DO CAMSO 4S1 TRACKS WORK IN DEEP SNOW?
DO CAMSO TRACKS WORK IN DEEP SNOW?
We get that question just about everyday.
CAMSO 4S1 tracks are a great way to give your UTV or ATV WAY more traction and floatation no matter the conditions.
Before I answer the deep snow and tracks questions, lets talk about the specs on the CAMSO UTV 4S1 track systems.
Years ago when the UTV and side by side's started to be come the hot offroad vehicles, CAMSO set out to build a tracks system that worked specifically for UTV's and side by sides.
With how big and heavy side by sides are getting from when they first where introduced (Think Yamaha Rhino to Ranger Crew Cab) we need a track that not only could handle the power and size of a UTV but also a wide enough foot print to allow for proper floatation.
All CAMSO 4S1 Tracks have the exact same measurements:
Width: Front Tracks width is 12.5 inches (318 mm) Rear Track width is 14 inches (356 mm)
Length: Front Track Length is 98.5 inches (2507 mm Rear track length is 116.7 inches (2964 mm)
Lug Height: Front and Rear lug height is 1.125 inches (29mm)
Lets now talk about the surface area that the CAMSO UTV 4S1 tracks have:
Ground Surface: 2520 sq. in
FINALLY DO CAMSO UTV 4S1 TRACKS WORK IN DEEP SNOW?
They do work great in really deep snow. Now there are variables to this as there are all sorts of snow conditions and also it depends on how your snow conditions are like. As a general rule I typically tell people the following:
Light fluffy snow you can go through 3ft of snow if there is a good solid base underneath the snow (packed snow or dirt).
Heavy snow you can go through 2ft of snow. Heavy snow does provide better floatation as the snow density is higher but it also makes it a bit of a challege when it gets deeper.
This question is also depends on what type of side by side you have. The longer and heavier your UTV is the harder it is to go through deep snow.
The smaller wheel base rigs are normally lighter and will give you better floatation in deep snow as your tracks are closer together. A 6 seater full enclosed cab like our CAN-AM Defender Max Limited HD10 doesn't float as well as a Yamaha Rhino 700.
The big rigs like our Defender do well but just not as good as the smaller UTV's with 4S1 tracks.
Below we have some videos that you might want to see that show going through deep snow.
We also have a Honda Pioneer 1000 5 seater with CAMSO 4S1 tracks that we use in our snow grooming business that will plow through 3 feet of light snow while towing our larger SNO-MASTER 72 snow groomer - See below video
CAN YOU GET STUCK WITH THE CAMSO 4S1 TRACKS?
Yes you can.
Most times when you start to get stuck you let off the throttle so you don't dig out and then put it in reverse and back out.
90% of the time this works great and keeps me from getting stuck.
However, I have been in certain conditions where we just sunk...and there was nothing I could do.
We were headed to our cabin for a fun winter weekend and a HUGE storm with really cold air and wind blew in and our road to the cabin and like 7-20 foot drifts that just formed that day. When we hit these drifts with our CAN AM Defender Max limited we just sunk....the snow was so deep and soft that we got high centered.
We had to dig ourselves out with a winch and shovels.
The next day the snow and settled and it was WAY easier to stay on top of the snow.
So can you get stuck with CAMSO 4S1 tracks?
Yes you can so make sure you are prepared but most of the time a simple stop and back out will do and then you can hit the trail again.
Stay safe out there and if you have any questions feel free to reach out.
Common questions - https://snow-machines.com/pages/camso_questions