The 9 Best Steerable Sleds
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in January of 2019. When the temperatures drop and the snow falls, it's time to head to your favorite hill for a little outdoor fun. Be careful, though, as thousands of injuries are reported each year. Sit feet first and always wear a helmet. There are lots of options in sleds and snow racers, but you'll want a steerable one. They are the safer choice, because they let you avoid obstacles and other people. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 21, 2020:
All types of sleds present an inherent risk as the rider goes careening down a slick hill, often surrounded by other sledders. While they cost a lot more than the simple tube or saucer, a steerable sled offers the rider a lot more control so they can avoid obstacles or other people.
If you're looking for a steerable sled, you'll find two basic styles. The flat options like the classic Flexible Flyer or the Rave Sports Shredz, allow riders to either lay on their stomachs or sit up and maneuver the steering with their feet. The upright options like the Stiga Ultimate Pro or the simple Zipfy Freestyle Luge, only allow for seated riding, with a steering wheel within arm's reach. Parents who want to be sure their child only rides the sled the safest way might want to opt for the seated type of sled, as it doesn't allow the choice to ride face first, Feet first is the recommended safest way to ride a sled.
For this update we removed the Team Magnus Tundra Wolf due to increasing reports of poor quality bolts, in addition to being difficult to assemble.
January 17, 2019:
You have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to downhill winter sports gear. We chose our selections with safety in mind because more than 20,000 kids ages 19 and younger are treated each year for sledding-related injuries. That's why the Yukon Hammerhead ended up last on our list. We love its stylish look and its speed, but it has no brake and can only be ridden headfirst.
Alpine Classic Molson Runner Sleds creates heirloom-quality sleds that are so beautiful, many users are hesitant to bring them into the outdoors. It features a classic wooden body, but the runners and the robust steering mechanism are durable metal parts. They describe their Alpine Classic as "nearly indestructible" and back it up with a 10-year warranty. molsonrunnersleds.com