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Best Crossover Sleds of 2018

Top 2-strokes (plus one 4-stroke) that tame the trails, tackle the powder
RELATED TOPICS: yamaha | arctic cat | polaris | ski-doo
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Rob Budrow
“I want one sled, and I want it to do EVERYTHING!”

If you work in the sales department of a snowmobile dealership, then you have probably heard this before. Snowmobilers want it all; it’s just the way we are hardwired.

While it is true that the majority of sales go to purely on-trail riders, there are also plenty of utility, family, touring, mountain, and racing riders too. Today, however, most snowmobilers demand their sleds fill at least 2-3 of the aforementioned roles, not just one. Owners also expect that they will not give up anything with dual- or triple-use sleds.

That’s where sleds like the new Polaris Titan come in (see the full report on extreme utility crossovers in an upcoming issue). But for many more consumers, crossover (or 50/50) sleds are best at filling numerous needs/wants.

This year, we tested the brand new Ski-Doo 850 Renegade Backcountry X 850, the new-last-year Polaris Switchback Assault 144, the Arctic Cat XF 8000 Cross Country Limited, and the off-trail rocket that is the Yamaha Sidewinder X-TX SE. Here’s how they compared for us.

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