Portable sleds ideal for mountain trips
The Snolo high performance alpine snow sled, which is the brainchild of Alexandra man Sean Boyd, has had its global launch and prospects are looking good for the fledgling company. The six-year journey from a flash of inspiration to prototype building, detailed design and final production came full circle when the Snolo website opened up worldwide orders for the company’s flagship sled, the Stealth-X, on January 7. ‘‘It’s great to have the website open for business. The Stealth-X model has been shipped across the globe, from Europe to the United States and even to Azerbaijan,’’ Mr Boyd said. However, with the help of a suitable investor, a wider range of Snolo sleds could soon hit the market. ‘‘I think that the launch of the Stealth-X has shown what can be done with sledding by setting no limits on materials, design and construction – hence a price tag of US$1900 [NZ$2200]. ‘‘But not everyone can afford such a luxury, so the next range of cheaper, but still incredibly cool Snolo sleds is in the pipeline and will be launched into action as soon as a suitable investor is on board to help continue to grow the brand.’’ The Stealth-X , made of carbon fibre, can be used on hard compact snow and soft powdered snow, and has turning and stopping ability. ‘‘Snolo has taken the old fashioned factor away from a sled as being a child’s play thing, and made sledding into a serious adult pastime that wants to rub alongside our traditional sports of skiing and snowboarding,’’ Mr Boyd said. Test runs on an average gradient slope showed the Stealth-X was capable of speeds above 65km per hour, a vital component for its creator. ‘‘I’m not an avid skier or snowboarder but I like to go fast. I wanted to create a sled that took me to speeds that would excite me,’’ Mr Boyd said. The sled’s front ski can be removed and slotted in to the shell, so the entire sled can be worn as a backpack, opening up the back country for exploring.
Self sufficient: A Snolo sledder, with the sled in packed-down backpack mode, explores back country terrain. The Alexandra-based company has had a successful global launch of its flagship sled, the Stealth-X, and more sleds are in the pipeline.
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