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October 2016


October 2016 ISSUE PREVIEW

2017 Buyers Guide

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That awesome dream ride you're looking for is just a page turn away. So go ahead. Let the industry's No. 1 buyers guide lead you through engines, suspensions and track lengths (Oh, my!) to your perfect ride(s) for the snowy winter that lies ahead!


The new 2017 Yamaha Sidewinder was put on an independent dynamometer by AmSnow and Dynotech Research first. Get the HP and performance numbers here!
The trail war isn't cold anymore, as the OEM battle for trail supremacy is rekindled in model year 2017. The 800cc trail sleds are longer than ever before, but they’re also the cushiest, fastest and most fun to drive! We compare the Arctic Cat ZR 8000 RR, Polaris 800 Rush XCR and Ski-Doo MXZ X 850 E-TEC side-by-side.
Want a trusty spare sled? New to the sport? Don't need 200 HP? Whatever your reason for buying an entry-level sled, you'll find our breakdown of the 2017 Polaris 550 Indy LXT and the 2017 Arctic Cat ZR 3000 LXR very helpful. We also offer glimpses at Ski-Doo's MXZ TNT and Yamaha's Phazer R-TX in the same model year.
Big changes usually mean big bragging rights. This year, the 2017 battalion of 800+cc mountain sleds boasts just that – some huge changes! There’s a fleet of new sleds to choose from that is nothing but awesome, including the Ski-Doo Summit X 165, the Polaris 800 AXYS Pro-RMK 174, the Arctic Cat M 8000 Mountain Cat and the Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX.

Long Term Tests

Suspension tweaks make X model more appealing.
Revs more than just your heart; SR Viper L-TX LE Turbo hooked us from "hello."
No doubter: Less weight, more power and good times on the new Pro-RMK.

Regular Reads

How do we grow our sport? Some OEMs are betting on snow bikes!
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Best of the Best photos
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Latest news and reader pics!
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This is the stuff we wear and use, and we tested it with you in mind. If you’re shopping for new duds worth your dime, take a look at our AmSnow-tested favorites!
Tech Notes
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Inside the new Yamaha YSRC clutch.
Useful tips from industry pros:
A Timbersled, a 2017 Pro-RMK 174 and Chris Burandt ride into the woods ... What happens next?
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1968 Polaris TX-500

Online Exclusives

AmSnow TV is back!
Follow the latest on the adventures of the American Snowmobiler crew as we take you to West Yellowstone and give you a behind-the-scenes look at Snow Shoot for MY2017! See all the episodes at

Biggest Online Sweepstakes Ever!

AmSnow just announced our big Snowstakes! We teamed up with Polaris, Timbersled, Chris Burandt, Klim and 509 to bring you more prizes, more chances to win and easier ways to enter! The grand prize (ARV = more than $15,000) includes two brand-new Timbersled kits, plus the opportunity to ride 2017 Polaris snowmobiles at Chris Burandt’s Backcountry Adventure in Colorado. You could also win a huge $3,000 Klim shopping spree, or a new helmet and goggle set from 509. Enter at

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