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February 9, 2012

The Hanczar snowless sled lets you sled all year

The Hanczar snowless sled lets you sled all year

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It's a reality that we come to realize as small children: certain wonderful indulgences of childhood like snow days, mud fights and sled jumps are entirely at the mercy of Mother Nature. You only get to enjoy them for a few months out of the year, and if the weather doesn't cooperate, you may miss a whole year or two. If only we'd had the Hanczar snowless sled when we were kids.

Now that we think about it, we probably can't really recommend anything even resembling this sled for children. It looks fast and terrifying, we don't really see any brakes or steering apparatus and only the low-profile seems to make it appear safer than downhilling in a grocery cart (but don't do that either).

Glaring safety issues aside, Polish designer Szymon Hanczar envisions the We Never Give Up! sled as the ultimate solution to sledding's greatest weakness. With its wheeled design, Hanczar's sled can tackle all kinds of terrain (mostly paved terrain, we'd guess) any time of year.

Hanczar was inspired not only by reminiscent memories of childhood snow days, but by the threat of global warming. The We Never Give Up! name is like a rally cry for battling against the circumstances of warming temperatures and retracting snow totals.

We love the idea of an all-season sled - especially in a winter that's been unseasonably dry and warm in many of the United States' snowiest areas - but this iteration looks a little scary. We'd like to see some large wheels, brakes and a steering wheel before getting aboard such an open, metal-and-wood vehicle.

It looks like the snowless sled is just a concept at present, but if you just can't let go of the idea of sledding in winter, products like the Icemeister Slicer should satisfy the urge (on grass at least).

Source: Hanczar via Design Milk

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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16 Comments

Oh dear, "the snowless sled is just a concept at present". Anybody growing up pre-computer games knows we used to wait impatiently for our mums to stop knocking out kids so that we could have the pram wheels and build one of these.

Dirk Scott
10th February, 2012 @ 03:39 am PST

Glorified grocery cart. This is a new low for Gizmag.

Guy Macher
10th February, 2012 @ 04:45 am PST

I'll reserve innuendo to those jokes I heard in my childhood, but...you've got to be kidding.

Roger Hurst
10th February, 2012 @ 08:17 am PST

Awesome... it looks just like an ambulance gurney, so you can save the EMTs a step when they scoop you up from underneath the dumpster or parked F-150 you'll crash into at the bottom of the hill. Provided, of course, you aren't run over by a bus first...

Mike Barnett
10th February, 2012 @ 08:21 am PST

I had a Flexy Coaster when I was a kid. I traveled all around on it, especially fun. It had brakes, and you pedaled it like a scooter. You kneeled down on it head first. No helmets in those days. I loved it, but am sure it was discontinued because of accidents.

Ron Wagner
10th February, 2012 @ 08:32 am PST

We did have these as children! They were called gravity racers.

James Galan
10th February, 2012 @ 08:56 am PST

Wheels are way to small to use on the same hills you'd slide down in winter. Besides, the most fun way to sled is lying down and head first - this will sell a few to company employees and not much more.

dsiple
10th February, 2012 @ 09:19 am PST

Looks to dangerous......Doesn't look like it would work on grassy hills either

Richie Suraci
10th February, 2012 @ 10:27 am PST

Great idea, no brakes, no steering, why not just drop your kids off the top of a building? I hope that this is some sort of a joke

hawc
10th February, 2012 @ 11:14 am PST

yup,, thats not going to work on grassy hills, go over rocks etc. totally useless. the only hill you can use this on is a paved road, which would be quite dangerous.

Joe Sobotka
10th February, 2012 @ 12:08 pm PST

it also looks really uncomfortable...

Joe Sobotka
10th February, 2012 @ 12:13 pm PST

Sleds are steerable, this is not. Sleds keep the "front" forward, this won't.

No brakes. Just to make sure someone gets hurt let's use small wheels so a "faceplant" is inevitable. Riders of this will end up in the "Three Stooges ward". Get this idea from watching "Jackass"?

Burnerjack
10th February, 2012 @ 12:44 pm PST

Snow is not the only thing lacking. It needs an engineer and someone who could carry it to the top of the hill! One trip down and 2 weeks in traction - sounds like fun kids!

donwine
10th February, 2012 @ 04:11 pm PST

These guys got it right 60 years ago. http://www.flexy-racer.com/

Paul Anthony
13th February, 2012 @ 07:35 am PST

I couldn't afford a Flexy-Racer, but a Radio Flyer wagon provided my friend Kent and I quite a few great memories. Careening downhill through orchards, getting air from the cowpath "ramps", and even attaching a sail for paved level roads! Somehow we survived it all. This "snowless sled" is pathetic.

Bruce H. Anderson
15th February, 2012 @ 07:41 am PST

My kids will never come close to one of these things.

The wheels are too small even for cement,and would sink in the first soft dirt, no steering, or braking of any kind, and unlike snow, you can't even bale out before crashing because of the curved bar that will shortly be entering your spleen.

A free rolling trash dumpster would be safer!

kellory
24th June, 2012 @ 07:31 am PDT
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