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Best Snow Sleds 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Snow Sleds of 2018
The rating is based on multiple factors: The 3 metrics ‐ Design, Materials, Performance, and other indicators such as: Popularity, Opinions, Brand, Reputation and more. There are dozens of choices for an snow sleds these days. These are composed of modern styling with modern technology to match it. Here are some good examples.
If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you’re scouting for the best snow sleds. So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best snow sleds of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this snow sleds win the first place?
I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this snow sleds come in second place?
Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
Why did this snow sleds take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
Snow Sleds Buyer’s Guide
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Best snow sleds and toys to conquer the snow; Fire off snowballs and dig out your car SNOW DAY! Best sleds, toys and tools to conquer the snow BY
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Friday, January 28, 2011, 10:1AM The weather outside is frightful but the sledding is delightful! Isn’t it time you had a snow day? These sleds, toys, sliders and tools will keep the kids busy while you dig the car out of the snow. Throw some snowballs, conquer the snowdrifts and top it off with some hot chocolate. Before the snow turns to slush!
RS Vector GT
A FEW YEARS back this was a no brainer, as Yamaha dominated the 4-stroke market. Now Ski-Doo and Arctic Cat have excellent entries too. Yet Yamaha’s engines still are fabulous in that they create great torque and still only sip gas compared to most others. We go for the Vector GT this year after our test sled managed 18.mpg for a full season last year. So Yamaha now has a fast trail cruiser in the meat of the market with power steering and class-leading gas mileage. All we can say is, WOW!
Arctic Cat F 800 Sno Pro RR
WE ALL LOVE the adrenaline we feel when grabbing a handful of throttle. For many riders the first fast pull across an open lake is what they wait all year to do. Or maybe it’s when you exit your favorite sweeping corner into that long straightaway. Wherever you feel your blood starts pumping on a sled, you’ll feel that rush times two with Cat’s new F 800 RR. Now you can truly harness that Cat performance and use it to its full potential to whip around the trails on the RR. This is as close to a race sled as most of us need to ever get. This monster is powerful, light, and now has the suspension adjustability that really kept it a hair behind in some scenarios. This year the eye-catching RR is our pick for this top segment.
Ski-Doo Summit X
SUMMIT UPS THE ante on RMK, which upped the ante on the entire mountain market the year before! Summit X tops the fiercely competitive mountain class thanks to two interesting new technologies, a pivoting tMotion rear suspension and FlexEdge track. These changes allow a portion of the track to stay in better contact with the snow when the machine is rolled on its side making the sled easier to sidehill. Those changes coupled with the fantastic E-TEC engine and a stiff aluminum chassis create a sled that inspires confidence in technical terrain … and makes Summit X our best mountain sled. A close runner-up remains the RMK.
Ski-Doo GSX SE 1200
YOU HAVE TWO engine choices here, but for our money the smooth, quiet 4-stroke is the way to go. It offers excellent power and luxury feel, plus cuts your maintenance and operational costs. Sounds pretty corporate, but no, this sled will rock the trails while keeping you warm in the well padded saddle. Handling is first-rate in the XP chassis as are ergos. Ride is good for long hauls and wind protection is primo. This is a Lexus for the snow and comes in a hot new steely looking paint job.
Ski-Doo Grand Touring SE
ALL OF THE 2-UPS are awesome these days, but Ski-Doo put a little more steam in its boiler by adding eDriveclutch to its primo Grand Touring model powered by its 1200cc 4-TEC engine. The sled already is loaded with goodies for fun and comfort, like heated seats, power outlets, etc. But the new eDriveclutch gives the 4-stroke more oomph while cutting rotating mass by 1.lbs. Better belt durability is another benefit. That equals a better long-term ride, especially when there’s another passenger aboard. Runner-up: Last year’s winner, Yamaha’s Venture LTX, continues to be a pleasant ride with a super windshield and EPS.
WE WON’T GO into detail here (See Tech Notes, p.6for that), but Ski-Doo’s seemingly simple tMotion system for mountain sleds will transform the way mountain riders ride. It allows them to more easily tip their long-tracks on their sides to carve sidehill across a mountain. Better handling means better boondocking, which equals more fun. Polaris’ new Quick Drive belt system also merits a major mention, which is why Tech Editor Olav Aaen delves into that system.
