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Zipfy Freestyle Mini Luge Snow Sled
Zipfy Freestyle Mini Luge Snow Sled
Recommended for ages 5 and up with a weight limit of 250 pounds
Lighweight, compact, and easy to carry up the hill
Built with high density polyethylene plastic with UV stabilizer
Very rugged; will retain its vibrant color
Made in the USA
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67 of 73 found the following review helpful:
Need a Bigger MountainJan 12, 2009
By D. Sullivan
"I'm That Guy"
I bought 2 Zipy's for each of my boys (11 and 13). Brought them out to the local sledding hill to try them out. I couldn't resist, I had to try them for myself. They were alot of fun. Just about as fast or faster than anything on the hill, and was a huge hit, everyone wanted to try them, and were runnning home to tell dad they wanted one. Still, I felt the need for more. I want to go down those ski slopes like they show in the videos at zipfy.com, because the fun is in the handling with more speed. I'll be calling the local ski mountains here in Western Massachusetts to see if anyone allows any sledding. If anyone knows of any, let me know. Happy sledding!!
37 of 40 found the following review helpful:
A blast!Feb 24, 2009
I bought one to replace yet another blown snowtube. It is a blast! I agree with other reviewers that it would be easier with a tow rope and a grippier seat (I was in deeper snow) but I screamed with laughter all the way down the hill. I blew away my Godson on his sled. I'm 46 but yesterday I was 10 years old again. For the price it is lightening fast light weight and super-fun.
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Huge Christmas hit!Dec 30, 2009
My kids told both me and Santa this year, that all they wanted for Christmas were sleds. My 5 year old son, just learning to read and write, wrote his very first sentence just before Christmas - "I want a sled.". Santa brought the kids each one of these in both blue & pink. Thanks to Amazon offering 2 day delivery, they arrived within 2 days, despite snow storms everywhere in the area - Wyoming where we always spend Christmas. We had a blast on these things! My son is 48 lbs, daughter 39 lbs and I'm 175 lbs, and we all rode the Zipfys with no problem. However, if there is deep powder like we had - 12 fresh inches on top of a base of about 30", then it helps if a heavier adult runs the Zipfy down first, to cut out a run, as well as a run one down about 5 feet away to create a staircase to climb back up the hill. My kids didn't weigh enough to cut the runs. Within minutes, I had created 3 runs for the kids in the powder near our house in Wyoming. They were surprised that the "grownups" could use them as well as they could, well actually better. In an area where everyone has a number of snow transportation vehicles - snow mobiles, sleds, skis, snow boards, snow shoes, and even horse drawn sleighs, everyone we showed these sleds to were impressed by their small lightweight, compact design and speedy performance.
What we loved most about these sleds is that they are so lightweight - only 3 lbs compared to the near 20 lbs of traditional flyer sleds - ones with hardwood/metal runners, and will take blows on rocks hidden under the snow with it's hollow core design. If we had used one of those inflatable sleds, we would have blown one out in minutes. We were riding these from deep powder right down and and out onto an unused but rocky and icy driveway below, with no blows to our bottoms. My 5 year old son had no trouble steering it after explaining it was in leaning your body weight holding the handle, and not in the handle itself. Even when he did totally wipe out when over leaning, he laughed and had a blast. He had the ability to easily carry the sled back up the hill because it was so lightweight. Since we had 3 adults helping our kids, we soon developed a system of just tossing these sleds back up the hill to another person to speed up the process. I had no trouble throwing this thing 12 feet in the air and 30 feet away. Because it is so lightweight and designed with no sharp edges, it seems very safe, even to throw back and forth as we did.
But for us 'adults' riding the Zipfy all over age 40 - and weighing in at 175, 200 & 225lbs, we would like to see another size up with a larger seat - add 3 inches width and depth for us for more comfort. Also would like some kind of loop to carry this thing back home as the handle kept tending to slip out of my snow gloves for the two blocks we had to get back home. If carried with bare hands, may have better grip but it was -14C outside with -24C windchill, and I was not willing to try that. My husband used bare hands to carry the Zipfy- native Wyomingite, and carried sled with no trouble - said he doesn't even own a pair of gloves. Comparing the Zipfy to the original miniBob from decades ago, I'm guessing there may have been issues with broken fingers and hands when there was a loop or hole included so guess that is why not included this time around. Fyi, our thin plastic flexible flyers we had used last winter didn't last but 2 days this last snow season- they cracked in the extreme cold weather when using so we were glad to have gotten these Zipfy minibobs from Amazon. We do recommend getting snow sport helmets, as the Zipfy does encourage everyone to get pretty adventurous pretty fast going downhill and not wanting to wait turns, especially if sledding around trees. I've skied most of the major ski resorts in North America, and most accidents I've witnessed have been people running into trees. Try to find open areas without trees if possible if want to do steep runs at fast speeds, as this Zipfy is capable of and try to enforce rules of allowing enough space between sledders. These were the big hit item for our Christmas 2009 and we look forward to many seasons ahead using them each winter!
