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Old 13.12.2009, 18:39
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How to choose and buy a sledge

I was not able to find a sledge(fancy one with steering and stuff ) for adults. Can anyone recomend a good place to buy one?

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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

Not sure you'll find one with steering. Swissie's seem to be born with the ability to steer by leaning just the right amount. I bought my husband a fancy wooden (a family flizzer) one from a tiny shop in Hinwil (can't remember the name but the village is small and the guy only sells sledges) a few years back. we've still too master the fine art of steering and wished we'd gone for something slighter slower but hey ho.
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I was not able to find a sledge(fancy one with steering and stuff ) for adults. Can anyone recomend a good place to buy one?

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The sports department of big Migros (SportXX?) have a healthy stock of all sorts of sledges.

You could also try your local branch of Ochsner Sport.
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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

Just ride a kiddie one with steering and break. That's what I do. Normally with a kid on there with me

I'm terrified of trying to stop with my feet. I was considering knee surgery for a cartilage tear, and I wouldn't dare try to sled again using my legs as breaks.
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Just ride a kiddie one with steering and break. That's what I do. Normally with a kid on there with me
Good idea.. thinking about it.. but not sure if it would support my weight
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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

There's a good rundown of some sledges on the Guardian today:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...oggans-sledges

I particularly like the look of the folding Lillehammer one.

More stuff here including the Ghosky ones. It might be cheaper than Switzerland if you're planning a trip to the UK soon.

The Porsche ones are here.
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There's a good rundown of some sledges on the Guardian today:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...oggans-sledges

I particularly like the look of the folding Lillehammer one.

More stuff here including the Ghosky ones. It might be cheaper than Switzerland if you're planning a trip to the UK soon.

The Porsche ones are here.
If you've got little kids, and just as an FYI, the separate kiddie seats you can buy don't fit very snugly on the Lillehammer. The wooden slats are further apart than the Davoser's and the seat attachment tends to slide around.
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I was not able to find a sledge(fancy one with steering and stuff ) for adults. Can anyone recomend a good place to buy one?

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The ones with brakes and steering wheels really don't work for adults.
Best buy long term is a Davos (or a copy) where you can fit two people and have fun.
Steering is a matter of body weight and pulling the runner up with the rope and braking is with your legs or just ditching off the sledge.
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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

Family-Flitzer are great but a bit expensive
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Do you have a link for these online? I Googled to no avail . . .
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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

Here is a link to Graf: http://www.graf-schlitten.ch/rodel_frame.html.
I have a racer and it steers really well in comparison to my husband's standard Davos. And it's really fast.

A good sled is expensive so I think it's a good idea to try a couple. In Weissenberge they have several different kinds to rent so you could probably try them out.
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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

I picked up 2 Davos sledges from the local Brocki for Sf22 each. Worth a look!
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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

I think if you lie down face forward with your feet dangling behind you (brakes), it is much easier to control. This is my preferred driving method.

You just have to be careful not to hit a tree - dentists are expensive here
Learn how to jump off into a relatively soft snow bank.
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The ones with brakes and steering wheels really don't work for adults.
Is this a fact? I am wary of the wooden ones, I've gotten hurt before and would rather go out and get the kiddie ones with steering wheels. I'm not posting my weight but it's pretty average for an adult female. What do you guys think? Have any of you grown ups used a plastic sled on a real sledding trail?
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Is this a fact? I am wary of the wooden ones, I've gotten hurt before and would rather go out and get the kiddie ones with steering wheels. I'm not posting my weight but it's pretty average for an adult female. What do you guys think? Have any of you grown ups used a plastic sled on a real sledding trail?
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I had rented this one for 1 round in Andermat : http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...500_SS130_.jpg
I thought with the steering it wil be easy, but on the very slightly steep slopes, the thing went out of control, as I used the steering wheel the thing just goes right n left like crazy. A collegue told its almost dangerous to use those on steep slopes..

p.s : mind telling which sled run you got hurt on.. I try to steer clear of the risky ones
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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

We've got one of these Snow Shuttles:

http://www.amazon.com/Eurosled-Snow-.../dp/B001AQWJZW

It's an AWESOME sledge, rock solid stable, and plenty of room for two adults or one adult and a couple of smallish kids.

We also have a couple of these cheapie petrol station-type ones, with a brake/steer lever either side:

http://www.splashandrelax.co.uk/prod...gan/1967033173

And one of these Swiss Bobs:

http://www.amazon.com/Eurosled-ESLD-.../dp/B001AQYNEC

They are all ok for trundling down a little hill, but for real sledging, I would unreservedly recommend the Snow Shuttle. We did the 7.2km run at Les Diablerets last year, and set off with the Shuttle and one of the two-levered jobs. After a few hundred yards, we went for two up on the Shuttle and towed the other behind us - it just wasn't up to the job of steering and comfort, and it was so low to the ground that the rider kept getting coated in snow. Whereas even with two adults and towing, the Shuttle was a dream to ride all the way down.

The Swiss Bob is a surprisingly fun bit of kit too. About the size of a large lever arch file, you can keep it in the car for ad-hoc sledging and it's much easier to ride than you'd think. I've got almost no stomach muscles to speak of, but it's not a question of holding your legs in the air with brute force; the curve of the Bob seems to just get you in the right position.

I'm pitching in for another Shuttle this year or next, as we all keep squabbling over who gets the 'good' sledge. Not cheap, though, it was something like 180 chfs.

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Re: How to choose and buy a sledge

Thanks for the tips!

I got hurt on the Uetliberg, I crashed, which was fine but then while I was gathering my self together, a lady came behind me and knocked me off my feet. I fell backwards hitting my head. I am wearing a helmet this time but I would also like to have more control over my sled .

The shuttle sounds amazing and if I run into one I'm buying it. I have a thing for sleds so I don't mind spending money on one. Thanks so much for the thorough review, Kodokan

Does anyone if one of these do hickeys would go down a run? I am going back down the Uetliberg this evening probably.

http://www.sportxx.ch/g3.cms/s_page/...oduct/4950.059

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[QUOTE=leylak;685406] Uetliberg, QUOTE]

Leyak, can you tell hows it in Uetliberg, can you sled right down to Triemli n then take the train back up ?
how long does coming down take ?
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Here s a good writeup on different kinds of sleds :
http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/sleds/
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Leyak, can you tell hows it in Uetliberg, can you sled right down to Triemli n then take the train back up ?
how long does coming down take ?
My husband came down the Uetliberg sledge run with our son and you can sledge right down to the Triemli railway station. Takes about 15 - 25 mins depending on how fast or slow you go.
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