“Turbo sleds used to be a trade off - you either got low end torque or top end power. With Patriot Boost, you get both - straight from the factory.”— Chris Burandt, Polaris Athlete
Everyone with a snowmobile and an internet connection participated in the annual “What’s coming from the OEM’s this year” speculation festival. Not surprisingly, a lot of talk centered around an 850 Patriot with a turbo. It wasn’t just if it was coming, but what would it deliver. With all of the social media comments and forum posts, one message came through above the rest: A Polaris turbo had to make real power, and do it flawlessly. Expectations were high.
The final stop was the annual Snow Shoot in West Yellowstone, Montana. A chance for the press to ride all of the new sleds from each manufacturer. Not very often in the auto, offroad, or other motorsports segments do the press ride all of the new vehicles back to back, providing a unique opportunity for the snowmobile press. A fleet of Patriot Boost sleds was ready, and the team from Roseau was excited to show off their latest creation. Over a few days, press members eagerly took out the new Polaris sleds, along with a smattering of certain yellow and green sleds to compare. In the end, there really was no comparison.
“The turbo system doesn’t dominate the ride. It allows the power of the 850 to do its thing, then kicks in when you grab full throttle and expect full performance. The power never tops out, its incredible”.— Ryan Harris - Publisher, SnoWest
“You can’t beat turbo power that is designed hand-in-hand with engine and platform considerations. Pump gas and go is what so many riders want these days, and having consistent, reliable power straight from the factory is amazing.”— Patrick Winslow - Editor-in-Chief, Mountain Sledder
“In the mountains, the conditions are always changing. No matter the weather, conditions, or terrain, the Patriot Boost runs strong every single day - and you don’t have to touch a thing.”— SnowTech
Following the Snow Shoot, there was only a week left to launch. Everyone on the list had spent some time on the new sled, and the details were wrapping up. Websites were being finished, press releases written, brochures were printed, and the online ‘Build & Quote Tool’ was being completed. In just a few days, customers would be customizing their Patriot Boost RMK to order it through SnowCheck, the Polaris spring order program.
On the evening of March 1st, the 2022 snowmobile lineup from Polaris was finally revealed. Patriot Boost was the talk of the town – well, the figurative Facebook town – and riders were thrilled. The reaction was exactly what the team had spent countless hours building towards. What was a bit of a surprise, however, was just how many there were.