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Fun if you don't expect it to be something it's not.Jan 16, 2012
By N. E. Sima
I read a lot of reviews on this item before I found it in a store and purchased it. (I would have bought it on Amazon, but picking it up directly and sledding today was entirely what I wanted to do.) I'd like to say that I replayed all the negative reviews I could remember while walking up the hill.
I took it to a fairly popular sledding hill in town. (Popular meaning that the hill snow was pretty packed by the time I got there. No different than you'd see on a ski slope.) I broke this out and sat down on it. As it's named a luge sled, I figured that my legs would play a pivotal role in riding this thing. I was right. There's a negative review that says you can't stay on the sled. This isn't true. I found that sliding as far forward as I could and squeezing my thighs together really kept me quite stationary on the sled.
Other complaints said that it tracked hard or turned completely around. I did not have this problem I used my hands behind me to keep stability and generally just shifted my weight left or right using my inner thigh to turn. (Much like you'd do on a real luge) At one point I really needed to quickly take a turn, I simply grabbed the 'joystick' and made a really quick cut in the snow. After that any time I needed to stop quickly, I just skidded to a halt using the aforementioned joystick.
I believe someone complained about carrying this sled back up the hill. I found it to be quite light and managable. I basically just tucked the seat under my arm and used the joystick to keep it there. A lot easier than carrying a big toboggan or saucer up a windy hill.
All in all, I've spent a worse 30+ dollars on molded plastic sleds. It's not a regular sled, don't expect it to be. Expect it to handle like a luge, take it on a hill that's already packed a bit, and have a great time sledding. Barring some horrible person/sled/tree accident, I'd say I'll get a few winters use out of this sled and I'll be happy doing it.
85 of 108 found the following review helpful:
For Steep Hills & Small Butts Only: Design Gone BadDec 22, 2009
By Jay Finnsey
"Truth in Reviews!"
My wife saw this and ordered it for my son, a six year old. It's odd shape makes you keep turning it backwards, until you get used to it's strange look. As for performance, on a steep hill, as shown in those STEEP SKI SLOPE videos, I'm sure it would do well... BUT, on average at-home country sledding slopes (we have a decent one) it under-performs when compared to our normal sleds.
We have a fresh, day old, 6" granular (slightly heavier than powder) snow cover. When my son got on it the thing just sat there. We had to make a few slick sled tracks with our other sled FIRST before this thing would even move at all. And even then, because of its very short length and only two "tracks" on its belly side, the thing would not hold true to the tracks we made. It kept going left or right. It does not track straight.
My son easily mastered the body-tilt steering needed to control the thing, but again, because of its short length, over-steering is a problem.
The worst thing about it... even after developing a slick run which our other sled performed fast slides with, this thing would just sit there with my son's 55 pounds on it. I had to push to get him started on EVERY run. Ridiculous. Oh... and because you have to keep both hands on that "joystick" to keep yourself on the darned thing (the "seat" is sloped down at the back and slick when wet!) it's impossible to use your hands for a starting push. Oh yea... and my son found it very hard to carry... especially by the joystick (easier for my bigger hands).
Now... as for as my bigger butt--I'm a short, overweight man... pretty average for the U.S., I suppose. When I tried it I kept sliding off the back before I could get started--pulling back on the joystick just to keep from sliding off! I had to use my heels to pull me forward to get going. Very awkward. A sort of dorky rocking motion. Again, on a very steep slope, and with a dry butt (I had been already sledding with the other sled), maybe an adult could stay on it because the seat's angle would be forced downward to almost flat and level. The designers didn't shape this for a human butt.
We'll save this thing for when we go on an outing to a very steep hill in a park nearby, maybe then it might slide by itself with a steeper downhill angle.
I really think this is a good idea gone bad. They need a redesign with a longer bed (twice the length) and more tracking ridges on its belly (for straighter tracking). The redesign should include a longer seat with a flared up tail (a rear spoiler shape comes to mind) to help keep your butt on the darned thing. A long enough nose to tuck your heels onto wouldn't be bad either.
Back to the drawing board... or take it with you to the ski slopes (and watch it stall on the kiddie slopes).
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