For the fourth straight winter, we’re convinced that the True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover is the best snow shovel for most people looking to clear walkways, steps, and small driveways. No other shovel matches its unique blend of ideal size, ergonomics, durability, and availability.
The True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover has a sturdy, lightweight aluminum shaft that gloved hands can grip anywhere. Its 18-inch-wide plastic scoop is neither overly large and awkward nor too small and inefficient. The shovel has a curved shaft, an unusual design that makes moving snow easier, as it means you have to put less work into each swing. The nylon leading edge of the scoop won’t gouge your deck or catch on your brick patio. Plus, the shovel is built to last—I’ve had mine for eight New England winters, and it still works fine.
How we picked and tested
Understanding the havoc a poorly designed snow shovel can wreak on an unsuspecting body, we dove headlong into the ergonomics of shoveling, and in the end realized that the best multipurpose shovel is a model with a plastic combo scoop (with a plastic wear strip) and a curved shaft. The combo design means that the shovel can both push and scoop snow.
You’ll encounter three main snow shovel styles: combos, shovels, and pushers.
Combos are the most versatile because they offer the benefits of the other styles without the drawbacks of either one. Because you can use them to scoop, toss, and push snow, they are, as Saffron told us, the standard snow tool in the US. Our pick, the True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover, is a combo model. Its scoop is 1inches wide—a size we found to be in the sweet spot (roughly 1to 2inches wide) for shovels to be effective but not unwieldy.
Shovels, in a technical sense, are a basic flat blade on a stick, the kind that you might remember a parent or grandparent using (Charlie Brown used one, too). The flat scoop sits in line with the shaft, so such a design isn’t good at pushing snow (or anything else, really, as our testing discovered).
Pushers, designed with blades often more than two feet wide, are not designed for scooping or tossing. They generally look like a snow plow on the end of a stick, and they’re popular in colder temperatures, where snow is drier and lighter, meaning an average person can simply push it out of the way. According to Saffron, Canada is a massive market for pushers. These tools are also good for clearing smaller snowfalls from driveways. Although we strongly recommend a combo for primary snow removal, we tested four leading pushers and have our recommendation below.
Beyond using combos, shovels, and pushers, many people repurpose other shovel styles for their snow removal. The most common tools in this category are grain shovels, which have huge scoops and short handles. Proponents of this style list durability and a massive scoop size among the advantages. We included two grain shovels in our testing, and of all the shovels we handled, they transferred the most strain to the back.
Another favorite is the metal coal shovel (a regular shovel, but with a flat edge instead of a spade). The strength and durability of these is ideal for busting up ice and digging into frozen slush (a common challenge on salted and plowed streets), but the small size and relatively high weight of the scoop will move less snow with more effort than a larger poly scoop.
As for materials, the repetitive nature of shoveling means you should go with the lightest scoop. In most cases, that’s plastic—polyethylene, or “poly” for short. These shovels have a light weight plus the built-in flexibility to withstand sharp impacts on uneven pavement.
A wear strip protects the leading edge of a shovel scoop, and we’ve found that plastic ones are the best option. They’re slightly rounded at the edge, so the shovel can easily slide over uneven surfaces without jamming up. Though they add durability, they are also soft enough to work on decks and stone walkways without damaging the surface.
Representatives of Horgan Enterprises, a landscaping and snow-removal company located in Boston, told us in an interview that the company steers clear of metal wear strips that can easily scratch wood decks, brick walkways, and bluestone patios. Metal strips are also sharp, so they end up hitching on uneven surfaces, which jars the shovel user’s shoulders and arms. Most poly shovels that have no wear strip are sharp but easily dented and damaged (our current runner-up pick, the Bully Tools 9281Combination Snow Shovel, has no wear strip but is very durable).
Our own testing confirmed this result.
The original batch of tested shovels, left to right: True Temper Arctic Blast, Voilé Telepro, Suncast SN1000, True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover (with Backsaver), SnowBow, Bigfoot Power Lift, True Temper SnoBoss, Suncast SC3250 (with Motus D-Grip), True Temper Mountain Mover with VersaGrip, Suncast SG1600, Suncast Double Grip, Dart BHS18, Rugg 26PBSLW, Suncast Powerblade.
