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Old 01-07-2017, 08:03 PM   #1
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Windshield or hand guards? Both?

Looking at finding a way to keep the hands and helmet from getting alot of wind when running on trails/lakes. I've got my eyes on a 6639-321 windshield to match my decals on my '15 XF8000CC.

Anyone have thoughts on the height of the mid windshields? Help with wind on hands/helmet? Look good or goofy?

I was originally just going to get handguards, but I am now leaning towards a windshield. My handlebars aren't completely vertical, so I was thinking handguards would be good too, as long as they don't interfere.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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I would get both. Get a taller shield that will work for you and get the hand guards as well. That is what I just did in my machine. I hear you on getting a windshield that would take away from the looks of the machine. Looks IS important, but, I'll also say that I have the attitude of who cares as long as it works to help you be more comfortable on the machine.
I had mirrors on my ZR6000 limited and I quickly realized that I would block the mirrors if I put the hand guards on it. With my new machine, I've decided to skip the windshield mirrors so I can put the hand guards on it and then just get a wrist mirror.
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Got these on my cat. They work great and they don't interfere with the low windshield but not sure with a mid. I heard the mid windshield didn't help with wind in you're face.
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you can ditch the puny "only for show" windshields those do nothing, I have a Crosstour windshield and mirrors. I think you can get mirrors for the LXR's now, back when I got mine you couldn't. By the best gloves you can save up for, I have three pair in various thicknesses, Short pro cats for moderatly warm (+20F) temps, then warmer (down to zero) gauntlets. And a really good pair (200gram backs) Handgards are your option but when it gets to 10 below I put my gauntlets on.
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you can ditch the puny "only for show" windshields those do nothing, I have a Crosstour windshield and mirrors. I think you can get mirrors for the LXR's now, back when I got mine you couldn't. By the best gloves you can save up for, I have three pair in various thicknesses, Short pro cats for moderatly warm (+20F) temps, then warmer (down to zero) gauntlets. And a really good pair (200gram backs) Handgards are your option but when it gets to 10 below I put my gauntlets on.
I'm finding that my hands really don't get cold, but I haven't been out in -20 to -30f this year yet. I just think it'll help in general for the handguards as I have them on my 1100xf with low windshield. I have a pair of Arctic hjc gloves that match my Arctic cat orange jacket nicely.

Do you feel a significant change in wind with the crosstour/mid windshield over the low? My guess is yes, but I'm used to my 2000 z440 windshield where you basically sit so low you don't feel any wind.


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I would get both. Get a taller shield that will work for you and get the hand guards as well. That is what I just did in my machine. I hear you on getting a windshield that would take away from the looks of the machine. Looks IS important, but, I'll also say that I have the attitude of who cares as long as it works to help you be more comfortable on the machine.
I had mirrors on my ZR6000 limited and I quickly realized that I would block the mirrors if I put the hand guards on it. With my new machine, I've decided to skip the windshield mirrors so I can put the hand guards on it and then just get a wrist mirror.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
I'm thinking I would get both. I realize looks isn't everything. I love the sleek look of the low windshield but I don't mind changing it as long as there is a noticable difference.. it sounds like there is though?

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I'm thinking I would get both. I realize looks isn't everything. I love the sleek look of the low windshield but I don't mind changing it as long as there is a noticable difference.. it sounds like there is though?

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We are thinking exactly the same thing. I like the sleek racy look of a small windshield, but I also don't like freezing my tail off. First thing I did was order a much taller windshield for my ZR7000 limited and installed the hand guards to keep the hands warm.

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I'm finding that my hands really don't get cold, but I haven't been out in -20 to -30f this year yet. I just think it'll help in general for the handguards as I have them on my 1100xf with low windshield. I have a pair of Arctic hjc gloves that match my Arctic cat orange jacket nicely.

Do you feel a significant change in wind with the crosstour/mid windshield over the low? My guess is yes, but I'm used to my 2000 z440 windshield where you basically sit so low you don't feel any wind.
I don't buy things so they "Match good" or look cool, I buy things because they work . You can get your HJC gloves that "match my Arctic cat orange jacket nicely" and thats all well and good but what would you feel like looking good and matching your Arctic Cat Jacket, when your getting frostbite or freezing to death. Not so much huh? My Klim gloves are red and orange, they are a far cry from the Cat green and black heavy jacket or my Drift White and Green half jacket. Look at the specs, pay attention to the grams of insulation, not the color match, might save you a finger or two. If you haven't been out in -20 to -30 degree weather prepare yourself just in case a front comes through while your out. On a sled trip getting caught in a front without enough warm clothes can ruin your day.

Now the Crosstour windshield I specifically bought for the mirror mounts. Back in 2015 that was the only one you could get with mounts for the big mirrors, now you can get them for the LXR windsheild. The windshield is perfect, nice blocking the wind. When it gets around -10F I put gauntlets on. It's a lot warmer than my friends DOO. I'd never use a short windshield but I'm always out when it's below zero.
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i struggled with cold hands for last couple years...finally sucked up and bought the rox speed fx flextec hand guards and im happy no issues now
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I don't buy things so they "Match good" or look cool, I buy things because they work . You can get your HJC gloves that "match my Arctic cat orange jacket nicely" and thats all well and good but what would you feel like looking good and matching your Arctic Cat Jacket, when your getting frostbite or freezing to death. Not so much huh? My Klim gloves are red and orange, they are a far cry from the Cat green and black heavy jacket or my Drift White and Green half jacket. Look at the specs, pay attention to the grams of insulation, not the color match, might save you a finger or two. If you haven't been out in -20 to -30 degree weather prepare yourself just in case a front comes through while your out. On a sled trip getting caught in a front without enough warm clothes can ruin your day.

Now the Crosstour windshield I specifically bought for the mirror mounts. Back in 2015 that was the only one you could get with mounts for the big mirrors, now you can get them for the LXR windsheild. The windshield is perfect, nice blocking the wind. When it gets around -10F I put gauntlets on. It's a lot warmer than my friends DOO. I'd never use a short windshield but I'm always out when it's below zero.
Woah man, don't get your feathers ruffled there. I think you took what I said a little too to heart. Just because I like things to match, doesn't mean I overlook function. If you want to look like a snowmobile poster boy for the gay pride community when you ride, then by all means go for it. You won't have any issues from me, I'll cheer you on.

Like I mentioned above, my gloves aren't a concern for me. I've gone in plenty of 20-30 below temperatures in the past winters to know how to prepare for them, I just haven't *this year* on *this machine* yet, hence the questions about windshields handguards, just to see if one helps more over the other, or if both are a good choice for these chassis.

If it makes you feel any better, I'm usually the guy of group that carries plenty of backup gear, gloves, hand and feet warmers, survival gear, extra tools, tow ropes, and hell, even toiletries (for those who don't want to find cedar leaves and snow) on a long run, within my saddlebags.

And you'll be happy to know, I still have all of my digits!

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