Smoothest Riding. Most Versatile.

Polaris® Switchback®

The Rider Balanced™ Switchback® with AXYS® chassis. Crossover riders can carry the front end through fresh snow AND corner flat on groomed trails. They can ride 2-up with a passenger or solo. On the trail or off the map, these sleds turn the world into your playground like never before. Some days you follow the trails, others you ride the backcountry. On the best days, it’s a long ride full of both. From freshly groomed trails, rutted out trails, to deep backcountry powder, the versatile Switchback will get you there.
The 2018 SWITCHBACK® Lineup



Switchback® PRO-S is for riders who want the ultimate in cornering and handling, and a sled that virtually eliminates stutter bumps.


Race-ready Performance

Switchback® XCR is for riders looking for a race-ready sled offering extreme performance in the toughest terrain.



Switchback® Assault is for aggressive, backcountry riders that  demand off-trail agility and on-trail confidence.



Switchback® PRO-X™ is for riders who want ultimate big bump control, are predominantly stand-up riders, and need to dominate ditches and moguls.



Switchback® Adventure is for on and off trail riders that demand the ultimate in versatility. With a passenger or without. With storage or without. It's your choice.



Switchback® SP is for true 50/50 crossover riders that need a versatile sled able to stand up to all types of terrain.

Switchback®Technology: Rider Balanced™ & Most Versatile


Rider-balanced™ AXYS® Chassis

The AXYS® chassis features rider-balanced™ positioning and delivers unparalled control in any terrain, made possible by:

  • Putting the rider on the sled's AXYS®
  • Bump-eliminating PRO-XC™ and IGX 144 Rear Suspension
  • Adding more power and removing weight

PRO-XC Suspension

The PRO-XC™ progressive-rate rear suspension allows the sled's pitch to be controlled by the suspension geometry, not the spring rate. This results in a flatter ride in the corners and stutter bumps and superior big-bump performance.

  • Lightweight, forged aluminum rear crank.
  • Front torque arm moved rearward to control pitch, increase travel, and improve rail profile.

IGX 144 Rear Suspension

A core element to the new AXYS 144 platform is the all new Ideal Geometry X-Over 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 new rear suspension. With 43% more front torque arm travel, this suspension features reduced bottoming and less drag off-trail. An all new optimized, lighter, tipped rail beam design gives the sled a nimble feel.

800 Cleanfire® H.O. Engine

Developed in conjunction with the AXYS® platform, the new 800 Cleanfire® H.O. Engine delivers class-leading acceleration.

  • 3-stage electronically-controlled exhaust valves
  • Electronic oil pump
  • Thermostat with bypass warms up to operating temperature 40% faster and improves durability
  • High-efficiency intake and exhaust
  • VForce Reeds
  • Lightweight crankshaft
  • Lightweight throttle body that reduces throttle effort

AXYS Switchback Assault Rider Reactions

See what others are saying about the 2017 Switchback Assault on the AXYS Platform
Brian Whalley
HK Laconia

"You have so much weight can use that power to help you pop right up out of the snow."

- Brian

The Ultimate Backcountry Crossover

"Off-trail, it is really balanced front to back"



"It brings up your confidence.. When I pointed it, it went there"



Flatter through the turns. Lighter through the bumps.

Polaris Image is the only sled that corners flat and carries the front end.

Polaris = Rider Balanced™

Polaris® puts the rider right on the sled's AXYS®. Bite for flat cornering. Lite for superior handling and fun in the bumps and off-trail.

Ski- Doo® = Biased

Ski-Doo® is biased in a rider forward positioning. This offers great control on smooth trails, but less fun factor in bumps and off-trail riding.

Polaris 800 Switchback® is the flat out quickest sled on the snow.

Stock 150+ and 160+ HP 2-stroke Class Acceleration.

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