Understanding that a secondary handle would be a key addition to our chosen shovel, we first located all of the available tools that come with one attached: the Bigfoot Power Lift, the SnowBow (which appears to be discontinued), the Suncast SC3590 Double Grip, and the True Temper SnoBoss, which has a double shaft and a perpendicular handle.
At the same time we also discovered two add-on secondary handles, the Stout Backsaver and the Motus D-grip, both designed to be attached to any shafted tool. In late 2015, we tested another secondary handle, the Trentco ProHandle.
To fully explore the ergonomic possibilities, we tested a wide assortment of regular shovels representing the different styles with and without the add-on secondary handles and in a variety of shaft and scoop shapes. Three of those shovels—the Dart BHS18, Rugg 26PBSLW, and Suncast SC3250—had bent shafts. Two, the True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover and the True Temper Aluminum Combo Snow Shovel, had a curved shaft. The Suncast SCP3500 Powerblade and the True Temper Mountain Mover with VersaGrip each had a standard straight shaft. In addition, we looked at two grain shovels, the Suncast SG1600 and the True Temper Arctic Blast Poly Snow Scoop (which the company has since rebranded as the Union Tools Snow Scoop), and we included the Voilé Telepro Avalanche Shovel to see where it fit in with the rest. For a control unit, we added the Suncast SN1000 to represent the old-fashioned shovel. In late 2016, we also tested the Bully Tools 9281Combination Snow Shovel.
Since our original guide in 2013, we’ve expanded our search to include car shovels, pushers, and sleighs and tested five car shovels, four pushers, two sleighs, and a cult favorite, the Wovel.
For the bulk of our testing, four New England residents used the shovels to clear a driveway, five long walkways, four front stoops, three decks, a long set of deck stairs (1steps and one landing), a set of fieldstone steps, a set of cobblestone steps, a stone patio, and a brick patio. The shovelers varied in height and gender, consisting of a 6-foot male, a 5-foot-male, a 6-foot-male, and a 5-foot-female. Testing occurred over the course of eight days and after six snowstorms that totaled about 4inches of snow. During this time, a wide range of temperatures caused snow density to vary from light and fluffy to frozen and crunchy to melty and slushy.
We investigated nearly 7shovels over the past four years and have yet to find one that is better than the True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover with an add-on Trentco ProHandle. The shovel stands apart from its competitors with a unique combination of several features we found essential in a good snow shovel: a curved handle, a poly wear strip, and a flexible and durable scoop. During our tests, it was everyone’s pick as the best, but when we added on the secondary handle, improving the ergonomics even more, our crew of shovel testers went bananas over it.
The Ergonomic Mountain Mover was the only model we tested with a curved shaft made of light and durable aluminum. The arcing shape allows for a straighter back while shoveling and also gives full flexibility in hand positioning up and down the shaft. The design stabilizes the scooping motion, eliminating the pendulum effect you feel when using a shovel with a bent shaft. The D-grip at the back end of the Ergonomic Mountain Mover is nice and large, and no one in our testing panel had any problems fitting a hand wearing a chunky winter glove into the opening.
The business end of the Ergonomic Mountain Mover is an 18-inch-wide flexible poly scoop with a nylon wear strip, which makes for a durable and protected leading edge that won’t gouge or scratch a deck or walkway. We had no problem busting up ice and compacted snow on wooden deck steps with the shovel, and the steps came through the process unmarred. The wear strip is rounded, so it easily finds its way over uneven surfaces like brick walkways or fieldstone steps. The flex in the poly scoop also absorbs impact when the shovel gets jammed, which can’t be said about shovels with metal scoops.
As for long-term durability, I can personally vouch for this True Temper model. It’s the shovel that I’ve used for the past eight New England winters, and it is only now showing some signs of wear. (We tested with a new model.) The corners of the scoop are beginning to crack a little, but I’m not particularly alarmed about that. The shovel still works fine.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
One drawback to the Ergonomic Mountain Mover’s nylon-wear-strip design—but one that’s worth the trade-off—is that it’s thicker than its metal-strip (or strip-free) competitors. This added beefiness makes knifing the shovel under compacted snow or into a semi-frozen snowbank more difficult. But the nylon strip has advantages that the others don’t. Shovels with metal wear strips can catch on any uneven surface, jarring your shoulders. Such models also damage non-pavement surfaces easily, and in our tests, some of the models without a strip were damaged after just a few hours of shoveling.
