The 2016 Polaris 800 Switchback Pro-X is still a ditchbanger’s delight, albeit a slightly more consumer-friendly version when compared to its 2015 debut.
However, consumers won’t notice a difference in engine performance, and that’s a good thing. The 800 H.O. from Polaris is still snappy and fun as ever. The shock calibration is where many will find a difference compared to last season. The Walker Evans shocks are setup just a little softer, and create a much more compliant ride in a wider range of terrain. A good move from Polaris, but still not the pure trail sled the sibling Pro-S Switchback has proven to be.
Don’t take that to mean this sled can’t handle what it is supposed to: the rough and tumble. With the 2.5-inch higher ride height and increase in suspension travel, there’s lots of capability to tame moguls and big road approach jumps. The higher ride height is nice for off-trail riding, but hinders a bit in tight trail situations. There is still more roll compared to the S models, but that is all part of the deal.
- Softened up suspension should suit more riders.
- Higher seating position is not always the best in the trails, but nice off-trail.
- You will be carrying a backpack with this sled unless you purchase additional storage accessories. Stock storage is next to none, but fortunately we had several "lock and ride" storage options on ours because we had the rack installed.
You’ll find a full review of the 2016 Polaris 800 Switchback Pro-X in an upcoming issue of American Snowmobiler magazine, including Real World stats like gas mileage, top speed and other riding impressions. Subscribe online today!
-Ross Halvorson, Senior Editor