UTV TEST: POLARIS RZR TRAIL S 1000 ULTIMATE WITH ADVENTURER COLLECTION

We’re now RZR “snobs” By the staff of Dirt Wheels

The RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate is the top of the line in Polaris’s Trail segment and lives up to its name. Ultimate features. Ultimate ride. Ultimate fun.

There have been volumes of articles written about the Polaris RZR in all its various forms since it was first introduced in 2007 (for model year 2008), and for good reason. RZRs flat out work. They rail on the sand, fly through whoops and master just about anything you can throw at it. When it was first introduced, the RZR set the standard for the Sport class. Yes, there have been some hiccups along the way to present day, but this UTV continues to be a force in the Sport class.

We recently got our hands on a RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate, the top-of-the-line model in Polaris’ Trail lineup. We’ve dialed up plenty of miles on this model, which comes with seemingly all the bells and whistles. Oh, and our Trail S 1000 Ultimate comes equipped with Polaris’s exclusive Adventurer Collection. When we say almost all the bells and whistles, that’s exactly what we mean. We’re talking a roof, front glass windshield (with wiper kit), full doors and upper doors, heater, winch and more.

After spending so much time in the Trail S 1000 Ultimate with the Adventurer Collection, we’ve kind of become, well, RZR snobs. Seriously, there are so many creature comforts that it’s hard to imagine not having those features when you ride every time. When you can ride wearing a light jacket when the outside temperature is 15 degrees Fahrenheit and you’re nice and toasty in the cab, well, that’s a mighty big creature comfort. The average temperature during our late winter and early spring rides was a balmy 25–30 degrees.

But, there’s more to this RZR (and its Adventurer Collection) than just being toasty. How much more? We’ll lay it out in four standout areas.

We spent time and miles in the RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate in snowy and cold conditions, and the Adventurer Collection heater kept us warm despite the sub-freezing temperatures.

POWER

Polaris’ RZRs have become synonymous with high-end power, and the Trail S 1000 Ultimate is no exception. With a claimed 100 horsepower, this 1000 endured our attempts to traverse snow-covered trails; paths littered with rocks, ravines, logs and ice; water crossings; and high-speed jaunts on dry and muddy trails.

The claimed 100 horsepower is 25 more than the Can-Am Trail 1000’s claimed 75 horsepower. We’ll admit we think the Can-Am Trail is a little quicker on the bottom end, but the RZR Trail S does build power fairly quickly and is especially strong in the midrange when it has a chance to stretch its legs. Keep in mind the extra weight the Trail S Ultimate is carrying with the Adventurer Collection. A roof, upper doors, winch, glass windshield, etc., do add weight to this RZR, and that would affect its off-the-line snappiness. But, we also think this vehicle “carries” its weight well.

It’s not like the Trail S 1000 Ultimate is a dog off the line. It goes, but the power builds rather than wanting to pull your arms out of their sockets on takeoff. The power delivery and amount available throughout the powerband is well-suited to this model, which is at home in the mountains, high desert and woods.

Ride Command is such a cool feature! It includes GPS, ride tracking, rear camera, vehicle information and numerous other features. You can use the touchscreen with your gloves on.
This bank of toggle switches controls the many features offered in this RZR. Below, the toggle switches are the heater controls. The wiper and washer are worth their weight in gold.
The Adventurer Collection’s all-terrain Trailmasters on beadlocks replace the stock tires on the Trail S 1000 Ultimate. They worked in lots of different conditions, especially snow and mud.

PERFORMANCE

This is different than “power.” We’re using this standout area to talk about the ride and how the vehicle handles itself in all the different riding conditions we experienced. Here are four sub-category standouts. 

Suspension: There is really nothing to complain about the ride, with Fox 2.0 Podium X shocks with external reservoirs and 24-position adjuster positions ready to soak up anything and everything. You can fine-tune the ride for any conditions you might encounter. And, the ease of tuning makes it so that even the new owner or novice driver can find the right settings if they are patient enough.

Spaced just right: We didn’t experience any pitching forward or backward with the 79-inch wheelbase on the Trail S 1000 Ultimate. The vehicle stays planted, and that gives the driver confidence in most any difficult riding conditions because you know how the vehicle is going to react. Of course, the suspension inspires that confidence. We’re big fans of 60-inch-wide vehicles, which is a near ideal width for a variety of riding conditions except the tightest of trails, including 50-inch width-restricted trails. The Trail S has a wide enough footprint front to back and side to side to tackle high-speed runs in the desert, as well as more leisurely rides in the mountains.

Polaris RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate with Adventurer Collection. If the weather is not arctic, simply unzip and roll down the windows to get air in the car. Plus, turn the heater off!

Engine Braking System (EBS): You don’t realize how much you appreciate engine braking until you’re riding in a non-EBS vehicle down a steep descent, and it gains too much speed for your liking. EBS is much appreciated and is another confidence-inspiring feature.