In the eight years I’ve owned the Ergonomic Mountain Mover shovel, I’ve never had any issue with the wear strip’s thickness. Only after I saw this True Temper model tested alongside the metal-edged shovels did I realize that such a difference existed.
A colorful disc sled shaped like a dinner plate. They seemed to have arrived on the scene in the late 1950s when UFO sightings were regularly publicized. They’re difficult to steer, but some love to spin them around for a dizzying descent. They’re great on small slopes, but tough to control on steep hills. Lest we forget the iconic scene in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” with Clark Griswald’s experimental wax catapulting his saucer sled into film history as well as a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Nothing beats an air-cushioned ride down a manicured trail at a ski area. But they’re difficult to control on an unmanicured slope. Modern models made specifically for the sport have handles and other amenities. Some people have been reported using a giant truck tire tube that doubled as a river craft on the Pemigewasset in the summer.
Recently, Perry bought five antique sleds from a barn sale, including an early wooden toboggan and several children’s sleds dating back to the mid to late 1800s when wealthier families could afford to push or pull their children who were perched on velvet-covered seats. “They all sold right away,” says Perry. “There’s a big market because they’re so rare. But I love these sleds and kept one — a child’s pull sled from the 1850s that is now in my house, filled with Teddy bears. The others were bought by decorators and two from antique dealers who was going to hang them from a ceiling as display.”
Perhaps the hottest trend in the coldest months is this buoyant, bagel-shaped mode of recreational transportation. “Our winters are long and dark, and the beauty of tubing is that it lifts your spirits,” says Fred Baybutt, co-owner of Granite Gorge Ski Area on the Keene/Roxbury line.
The Gorge also has tandem tubes and a Wonder Carpet Lift, a moving sidewalk-like conveyance. It also offers night tubing — “when the runs are colder and faster,” says Baybutt.
The Thrill Hill Tubing Park at Gunstock Mountain resort in Gilford has four chutes serviced by a handle-tow lift.
Great Glen Trail in Pinkham Notch has a groomed tubing hill, but you have to walk up the slope.
Loon Mountain snow tubing park in Lincoln has both walk-up and handle-lifts. There’s a special area set aside for tots, and there’s night tubing on Friday and Saturday.
McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester offers eight lanes and a 600-foot run.
A new tubing hill opened at the Waterville Valley Resort last year. It’s situated on a hill adjacent to the golf course and offers a warming center and an outdoor fire pit.
The tubing run at Ragged Mountain in Danbury has lanes and is 600 feet long. The tubing park at Pats Peak in Henniker is 600 feet long and 8feet wide.
The Syntax of the Slide
A little less ubiquitous than the which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg question, there are those who wonder is it called “sledding” or “sliding.” There’s definitely a regional preference. In places like Minnesota and many parts of New Hampshire, many refer to this winter fun as “sliding,” but in other places, like Pennsylvania, it’s definitely “sledding.”
In terms of the official etymology, the word sled comes from the Middle English, sledde, which itself has the origins in the old Dutch word, slee, meaning, you guessed it, “sliding.” Still confused? Who cares? As they old saying goes, “Listen children, take my advice. Sit on the ground, and slide on the ice.”
Garant Yukon 2Inch Ergonomic Sleigh Shovel.
When you picture someone in a parka and colorful scarf and hat, cheerfully shoveling snow while surrounded by a picturesque winter wonderland – you usually visualize them using an old-fashioned shovel, rather than a bulky sleigh shovel which looks like a toboggan with a handle attached. However, the latter may be just what Santa ordered, because it can move a lot more snow a lot more quickly than a traditional shovel.
The Garant Yukon is the sleigh shovel to consider if you’ve got a lot of snow to remove and you don’t want to spend all day doing it. It’s 2inches wide with an ergonomically-designed metal handle, which is simple to use and can save your back for a snowball fight or skiing expedition later in the day.
All you have to do push the polypropylene scoop into the accumulated snow to fill the sled up, and then push it to a spot where it can be dumped. The shovel glides easily along the ground so it almost doesn’t feel like work at all since there’s no lifting or throwing involved.
You can use this as a more traditional shovel if you prefer, but that will definitely take some muscle. The price is relatively high, but your back will thank you.
