850 Switchback® Assault® 144

SMOOTHEST RIDING. MOST VERSATILE.

850 Switchback® Assault® 144
STARTING AT
$13,799US MSRP
plus freight & set-up

The SnowCheck-exclusive 850 Switchback® Assault® – powered by the all-new Polaris® Patriot™ 850 engine – is for aggressive backcountry riders that demand off-trail agility and on-trail confidence. The AXYS® Chassis and IGX 144 Rear Suspension deliver Rider-Balanced™ Control, Unrivaled Acceleration, and Rider Centric Comfort.

New Exclusive Color Options

New for 2019, multiple color and feature options will be available on select models in-season through your local dealer.

Polaris Snowmobiles - Switchback Color Options

Options and availability will vary by dealership. Contact your detail for more details.

Rider Balanced Control

AXYS® Chassis

AXYS® Chassis

The AXYS chassis for the 144 platform is light and strong, offering rider balanced characteristics critical for the 50/50 rider. The rider is moved into a balanced position on the sled  so it rides flat through the corners. When the trail gets rough or the rider jumps off into the powder, rider balance enables the rider to move back and make the front end light to climb up on top of the snow or the moguls.

IGX 144 Rear Suspension

IGX 144 Rear Suspension

A core element to the AXYS 144 platform is the IGX 144 uncoupled rear suspension, which offers the ultimate blend of durability and strength. The IGX 144 rear suspension provides RMK-inspired off-trail agility and balance with a drastically improved on-trail ride. Pitch is controlled through geometry in this rear suspension. And with 43% more front torque arm travel, this sled features reduced bottoming and less drag off-trail. An optimized, lighter, reinforced tipped rail beam design gives the sled a nimble feel.

PowderTrac™ Hybrid Running Boards

PowderTrac™ Hybrid Running Boards

The PowderTrac Hybrid running boards offer optimized design with 56% open space for maximum snow clean out while maintaining extreme strength.

  • Designed to serve the needs of riders on- & off-trail
  • Efficient design delivers maximum strength & snow clean-out with 56% open space
  • Front is wide & flat for foot comfort & stability; rear has tapered, dual-angle design for mobility & snow clearance

Unrivaled Acceleration

Lightweight

Lightweight

The Switchback ASSAULT on the AXYS 144 platform is the industry-leading lightweight 50/50 crossover snowmobile. It allows you to get up on top of deep snow faster and offers quick acceleration.

All-New Polaris® 850 Patriot™ Engine

All-New Polaris® 850 Patriot™ Engine

  • The most powerful Polaris® snowmobile engine ever.
  • Building on 25 years of legendary Liberty® engine heritage.
  • Creates an all-new benchmark for durability, acceleration, and response.
  • Industry-leading power-to-weight ratio and unmatched throttle response

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Rider Centric Comfort

AXYS® Performance Seat

AXYS® Performance Seat

The AXYS Performance seat utilizes a high-performance seat foam, and the seat design is narrower in front to provide greater maneuverability.

  • The seat is lighter without compromising comfort
  • Improved ergonomics and stability
  • Seat top features a gripper material that helps keep the rider in place

Polaris MessageCenter Gauge

Polaris MessageCenter Gauge

Informative and easy to read, this instrumentation keeps a rider aware of sled operating conditions and provides a wealth of additional data.

  • Easily viewable LCD screen, 4.3"" diagonal measurement
  • Scrolling message center keeps rider informed
  • Increased number of tell tales by over 60%
  • Large buttons can be operated with gloved hands
  • Brightly lit display is easily readable in all light conditions

Polaris Interactive Digital Display

Polaris Interactive Digital Display

Exclusively from Polaris - the most advanced instrumentation in snowmobiling. This 4.3" high resolution, full color, LCD digital display provides a rider with information including:

  • Sled Performance: speedometer, tachometer, dual trip meters, average speed, max speed, engine/trip hours and odometer sled operating conditions including coolant temperature, diagnostics and maintenance warnings.
  • Bluetooth™ Functionality: enables the gauge to communicate with your cell phone and provide notification of incoming calls or texts. Displays phone battery & signal strength.
  • GPS/Mapping Capability: includes standard compass and maps with trails can be shown North Up or Course Up depending on your preference. Track and save routes and waypoints for future “go to” navigation.
  • LH Control: provides the ability to zoom on maps, drop waypoints, cycle through vehicle information and switch between gauge or map display .
  • Clock: time available in 12 or 24-hour clock format options .
  • This gauge comes as an option on some models, and is also available as an accessory option

Left-Hand Controls

Left-Hand Controls

The left-hand controls feature improved ergonomics, updated styling, and enhanced hand and thumb warmer control. The controls are easy to operate with gloves on, and have an improved tactile feel.

LED Lights

LED Lights

All models built on the AXYS® platform feature standard LED headlights. LED headlights deliver the industry’s best lighting:

  • Nearly 1 lb. lighter and high beams are 80% brighter than incandescent lighting.
  • Color temperature or output of the lights (the “whiteness” of light, reported in Kelvin) is 5000K, closely matching daylight.
  • LED headlights last the entire lifetime of the sled. A major durability enhancement over traditional incandescent headlights which experience filament burn out.
  • For constant visibility and enhanced safety, the low beams remain on at all times. Even when the high beam is activated, there is never a period of no light.

Wind Protection

Wind Protection

The hood and windshield designs produce significantly enhanced wind protection for a rider, and the foil on the side panels further enhances protection.

Integrated Storage

Integrated Storage

Storage was designed and developed right along with the AXYS platform, so it installs securely and features seamless, integrated styling that matches the sled’s design lines.

  • Compression-molded materials provide semi-rigid storage and enhanced styling
  • Sturdier zippers provide better cargo security and protection
  • Installs without tools

Premium Fit & Finish

Premium Fit & Finish

Interfacing surfaces between body panels and components are shorter for minimized gaps

  • Interfaces are strategically located in recessed areas
  • Styling of storage elements results in clean, integrated lines
  • Components are engineered for functionality and styled for the best styling

Track Options

Track Options

Various track options are available for the Switchback® Assault® that let a rider customize the sled to suit their personal riding style. Track options include: Cobra 1.35” track for superior traction and control on soft, loose and unpacked snow; Cobra 1.6” track for smooth performance on groomed trails and excellent performance on soft, loose snow of ungroomed trails; and 2.0 Series 4 track is the standard in 2" deep snow tracks for 50/50 riders.

Walker Evans Needle Shocks

Walker Evans Needle Shocks

Premium shocks with compression adjusters and remote reservoirs offer the best in tunability and fade-proof performance. Unique needle design uses hydraulic force at the end of the stroke to eliminate harsh bottoming.

ProTaper Handlebars

ProTaper Handlebars

ProTaper Handlebars are aluminum and feature a flat design with integrated mountain hooks for ease in deep snow riding and aggressive cornering

PRO-STEER Skis

PRO-STEER Skis

The PRO-STEER ski features a reshaped keel and shortened skag for reduced steering effort. Redesigned ribs atop the ski increase torsional stiffness for more precise steering, and bosses added atop the ribs provide traction to prevent slipping when a rider steps on the ski in deep snow.

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