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  • Rigid or Soft toboggan?

    Do you prefer a rigid side toboggan/pulk, or do you like the roll up style? Reasons why?

    LL

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    I've always used a soft toboggan specifically a black river sled, 11ft. that thing allows me to bring so many snacks! However, I only have experience utilizing a pulk system on a paris sled and a soft toboggan. I'd be interested to see what the advantages of a rigid toboggan has to offer. I suppose it doesn't hurt to have another sled in the garage.

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    • #3
      I built mine out of HDPE, I love it except for one problem. Its more ridged then it should be. By all accounts and everyone I have talked it it should roll up. It doesn't. I do wish however it was flexible enough to roll up.

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      • #4
        Ray1984 what thickness did you make your sled out of?

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        • #5
          1/4 HDPE - we had to use a heat gun to get the hood bent. There soiled sleds and besides the fact they are hard to transport, other wise they turned out really well. We used teak for the crosses.

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          • #6
            I have some 3/16" uhmw sleds with Semi rigid sides. A fixed turn up screwed to laminated ash and the sides have segmented sections of laminated ash. cross members are laminated ash. I have one the is1/8" uhmw that works just fine same style of construction. The segmented sides allow for expansion/ contraction through temperature changes.
            Dan Cooke
            Have Great Adventures!

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            • #7
              Rigid toboggan. Mainly because they can be made lighter and tip over less. I pushed the limits on my last builds and used 3/32” (0.090”) HDPE and got the weight down to 8 pounds for and 8’ sled. That thickness of plastic also has less shrinkage force and doesn’t deform as much in the severe cold. I’ll do a full write up on this site sometime.

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              • #8
                Snowbound That would be wonderful if you could share the build with us. I'm always trying new things. Perhaps this year might be the year I give rigid sleds a try!

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