HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
The Polaris RZR 170 is $4299, while
the new Pitster Pro Double X 150 rings
in at $3299—a full thousand dollars, or
nearly 25 percent less, than the Polaris.
Price alone could easily be the deciding factor for many parents trying to get
their kids into a youth UTV. And looking at the nearly identical machines, it
leaves you wondering where the extra
1000 bucks is hiding.
WHO HAS THE BETTER FIT AND FINISH?
The Polaris seems to be put together
slightly better than the Pitster Pro. Both
machines have great-looking bodywork, seats and cage, but the Polaris
was definitely set up a little better at
the factory. The Pitster Pro revealed a
few flaws in our first few days of testing, with the first issue being the front
wheels. The machine came delivered
with 30-plus psi in the tires, so we
quickly lowered them to a more normal
operating pressure. With reasonable
air pressure, the left front tire quickly
unbeaded itself under the first side load.
When we tried to bead it back up, it
was obvious that the inner bead on the
wheel was almost nonexistent. After
an entire tube of silicone, we gave in
and installed an inner tube. The chain-tensioner bolt also needed an adjustment to function correctly. Except for
these two issues, however, the Double
X appears to be pretty solid.
WHICH ONE HAS THE BETTER
The Pitster Pro owns the market
when it comes to cargo-hauling capacity, as the Double X comes with a full-size, functioning utility bed, complete
with multiple tie-down hooks. There’s
plenty of room for a small cooler and
even supplies for an overnight trip. The
Polaris, on the other hand, misses the
boat, skipping the bed and offering only
a small basket for supplies.
WHICH IS FASTER?
The Polaris RZR 170 is the faster
of the two little UTVs. In stock form,
the 170 will pull the Pitster out of the
hole and then top out at about the
same 35-mph speed. With the Polaris
big-wheel kit installed, the RZR 170 is
pretty even with the Pitster off the bottom, and it will pull away from the 150
as it gets up to top speed. While the
Polaris proved to be a little faster, both
machines were fast enough keep our
test drivers smiling—yet not too fast for
WHAT ABOUT THE HANDLING?
Both machines seem to have decent
handling characteristics, but the overall
ride on the Polaris is smoother than
on the Pitster. At speed, none of our
testers had problems getting the mini
UTVs around our course. The stiffer
Double X 150 was a little less apt to
get traction in choppy terrain, but it still
managed get our kids everywhere they
wanted to go. At slower speeds, the X
150 is a handful for kids to steer with
the wide-offset front wheels.
WHICH ONE HAS BETTER SUSPENSION?
The Pitster Pro Double X 150 and
Polaris RZR 170 share pretty much the
same chassis, with the main difference
being the Pitster’s dual A-arm front sus-
Polaris unleashed the RZR 170 for the 12-and-over enthusiast in 2009, and Pitster Pro
answers this with the Double X 150, which has more features for less money, but does it
excite like the RZR?
In corners, the RZR 170 will turn underneath
the Double X 150 every time, even with the
big-wheel kit installed, as the Pitster has a
too-stiff front end. They have identical wheelbase and ground clearance, as they’re manufactured by the same factory.
Both have a GY6 engine and automatic CVT with reverse and a 22mm carburetor, but the
Polaris has a 20cc advantage over the Pitster (shown), and it’s faster on the trail.