True Temper 18-Inch Mountain Mover Snow Shovel.
Yes, it’s unusual to have two products from the same manufacturer on a top list, but True Temper is a company which really understands the requirements for an effective and comfortable snow shovel.
The scoop on the Mountain Mover is plastic instead of metal which makes this shovel quite lightweight, greatly improving the user’s ability to finish a job without needing a few rest breaks. But the plastic is protected by a galvanized steel wear strip at the end of the blade, so there’s little chance the shovel will crack or wear down quickly.
This True Temper model is durable but also comfortable to use, with a VersaGrip handle covering a steel base; the handle lets you easily choose your optimal hand positioning while minimizing any cramping or fatigue. And the 18-inch blade is curved instead of straight, making it easier to pick up a full shovel of snow with each scoop.
The Groom+Style review team believes this is the best traditional snow shovel on the market. You should note that there’s no particular ergonomic benefit to the design of the Mountain Mover, but you’d be well-served to look into a Stout Backsaver Handle to be used with this or any other traditional shovel. It will make your life – and your back’s recovery after your driveway is cleared – a lot easier.
Checking the details of the True Temper 18-Inch Mountain Mover Snow Shovel:
If all this seems like to much hard work then feel free to indulge a bit and buy a
Where to Go
Sandboarding, sledding, and skiing are permitted anywhere on the dunefield away from vegetated areas. From the main Dunes Parking Area, it’s a minimum 0.mile (1km) hike to get to the small or medium-sized slopes; the top of the first high ridge is 1.2miles. Smaller slopes at the base are fine for young children, while teens and adults may prefer longer slopes near the top of the first high ridge of dunes.
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Join us for a guided tour of our kennel. This is a great opportunity to pet the dogs, meet the puppies, and ask questions about our operation and how dog sledding works. This is a great option for anyone wanting to meet the dogs but not interested in a ride.
Our cart tours begin with the above described yard tour. After we tour the kennel, our experienced mushers invite you to feel the power of the team with a ride on our summer dog carts. Our guides will drive, giving you the opportunity to take pictures of the wonderful scenery and watch our dogs do what they do best! The cart seats adults comfortably.
Travel through Swan Valley on your own dog powered scooter. With instructions from your guide, lead your own pair of sled dogs on an adventure. Not for the faint of heart, scootering requires good physical condition and coordination, biking experience a plus!
Arctic Cat ZR 6000 13Limited
Sometimes, it’s the little things that can take a really good machine and push it toward greatness. Although it’s got a new name, the ZR 6000 13Limited didn’t get a new chassis, engine or suspension for 201vs. last year’s XF 6000 Limited, the sled it replaces. But the rear suspension has lower-rate springs and new shock settings that improve the ride quality and the handling of the machine, making it ride smoother and corner better. Plus, the ZR gets new, easily adjustable Fox QS-shocks and new Rapid Response clutches from TEAM Industries. Added together with the spry 600-class DSI twin, these features make this an excellent long-track trail machine.
Ski-Doo Summit SP T800R E-TEC
After being limited to X package spring buyers a year ago, the Tmountain package is now available all year long on 201Summit SP models. That’s good news. A Summit with a 16- by 174-inch track is a hard-to-beat highmarking machine, thanks to its massive footprint. Yet, despite what may seem like common sense, this longboard is also a surprisingly forgiving boondocking sled, as its incredible flotation allows for slow-going in the trees with less fear of getting stuck, even for less aggressive or relatively new powder riders. In the hands of an expert, though, the powder-churning 3-inch lugs can create limitless possibilities as they carve a deeper path into the previously unreachable backcountry.
Yamaha RS Vector
Easy to overlook with all of the SR Viper hype of the last couple of seasons, the RS Vector remains, in our opinion, Yamaha’s best trail sled. Its easy-to-ride nature and cool demeanor have made it a Snow Goer Top sled seven previous times dating back to 2005, but for 201it inspires even more confidence thanks to the inclusion of the three-mode YCCT drive system and the SingleShot rear suspension. The YCCT is the most natural feeling throttle-by-wire system on the market, and it’s time-proven on Yamaha’s motorcycles, while the SingleShot is lighter and more efficient than the Mono Shock design it replaces. Plus, the Vector’s traditional ergonomics, flat cornering, powerful-yet-manageable four-stroke engine and high-quality aura make it an easy sled to love.
