How Ski Doo LinQ Delivers Most Secure Storage On The Snow…
There’s nothing like the Ski Doo LinQ System for carrying your necessities and extra gear on your snowmobile tour or snowmobile vacation. And LinQ has been such a success that we’re bound to see this cargo system expand across the entire BRP line up of recreational vehicles sooner than later. First clue: new LinQ product is being branded with the “LINQ” name, not any particular vehicle brand name as it has been in the past. This is also good news for snowmobilers who own other brands of sleds – now you too can benefit from the LinQ system without waving the Ski Doo flag!
Why We Need Ski Doo LinQ System Bags
Once upon a time, I carried “everything but the kitchen sink” with me while snowmobiling. Like a pack rat, I found and filled every nook and cranny of unused space under my hood with emergency and survival gear, just in case. Then one day along came some Ski Doo engineer or designer, tasked with reducing sled weight and making snowmobiling more riding centric, and presto – no more space under my hood. In fact, on most of today’s snowmobiles, there’s hardly any place for the engine and its components, much less room to actually do anything as simple as changing a spark plug!
So now I need to carry everything on the back, sides or handlebars of my Ski Doo snowmobile. I’ve tried various bags, packs, sacks and carryalls, many of which fitted only precariously and also made me look like a bag lady (or is that gentleman) trundling around with a motorized shopping cart. Then along came the Ski Doo LinQ System…
Ski Doo LinQ System Product Review – How It Works
The Ski Doo LinQ System comprises two main elements for the rear tunnel of your sled. One is a variety of Linq containers and accessories, each with a standardized and sturdy base with a flange on one end and a locking mechanism on the other. Two is the LinQ cargo base kit, brackets that attach on either side of the tunnel, providing both a slot for the base flange and one for the locking mechanism of any Ski Doo LinQ System container. This mechanism is a simple lever that is double secured and protected by a durable rubber fastener. Placing LinQ cargo base brackets on all late-model and current Ski Doo snowmobiles is a no-brainer because they come with pre-drilled factory installation points. By the way, if you ride some other brand than Ski Doo, check out the LinQ System, because it may fit on your sled, too!
Ski Doo LinQ System Product Review – Containers & Accessories
The variety of Ski Doo LinQ System containers started with two premium tunnel bags (one small and one medium), plus a fuel caddy, all with carrying handles on top. Each bag is a semi-rigid design that holds it shape regardless of how much or little is inside. It opens with a two-way zipper built into expandable material fitted inside its rim and is covered by a lid that also buckles shut. Short track sleds will take any one of these; long trackers have space for any combination of two. Since inception, Ski Doo has added side tunnel bags, a larger cargo box, cargo rack and various other bags. LinQ accessories include a rock solid passenger seat, backrest, snowboard/ski rack, stackable fuel caddy and bag, and for 2018, a host of new products for the GEN4 platform. I’ve never used the passenger seat, but riding companions swear it’s the absolute best for quickly turning their touring sleds into family rides for an afternoon or weekend!
Ski Doo LinQ System Product Review – Tested on Tour
I’ve really put the Ski Doo LinQ System through its paces during almost 50,000 kilometres of touring and it’s never let me down. Fastening each component into its brackets is fast and easy; so is taking them off. It’s literally plug and play. And once locked into place, each component stays solidly attached and secure until the locking lever is released. This is accomplished easily, even while wearing a snowmobile glove. No more bungees, straps or cargo nets for me!
I have a couple of observations after using the tunnel bags. One, as I have with every other saddlebag I’ve ever used, I put all contents in a plastic bag first just to make extra certain nothing gets wet during the ride. And two, when a tunnel bag is full, be sure the strap is done up before lifting it by the handle. Otherwise all the weight is carried by the zipper, which is meant to close the bag, not support a load.
Now that I’m riding a 900 ACE engine, I don’t need to carry extra fuel anymore, so my favourite LinQ System configuration is two medium tunnel bags, which carry a surprising amount of gear. But I’m looking forward to trying new LinQ products this season – and to what new LinQ innovations Ski-Doo has up its sleeve in years to come!
The tips and advice in this blog are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.