Test Tracks: 2015 Lynx Boondocker 3700

You can't buy this different breed of sled, but we rode it – in Iceland!
2015 Lynx Boondocker 3700 snowmobile Iceland BRP
We are taking this thing international, baby! Like Austin Powers, AmSnow does not discriminate on its adventures. We sometimes get to ride in exotic locales on some sexy snow machines. Recently, we spent some time over in Iceland, and we plan on going back! Check out what it’s like to ride in Russia, too!

One sled we rode while overseas was a crossover 2015 Lynx Boondocker 3700. Disclaimer: This model is NOT SOLD in the U.S. or Canada. A BRP product, the Lynx is available only in Europe, and the product lines are kept strictly separate.

Naturally, we thought most of the Ski-Doo sleds that we get to ride on a steady basis would be similar to this sled. Well, yes and no! This roughly 146-inch long (3705mm) machine was different from other BRP crossovers we’ve ridden. There were commalities of parts and certain similarities to crossovers here in North America, but there were differences too. We rode this Lynx Boondocker sled side-by-side with a Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS 137 and a Ski-Doo Backcountry X 137.
2015 Lynx Boondocker 3700 snowmobile Iceland BRP A-arm front end suspension
2015 Lynx Boondocker 3700 snowmobile Iceland BRP LinQ accessories
So what is different? The A-LFS+ A-arm front end suspension (left) has adjustable KYB shocks, as does the PPS2 rear suspension. Along with the A-Force frame, these are the big differences. All the LINQ accessories like the gas can and storage bags can be used too.
What’s the same, what’s not
The similarities between the Lynx Boondocker and something like a Ski-Doo Renegade include big-ticket pieces like the 800R E-TEC engine. Now remember that this was a 2015 model Lynx, alongside a 2015 Ski-Doo Backcountry and 2016 Ski-Doo X-RS, so the new 850 engine was not available yet. A TRA drive and QRS secondary make up the Lynx transmission. The handlebars, mountain grab bar and control clusters (including push-button start and RER reverse) were also like Ski-Doo’s Backcountry.

The LinQ accessory system was on the Lynx as well. Further, the Boondocker 3700 had the flat-angle gauge like Ski-Doo’s mountain sleds. The track length was similar to Ski-Doo’s Renegade 146, but the Boondocker has much bigger 2.5-inch lugs and a 16-inch-wide PowderMax FlexEdge track. Like the Ski-Doo Freeride sleds, the Lynx Boondocker has a quick-disconnect sway bar. This was standard, and it is a favorite feature that BRP uses.

However, that is where much of the similarities end. The Camoplast FlexEdge track on the Lynx had that huge lug, and for a being a sled with a shorter total length, it was really fun! Folks on this side of the pond can only get that bigger lug size in the Ski-Doo Summit mountain sleds. In addition, the Lynx had Blade DS skis on it. I had never tried these, but the deep single-keel ski worked well in the varying conditions we had. These also have “grips” on the very outside of the top of the ski, which help with boot grip when standing on them to get a sled turned over or unstuck. The current Pilot DS 2 and DS 3 skis on the Ski-Doo Summits also have grips, but on the very tops of the ribs of the skis.

The two biggest differences between the Ski-Doo Renegade sleds and this Lynx were the REX2 chassis design and the PPS2 rear suspension on the Lynx. The REX2 is a pyramidal design, but the A-Force frame seemed beefier than the REV XS chassis. Same goes for the PPS2 rear suspension with KYB adjustable clicker shocks; these were made for rough landings and brutal punishment. No trails in Iceland! The Lynx’s A-LFS+ front suspension with KYB adjustable compression and rebound shocks also has an adjustable stance of roughly 38.4 inches to 40.1 inches, similar to the Ski-Doo Renegade Backcountry.
snowmobile Iceland snow
Riding impressions
The main positive is that this Lynx sled was extremely versatile. It is aimed almost solely at off-trail riding, but it does well in the widely varying conditions that you get in places like Iceland, Greenland or Finland. These places tend to have a bit flatter terrain than say the Rocky Mountains in Colorado or British Columbia. But they still get lots of snow, and often they see more “setup,” or firm snow. Also, personal riding styles differ widely in Scandinavia and other places where you might find a Lynx like this. In my experience, many Europeans can be more aggressive riders, but often less accustomed to technical sidehills (like the “Rasmussen or Tony Jenkins style” Ski-Doo mountain riders). This riding style may have took off internationally after it did in the U.S., but that’s a “chicken or the egg” discussion for you to have with your Scandinavian friends sometime!

Personally, I enjoyed the front end in the wide stance, and it was extremely stable with the sway bar attached, so you could hit any jumps, cornices or drifts you wanted and still stay flat. Once we disconnected that bar, we really had to “drive with the track,” because the big 2.5-inch lugs dig in and have lots of grip, even in a shorter 146-inch length. In the hard setup snow, there was also A LOT of track/driver noise with such a tall lug turning around in the tunnel.

It was AMAZING what this sled would climb even though we were at fairly low elevation (mostly less than 5,000 feet). What was most impressive was the difficult sidehills you could ride at slow speed, especially when climbing in soft afternoon snow. That is probably where this sled shines the most, but be careful, because changing conditions and steeps can cause it to trench sometimes due to the shorter track. You can’t get too comfortable with it, and relying on being able to quickly build track speed to get you out of hairy situations doesn’t always work.  

Subtle differences in styling – the LED lights on the cowl, a wider-looking front, a sportier seat and perfectly calibrated shocks for the type of riding we did in Iceland – all helped make my overall impression positive. Of course, this sled did feel heavier than the Renegade X-RS we were riding alongside it. But, like anything else, you often get used to it.

Finally, the spec sheet calls for 95 octane for the Boondocker 3700 … Wish we could get that here!
+ Pros
Fun to ride, tough and durable feel, extremely capable off trail, ample storage, versatile, European styling looks good.

- Cons
Sometimes hooks and high-sides on certain sidehills, not THE BEST trail or mtn. sled, feels heavier than a Renegade sled.
Engine: 800R E-TEC DI, liquid twin 2-stroke HP: 158.3* Exhaust: Single tuned pipe, baffle muffler Drive: TRA VII primary, QRS secondary Ski Stance: 38.4 or 40.1 in. Front Susp.: A-LFS+ Dual A-arms w/ KYB adj. shocks Rear Susp.: PPS2-3700 w/ KYB adj. center and rear shock Track: 16x146x2.5 in. PowderMax FlexEdge Fuel Tank: 10.04 gal. Rec. Fuel: 95 octane Dry Weight: NA Price: Request from a dealer in Europe if you have the means to own a cabin overseas! Not available In US or CA.
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