Winter is just around the corner and so is the tobogganing season. If there is enough snow, tobogganing is one of the most popular leisure activities and is especially fun for children. But which sled or bob is the right one for tobogganing? There is a confusing abundance of suppliers and models in the trade. The differences start with the material and extend from the design to the equipment. Should I choose a sledge made of wood, plastic or aluminium? Should you choose the classic sled model or the streamlined Skibob? Does it have to be a sled with steering and brake or can it be done without? In addition to these questions, there are two other points to consider when deciding which sled is the safest, and which model has the best tobogganing characteristics on the slope? So there are many criteria to consider when buying a sled. The website Schlitten-Test.de (schlitten-test.de) offers answers to all these questions. Especially these pros and cons of different sled models are examined.
The right sledge even for little snow
In our latitudes, snow does not fall regularly in winter. Therefore, sled models that can also be used on a thin layer of snow can be an advantage. For example, sleigh bobsleds, plates and various inflatable sledges require little snow. They have a relatively low dead weight, a particularly large contact surface to the snow and start to slide quickly. Aluminium sledges, on the other hand, are less suitable for thin snow cover due to their thin runners.
Durability and stability
When asked about durability and stability, the metal or wooden models perform best. They are usually very solidly built and also survive collisions. Bobs, plastic sledges and inflatable sledges, on the other hand, are less resistant for a long time. Abrasion is more noticeable on plastics than on wood or metal and is not as stable even in collisions. Obstacles on the slope, such as stones, can slit inflatable sledges and render them unusable. The situation is different with sledges made from one piece, e.g. sliding plates.
Light or heavyweights?
Slides should be as light as possible. The lower their own weight, the easier they are to transport and pull up the slope. Slides made of aluminium and plastic are the lightest and therefore the best for transport. On the other hand, the driving and steering characteristics of heavier models are better. They put more weight on the snow and thus reach higher speeds. In addition, the steering and brakes are usually more predictable, as there is more contact with the ground.
Steering and Braking
Some newer sled models have steering and brakes to improve steering and make tobogganing more comfortable. Older models have to be controlled with hands and feet, which is both exhausting and not particularly safe. Sometimes there are obstacles on the track. You have to avoid trees, hills or other people. Steering slides also have clear advantages on winding roads. You have to invest less energy in steering and braking and can enjoy tobogganing more.
Tobogganing fun and safety
Steering sledges and bobsleds are also at the top when it comes to tobogganing fun and safety. Steering bobs are particularly popular with children because they are easy to steer and reach high speeds. For adults, there are super-fast ski bobs with runners for a fast-paced ride. Safety when tobogganing naturally depends on one hand on one’s own driving behaviour. On the other hand, however, the solid construction is important. Steering and braking should be tested before purchase. In addition, the sledge must only be occupied by the number of persons permitted for the model.