More about kicksledding and the traditional kicksled!
Kicksleds were introduced in Nordic countries more than 100 years ago. The sled, in men's, women's and children's sizes, is easily assembled and folds flat for storage and travel.
Where is the kicksled manufactured?
The models we distribute are made in Finland by Esla Co. (established in 1928), the largest manufacturer of kicksleds.
Who can use a kicksled?
Kicksledding is an alternative to cross-country skiing for athletes or for those who like a little more stability. It's also the perfect family sport.
Kicksledding is perfect for the Canadian outdoors. It's well suited for fitness training or just getting around outside in winter. Kicksledding works the muscles in the lower back and in the back of the thighs. You can use it on compacted snow or ice. On bare ice or icy cross-country skiing paths you can travel at astonishing speeds with a kicksled. It's is also great for the environment since it doesn't create pollution or noise. Kicksledding is fun for everyone since it's so easy to learn.
Who 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.
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.
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:
- Kick economically, avoiding unnecessary movements. 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.
On what surface can we use the kicksled?
On compacted snow or ice. When using the sled on ice you'll have better control if you remove the plastic runners. Also use crampons on boots for traction.