The 15 Best Sleds, Saucers, Tubes, and Toboggans for Kids and Adults
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You don’t hit the links with one club in your bag, so why make your kids hit the sledding hill with just one sled? These 15 snow whips provide for all manner of riding styles and prepare kids of all ages (read: kids who can’t steer and adult who can’t stop) for all sorts of different conditions. Still, as different as these sleds all are, they made the list of our top sleds for one reason: They ride fast and smooth. The problem with cheaper, off-the-rack sleds tends to be twofold: punishing vibration and the tendency to turn over. Can a very basic sled work? Absolutely. There’s no need to upgrade to one of the models below. That said, doing so can make sledding not only a hell of a lot more fun, but a bit safer for both children and adults.
That said, these are still sleds and you still have to bring them back up the hill. If you expect to have to pull them back up with your kids in them, don’t get a tube, slider, or toboggan setup. Go simple.
15. e-Joy Kids Snow Sled Boat
A race car of a sled, e-Joy’s durable plastic Snow Boat has an ergonomic back supporting seat, and anti-slip foot panels for bracing during a rollicking ride. Pull brakes on both sides make it easy for your sledder to slow or stop. For more daring riders, the brakes also make it easy to skid into a high speed drifting turn. Recommended for ages 6 years and under up to 100 pounds.
14. STIGA Snowracer FSR GT
Many sleds can race down a hill, but only one can call itself a snowracer. Literally, STIGA owns the trademark. Your kid will look X Games-ready atop this bad boy, especially considering it’s capable of this. (Might want to invest in a decent helmet while you’re at it.) They’ll also likely learn the a valuable lesson: just because you’re gripping a steering wheel doesn’t mean you’re going to avoid that tree.
13. Bradley Magic Carpet Flexible Snow Sled Flyer Kids Sledding Toboggan
The easiest sled to pack, the Magic Carpet is made from 600 denier waterproof canvas on top, with 1000 denier coated, slippery bottom. It’s best for groomed and smooth slopes, as the sled doesn’t offer a lot of shock absorption. But it’s easy to carry back up the hill even for little kids. Recommended for riders up to 90 pounds.
12. Flexible Flyer Baby Sleigh
Tow your tot around town and around your local Nordic network in Flexible Flyer’s Baby Sleigh. Made for kids one to four years old, this classic wood-body sleigh has wooden runners and a steam-bent backrest to keep small kids onboard and upright.
11. L.L. Bean Sonic Slider
The butt sled-style Sonic Slider is about as simple as you get. The 24” plastic sled has a minimally molded plastic seat and handle with a little bit of shock absorbing anti-slip foam on top. Ridges in the underside help the sled track, and by tugging on the handle, the rider can control direction. Designed for ages four and up, it’s light, compact, and one of the most affordable sleds made. For $30, you get a two pack, so your kiddo never has to go sledding alone.
10. Molson Runner Alpine Classic Sled
Molson’s Classic combines the timeless wooden styling of a traditional flyer with aerospace-grade aluminum runners to carve up all types of snow. One-inch diameter side tubes are the perfect size for little hands to grip tight when the run starts getting real, or mounting a GoPro to capture their reaction in the same scenario. The definition of an “heirloom sled:” you won’t hand it down to your kid until you’re done bombing hills yourself.
9. Zipfy Junior
Fortunately (or not, if you’re hoping your kid will take up an interest in life-endangering Olympic sports), Zipfy isn’t technically a luge — it’s operated from a seated position. It also has googly eye decals, which most Olympic sleds sadly lack. Still, it’s luge-esque enough; it’s steered using body weight and you can make it stop with your feet. That actually makes it sound more Flintstone-esque. Whatever, lookit those kiddos fly!
8. Sonic Snow Tube
The Humvee of the hill, this snow tube was originally designed for commercial use, meaning you can jump on with confidence that can handle all manner of tube-tearing ground effects and your own post-post-adolescent, dadbod physique. That’s key, because the inner circle is a touch large for small kids but perfect for father-kid tandem descents.
7. TSL Toddler Sled
For those who want to get their kids pointed downhill from the earliest possible age, the TSL’s 3-point harness ensures that little people can get bounced around a sled without getting bounced out of it. Fair warning: this (relative) safety measure has not been proven to calm furious mothers. That requires a whole different kind of harness.
6. Paricon Flying Saucer
Everyone loves the freewheeling anarchy of trashcan lid-style sledding, and for 11 bucks the only excuse to not pick up one of these would be because you’re cheap. For 33 bucks, the only excuse to not pick up the 3-pack would be because you’re cheap and foolish enough to believe your kid doesn’t have the same magnetic attraction to rocks and trees as every other critter on the sled hill.
5. Railz Snow Scooter
Straight up, this thing looks like it has zero handling capability whatsoever — and therein lies its genius. Kids live to fling their bodies through the snow with reckless abandon, and their love for you immediately increases proportionally to the dangerousness of any gift you give them. They’ll also appreciate the fact that you can’t steal one of their toys for once; the collapsible aluminum frame only supports up to 140 pounds.
4. Toysland Snow Scooter
A razor scooter for snow sliding, Toyland’s Snow Scooter lets your kid kick around the driveway or yard, and slide down snowy slopes. A handle lets your child steer the scooter—the handle folds down for easy storage and transport. And, when there’s no snow, you don’t have to store it until next winter. The scooter slides on sand, grass and even carpet, making it a year-round toy. After the kids have gone to bed…you can take it for a run. It’s rated for kids four and older, up to 220 pounds.
3. Emsco Heavy Duty Beast expedition Sled
This $50 sled does triple duty. It hauls gear for your next family hut trip or trek into a snowy cabin. It lets you haul your kids and friends—up to four little ones at a time. And it’s a nearly indestructible downhill sliding machine for kids of all ages. If you do want to use it for skiing or snowshoeing a heavy load, consider upgrading it with PVC poles to replace the rope.
2. Flexible Flyer Aurora
Your kids will fly down the sledding hill on Flexible Flyer’s Aurora. The bright and fast looking laminated foam sled has a slick bottom particularly well suited to high-speed, on-the-belly descents, with sturdy handles for holding on and also for steering. Even though the foam is light, a tough skin makes it durable and will keep it in the quiver for many winters to come. For sledders five and up.
1. Mad River Rocket Stinger Deluxe
The Formula One car of sleds, this kid’s version of Mad River Rocket’s acclaimed Killer B lets your junior sledder surf, slide, and even huck. It’s more controllable and maneuverable any toy store sled. The rider descends by kneeling, leaning to steer, using their hands for stabilization. Plush foam kneepads soften landings, and a knee strap keeps the rider on board. The kid’s version has all the bells and whistles of the adult version, like dense foam knee pads, with a smaller shell that’s easier to control if you’re under five feet tall.