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Best Kids Plastic, Inflatable and Foam Snow Sleds for 2014
Kids Love Snow Sleds
With winter looming and snowstorms on the horizon, one of the best things you can invest in is a snow sled.
There are actually quite a few on the market to choose from, so which one is right for you?
It kind of depends on the kind of sledding you would like to do, and the type of hills you will be sledding on.
Things to Consider When Buying a Snow Sled
There are usually age recommendations for each sled on the market.
It is wise for you to follow these recommendations so your children are safe.
Also, realize that there are weight capacity limitations to each slide as well. This is more important in toboggans.
If you add too much weight to a sled you can run into problems while sledding, or injury.
Picking the Right Sled for your Needs
Plastic snow sleds are usually the best at picking up speed. They are often made with soft plastic to be good and flexible.
There are also many different shapes and sizes to fit your needs. Since we have a couple little kids in our family, finding one that will easily seat two people is nice.
These tend to do best on light snow since they are quite lightweight themselves. Although the plastic they are made from is softer and lightweight, they still tend to be quite durable.
Inflatable sleds are the most affordable option you can find. They are pretty easy to deflate either by blowing into them yourself, or using some kind of a pump.
I tend to like having these on hand because they are easy to deflate and don't take up much room in storage.
These are also lightweight which pick up quite a bit of speed and since they are inflated with air and soft, risk of injury is reduced.
The only downside to a snow sled like this is that they have a tendency to leak or pop. However, many inflatable sleds come with kits to help you fix any holes that might happen.
Foam sleds are also extremely lightweight and offer pretty good flexible support. They tend to handle quite a bit of abuse and can be quite reliable to slide on.
Safety Tips for Sledding with Kids
Make sure you take a look at a sliding area to ensure it is safe. You typically want a good clear area with no rocks or trees in the way.
Make sure that the path is clear of people as well. Very crowded areas pose a risk of injury because many children do not pay attention to the fact that they could be in the way of an oncoming slide.
Take a look at the finishing area of the slide you are considering. You might have a great hill to slide on but the last thing you want is to end up landing in a parking lot or busy street.
Ensure that the hill you’re sledding on is not too steep. Even though getting a ton of speed is what a lot of kids who go out to sled want. You have to realize that you can easily pick up speed without having a steep hill. Sliding down a surface that is extremely steep will make you pick up a lot of speed and it can easily be dangerous if the sled loses control.
The best kind of snow to slide on is at least 3 inches deep. If it is packed and hard snow it might be iced over, so make sure you examine the snow path to ensure that it won't be too fast for you. If the snow is too deep, you will go too slow.
Although jumps and bumps can be fun, they can cause you to fly from your sled therefore putting you at risk for injury.
It's recommended that you sled during the daytime when you can see clearly. If you go at night, make sure that the area is well lit and that all hazards are visible to you.
What is the best material for sleds?
Check out this Flexible Flyer Snow Screamer that can hold two riders at one time. It features two sets of handles for safety for each rider. It is made from lightweight foam that does very well on snow. The slick bottom helps you gain even more speed. It measures 47 inches long by 21.5 inches wide, and is recommended for children 5 years of age and up. The whole sled weighs only 3 pounds so it is easy to transport.
This Paricon Winter Lightning Sled comes with 3 sleds so you have extra for your friends and family. It is made with a sturdy slick plastic and a molded nose for extra speed. This plastic is actually more durable than others I’ve tried; it is cold crack treated so it will withstand very cold temperatures.
As a different option, consider this Zipfy Freestyle Mini Luge Snow Sled. This unique kind of sled comes in many different colors to fit your personality, and features a sturdy seat area with a long handle to help you twist and turn while sledding. It is quite lightweight at 3.5 pounds so it is easy to carry up the hill. It is recommended for children ages five and up with a total weight limit of 250 pounds.
Check out this Paricon Flying Saucer Sled that comes in a three pack. Each saucer is 26 inches in diameter and weighs only 1.5 pounds each. It is also made with cold resistant PVC to glide nice and smooth. It is good for kids age 3 and older. It also features molded hand grips for safety as well.
I like this Pelican Sizzler 36 Sled since it has a nice area to put your feet. The hand levers help you control your speed and direction so you get the most comfortable ride. This device is recommended for children ages 6 and older.
With good foot space, this Paricon Winter Heat sled gives you a lot of control with side handles and an integrated brake so you speed can be controlled. Steering is controlled by tilting the body.
Though more expensive than many of the others, this Wham-O Snow Boogie Fantom-X is a great investment. Made with a metal alloy frame, it is very durable. It can handle one or two riders and has a comfortable mesh seat and a handlebar style grip.
Coming in many bright colors, this Lucky Bums Plastic Racer Sled is also a good option with a pull rope and a steering wheel and handbrakes for a more customized ride. It is recommended for children ages 6 and older.
Take a look at this Flexible Flyer PT Blaster that has a steering wheel and a front ski to help you steer more easily. It also features a spring activated brake for more control. It is recommended for children ages 4 and older.
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