Trading my Kodiak in on Friday, bittersweet. Going to be getting the new r spec eps wolverine. Same motor so I'm gonna know my way around it. Probably going to miss it at first but hey, change is good!
I felt the same way, always thought a SXS would be to big to fit through trails, and would be easy to get stuck. Then I went on a large organized rally and saw what they could do and where they could go. I was sold. And then when I bought the Maverick I immediately took it to all of my usual places to see if it would fit. It did, every single place. I'm talking narrow, wooded trails, through barriers meant to keep Jeeps off the ATV trails, and of course, into my favourite hunting spots. I took it to all of my favourite swamps to see if it would go through them. Once again, passed with flying colours. Just last week I had it to a place I hunted 20 years ago and the road had grown in with alders. It was tight, and trees were definitely scraping on the sides and the roll bars, but it went with no problems. In fact my brother-in-law was riding his ATV ahead of me and got a fat lip from a tree branch (yes, he was wearing a helmet).There are times as I get older I think about a UTV but then I remember where I ride at and forget it, they are just not practicable for where I go 75% of the time. Plus I would need to start dragging a trailer again.
Good luck on your new ride, I am sure that you will enjoy it.