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Buying a Schlitten [sled]

Hi volks, I am looking for one but I don't have any idea where to buy it and what types exist. Is it possible to buy one in pieces and mount it at home? How much does a decent one good cost? I hope it's not so complicated as buying the equipment for skiing.

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I am looking for (a Schlitten) but I don't have any idea where to buy it and what types exist.
http://www.sportxx.ch/de/ausruestung...ten%20-%20bobs

shows you plenty of options and prices.

The only item that is really a "Schlitten" is the (traditional) Davoser Schlitten made from wood.

Also try a Rodel - see, for instance, http://www.lindauerschlitten.ch/rodel/

The things made from plastic ("Bob") are only any good fresh snow; the moment things are getting more packed, the Rodel will blast everything away (also try a Rodel made from aluminum).

Do not buy anything that folds.

SRF have a test dedicated to find the right product - http://www.srf.ch/konsum/tests/kasse...macht-es-spass

So, yes, it's a science :P
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Do not buy anything that folds.
i swear by the Bea Product mentioned here-
https://www.bea-verlag.ch/klappschlitten~75kg-2558


As you only use them for a few days a year, and the rest they spend stored in the cellar...
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http://www.sportxx.ch/de/ausruestung...ten%20-%20bobs

shows you plenty of options and prices.

The only item that is really a "Schlitten" is the (traditional) Davoser Schlitten made from wood.

Also try a Rodel - see, for instance, http://www.lindauerschlitten.ch/rodel/

The things made from plastic ("Bob") are only any good fresh snow; the moment things are getting more packed, the Rodel will blast everything away (also try a Rodel made from aluminum).

Do not buy anything that folds.

SRF have a test dedicated to find the right product - http://www.srf.ch/konsum/tests/kasse...macht-es-spass

So, yes, it's a science :P

Great answer.

I didn't notice those two type. Also I think I will go for a rodel of aluminium.

And what is about using it on the runs? I think they have usually special runs for this things. It looks so funny, specially with children... and not so dangerous as skiing, that I like a lot as well.

I have found some rodel in ricardo... perhaps is a good a idea to get an used one.
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Old 11.01.2015, 14:05
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.... I think they have usually special runs for this things. It looks so funny, specially with children... and not so dangerous as skiing, that I like a lot as well.
Every time I have been sledging on a proper run, with adults, using the Davos Schlitten, someone has been injured...!
I really recommend you learn how to ride it correctly, steering and braking it, before you start!

I think the plastic ones are far safer, as when they hit you it doesn't hurt so much! They are much slower though, another safety factor with children.
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Re: Buying a Schlitten [sled]

We're not hardcore sledders, so we just use the plastic sleds that you can buy in any sporting store or even places like Coop Bau & Hobby.

In case you do choose to go that route, perhaps I should mention that we have two plastic sleds -- one with a full bottom and one with the "rails" on each side. We found that the one with the full plastic bottom (like a dish) was (surprisingly) much fast than the one with rails. Of course, though, that may differ with each brand.

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I think they have usually special runs for this things. It looks so funny, specially with children... and not so dangerous as skiing, that I like a lot as well.
As always: It depends.

The "Bob" is only suitable for a single individual. A child, from my point of view. And it is only truly suitable for somewhat deepish snow. Neither braking nor steering are terribly enjoyable. Keeping in control at high speeds is difficult.

The Davoser Schlitten may carry a child and an adult (watch out for length / maximum weight). Useless in deepish snow. Very nice on hard-packed snow. Make sure that the runners are polished and that any protective coating has been sanded off. Can be kept under control at sort of highish speeds.

The Rodel sits one person who is able to act in a responsible fashion. This is the performance version of the Davoser Schlitten, with better steering, and the limit for performance pushed quite a bit out.

If you ride a Rodel towards its performance limits, allow me to recommend wearing goggles and a helmet. This thing does perform.

For small children, your best option is a Bob on easy runs. E.g. that little hill at 400-500m around Zurich where you have a bit of that wet white stuff behind the house.

For a bit of shared fun, have the child sit on the Davoser Schlitten with a responsibly acting adult (i.e. an adult who judiciously applies braking rather more often than not).

For teenagers (or enterprising adults) go for the Rodel on very, very hard-packed snow. This will go fast and the ride may be challenging if you are not used to the dynamics, in particular in turns.

You can also try the http://www.velogemel.ch/ - it's available for rent at Grindelwald, I believe. Could be fun
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We found that the one with the full plastic bottom (like a dish) was (surprisingly) much fast than the one with rails.
It all depends on surface conditions and what you are trying to accomplish.

A plain pan made of plastic on ice will not fare badly, but try keeping that under control through turns

What works exceedingly well for a quick slide down something packed is ... a plastic bag. Or, preferably, one of those Migros reinforced textured / plasticy shopping bags. Fun factor and portability at its max. Price extremely low. Obvious limitations when it comes to control or length of the ride.
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It all depends on surface conditions and what you are trying to accomplish.

A plain pan made of plastic on ice will not fare badly, but try keeping that under control through turns

What works exceedingly well for a quick slide down something packed is ... a plastic bag. Or, preferably, one of those Migros reinforced textured / plasticy shopping bags. Fun factor and portability at its max. Price extremely low. Obvious limitations when it comes to control or length of the ride.
Ahhh... we call that "ghetto" sledding in the States!

Actually, the full-bottomed plastic sled I referred to is not the circular dish type -- it's more like it resembles a flat plastic boat (in shape), with a little steering wheel type thing, etc. Definitely not for "professionals." But it seems to work well for my three-year old and myself.
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Re: Buying a Schlitten [sled]

I would always recommend a good rodel. They are a lot more secure because you can steer them without pressing your feets to the ground. Mostly you can steer them very precies.
https://www.schlittenkaufen.ch/torgg...trodel-s-serie

here you can see the difference between a simple sled and a rodel:
http://www.schlitteln-berguen.ch/schlitten-oder-rodel
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I would always recommend a good rodel. They are a lot more secure because you can steer them without pressing your feets to the ground. Mostly you can steer them very precies.
https://www.schlittenkaufen.ch/torgg...trodel-s-serie

here you can see the difference between a simple sled and a rodel:
http://www.schlitteln-berguen.ch/schlitten-oder-rodel

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