Arctic Cat Bearcat 7000 XT
Recent international growth of utility sleds sales have caused each manufacturer to upgrade its work machines, but nobody has taken a bigger swing at the market than Arctic Cat. Purpose-built features on the new 201Bearcats include the new ProUte WT chassis and the innovative Wide Range 3-Speed (WR3) transmission with high, low and new super-low forward options. Other proof of the designers’ intense focus on the utility user include mega-wide skis that can be set at a stance from 37.to 43.inches, a new front-mounted radiator wisely located outside of the engine compartment and a huge 14.7-gallon fuel capacity. It even has a backup light for hooking up a trailer or drag after dark.
3½-mile lollipop loop (including mile round trip from Skibowl West)
Mirror Lake is a worthy uphill jaunt for those who want to test their legs. From Ski Bowl West, hike along the road to the trailhead, ascend a series of switchbacks that gain 700 feet through dense Douglas fir forest, and arrive at the snow-covered lake. From the open meadow, you’ll spy the top of Mount Hood in its most postcard-worthy form. Slurp your Thermos-packed lunch and zip around the lake before heading back down.
Great stone walls that fortify the historical centre. A parliament building modelled after the famous Louvre Museum in Paris. The sound of French chatter floating above the cobblestone streets, as church bells clang in the distance. Walking through Quebec City, it’s easy to forget you’re in Canada, instead of the Europe of centuries past.
Perhaps it’s that allure that draws visitors in droves, who are charmed by the untouched centre (Vieux-Quebec), the speciality boutiques that line districts like Petit-Champlain, and the enchanting Chateau Frontenac which just so happens to be the most photographed hotel in the world. No matter what time of the year one arrives there is plenty to explore, but Quebec City is one of those places that actually comes alive during the cold season. Here are unforgettable winter activities to enjoy in Quebec City.
Villages Vacances Valcartier
Daredevils head to Villages Vacances Valcartier to take turns whipping down the hill on inflatable snow rafts, some of which hold up to 1people. Reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h, riders speed down slopes like the so-called Himalaya while enjoying views of the surrounding Jacques-Cartier river valley, and the Tornado which features specially outfitted rafts that spin around as guests fly down the hill.
Terrain Sport Sled
It is obviously one of the best sleds that you can use to have fun this winter. It does not only help you to slide through the snow but it is also perfect for the sport of hunting, ice fishing and trapping. When it comes to durability and strength, then this sled is unrivalled. This sled uses superior quality materials for giving its best. Furthermore, it can be easily steered and completely safe to use. Thus, it helps you to have utmost fun.
Zipfy Two Tone Series and Freestyle Luge Snow Sled for Kids and Adults
The best thing about this sled is that it is engineered in such a way that it can be used by both children as well as adults. These sleds are light in weight and are compact, thus it provides you with utmost fun while sliding down the slope. The sleds are completely safe since all you need to do is to drop your heels to slow down. Moreover, it is easily maneuverable by leaning on one side. Lastly, the sled has an exhilarating design and a very colourful look. Thus, it will really make your moments enjoyable.
If toboggans are the mini-vans of sleds, the saucer is the sports car. Shaped in a circle and able to comfortably fit one person, saucers are quick, slick and offer a faster descent than toboggans, with or without buffing on a hefty coat of high-quality “kitchen lubricant.” Due to their design, though, saucers aren’t as easy to steer and offer little control. But, if you have an open hill with few obstacles and a need for speed, then saucers are the model for you.
There is a third sled style available that falls in the middle of a toboggan and a saucer. Sometimes called a “hybrid,” or simply a “sled,” these models can fit one or two people and offer the slickness of saucers with the control of a toboggan. These options are perfect for those looking for a little extra leg room in their sled or someone who might want to steer down trails.
Once you have a sled model in mind, it’s time to choose which material will be best for your snow conditions. Be sure to take your terrain, snow depth and number of potential obstacles into consideration when deciding the snow sled’s material.
Plastic sleds can come in a variety of styles and are a popular choice among children for their lightweight and durable qualities. The material is slick and can be ridden over somewhat rough terrain with little to no damage. Plastic sleds are also popular because they are a relatively inexpensive option.
