Snow track all-terrain vehicles are gaining popularity with many riders, for a number of different reasons. In this article, I’d like to share some of the reasons they are so popular, the companies that make them, and give you some information about them you might want to consider before you check out of the types for sale. These make a lot of sense for many of us, so be sure to consider them carefully.
Why Snow Track ATV’s are Better
An all-terrain vehicle should be just that – all-terrain. With a standard four wheeler, even with four wheel drive and aggressive tires, you simply cannot get through much snow; the clearance just isn’t there. Considering most four wheelers have well under a foot of clearance, there’s only so much you can go through before you get frame-stuck.
Snow tracks allow the rider to stay on top of the snow, similar to a snowmobile and using a similar philosophy to snow shoes. They allow a back woods rider and lake riders to go in places they normally couldn’t go.
The tracks work well in marshy areas, on the snow, and through muddy, nasty terrain. This makes them a good choice for most people that like to ride on places other than groomed trails.
What About Snowmobiles?
Many of us living in the north love to ride all year long and look forward to the changing of the season and the different types of vehicle we can ride. Unfortunately, the last several years haven’t been very good for snowmobiles.
In my particular Wisconsin county, during the winter of 2011-2012, the county snow trails were open a grand total of 10 days. A lack of snow has made the purchase of our $12,000 snowmobiles seem like a complete and total waste of money. Four wheelers users, by contrast, spend a little less on their machines and get much more use out of them, especially if they are able to add snow tracks and ride the trails with them during the few winter days they are open.
Before the snowmobile enthusiasts look to condemn me for my words, keep in mind, I’m not suggesting you replace your snowmobiles with snow track four wheelers, I’m simply suggesting them as a more economical and practical method to ride all year. I realize the type of riding with both can be very different. For example, you will not get nearly the same level of speed out of an all-terrain vehicle with snow tracks that you will with a snowmobile. It’s not even remotely close.
How Much are Snow Tracks?
You won’t find ‘cheap’ snow tracks for UTV’s and ATV’s for sale. Don’t expect to find them for under 1,000 dollars or anywhere near that price. While they are not ‘cheap’ they are a quality product which can extend the amount of time you can ride. A good starting point, assuming you are looking for quality, is around $3,000 to $4,000, but you can find some bargains out there as you shop around.
Cheap Replacement Snow Tracks for UTV’s and ATV’s
Now, if you are just looking or replacement tracks and already have the entire mechanism, you will have a lot more options, some of which could be under 500 dollars. You’ll have to shop around a little to fin the cheapest deals, but they are out there, if you keep your eyes open. Be sure to shop sites like Amazon and eBay, in addition to UTV dealers, in order to find the best bargains.
I would be cautious and not just buy the cheapest all-terrain vehicle snow tracks for sale. You will quickly find they are not all created equally and the prices are what they are for a reason. That said, so long as you are comparing quality manufacturers, you can do some price shopping for the best bargains out there.
Which ATV Brands Support All-Terrain Snow Tracks?
Virtually every brand of four wheeler can be converted to a snow tack quad. If you own a Honda, Yamaha, Polaris, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, or Can Am, you will be able to find some that will fit. I personally wouldn’t suggest using them on anything under 400cc, but it’s really up to you to decide.
Many of the ones you’ll find for sale out there can be used on multiple models. If you own a Honda Foreman, for example, it might work on a Four Trax or Rubicon. This helps to keep the cost down for consumers, since multiple product lines aren’t necessary.
Should I Buy Them?
This is a personal choice. The following suggestions, however, might help you decide whether or not they are right for you. Take a look and see if these areas are of interest or not when you consider this type of purchase.
Winter Riding: If you would like to ride all year, this is probably a good choice for you to consider. It will turn your seasonal four wheeler into an all year long riding machine. While they aren’t overly cheap to get started, once you have the setup, you only need to replace the tracks, which are not nearly as expensive.
Nasty Terrain: If you’re like me, you like to blaze your own trail through the woods, the slop, and the nastiest areas, which you probably really shouldn’t even attempt to ride on. If this is your idea of fun, they are probably right for you.
Mountain Riding: I don’t mountain ride; the closest thing we have in Wisconsin is the Blue Hills, but they will work very well for anyone that enjoys climbing in the worst conditions. Don’t forget though, to adjust your carb before you go out on high altitude drives, or it won’t go so well for you.
Speed Riding on Groomed Trails: If this is your thing, they probably aren’t your thing. Four wheelers, for the most part, top out near 60 miles per hour. Even the smallest of snowmobiles will perform at speeds higher than this. If speed riding on trails is your thing, snow track all-terrain vehicles might not be right for you.