It’s that time of year when driving a UTV can be treacherous when the weather takes a turn for the worst. If you’re a diehard enthusiast like us, that’s not enough to keep you inside, but that doesn’t mean you need to take the bite of the snow or rain on your face. Fortunately, beyond a simple windshield there are still plenty of options to protect you and your passengers when the weather outside is frightful.
While there are hard cab options for most vehicles, we don’t know a lot of riders that are too keen on dropping a few thousand dollars to turn their vehicle into a virtual fortress. Fortunately, many of these options are overkill, and there are plenty of Polaris Ranger soft cab options available.
There are so many variations available on the market, it can be hard to decide how basic or complete an enclosure you should invest in. Your first consideration should be the severity of the weather that you ride in. If you spend most of your time in Summer thunderstorms in Florida, a Summer Cab is your best option. These essentially consist of a vinyl or hard Lexan windshield, a soft fabric top cap and a vinyl rear window. If blizzards are more your daily adventure, a full enclosure with double stitched zippers and a cabin heater are definitely in order.
There are essentially four different components to various enclosures, and several variations on each. These are the front windshield, the top cap, the rear windshield, also sometime referred to as a dust stopper or windscreen, and doors. While anyone who only occasionally rides in adverse weather will probably be satisfied with a vinyl windshield, they are not ideal for high speeds or extended use, and we always recommend a hard Lexan windshield if you plan on having it as a permanent part of the vehicle.
The same goes for rear windscreens, and the necessity for rear visibility should never be ignored when making your purchase. It is easy to purchase a “top cap” or fabric roof as part of a Ranger soft cab, or by itself, but it may be tricky to try to add an enclosure to a roof or vice versa. There are a few soft door options available for the Ranger, however, most add-on doors are hard-framed steel or aluminum units made more for durability and safety than protection from the weather. Again, these hard doors can be difficult to use in conjunction with full enclosures, so consider your long-term use before spending your money.