Joined: Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:42 am Posts: 2387 Location: California
it's a little tough at first but I'm having tons of fun! ITS the BOMB!
MtnR said it right. The first few months are a lot of work. Obviously, baby's need much attention. During the first few months I felt really guilty leaving the mrs. while I was doing "fun" stuff. Not near as much guilt anymore. Not to mention how much fun I have with my kids while I'm not doing me selfish hobbies. I'm really looking forward to doing my hobbies, snowboarding being one of many, with my girls. Good luck, man. Your life will never be the same.
mtnrider-go with the "summit" if it is an option. That machine will be nothin' but love. You may not be using your sled to highmark, but you will want the power for powder and cruising up steep hills. I have never highmarked with my machine, but I have gone up a few crazy steep trails where I wished I had the power of a Summit. They are gat!
Thanks for the baby advice too. I am stoked.
you're right about that..
I'll give props to the Polaris 900 RMK as well. Mine has been pretty much nothin but love... I opted for the 159 instead of the 166 which I do not regret and lightened it up a bit with an after market pipe and airbox but it didn't suck before hand... although I mainly use mine for splitting it's hard to resist the occasional highmark when scouting out new areas... somethin about climbin 1000' in seconds...
I have a 2003 polaris RMK 800 w/ 151 inch track and my buddies have the following;
2004 Summit Rev 800 w/ 151 (16inch wide) track
2001 Summit (not Rev) w/ 151
2005 RMK 900 w/ 159
They all have the capability to get you far into the backcountry and while the RMK 900 pretty much climbs the best your definitely going to pay more for it. They all climb really well and get us to some cool terrain. IMHO the most economical way to get into it is just get a couple year old RMK or Summit w/ low miles and not a lot of mods (mods depending on what they are can reduce reliability). You will save thousands by NOT buying the latest and greatest although the new chasis (REV and IQ) are really nice. Buying from a private party is also the way to go, look the sled over good before buying though.
My requirements were the following;
151 inch track
I think I'll be heading up to Bozeman soon to pick up a Summit 151"...pretty good deal. $500 under list. There will also be a Summit 144" next to it.
Keep your eyes peeled for a post, if I can squeeze it in you know I'm traveling w/ my splittin' gear.
Track length? I'm 5'7", about 160 and my uncle is about the same a little lighter but he's 63. The guy said a 144" track would be better for him to ride and not get as fatigued throughout the day. I don't see him using his as much as myself but that hopefully will mean I can take both. hmmm...
sorry for drifting this thread bcrider...should I move it?