Turing the machine on land is smooth
but a bit difficult if you think of the
Quadski as an ATV. It can powerslide
easily with the torque of the motor.
Gear shifting is easy with a single
push-button shifter on the handlebar.
When you use the one-handed lever
brake, the Quadski automatically shifts
down in gears to keep you in the right
The transmission in the Quadski is
unique. You can manually change
gears, without a clutch, up and down,
but when you utilize the single brake
lever, the transmission shifts down
gears automatically so you will
be in the right power range again
when you pull in the lever-operat-ed throttle. While shifting gears with
the push-button changer is easy, the
steering is tight and takes a bit more
strength to turn the bars than most
ATVs. The four-wheel hydraulic disc
brakes do a decent job at stopping
the heavy amphibian, but once in the
water, they have no purpose.
The Gibbs Quadski is mainly a jet
ski in our opinion. It handles the best
on water. Once you pilot this machine
from land into the water, you can
retract the wheels within 5 seconds.
Once the water sensor located in the
rear of the Quadski senses that it is
submerged far enough, then you can
fold the wheels up and rip through
smooth and rough waters easily. The
machine handles well in turns and
has a lot of torque in the water with a
specially designed propeller system.
It comes with reverse as well, but it’s
mainly used to reverse in a circular
direction than straight back.
The Quadski also comes in an XL
model with 140.2 inches of length,
which has room for a passenger to
ride with you. A two-seater Polaris
Sportsman Touring 1000 weighs in
at 886 pounds, which is 400 pounds
lighter than the Quadski. It also has
4x4 capabilities, which we feel the
amphibian could greatly benefit by.
The dimensions are also smaller on
the Sportsman at 86. 5 inches long
by 47. 6 inches wide by 58. 25 inches
tall, while the Quadski is 128.3 inches
long by 62. 5 inches wide by 53. 5 inch-
es tall. When tight or rough terrain is
involved, a big 4x4 ATV is a better
option, but it does not have the ability