Steering slide comparison 2020
The 9 best steerable sleds at a glance.
In addition to classic wooden sledges, steering sledges have become increasingly popular in recent decades. The adjustable front skid offers the possibility to maneuver the sled, instead of hurtling down the sledding hill in a given direction.
According to tests, a steering sled should have a sprung front runner for maximum safety, to absorb hard impacts through the frozen ground. Are you still looking for a Christmas present for your child? Then make the right choice with a steering sled.
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|model||Stiga Snowracer King Size GT||Tundra Wolf steering sled||Stiga Snow Racer Ultimate Pro||Stiga Snow Racer SX Pro Color||Stiga Black Line steering sled||Deuba Monzana steering sled||Monzana steering sled||Moni Snejko Snowy children’s sled||pro.tec steering sled|
|37 reviews||26 reviews||53 reviews||43 reviews||42 reviews||30 ratings||21 reviews|
|Recommended age||from 3 years||from age 6||from 3 years||from 3 years||from 3 years||from age 6||from 3 years||from 3 years||from age 6|
|load-bearing capacity||up to 100 kg||up to 100 kg||up to 90 kg||up to 90 kg||up to 80 kg||up to 75 kg||up to 60 kg||up to 50 kg||up to 40 kg|
|Dimensions||150 x 55 x 37 cm||120 x 50 x 38 cm||120 x 50 x 29 cm||120 x 55 x 38 cm||120 x 55 x 38 cm||120 x 50 x 38 cm||122 x 50 x 44 cm||107 x 49 x 39 cm||122 x 50 x 43.5 cm|
|Weight||10.5 kg||5.8 kg||6.9 kg||7.5 kg||6.5 kg||6.9 kg||7.8 kg||6.4 kg||approx. 5 kg|
|Questions and answers about the product||Questions and answers about Stiga Snowracer King Size GT||Questions and answers about Tundra Wolf steering sledges||Questions and answers about Stiga Snow Racer Ultimate Pro||Questions and answers about Stiga Snow Racer SX Pro Color||Questions and answers about Stiga Black Line steering sled||Questions and answers about Deuba Monzana steering sled||Questions and answers about Monzana steering sled||Questions and answers about Moni Snejko Snowy children’s sled||Questions and answers about pro.tec steering sled|
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- The age recommendation of the manufacturers is not binding and should rather be seen as a kind of recommendation. The suitability of a sled for your child mainly depends on the size and weight of the child.
- The load capacity describes the maximum body weight the sled should be loaded with. For safe use, we recommend that the load limit should ideally be 20 kilograms higher than the body weight of the sledding person.
- In order to be able to comfortably pull the children on a winter walk, you should opt for a steering sled with a pull rope. Ideally, a rope pulley is also included in the scope of delivery.
Red cheeks, stiff frozen fingers and happy faces: children from all over the world look forward to the cold winter months and the fall of the first snow every year. As soon as the first flakes have fallen from the sky, the gloves are already extracted and the old sledge is taken out of the garden shed. But the future belongs to the steering sledge. This with their special design and a flexible front skid make it possible to maneuver the sled.
Our steering sled comparison 2019/2020 clarifies how the age recommendations of the manufacturers (such as Alpengaudi or Hamax) are to be interpreted and for what reason you should not do without a pull rope, if you want to buy a good and cheap steering sled.
1. The age recommendation is not a clear criterion
Manufacturers of sledge brands such as Stiga or KWH give an approximate age recommendation for each of their models (based on the average size of children in certain age groups). So you can decide whether the sled is suitable for your child. However, you should keep in mind that it is there is only a recommendation from the manufacturer.
However, this information is in no way binding. For example, children of above the age of four can ride a sled for which an age recommendation of six has been given without any problems. The upper age limit for most products is open and is rather limited by resilience.
2. Some steering sledges can even be driven by adults
Resilience is a clear value that you can use to determine which is the best steering sled for your child. In order for your child to be able to use the sled for as long as possible, we recommend that the load capacity should be at least 20 kg above the child’s body weight. The greater this difference, the better, because the steering sledge can be used for more than a year or two. Some models are so robust that they are suitable as a steering sled for adults.
Sledges that are particularly resilient (up to 90 or 100 kg body weight) can also be used by adults. On some steering sledges is even enough space to offer you and your child enough space. This is particularly important when the children are young and unable to drive the sled independently.