A newcomer in the sledding realm, foam sleds offer a more cushioned ride than plastic sleds at close to the same cost. While foam sleds might not be as fast as plastic, they are still very durable and can be ridden in similar terrain and snow conditions.
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Contrary to popular belief, the best part about winter isn’t spending time with friends and family, or giving and receiving gifts, it’s actually driving in the snow. There’s no better way to hone your car-control skill than in the slip-n-slide conditions that the snow provides. There’s also no better vehicle to do it in than an all-wheel drive ride, which allows you two extra patches of traction for when you inevitably Scandinavian Flick your way into a snow bank. The following 1cars are the coolest all-wheel drive sleds for your winter driving and hooning needs.
Audi AAvant: What’s a winter holiday-themed ride list without a station wagon? Fulfilling the token wagon requirement this year is the Audi AAvant. While not overwhelmingly powerful with its VW GTI-derived 2.0-liter four-banger producing only 211-hp and 25lb-ft of torque, the AAvant is still capable of a 6.second 0-60 time (plenty fast for the snow), allowing you to drive confidently in the snow, and most importantly hauling you and your gifts in comfort and luxury.
BMW X3: The BMW XxDrive35i earned its keep on this list by virtue of being one of the fastest crossovers we’ve ever tested. During our 201SUV of the Year testing we were blown away by how quick the 300-hp turbo I-gets the Xup to speed, needing just 5.seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill. Combine that with BMW’s all-wheel drive system and car-like chassis and you have a surprisingly quick (and fun) sled for the winter.
Ferrari FF: Hands down if Santa was picking one sleigh from this list to deliver toys to boys and girls he’d choose the Ferrari FF. It’s an all-wheel drive
Ferrari for god’s sake. The FF isn’t a normal all-wheel drive super car either; it uses a unique setup that does away with the extra drive shafts and instead bolts the front wheels to a small gear box right in front of the engine. Combined with the FF’s 6.3-liter 651-hp V-1and shooting brake body style make the FF the last word in all-weather winter driving.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: The same qualities that make the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor fantastic in the oppressive desert heat and sandy conditions make it equally as awesome in the cold, wet snow. With front and rear locking differentials, four-wheel drive, a dedicated off-road mode and 41horsepower on tap from its 6.2-liter V-8, you could do a lot worse in the snow than this all-terrain monster.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Our 201SUV of the Year may look like nothing more than a soft-roader, but truth be told the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is one of the most capable crossovers on the marketplace. The Evoque lives up to its Range Rover name not only in the dirt, but in the snow as well. The Evoque’s Terrain Response system works in conjunction with its Haldex Gen IV full-time all-wheel drive system to easily allow the stylish Evoque to get in – and out – of the slippery stuff.
Mini Cooper S Countryman All4: The MINI Cooper S Countryman Allmay be the biggest Mini made but it’s still a blast to drive. The Countryman’s turbocharged four-banger loves to rev and if you allow the turbo to spool up in Sport mode the thing just begs you to go extra-legal speeds. Essentially what you have with the Countryman is a street legal scamp that’s more rally car than SUV, making it a fantastic choice for some late night snow-covered parking lot hoonage.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: Do the acronyms S-AWC, ACD, AYC, ASC or S-ABS mean anything to you? They stand for Super-All-Wheel Control, Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control, Active Stability Control and Sport-Anti-lock Braking; the tools that allow the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to handle like it’s on skates in the slippery stuff. The 291-hp former WRC-competitor drives like a freshly-sharpened skate on the slippery blacktop thanks to those acronyms. Sadly, this might be the last year the Evo makes this list, as Mitsubishi is reportedly going in a whole new direction with the next-gen Lancer Evolution.
Nissan GT-R: Do a YouTube search for “Nurburgring Snow Lap” and amid the videos of virtual Ferraris and muscle cars taking on the green hell to techno backing tracks, you’ll find this video of a very real Nissan GT-R drifting the ‘Ring covered in snow. That’s the reason the GT-R is one of the ultimate winter sleds – superhuman handling, and otherworldly grip. Can you think of a better winter hoonmobile?
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Snow Sleds wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Snow Sleds
- №1 — Slippery Racer Downhill Pro Saucer Disc Snow Sled
- №2 — Slippery Racer Downhill Xtreme Toboggan Snow Sled
- №3 — Lucky Bums Snow Kids Boys Girls Toboggan Sled