January edition of SnoWest magazine, the tough editors compared the three extreme or “all-mountain” sleds and came to an interesting conclusion, saying they had found “…Perhaps the best all-mountain backcountry snowmobile ever made.  The 2014 Ski-Doo Freeride 800.”

Here’s what else they said about the spring-only extreme mountain sled:

“We dont know if there will ever be perfection in any snowmobile class, but we do know that years from now, we’ll be talking about how close one sled got close to it in 2014.”

“What makes the Ski-Doo Freeride stand out in its class is that Ski-Doo abandoned the super-wide front end that made it a better racer than carver. With the 2014 Freeride 800, you essentially have a slightly wider Summit with all the right reinforcements and an outstanding shock package. And it’s offered in not one, but three track length configurations. Ski-Doo recognized the market potential for such a sled and ran away with it. And trust us, they’re running away with it.”

“On a rough hard-pack terrain, the Freeride hammers through moguls with straight tracking and maintains a flat pitch…The REV-XM RS chassis is very rigid and allows for a compliant suspension setting.

“Where other sleds in this class almost need to be pushed harder to make their setups shine, the Freeride is a blast to ride at any speed, any terrain and in any condition. It’s wider than the Summit, but still narrow by mountain sled standards. But it doesn’t feel like it’s too narrow when bashing mogul runs or negotiating sketchy drops.”


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