If the weather outside is frightful, we recommend dashing through the snow with a one-horse open sleigh. But that’s expensive and horses are high maintenance. If just a sleigh or sled sounds good to you, we’ve picked our top three sleds that are must-haves for a winter wonderland. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, you can burn up to 450 calories per hour sledding. So yeah, you should get extra whipped cream on top of your hot chocolate after a day on the hill.
Sledding is a quintessential winter pastime and is fun for little ones and adults. Whether you’re spending the day in the snow with your kids or want to feel like a kid yourself, a sled is a magic instrument that can make long, dreary winter months bearable.
If you’re more into outdoor sports like ice fishing or hunting or you like to cozy up with a campfire during the winter months, we’ve also included a sled that is designed to carry heavy items like firewood and fishing fear.
Skip the expensive snowmobile and don’t worry about deciding between the bunny hill or the black diamond by spending a snowy day sledding. These sleds will keep you safe while having fun, because if we learned anything from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, it’s that sledding can be an extreme sport.
1. Shappell Jet Ice Fishing Sled
Pull lumber for campfires, carry equipment for ice fishing or traps for hunting, or slide down a snowy hill with the Shappell Jet Ice Fishing Sled. The durable sled is designed to hold heavy loads, made with rugged polyethylene construction and measures 54” x 24”.
Pros: The Shappell is designed to be used on snow and ice, but it’s also durable enough to be used on grass, dirt and asphalt.
Cons: The Shappell is better suited for working than for sledding.
2. Flexible Flyer Metal Runner Sled
Designed for adults, the Flexible Flyer Metal Runner Sled can hold up to 250 pounds, making it a great option for snow lovers of all ages and sizes. The vintage style sled is easy to steer even when holding a child thanks to its steering bar that can be used while sitting up or lying flat on your stomach.
Pros: The Flexible Flyer is made with high quality durable materials, including birchwood, steel-coated runners, and triple knee construction for a comfortable ride.
Cons: The Flexible Flyer is heavy at 14 pounds and doesn’t come with a tow rope for pulling up a hill.
3. GoFloats Winter Snow Tube
Bring the fun with you anywhere using GoFloats Winter Snow Tube, a sled that inflates in minutes and weighs less than six pounds, making it easy to carry. GoFloats uses durable material that is 100 percent thicker than competitors, easily withstanding demanding snowy terrain while keeping you elevated, comfortable and dry.
Pros: Ideal for use by both adults and kids, the GoFloat comes in five fun designs, including a unicorn, flamingo, polar bear, penguin and ice dragon. Each design has two handles for a secure ride and to help carry the GoFloat.
Cons: Although made with durable material, the GoFloat is still not as durable as the Flexible Flyer or Shappell and can rip or pop if exposed to sharp rocks or branches.