Tires: The stock 27-inch Trailmaster tires worked well in all the terrain we rode on for hundreds of miles. That includes helping us claw out of some sketchy snow predicaments. We drove onto snow-covered trails that were a little too deep. We sailed right through some muddy holes as well and never slipped a bit.

This photo of an open Trail S shows the comfortable interior better than one with the Adventurer Collection’s closed cabin. This is a compact machine but has room for large drivers.

PIZZAZZ

We could write an entire story just on the ultra-sweet features of the Ultimate and the Adventurer Collection on our Trail S 1000. The Ultimate comes stock with full doors, electronic power steering (seriously, why would you own a vehicle without EPS), Ride Command (this system is the bomb), a poly roof, rear camera, adjustable tilt steering and a Rockford Fosgate Stage 1 audio system. Our top-three favorite features would be Ride Command, the roof and full doors. The roof and full doors kept our cab relatively clean when we splashed through mud.

As for Ride Command, what’s not to like? There is a 7-inch glove-touch display, digital instrumentation, built-in GPS, topographic mapping, ride tracking, Bluetooth & USB smartphone connectivity, AM/FM stereo and more. It’s user-friendly and literally so much fun to use. It is easy to read even when bouncing down a rough trail. There are also dual gauges on the dash, which also offer plenty of ride information. It might seem a little redundant to have the gauges and Ride Command since they both offer some of the same information, but the gauges are handy when Ride Command is in GPS mode.

The Adventurer Collection is more than icing on the cake that is the Trail S 1000 Ultimate. There’s a full vented-glass windshield with a wiper and washer kit, rear panel (that definitely keeps the dust out), canvas upper doors with zip-down windows, heater kit (that works amazingly well), a light bar, heavy-duty front bumper and winch.

Sometimes a cab system develops chattering noises after time, but there are very few on our vehicle. That’s impressive, because it has more than a thousand miles on it, and we know it’s been through the wringer. The cab keeps the inside of the vehicle relatively dust-free.

Who knew a windshield wiper would be so handy? We used the wiper (and plenty of washer fluid) quite a bit on one particularly muddy spring ride.

The Ultimate package comes with a front bumper and winch. The lights behind the bumper on either side of the radiator are a subtle feature that ramps up the looks of the RZR Trail.

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

You might hear crickets if you’re waiting for our list of disappointments on this vehicle. That list is sparse. There are only a couple of things that come close to being annoying.

First, while the cab is solid and tight, it’s not airtight. Thank heavens it’s not, though, or it would get stuffy inside. If there is a fierce wind blowing outside, you can feel it come in the cab through little gaps at the roll cage or along the edge of the doors. While breezy conditions are noticeable, the heater keeps the cab toasty. When the weather warmed, we unzipped the windows and got some fresh air.

Speaking of zippers, that comes in at number two. This is not a Polaris-only problem. It’s a zipper problem. The vinyl upper portion of the doors use heavy-duty zippers to open and close the windows. When it’s particularly dusty or muddy, it makes it difficult to zip and unzip. It’s an easy fix when you’re close to a hose and sprayer. We found that after we washed our vehicle the zippers had no trouble opening and closing. It’s tough to wash them out in the backcountry or in the desert.

Are we overlooking other flaws this RZR might have? Perhaps. But, it’s hard to notice potential problems when you’re having so much fun.

We took advantage of the frozen Little Lost River to cross so we could spend some time in our RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate on the west side of the river.

CONCLUSION

The bottom line is that this RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate does what it’s paid to do, or rather what you paid for it to do. The Adventurer Collection simply amps up an already stout and fun-loving (and fun-creating) sport UTV. But, don’t think the Adventurer Collection, even with its heater feature, is a cold-weather-only package. You can enjoy the whole package when the temperatures rise.

The Trail S 1000 Ultimate is a RZR with all the bling and, in this case, ours had the Adventurer Collection (not in this photo) accessories that add to the vehicle’s ride, comfort and looks.

POLARIS RZR TRAIL S 1000 ULTIMATE

Engine 4-stroke DOHC twin cylinder

Displacement 999cc

Drive system High performance true on-demand AWD/2WD

Engine braking system (EBS) Yes

Fuel system Electronic fuel injection

Horsepower 100

Transmission Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H

Box capacity 300 lb.

Dry weight 1,360 lb.

Fuel capacity 9.5 gal.

Ground clearance 12.5”

Tow rating 1,500 lb.

Overall size (L/W/H) 110.9/60/69.3”

Wheelbase 79 “

Brakes 4-wheel hydraulic disc w/dual-bore front and rear calipers

Tires:

Front 27×9-12; Trailmaster A/T

Rear 27×11-12; Trailmaster A/T

Suspension/travel:

Front Dual A-Arm w/ stabilizer bar and Fox 2.0 Podium X shocks w/24-position adjusters/12.25”

Rear Dual A-Arm w/ stabilizer bar and Fox 2.0 Podium X shocks w/ 24-position adjusters/13.2”

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