by Carol Crooker | 2006-01-27 03:00:00-07
CherryMax Sleds, based in Vermont, is out to revitalize sledding. Yes, that slicky-slidy sport you engaged in as a kid. The goal of president Steve Luhr is to evoke fond memories from the older crowd while impressing the youngsters with up to date materials and high performance. The Hammerhead really does perform too. It turns with the slightest touch to the steering system, it's fast, and it's comfortable - even for adults.
Why should we lightweight backpackers care about a sled that weighs nearly 10 pounds? It's a stretch, but this sled is so much fun that it begs you to find a reason to make its purchase "legitimate." CherryMax helps by providing a cargo-netting accessory that can be used to convert the sled into a winter gear hauling pulk (you supply the poles).
So, if you experience "east coast" snow conditions rather than deep powder (the Hammerhead has many optional accessories, including fat powder skis but a non-rail sled is going to bog down less in deep powder), have kids (or enjoy the thrill of a fast sled ride yourself), and like to haul a load in to a base camp for winter camping, the Hammerhead merits consideration.
Optional cargo net.
"Hammerhead Sled (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/hammerhead_sled_orwm06.html, 2006-01-27 03:00:00-07.