3. The suspension provides shock absorption and reduces the risk of accidents
Sledge scooter – a good skate alternative
If the children are still too young for ice skates, sled rollers are a good alternative. In terms of structure, they are very similar to city rollers, but instead of rollers, the sled rollers have runners. This sled-roller hybrid is perfect if your offspring is too young for ice skates. So that the child does not have to stay outside, it can instead chase across the ice with the sledge scooter.
Although special models with a special design appear in some steering sled tests, most steering sleds have three runners that are arranged like a tricycle. Two runners are located at the rear left and right of the seats. The front runner is in the middle and is connected to a steering wheel or handlebar, which allows the sled to be maneuvered.
In the case of high-quality steering sled types, the foremost runner is sprung. This is supposed to Shocks at high speed dampened on the frozen ground and a safe and risk-free journey is ensured. However, suspension also offers dangers: due to the open design, the skid suspension is a particularly sensitive weak point of a steering sled. Although they are robustly built and have a protection at the factory, the suspension is still susceptible.
An example of sensitivity is contact with road salt. This special salt, which is often strewn on icy roads in winter, can attack the material of the spring. With frequent contact, both the protection and the metal spring become brittle. To prevent this, you should clean the spring after every toboggan tour before stowing the sled again.
Advantages and disadvantages of a sprung front skid:
- good shock absorption ensures better control over the sled
- reduced risk of accidents
- Metal attackable by road salt
4. A braking device is particularly important on steeper toboggan runs
When tobogganing, the speed is influenced both by the physical characteristics of the tobogganist and by the conditions of the toboggan run. Very high speeds can be reached quickly on tracks that have a steep angle. But what seems fun at first, can quickly become a major risk of accidents.
If you lose control of the sled, you must be able to brake as quickly as possible to avoid accidents and injuries. For this reason almost all steering slides have foot brakes, that allow you to quickly stop and regain control of the sled.
5. With a pull rope you can pull the sled together with the children behind you
If the children are younger than four years, a pull rope is particularly important. As the endurance of the children is limited, they will be exhausted after a while on the toboggan run (especially in the Alpine regions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland). You can pull the child and sledge on the way home. Some traction ropes are delivered with a pulley, which enables you to store the rope in a space-saving manner and at the same time reduce the risk of accidents.
Attention: Ropes that are attached to the sled without a pulley always pose a safety risk when sledding. For this reason, you should always use a model with a winch or remove the rope before departure.
6. Wide range of colors for boys and girls
When choosing the sled color, you can choose from a large selection the ideal sled in your child’s favorite color choose. The selection is large enough that you should be able to easily find both steering slides for boys and steering slides for girls in the right color. A chic sleigh just in time for the cold season makes a great gift on Christmas Eve under the Christmas tree. Alternatively, you can let the child choose a color.
7. A sled weight of less than five kilograms protects endurance when pulling the sled
A steering sled should be as light as possible, not only to keep the risk of injury low, but also to protect the endurance of the child when pulling the sled a little. For this we recommend a steering sled with a weight of five kilograms or less. The dimensions of the slide are of minor importance and have no influence on the purchase decision.
In 2013, the Stiftung Warentest carried out a steering sled test and sled test in combination with purchase advice. Six of the tested types of sledges were given the final grade of “good”, while one specimen was unable to withstand the tests and failed with “poor”. Incidentally: The Stiftung Warentest selected a comparison sled winner instead of a sled without control.
8. Other sledge types
In addition to the steering sled, there are other sled types from different categories (sled with control and sled without control) between which you can choose.
The most classic and probably the most widespread sled shape is that of the traditional flat sled. These traditional wooden sledges are particularly good for pulling and are therefore ideal for winter walks with the family.
The horn sled is a modified version of the traditional sled. Basically identical in construction, the horn sled has twisted wooden horns on the front of the sled. These “horns” offer you support and tobogganing are therefore particularly suitable for descents.
Sledge bobs are maneuverable just like steering sledges, but differ in design. Instead of a bench and a metal frame to which the runners are attached, bobsleds often consist of a flat plastic tub, on the underside of which the runners and the steering device are located. The bobs are suitable for pulling as well as for descents. Because of their size, they are very good children’s sledges.
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