Wrangling a snowboard or a set of skis along to your skiing holiday can be a hassle, but a pair of sleds that strap to your legs? Suddenly things are a lot easier.
If you’ve ever worn goalie pads or shin protectors, you’ll probably be immediately comfortable strapping on the Sled Legs which feature a rigid ABS plastic shell on the outside, and foam padding on the inside.
As the name implies, sliding down a snow-covered hill on the Sled Legs is not unlike riding a toboggan while kneeling on it. Except the innovation here is that there’s nothing to carry while you climb back up a hill for your next ride.
Adjustable straps and two different size options mean the Sled Legs can be worn by both the short and the tall, and its creators claim that with a little practice you can actually learn to run while they’re strapped to your legs. So if you find yourself at the bottom of a steep hill with another sledder bearing down on you, you can quickly get out of their way.
Available for pre-order through an Indiegogo campaign that’s trying to raise $US25,000, a pair of Sled Legs will cost you just $US84 ($118) if you’re willing to donate now for a March 2016 delivery — assuming all goes smoothly and they reach their funding goal.
If you’d rather hold off until the Sled Legs start popping up in stores, though, you’ll be spending closer to $US140 ($197) for a set, so the risk of supporting a crowdfunded product might pay off this time. That is, if you visit the snow often.