I HAVE SPENT MORE time in the woods this year than at any point in recent memory. It has truly been a year of exploration in the forests of my home state of Texas and beyond. This is because of a couple of projects I am working on. One involves turkeys, and the other involves hogs.
A vital part of this exploration has been the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Back Country Edition. I have had the opportunity to test one out, and it has made these pursuits vastly easier and more enjoyable.
Not all ATVs are smooth riding, but I found this one to be as smooth as possible and surprisingly good on gas. Some of the hilly terrain where I have been tends to eat up fuel pretty quickly, but with this unit that has not been an issue. With an 11.5-gallon fuel tank, there is plenty of get up and go here.
For the kind of habitat I was in, clearance is a huge issue. The Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Back Country Edition has a class leading 13 inches of ground clearance that is maximized with arched A-arms to devour unforgiving terrain.
In addition, it has high-mount air intakes to ensure clean air reaches the engine and clutches when navigating water crossings or wet terrain.
These traits alone make this a worthy acquisition for someone in need of an ATV for hunting.
I was impressed that the 82 horsepower ProStar 1000 engine is paired with a reduced gear ratio transmission that includes a geared reverse for increased durability and strength. That is crucial when you find yourself in a mudhole in the marsh for example.
Towing ability is another plus for this unit.
I found myself having to move thousands of pounds of storm-damaged goods on my property. I hooked up a trailer, and it made my life much easier. The payload for the XP 1000 itself is 1,500 pounds, which is more than adequate even if you’re carrying back a few big wild boars from the woods.
Hunters who navigate remote forests know that fallen trees often block access to trails and roadways. The XP 1000 comes with a Polaris Pro 4,500-pound HD winch mounted to the industry’s largest stock front bumper. That gives you the ability to pull with confidence.
I’m not a mechanic or a deeply knowledgeable auto tech guy, but I am a hunter who knows what he needs to confidently get into country that most people avoid.
The Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Back Country Edition does that and more. I highly recommend it for those in the market for an ATV.
Several different limited editions are available that are designed to suit the specific needs of outdoor lovers.
For more information go to ranger.polaris.com.