Por­ta­ble sleds ideal for moun­tain trips

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

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.

Photo: SUE FEA / FAIR­FAX NZ 627889847

Nowready: Sal­va­tion Army leader Lieu­tenant Shaun Baker, left, and $10 Chal­lenge trustee Graeme Fin­nie with the Sal­va­tion Army’s new emer­gency re­sponse ve­hi­cle.

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