SUPERATV FLIP-UP/-DOWN WINDSHIELDS

WHAT IT IS: SUPERATV FLIP-UP/-DOWN WINDSHIELDS

This month we are taking a look at two SuperATV Flip-up/-down windshields. A flip-up windshield we mounted on a Polaris RZR Turbo S, and the second is a flip-down-style windshield we mounted on a Polaris RZR Pro XP.

When the windshield is flipped up, the lower stationary portion acts as a wind deflector. We torture-tested both windshields at 55 mph in deep whoops, and they both held up to the abuse perfectly.

CONSTRUCTION:

Both windshields are made from 1/4-inch, scratch-resistant polycarbonate, which SuperATV claims is 25 times stronger than acrylic (think cheap Amazon/E Bay windshields) and 250 times stronger than glass. Furthermore, they use an XR Optic hard coating to maximize performance and minimize blemishes.

In the downward position, the front two Velcro straps are used to keep the windshield down. It stays in place well with zero vibration up to a top speed of 85 mph. At this speed, the window actually gets pushed down and very little air goes underneath.
We mounted SuperATV’s flip-up windshield on a Polaris RZR Turbo S. It took about 30 minutes longer to install and cost $120 more. Both issues were worth it, as we liked to “flip up” better.

COMPARISON:

The big difference between the two products is their operation. The flip-up windshield can be deployed and retracted while you are still seated. You can also “crack” the window and let just a little bit of air through by turning the handle 90 degrees, moving the windshield forward an inch, then securing it slightly open. When open, the lower portion acts as a deflector to direct wind up a bit, but it’s not as good as a true half windshield. The same goes for the flip-down version; it doesn’t deflect a lot of wind, but it does deflect some.

At speed, both stay in their intended position. Even after 100 miles of testing, the struts are holding up the Turbo S windshield, and the straps do a good job keeping the windshield secured to the hood.

To deploy the flip-up windshield, you grab the handle at the lower center. You can also position it slightly open to allow just a little airflow in. We wish the visor portion was blacked out to reduce sun glare. After this test, we painted it.
Our only complaint was a minor one. In the down position, the windshield didn’t allow our Ride Command antenna to stick up straight. The Ride Command seemed to work fine regardless.

VERDICT:

We liked the price and ease of installation better on the flip-down windshield, but having the ability to operate and “crack” open the windshield on the flip-up windshield was a big plus. Furthermore, we weren’t expecting the flip-up windshield to work well at high speeds or stay up in rough terrain—and it does. It does everything right and only takes a half hour more to install, so if we had to pick a favorite, we would choose to flip up.

 

CONTACT: www.superatv.com, (855) 743-3427

RATING: ★★★★★

PRICE: $449, Turbo S flip-up; $369, Pro XP flip-down; other machines range from $295–$695

See UTV Action’s Windshield Buyer’s Guide here: UTV WINDSHIELD BUYER’S GUIDE | UTV Action Magazine

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