Time for a Sled?

Friday, December 13, 2013, by Michelle Wydra

Time for a Sled


With the winter season approaching and snow in the forecast, you may be looking around your homes thinking, “What can I use to go down a hill?” With so many styles on the market, it can be difficult to choose the perfect sled, but the following guide may make your decision a bit easier:

Toboggan:
Long and narrow device commonly made of lightweight wood. There are no runners at the bottom, making it a smooth ride down a hill. The front is curved forward with a rope attached for some light steering control.

Snow tubes: Inflatable tube made of flexible, comfortable, and durable material. The circular design allows for higher speeds but low controllability.

Saucers: A circular disk often made of plastic. Due to the design, they often gain considerable speed but have low steering ability.

Steerable Sled/Sledge: A device supported by two thin runners and a steering wheel or rope. Due to the elevation from the ground and its easy steering control, it’s often considered the safest style.

Sliding Carpets: A rectangular piece of plastic with built-in handles. The simple design makes for a speedy run down any hill, but with a lack of directional control.

Of course, there are many variations of the above examples which may alter the speed, controllability and comfort of the device. You can also check out our Toboggan and Sled Reviews for a rating of the season’s latest models.


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