600 RUSH PRO-R: Fun is in the RUSH PRO-R's DNA, and it comes courtesy of the progressive rear suspension and reactive 600 Cleanfire engine.
Certainly one of the nicest handling snowmobiles we've ever ridden (800 RUSH PRO-R). Its neutral turn-in and predictable oversteer lets you get the tail out and stay deep into the flipper on exits. Just so intuitive and fluid you can't believe it.
The improved handling is the most obvious thing an experienced RUSH rider will notice, not being twitchy or nervous like so many other sleds can be. This is where Polaris can really hang their hat, as when the riding gets really nasty their front end retains its composure and lets you remain in complete control with confidence.
At its core is arguably the punchiest 600-class engine ever found in a consumer snowmobile - the semi-direct-injected, 599cc, liquid-cooled Cleanfire 600.
With the quickest reacting powertrain, the best brake and ergonomics that encourage the rider to crawl all over the machine
2014 Best in Class, Big Miler. The 600 Switchback Adventure. “The PRO-RIDE chassis is ergo-correct, extra warm in this variation and without equal as a big miler this season.”
800 Switchback PRO-R: Big power from the 800 Cleanfire engine and the progressive PRO-RIDE rear suspension make this an ultra-playful package over big trail moguls and when bounding through deep snow in meadows or on frozen lakes.
It's (600 Switchback Adventure) the first of a new breed of multi-purpose snowmobiles, and it screams it with a super-capable chassis, a fast mill and outstanding 136-inch ride and handling.
If you are what we would consider to be a serious crossover rider, one that spends equal amount of time or miles off trail as what you do on trail, or place a far higher emphasis on deep snow capability than what the other Switchback models are capable of, then there really is only one sled for you - the Switchback Assault.
We prefer the front end of the Polaris Switchback to the Ski-Doo Renegade. The Switchback's dual A-arm front absorbs more energy and tracks straighter through the chop than the dual A-arm design on the Renegade….Off-trail, it was our preferred ride among these two machines (Ski-Doo Renegade). It floated the front end better, was easier to tilt on its side and would hold its line better.
Supertrax Magazing Co-Publisher Motorhead Mark Lester evaluates Polaris' 2013 Switchback 800 LE.
The Assault's ergonomics, with perfect handlebar height and angle and ideal footrests and running boards for stand-up riding, blend with the urgent power of its Cleanfire 800 and near-perfect clutching to jet you up onto the surface of the most sugary snow and keep you there.
2014 Best in Class, Mountain Sled. “The PRO-RMK pretty much epitomizes what mountain riders want. It’s incredibly light, carves in powder like an X-Acto through whipped cream and offers a near-perfect balance of power and traction.”
...the more rapid acceleration as a result of increased driveline efficiency makes the RMK feel like a sled with an extra 20 HP. Having all the power in the world or the most efficient drive system is worthless without a capable chassis to house the internals.
The 800 PRO-RMK is still alone on top of the mountains as the best deep-snow sled.
The Assault excels in hillclimb racing, open terrain, rough trails, and hitting jumps and drops. The PRO-RMK excels in technical sidehill terrain, boondocking through trees and climbing. Both machines offer a great mountain experience and picking just depends on your flavor of mountain riding.
Perhaps the best overall package of weight, horsepower and rideability in the mountain 800 segment comes in the 800 PRO-RMK
The Polaris RMK series is the benchmark in the mountains…. This is the highest form of the Rocky Mountain King ever.
The INDY SP slices up the trails like a surgeon and gives traditional guys and gals a standard tunnel and rear suspension. Good work Polaris!
600 INDY SP: The lightweight PRO-RIDE platform handles remarkably well and the conventional skidframe is capable of providing a comfortable ride through a wide range of trail conditions.
This sport/light-utility machine (550 INDY Voyager) has got to be one of the easiest carving machines ever. It has fat skis for flotation, tall windshield for protection, tall handlebars for control and a big cargo rack on the back for versatility — a lot of people could get a lot out of a low-cost machine like this.
The 600 INDY Voyager will be the only snowmobile to compete directly with the Ski-Doo Tundra market. This one was the only sled available in the utility category with increased lightweight and performance in deep snow.
The combination of the Pro-Ride chassis with the 800 Cleanfire engine provides an outstanding result (in the 800 INDY SP). The steering is very precise and the performance of the snowmobile is predictable. The engine is powerful and offers quick responses. The rear suspension is good for an entry-level snowmobile and works nicely in most of the situations.
The new 550 INDY models will all have CVTech Powerbloc 50 Drive and Invance Driven clutches. AmSnow has experience with CVTech products (See CVTech Clutch Project, Nov. 2012 p. 46) and these clutches provide great durability, silky smooth engagement, less weight and rotating mass, quicker response and better backshifting. They also can be tuned with weights being changed without being removed from the sled.