12 popular sleds and snow tubes to buy now before winter

12 popular sleds and snow tubes to buy now before winter

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Winter is almost here, and, once the first snow appears, you and your family are going to be itching to go hit the neighborhood slopes. There are a lot of different kinds of sleds for playing in the wintry weather, like snow tubes, toboggans and saucers. Which style you choose depends on how many people you’re sledding with, whether or not you want to be able to steer and how fast you want to go.

Some sleds last generations and others just last for the winter, but we’re here to help you find one that will check all the boxes in terms of speed and fun. We’ve pulled together 12 awesome sleds to buy before they sell out for the upcoming snow days.

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1. L.L.Bean Sonic Snow Tube

The Sonic Snow Tube from L.L. Bean has hundreds of 5-star reviews, making it a popular find. Fans praise its durability, saying that the tube lasts for years and many people have ended up buying more than one. It has an intentional rugged inside that protects the tube from punctures and holes. It comes in two sizes–regular and extra-large–so if you want a sled that can fit more than one person, consider the extra-large option.

Get the Sonic Snow Tube from L.L. Bean for $129.

2. Slippery Racer Downhill Xtreme Toboggan Snow Sled

When the snow starts falling, you want to get out there with a slick racer to speed down the hills. The Slippery Racer is made from sleek, heavy-duty plastic, and fits up to two people. It has two handles for each rider on the back and front, along with a rope to pull the sled to the hills–or hold onto for the adrenaline-pumping ride.

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Get the Slippery Racer Downhill Xtreme Toboggan Snow Sled from Amazon for $43.99.

3. Funboy Inflatable Snowmobile

This trendy inflatable snowmobile sled from Funboy is like no other. Not only is it eye-catching, but it’s made with ultra-thick vinyl material and withstands temperatures down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. It can fit up to two people on the back of the sled for double the fun and includes a rope pull and two heavy-duty handles for holding on while flying down the hill. This sled is for the older crowd, made for ages 14 and up, so ensure you’re supervising when using it with the kiddos.

Get the Funboy Inflatable Luxury Retro Snowmobile from Amazon for $97.67.

4. Paris Company Pro Expedition Sled

Not only is this Paris Company Pro Expedition Sled fantastic for carrying supplies–which means you can carry your hot chocolate and cookies for the snow day–it’s also been rumored to last a lifetime. “I’ve owned my Paris sled for 35 years,” one reviewer said. “I have three left that my mom bought us all for Christmas; she said she spent only $3 dollars back then. We all still use it, including my four kids. Definitely worth the money because it’ll last forever!”.

Get the Paris Company Pro Expedition Sled from REI for $59.95.

5. SportsStuff Airhead Classic Snow Sled

This long-lasting plastic saucer has a wide, 25-inch diameter for those big and small. The super slick bottom ensures that you or your little ones will ride fast down hills, regardless of how thick the snowfall is that day. There are also thick, sturdy handles on each side so the sledder can hold on tight.

Get the SportsStuff Airhead Classic Snow Sled from Amazon for $18.99.

6. Kettler Snow Fox Bob Sled

The ultimate sled for driving and control, this bobsled has a steering wheel, brakes, and a unique design. It comes with a tow rope for pulling behind when bringing to and from the slopes, so it’s easy to transport. “Our son was very happy about the sled! Especially that he can pull the brake himself!” One reviewer wrote.

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Get the Kettler Snow Fox Bob Sled from Dick’s Sporting Goods for $89.95.

7. Winter Swirl Snow Tube

Looking for something with a little personality to take sledding? This colorful snow tube has an anti-freeze inflation valve that ensures it won’t deflate over the summer, so you’ll have a taut and ready tube to go speeding down the snow banks. The handles on the sides of the tube are oversized, so even if your child is wearing thick gloves, their hands will fit through the holes easily.

Get the H2OGO! 36″ Winter Swirl Snow Tube from Target for $9.99.

8. Calo Snow Tube Sled

The toughest part of getting started with a snow tube is blowing it up, but the Calo Snow Tube inflates in just one minute. It’s made to hold air in extremely cold temperatures, so it’ll stay fully inflated for a long time–no extra effort needed. It comes with two snow tubes, so it’s a great purchase for a family who is looking for more than one sled for the kids (and hoping to avoid tug-of-war when it comes to sledding this winter).

Get the Calo Snow Tube Sled from Amazon for $48.99.

9. Inflatable Unicorn Snow Tube

If you want to ride a sled in style, this snow tube will certainly get everyone’s attention. Similar to the popular pool floats of summer, ihas a unicorn head you can hold on to and a rainbow unicorn tail, but also has two sturdy plastic handles on the side (if you find the unicorn’s mane doesn’t suit your needs). “My nephew is obsessed with unicorns so we got it for him and he absolutely adores it!” One reviewer wrote. “It’s super fun to go sledding in and the handles are a lifesaver when you go down a huge hill.”.

Get the Joyin 47″ Inflatable Unicorn Snow Tube from Amazon for $29.95.

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10. Double Thundersnow Inflatable Snow Tube

The best kind of fun is where more than one person can join in–and this snow tube lets you do it! With a two seat capacity, both users can hold on to each other or the handles on each side of both seats. The tube material is resistant to cracking or becoming ruined in the cold, and the valve release makes inflation and deflation easy.

Get the H2OGO! Snow Double Thundersnow Inflatable Snow Tube from Walmart for $32.23.

11. Costway Kids Snow Racer

Instead of the traditional sled, get a racer with steering, brakes and the whole nine yards. This sled doesn’t just have the workings of a small car, but also front-raised skis that will reduce impact in case there are any crashes into a tall snowbank. Despite its features, it weighs just 13 pounds, so it’s still feasible to carry up and down the hill.

Get the Costway Kids Snow Racer Sled from Walmart for $89.99.

12. Flexible Flyer Aurora Foam Sled

This sled is flexible in multiple ways: You can either lay on your stomach or sit on top of it when you’re speeding down the hill. It won’t get mixed up with anyone else’s sled on the slopes thanks to its bright, colorful graphic. It’s easy to carry and has two handles so the sledder can hold on tight. “Great sled–I bought two and my 6-year-olds loved them!” One reviewer said. “So much better than the hard plastic frisbees which just crack with extreme cold.”.

Get the Flexible Flyer Aurora Sled from Ace Hardware for $26.99.

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