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Heavy-Duty Sleds
Gear up for the next snow day with these three sleds fit for grown-ups too
by Karen Day
on 16 February 2011

Sledding really only requires a few inches of snow and a tight grip on a piece of cardboard. But for serious sledders looking for more than an average ride, these three sleds will up speed, stability and wintertime fun.

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Weighing only 3.5 pounds, the Amazon and Toys R Us for $30.

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The hand-carved Ultimate Flyer sled from Silverton, CO's Mountain Boy Sledworks lives up to its name, offering extreme flexibility and support as you soar through the snow. With a pivoting front portion, it's easier to navigate sharp turns, and the stainless-steel hardware keeps the thick wood construction together over steep bumps or icy conditions. The Flyer comes in two sizes—47-inch or 52-inch— both allowing riders to lay flat, either head-first on their stomach or feet-first on their back (or a combination of these, depending on how daring you are). Get one online from Mountain Boy Sledworks for $140-150 (they will also hand-engrave it for a $30 fee), as well as internationally from various retailers.

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Limited to an edition of just ten, the Hublot sledge is the Cadillac of sleds. With carbon fiber handles, steel runners, an ash wood frame and a hand-sewn leather seat, it's not surprising that this is the collaborative work of renowned Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Philippe-Albert Lefebvre from ECAL's Masters in Luxury Design and Industry program in Lausanne. The high-powered luge is currently on display at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. via Selectism

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