Snow Sleds and Toboggans Reviews:
As kids we probably all remember sledding in the snow and loving the feeling of going down the hills as fast as we could. If you were lucky, you may have grown up in an area with snow and had easy access to the white stuff. I, on the other hand, grew up in California and was about 4 hours from the Lake Tahoe region so snow was something I saw maybe once a year for a day. I looked forward to the winter time when my father would load us kids into the station wagon and take us to the mountains for a fun day on snow saucers, snow tubes, and toboggans. I always found snow saucers to be the funnest because you not only went down the hill fast but you spun at the same time which added to the danger. A toboggan is similar to a sled and often carries more than 1 person down the snow hill. Today there are snow parks located around ski resorts that offer snow tubing and sledding and they are designed for fun. I think what we all crave is just one run with an Olympic bobsled or luge at 65 MPH.
We went to sites like Amazon.com, Snowsleds.net and Sleds.com to find the best sled reviews we could on plastic sleds, durable snow sleds, and pull sleds. We found that users wanted something that was light enough to drag up hills, durable enough for crashes, and properly designed so that the sled would "fly" down the hills. The majority of popular sleds we saw were priced from $35-$125 with a few deluxe sleds beyond the $200 mark. Sledding is pretty much a kids pastime and therefore safety should be a key concern when purchasing any sled. Most injuries occur to children 14 years and younger. Sleds and toboggans will come with manufacturers instructions and age recommendations. If smaller kids will be using the sled, consider one that has better control and slower speeds. Weigh capacity is another feature to consider when buying a sled or toboggan. Most toboggans are meant for multiple people, but they are still designed with certain weight restrictions. Metal toboggans with higher weight limits are great for families but keep in mind that more weight means faster speeds once the sled gets going downhill. Most sleds are made from vinyl, plastic, wood, metal or foam. Saucers tend to be made from plastic or foam to keep them lightweight and fast while toboggans are more durable and made primarily of wood or metal materials. The newest inflatable tubes are made with vinyl and pretty inexpensive but are to be kept away from sledding areas where rocks may rip the tube. Check out the best selling sleds, saucers, and toboggans online here
Best Snow Sleds:
The best selling snow sleds on Sleds.com are the Red Horner Sled ($149.99) - this is a classic Alpine sled with stylish horns and a webbed seat. Built for 1 or 2 riders, has two stainless steel runners, and a smooth ride. The Snow Storm 48 Sled ($43) is a doublerider plastic sled with handles for a secure ride. There are nonskid foot rests and a pull rope for quick uphill towing. The Snow Shuttle Deluxe Shed for $179.99 is a great sled with steering capability and offers a tough and durable material. Comes with stainless steel runners, pull string and handle. How about a snow saucer? We recommend the Hurricane 2 Saucer for $25 - the 2 saucers are linked together for a "train" ride experience and the molded handles help you hold on. You can detach the link and ride them separately. A fun baby sled or toddler sled is the Snow Bear Sled for $39.99 - it's a child plastic sled with an arctic bear design. Features a safety harness for added security and a fun design just for kids. Looking for a solid kicksled, then check out the Double Kicksled ($299.99) made with sturdy maple frame and American White Ash slats. Fits 2 kids comfortably and has a hand carved willow handle. The steel runners will let you glide over the snow/ice. Over at Snowsleds.net their top sellers are the Hammerhead Sled for $299 - considered the "Ferrari on skis". They carry great sleds from Mad River Rocket and Mountain Boy Sleds as well. The one Toboggan that all consumers seemed to rate high is the 5 Foot Toboggan on Sleds.com that sells for $50 and is made with solid maple wood and has side ropes for stability. RECOMMENDED
- Want a durable, wooden sled, go with the Mountain Boy Sledworks Ultimate Flyer 52-Inch Sled
available on Amazon.
Inflatables - Snow Tubes:
If you have been to a snow park lately you have seen the latest inflatable snow toys. You can buy inflatable snow sleds, snow tubes, and snow bodyboards. The Boomerang Inflate Sled ($13.99) is cheap, lightweight, and has 2 heavy duty handles for a sure grip. The Propedo Snow Bodyboard ($14.99) and the Fireblast Snow Tube ($29.99) are popular products on Sleds.com
and are very fun to ride, but you need to be extremely careful that they don't puncture, rip or tear on rocks or debris. Many of the inflatables come with a repair kit to fix minor tears, but customer feedback was not positive on repair results. At $15-$30 you can expect to get at least a season out of these inflatable snow sleds and tubes but don't be disappointed if you are buying a new one every year. For a sturdier snow tube, consider the Zip Slope Pro for $90 - features a doublestitched nylon cover and polyurethane coating protects the tube from wear. The higher price equates to a more durable sled tube and a heavy duty tarpaulin sliding surface. Amazon carries a complete line of snow tubes and inflatables
Sledding Tips and Safety:
When we think of snow, words that come to mind are soft, fluffy and fun. Unfortunately 1000's of injuries occur each year to small children who go sledding and many can be avoided with the proper safety precautions. Try choosing a sled that has runners and some kind of steering system for better control down hills. Teach your kids how to pick the best path or route down the snow hill. Avoid trees, parking lots, rocks, fences, etc. Although not always considered, but just as dangerous, is running into other people. The majority of injuries are due to this issue. Most manufacturers recommend kids under the age of 12 should wear helmets and protective pads when sledding. Above all, parents should supervise any sledding or tubing activity. Kids don't always use the best judgement and having a prudent adult around might keep injuries to a minimum.