• Extremely smooth, powerful
• Comfortable suspension
• Lots of performance for the price
• Range selector action should be
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There’s storage space under the removable
braking to all four wheels for more
control. The Sportsman’s impressively
powerful brakes can slow things down
even more. A single lever operates the
brakes, which makes braking simpler,
but it can’t offer the precise control
separate front and rear brake controls
allow. The brake pedal activates the
rear brakes only.
HOW IS IT FOR WATER AND MUD?
Other than purpose-built mud
mobiles like Polaris’ High Lifter models
and Can-Am’s X mr’s, it’s one of the
most effective 4x4s for mud bogs and
deep crossings. Running out of ground
clearance means going nowhere,
and the Sportsman has 11. 5 inches,
more than most normal 4x4s. Power
is a must in mud, and the 850 has
plenty. The 4WD system finds traction
efficiently, with no need to manually
switch to front differential-lock mode.
Polaris’ front differential-lock system
doesn’t have a speed limiter like some
systems, which helps when you need
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
There are a lot to like. The Sportsman
850 SP’s painted bodywork, cast-aluminum wheels and power steering
give the machine a high-end look and
feel. There’s storage under the front
rack and a good-size storage box back
by the taillight. The Sportsman’s lights
are very good, and the third handlebar-mounted light is handy.
The 850’s slim, comfortable
midsection; smooth engine; and sweet-sounding, dual-outlet muffler make
riding this machine a pleasure.
That’s not to say we wouldn’t change
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
a thing. The range selector could
operate more smoothly, and reverse
engages more roughly than we’d like.
The seat is comfortable, but softer,
deeper padding would be better.
The Polaris Sportsman 850 SP has
the massive power that makes really
big-bore 4x4s such a rush to ride, and
all that reserve power is completely
practical when you have big towing
or plowing jobs to do. Best of all,
it’s priced like 700s and 750s, which
makes it one of the most sensible big-bore 4x4s available. ❏