For the 50+ Traveler

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A-DUDU Snow Tube

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Glide down the snow on a pocket of air with the A-DUDU snow tube. In response to customer reviews, they updated their tube in 2019 to include an additional layer on the base of the tube to protect against additional wear on the sledding surface. The sled’s bottom has a small hole to release trapped air between the layers during inflation, and it’s not a defect. However, it is important to note that some users have claimed that the additional layer slows down the tube, so keep that in mind. One other concern is that while a child's gloved hands fit nicely in the hand holds, adults may have difficulty getting their larger hands to fit nicely. The tube is great for young kids and sufficient for an adult/child tandem ride as well.

Key Features

  • Two-layer bottom
  • Double locking air valve
  • Reinforced grip handles

Specifications

  • Brand: A-DUDU
  • Size: 47-inch diameter; 12-inch-diameter middle seat
  • Weight: Not listed

Pros

  • Comes with a storage case for off-season
  • Dual bottom layer to protect from punctures
  • Can also be used in water or on sand

Cons

  • Handles are small and hard to grip with thick gloves

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Slippery Racer Downhill Xtreme Toboggan

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The Slippery Racer Downhill Xtreme Toboggan is made from high-quality plastic for hours of sledding fun. Designed to be flexible to reduce damage caused from normal wear and tear, it can easily fit two children. An adult will fit with a child, however it is a tighter fit. With three colors to choose from, your grandkids will glide down the hill in style in this lightweight sled!

Key Features

  • Pull rope
  • IceVex cold-resistant treatment

Specifications

  • Brand: Slippery Racer
  • Size: 48 x 18 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight: Not listed

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Big enough for two
  • Can accommodate adults

Cons

  • Tight squeeze for an adult with a child

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Flexible Flyer Metal Snow Saucer

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The Flexible Flyer snow disc is made out of heavy gauge steel and while it may dent upon contact with harder objects, it won't break like other materials. Includes a powder coating that assures a smooth ride on the snow. This is a quality product that your grandkids will enjoy time and time again and is great for kids or adults! The disc may be too heavy for younger kids to repeatedly carry back up a hill due to being made out of steel. The Flexible Flyer will also function well as a sand sled for year-round usage.

Key Features

  • Rope hand holds
  • Made with steel

Specifications

  • Brand: Flexible Flyer
  • Size: 26 inches in diameter, 4 inches high
  • Weight: 6 pounds

Pros

  • Durable materials
  • 100% company guarantee
  • Great for sand dunes in addition to snow

Cons

  • Heavy to repeatedly carry uphill

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Airhead Classic Snow Sled

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This single-person sled is great for the kids but unlikely to fit an adult. However, Airhead also has a two-person sled option if you intend to sled with you grandkids as the two-person style is more likely to work for an adult. The single-child option is great if you have smaller children. The lightweight construction makes for an easier trip back up the hill after a good run.

Key Features

  • Pull rope

Specifications

  • Brand: Airhead
  • Size: 35 x 17 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 1.25 pounds

Pros

  • Great for younger kids
  • High-impact plastic construction
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Tight squeeze for older kids/teens

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Flexible Flyer Metal Runner Sled

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This durable steel runner sled is a great option for kids and adults alike as the 60-inch option can easily fit you and a small child. The classic sled is made from quality steel and birch for lasting fun and will have you reliving your own childhood sledding for hours in the snow. The sled is steerable with either your hands or your feet and has holes for a rope to be attached for pulling the sled uphill. The biggest downside is that the rope is not included, which seems like a miss for an otherwise quality product, but one can be bought at a local hardware store, cut to your own desired length, and attached. Relive childish whimsy and pass along the fun to your grandkids!

Key Features

  • Steel runners
  • Birchwood frame

Specifications

  • Brand: Flexible Flyer
  • Size: 60 x 20.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Weight: 14 pounds

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • Steerable with feet or hands
  • 100% company guarantee

Cons

  • Rope not included with sled

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Goplus Snow Racer Sled

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The iron frame of the Goplus snow racer sled makes it a sturdy choice for your grandkids. Its triangular shape will reduce friction and allow for more speed. If the speed becomes to much, the sled comes complete with foot brakes to reduce speed as needed. For a non-traditional approach to sledding that will give the kids the feel of driving a go-cart, go with the Goplus!

Key Features

  • Steering wheel
  • Double foot brake
  • Pull rope with carabiner attachment

Specifications

  • Brand: Goplus
  • Size: 44.5 x 20 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 13 pounds

Pros

  • Triangular structure for reduced friction
  • Great for younger children
  • Foot brakes for controlling speed

Cons

  • Requires assembly

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Sled Legs: Wearable Snow Sleds

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If you are looking for an alternative to a sled that is easy to store and pack in the trunk of a car, then look no further than Sled Legs. Simply strap the sleds to each leg and ride down the slopes on your knees! The wedge-like shape of the foam near the back is designed to keep your toes from dragging behind you while providing a shock absorber to protect the knees. They come in two sizes: The small is designed for those between four and five feet tall and under 125 pounds, while the large should work for those over five feet tall and up to 250 pounds.

Key Features

  • ABS plastic with interior foam molding
  • Leg straps

Specifications

  • Brand: Sled Legs
  • Size: Depends on selection
  • Weight: Not listed

Pros

  • No sled to lug up the hill
  • Easily stored and transported
  • Easier to “steer” than most sleds

Cons

  • Do not fit children under four feet tall well
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In the world of downhill sledding, there is no right or wrong sled type to choose. Many factors go into deciding what type and size of sled to purchase for your specific needs. Here are a few important factors to consider when choosing a sled for your home.

Material

The material that a sled is made from will determine its speed, flexibility, and durability. Common materials include metal, plastic, and inflatable materials, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

Metal is by the far the most durable and often comes in the form of a saucer or as runners on a wooden-framed sled. While metal provides durability, metal sleds are often heavier, and more expensive, and may struggle in thicker snow. Younger children may struggle to pull these back up the hill on their own.

Plastic sleds are less durable but far cheaper to manufacture. They are lightweight and much easier for young children to manage on their own. After repeated use, they are more likely to become brittle and break, requiring replacement more often.

Inflatable materials provide more insulation from bumpy terrain, similar to how a tire absorbs some movement while on the road. Inflatable sleds and tubes are often less expensive than other options as well as lightweight, and provide a since of “flying” over the snow. However, inflatable tubes are also likely to split or pop overtime and with enough pressure or if punctured by an unseen rock or stick.

Size

It is important to know the age and number of children you hope to entertain as well. Find a larger-size sled if you intend to sled with your grandchildren to ensure there is adequate space for both an adult and a child. Even sleds that claim to be large and made for two can be tight for an adult, so ensure you read through reviews to make sure your questions get answered. Additionally, the heavier the riders, the sturdier the material needs to be to avoid damage in case of an impact or puncture, with metal and thicker plastics working well for older children and adults.

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