sled on the snow and we love it for that but it comes with two drawbacks that need to be mentioned first it's not light the summit X 175 is not the lightest sled in this shootout with that said t motion does mask its weight very well and as an added bonus it rides excellent on rough trails the second downside to the T motion system is that it can actually be difficult to get this sled to turn downhill during a side hill maneuver once the sled is on its side it really does want to stay there every nominally I'd say the summit is great but it isn't perfect the seat is small and unobtrusive and the handlebars are at an excellent height however they seem to be a little bit on the narrow side when it comes to features the summit is equally as sparse as the rmk with one exception a non-existent wind deflector does look cool nice gauge package pilot D s skis one of the most notable items missing from this list is a set of adjustable shocks ski-doos X package summit comes with preload only adjustable shock and we think this is a mistake on the other hand the summit X is available with the industry's most innovative piece of new technology this season the shot electric start system shot uses the stator as an electric motor to start the engine power comes from an ultracapacitor and is capable of starting the engine 1 to 2 times max before it needs to be recharged with another 20 seconds of runtime that it only comes with a 2 pound weight penalty electric start that only weighs 2 pounds it's an ingenious design it works and we think it's a must have on any summit now that we better understand our two competitors we need to figure out which of them is the best and this isn't an easy undertaking last season's winner the r MK 174 is still an outstanding mountain sled and everything we liked about that sled everything that made it great last year is equally as great this year the summit is completely different this year and anything we didn't like about last year's model has been improved so let's see how they compare in the motor department things are close both of these sleds make awesome power all through the RPM range but from a complete power package perspective the wind has to go to the 850 it has just a bit more Jam thanks to a slightly higher displacement it runs smoother cleaner and more efficiently thanks to its outstanding eTech injection system and the P Drive clutch allows the engine to run at its absolute peak at all times from an overall chassis standpoint which includes both the chassis and the ergonomics both of these sleds are again excellent but the win here definitely has to go to the Polaris economically it's the clear choice but its rigid chassis is also light tough and makes for a nimble feeling sled when it comes to handling things get really difficult to decide the summit is easy to get and keep on its side and it's not easily upset by changing snow conditions or rough sections underneath the snow on the other hand it can be difficult to get it to go down when you're carving a side hill the rmk takes more effort to get and keep on its side and it seems to be more easily upset by old tracks or hard patches in the snow yet it's a little easier to get it to go where you want it to go in this area we're gonna pick this to do as the winner it requires less rider input and less effort and is therefore just generally an easier mountain sled to ride in the suspension department things again are difficult to decide the Polaris has a way better shock package than the skidoo but the ski-doo actually rides better on rough trails and so we have to decide what's more important adjustability or ride quality in the mountains ride quality is much less important than having the ability to tune the sled suspension to perform exactly how you want it to so we're gonna give this one to the players if skidoo would put on more adjustable set of shocks on their high-end sleds it probably would have one here now let's look at features between the two sleds the features are very much the same low wind shields minimal storage and mountain skis but the skidoo offers something not just the Polaris but no other sled in the industry offers electric start without a weight penalty at first glance this may not seem as exciting as we're making it out to be but I promise you one morning on the mountain and you'll be as impressed with shot as we are this pushes the skinny ahead in the features category and gives it the category win here the last area of comparison is more general but is likely the most important category of all overall rider experience we really do like both of these sleds and not just because they're the only 170 plus class sleds on the market they are genuinely great mountain slides to ride they both have their own strong points when it comes to power ergonomics handling and suspension and they both have their own weak points as well but at the end of the day the sled that the majority of our crew agreed was the easiest and most fun to ride after all things are considered the sled they would pick if they could pick either was the summit which gives it a total of four category wins out of six the polaris won two categories and therefore the winner of this shootout visca dues 2018 g4 summit X 175 if you enjoyed that video make sure you hit the like button and then subscribe to snow tracks TVs YouTube channel that's constantly being updated with fresh content

2018 Mountain Sled Shootout: Ski-Doo VS Polaris

49 thoughts on “2018 Mountain Sled Shootout: Ski-Doo VS Polaris

  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    I don't think they mentioned Allen screw adjustable clutch weights on the Roller Clutch in the Summit ??

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    What about the m8000? Wasn’t it good enough to compare?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Ski doo 850= fuck it was my 3rd belt…

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    I don’t get how anyone can like that doo. It looks so round compared to a Polaris that is sharp

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    I think that Polaris is a better sled for technical riding but looks like a turd next to that Ski-Doo

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    I still pick Polaris

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Polaris should have won

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Polaris makes a better looking sled

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Stop moving your head dammit

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Yo, I got an idea! Why don't you guy's make your OWN chassis/suspension???

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    What's with the large loop on top the handle bars for? How come no windshield?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    I'll take a Polaris

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    You guys need to start adding a reliability segment. Not everyone gets to ride new sleds every week.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    "Different strokes for different folks." Both snowmobile brands are 🐐 period

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Bombardier any day

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Battle of the school buses

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    i'd take a cat over it all anyday but ill give you that its all rider prefrence

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Why not fuel needs?!?!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Long Live BRP 😀

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    move your head around more while you talk.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    With the Patriot 850 out now for Polaris it really depends on personal preference when riding because there both great sleds but it just comes down to what u like more

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    next time give points on each segment sure 2/3 of wins sounds easily convinceing but with the point system the 2 sleds may be closer then you think also dont forget about durability and reliability and quality

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    They wouldn't let the Arctic Cat Lynx in the shootout… because it would put the Skidoo and the Polaris to shame!
    But junk … Get junk as they say.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    palaris should win

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Doesn’t matter how good of a sled or bike u give them or they get “Polaris” (trash) is btter

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    OF course they both pull great! More track on the snow. Why not just jump to 210 long. When will the lengths ever stop.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    In my opinion don't buy new sleds buy older ones. the new ones are pretty much the same sled different look. It's retarded how Ski-Doo won two just BC it has a bigger motor than polaris.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    only issue i have with doo is that they are so damn ugly…i mean real ugly.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Lol! Better bulkhead! Hahaha.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Same two sleds reviewed in the U.S. by Americans………Polaris wins. I understand I would do the same thing if I lived in Canada. I wouldn’t want a Molson bottle cracked over my head.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Bombardier. Is the best. After all. They invented the snow Mobile

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    This guy drives me nuts. Why the hell does he turn his head side to side and up and down when he talks.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Cats Alpha One 162 will perform better in almost all conditions then both these 174 inchers. With less track and weight.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    arctic cats new alpha is amazing makes both these sleds look out dated and I ride new polaris

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Why do you always exclude the 4 strokes?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    It's hard to beat ski doo

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    I’m surprised they picked skidoo since they are so Polaris biased Skidoo in my opinion has always been better then Polaris.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    last sled i owned was a polaris xcr800 triple it was better than my brothers yamahog and it was faster

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    yamahas always handled like shit compared to the polaris model

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Why not the new Polaris 850?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    hell yeah Polaris for the win finally

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    and when the season is over, we all know who did win in the end 😂 its clear to me which one has most cons ..

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    i got a ski-dooo summit 800x 2008 154 rev

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