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AmSnow's 2017 Best of the Best Awards

Our favorite snowmobiles and technology from model year 2017
RELATED TOPICS: POLARIS | ARCTIC CAT | SKI-DOO | YAMAHA
Every year at Hay Days, the editors of American Snowmobiler magazine hand out "Best of the Best" awards for our favorite new sleds and tech from the four OEMs – Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. Here are our honorees from model year 2017.
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Editor's Choice

Yamaha Sidewinder L-TX LE
Be careful not to wake the sleeping giant … Is this the first earth-shattering step of Yamaha’s vengeful attempt to take over the snowmobile world once again? Maybe not, but it has been 14 model years since Yamaha went 4-stroke, and the new Sidewinder is an industry first in horsepower and 4-stroke technology. The L-TX LE is the most fun trail sled Yamaha has made to date, at least for me. The 1984 Phazer and 2001 Viper came close, but from a guy who grew up riding Yamaha, I am VERY excited to see this new motor, as well as the attention to the snowmobile industry being paid by the Blue Crew. – Mark Boncher, Editor
SLED CATEGORIES
  • SPORT-TRAIL – Dollar for dollar, your best value in the industry. Lower prices with lower HP (60-120), but you’ll get tons of entertainment from quality machines for entry-level buyers to experts, and everyone in between.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE – This segment offers the highest HP (150+) production sleds on the market. If you want a sled with arm-stretching speed in addition to the most adjustable suspensions, race-quality durability and top-level performance, this is your home.
  • CROSSOVER – Need some variety in your life? The crossover segment might be a good fit. Sleds here offer longer tracks (137 to 146 inches) and are capable of carving fresh powder or slicing the trails with sharp handling. Whatever your ride throws at you, you’re ready.
  • MOUNTAIN – Climbing to new heights is easy with a long-tracked (146+ inches) mountain machine. With narrow ski stances and prime suspensions, these sleds will have you dipping shoulders in fresh, carving tight tree lines and taking in views from the top.
  • 2-UP TOURING – Snowmobiles built for two are ideal if you’ve got a sledding companion who’s just along for the ride. Smooth suspensions with accessories and heat in all the right places will keep everyone comfortable for miles.
  • ENDURO VENTURE – Maybe the fastest growing segment, enduro venture sleds are similar to crossovers in track length, but they offer more standard storage and other options like heated seats and plushy shock packages. These things are built for the multi-day long haul.
  • UTILITY – Utility sleds put the grunt in grunt work. Torquey engines, strong chassis, and large footprints for flotation mean these sleds can haul passengers, tools and more anywhere. Trappers, ice fishers, or anyone with a need to haul a load should be looking here.
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