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I'll give you that, the altitude makes a big difference. However I have a friend whos a guide in Wyoming, the company gives him a new sled every year and he can have whatever he wants. He usually gets a 600 because as he put it "its too easy to get in big trouble with an 800/850" He's been doing it for 30 years so I'd guess he knows what hes talking about. I did go out and ride with him for a weekend and I had an Summit 154 800, with the altitude it didnt feel like it had any more power than my 600 Renegade
i hear that all the time about "getting into trouble" but i think that is a nonsensical statement especially as a qualifier on whether or not to get a larger engine or turbo or whatever. where a rider goes is entirely upon them besides a more powerful engine as long as you have the skill, can open up new riding areas.
i don't trail ride because it bores me to tears so i stick strictly to the mountains. we had some great snow conditions last year and i'm 250 geared up. there were a few times climbing in deep powder at 7k feet with the throttle pinned or close to it was needed on my '22 850 turbo to get to our normal riding areas. highly skeptical that a 600 could have gotten me there or at the least prolly woulda gone thru a belt or two.
 

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epic fail by CAT marketing tossing out a new chassis that wont be available for 2 years and only comes with a little 600. Maybe the new rack system is for carrying around all your tampons on your little 600
Not a fail at all - except for your inaccurate post. If you’re going to talk big, at least have your facts right.
 

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epic fail by CAT marketing tossing out a new chassis that wont be available for 2 years and only comes with a little 600. Maybe the new rack system is for carrying around all your tampons on your little 600
Exactly!
If body style trends change in the next 2 years it could be obsolete before it hits the snow.
This reminds me of their snowbike unveiling a few years ago.
 

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Well since you don't own a cat currently, why are you here again? Kind of a no bash zone but you know that already right?
Yes absolutely the CAT page is a “no bash zone”. You poor cat guys get eaten alive in general forums i almost feel bad but your gluttons for punishment at this point. This will be a nice sled for a girlfriend/wife thats for sure. Men dont ride 600s, women do.
How can anyone who loves a brand be okay with a new chassis having a 600 motor? We ride snowmobiles we all love going fast as hell why couldnt they give us at least the dead reliable 800 they have? I grew up on CATs and want them to come back but this was a swing and a miss.
 

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Yes absolutely the CAT page is a “no bash zone”. You poor cat guys get eaten alive in general forums i almost feel bad but your gluttons for punishment at this point. This will be a nice sled for a girlfriend/wife thats for sure. Men dont ride 600s, women do.
How can anyone who loves a brand be okay with a new chassis having a 600 motor? We ride snowmobiles we all love going fast as hell why couldnt they give us at least the dead reliable 800 they have? I grew up on CATs and want them to come back but this was a swing and a miss.
Have zero interest in anything but a 600. I grew out of that when I turned 45. Ten years ago. Now it is group rides with friends and family. Seen to many get hurt thinking speed is so important. We had 3 fatalities around here last year. One thing in common? Over riding the trails by going to fast.
 

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Have zero interest in anything but a 600. I grew out of that when I turned 45. Ten years ago. Now it is group rides with friends and family. Seen to many get hurt thinking speed is so important. We had 3 fatalities around here last year. One thing in common? Over riding the trails by going to fast.
Thrown in a few drinks for good measure and it's off to the morgue... hopefully they only take themselves out
 

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epic fail by CAT marketing tossing out a new chassis that wont be available for 2 years and only comes with a little 600. Maybe the new rack system is for carrying around all your tampons on your little 600
You aren’t wrong. I tried to buy it and they said no. 600 a year from now at the earliest, bigger engine in 2 years. You can’t buy anything cat now.
 
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