This past winter Snow Goer Canada designated our 2013 base FX Nytro as our “test sled” for the season. We chose the Nytro for two key reasons; one, Yamaha had made some seemingly minor changes that significantly improved handling and ride quality, and two, to be perfectly honest the Nytro had always been one of our least favourite sleds to ride.

There isn’t one helmet that is great for all conditions but as you’ll see, the GM11 offers riders more versatility for a wider range of conditions. 

Ski-Doo answered the requests of a lot of customers in 2014 by moving more models to the XM and XS platforms, respectively, including the anticipated MXZ XRS and Freeride. tMotion and rMotion rear suspensions get expanded to more models, as expected as well. That wasn’t all for team yellow though, they also unveiled the new 900 ACE 4-stroke engine as well as its throttleby- wire iTC technology. 

No doubt Yamaha has been the most talked about this off season with its new SR Viper models. It’s been too long, admittedly, since they offered something new to excite their loyal customers. By sourcing the SRV chassis from a new supplier, Yamaha has quickly become a legitimate contender in the trail and crossover markets. 

Polaris hasn’t exactly sat still either, as they’ve significantly expanded their Indy line to address areas in the market where they were lacking in the past. There is now an Indy for just about every type of recreational riding segment powered from the 550 fan up to the 800 Cleanfire. The Switchback Assault and Adventure models get additional engine options and Pro-RMK’s receive further refinements after last year’s huge weight reduction and reconfiguration.