FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN USE A KICKSLED?
Anyone aged 3 to 83 years.
- Families who want to go on winter outings.
- Dog owners who want to use it as a dog sled.
- People who want to train outdoors. It's an alternative to cross-country skiing.
- Cottage owners who want to travel on frozen lakes or roads.
- Ice fishermen who want to travel on ice and carry their gear on the seat and then have a place to sit when fishing.
- Elderly people who need more stability on snow or ice.
- Disabled people use it as a winter wheelchair to enjoy the outdoors.
HOW TO USE A KICKSLED?
Don't worry if your technique isn't perfect. After a few minutes practice anybody can get a hang of it. Relax and keep your weight on your supporting foot. Don't put your weight on the kicking foot or or on your hands. Adjust the tempo as you travel and stop and walk for a while if you need a break.
Here are a few basics to keep in mind:
- Push the sled with one leg like you do with a scooter and kick economically, avoiding unnecessary movements. It is a pendulum movement. When done correctly, you will only work the muscles that do the kicking.
- Don't put all of your weight on the kick sled handles. Keep your weight on your supporting leg and don't lean on your hands.
- Change the supporting leg often. A good rhythm is about five kicks with the same leg. When changing legs, stand on both runners for a while and keep looking forward.
- To turn, put your weight on one side, and turn the handle. The kicksled is very flexible and will not break when you turn the handle. The flexibity of the runners allows the driver to steer the kicksled by twisting the handlebars.
- Let the sled slide. Use long kicks and enjoy the ride :-)
- For braking you can either drag one foot in the snow or you can dig your heels in the snow. When going downhill best control is maintained by using your heels to brake. Always be sure to keep your sled at a controllable speed.
Caution. Don't use the kicksled on steep slopes as the sled can quickly reach a suprinsingly high speed. Do not let children use the sled without the control of an adult.
Which model of kicksled to choose?
Traditional model or Kickspark Max?
It depends on its use: if you want to use a kicksled as an alternative to cross-country skiing, we recommend to use the traditional wooden model because of its great maneuverability and its bench is always welcome for a little rest or to transport equipment. The Kickspark model is also efficient on snowy trails but its runners are less flexible.
If you want to use a kicksled as a dog sled, we also recommend to use a traditional wooden model for its maneuverability and the flexibility of its runners! Of course, it is quite possible to harness a dog to a Kickspark model but this sled is less efficient in this sport.
For speed and performance on the ice (natural ice: not maintained by an ice resurfacer), we recommend the Kickspark Max model. The traditional wooden model is also very efficient.
For better control on the ice, remove the plastic runners from the steel runners. Also use crampons under the boots for better traction.
For use on ice maintained by an ice resurfacer, we recommend to use a Kickspark model equipped with a pair of ice runners (available in our online store).
Who is the Compact kicksled for?
Shorter kicksled model designed to transport equipment or children. This 54" long model is very useful without being bulky:
- For parents who want to transport children, the kicksled can be used as a snow stroller.
- For cottage owners who want to transport their equipment and travel on frozen lakes and roads.
- For ice fishermen who want to carry their gear and have a place to sit when fishing.
- For elderly people who need more stability on snow or ice.
Please note that the glide of this model is a little less efficient than the glide of the traditional standard model due to its shorter runners. So it's not the best choice if you want to use it exclusively as an alternative to cross-country skiing or for mushing.
Which size of kicksled to choose?
It depends on the use you make and your feeling of comfort: if you use a kicksled as an alternative to cross-country skiing or just for walking, we suggest you to be in the same position as during your bike rides. If you prefer to have your back up, don't choose a kicksled that is too low and if you like to ride with your back down, don't take a model with a handlebars that are too high.
If you use a kicksled as a dog sled your back will be mostly straight so we suggest using the T6 model if you are under 5'8 " or the T7 model if you are between 5'7" and 6'1 ". For very tall people, we recommend the T8 model.
The Kickspark Max model is adjustable in height.
Kicksled size chart
Please note that the size chart is indicative.
The size of a kicksled is chosen based on the height of the person who is going to kick or to push the sled, their weight does not matter.
Equipment and maintenance:
It does not require any special maintenance or additional equipment such as bindings or boots. No waxing required!
Caution. Don't use your kicksled on roads or sidewalk covered with road salts and abrasives, the kicksled will not slip and the abrasives will scratch the plastic runners which will considerably reduce their lifespan.
Store your kicksled safe from weather to extend the life of components.