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WHAT IS IT?
A plastic sledge for using in the snow.
The sledge I bought for my children is blue like in the photograph that Dooyoo have got up. There is a long cord that is attached to the front for pulling the sledge up the hill and your children should hold on to the cord when they are sledging down the hill also for safety and to keep them stable. There is a little part at the back for the child to sit and a shaped part for their feet also.
WHAT I THINK
I like this sledge, it is not so impressive as one that is made of wood but it is very cheap and perfect for an English winter when snow does not always come in good quantities. It is very flat so can be stored in many different places, we have got 2 and keep them pushed under a workbench in my husbands shed.
The cord that comes on the sledge is strong and has not stretched or been damaged. The sledges were used a lot when we had deep snow this winter and there is no damage to either of them. My children said the sledge is very comfortable to sit on and it looks very smooth when I watch them riding down the hills, I like that it does not skid out of control like some plastic sledges do and feel that my children are safe.
The plastic feels very thin but it is a little bit bendy so will not break easy. My daughters are rough with their sledges but they have not cracked or broken either of them. I like that they can put their feet on the special ridge and that will help to balance them.
This sledge cost £7 and I think it is value because it is used whenever there is snow and you would not buy this thinking that it would be used all of the time so expect for it to be seasonal.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
It is always the case that when it snows and you want a sledge everywhere is sold out, but when you buy one in anticipation, it doesn't even snow! We bought this sledge for my niece and we seemed to wait ages until it finally snowed and it wasn't that great of a covering! The sledge will do for next year though so not a big problem. I love sledging, when I was at university my friends and I bought one of those rubbish seat sledges and had fun on those but they do not compare to proper sledges. This one is a really good buy and will last you a long time so I can highly recommend it.
==Price and availability==
The cost of one of these sledges is around £7.99 which is quite reasonable really. They are stocked by supermarkets, garden centres and hardware shops but only during the winter. You can buy it online though at any point during the year. I bought this one from Whitely's garden centre who had quite a few sledges to choose from.
There was a red sledge and a blue sledge available to buy in the shop and we chose the red one. It is made from red plastic that is not too thin so it shatters and all the edges are curved with a thicker lip so that it doesn't snap off. The sledge is about a meter long by half a meter wide so it is quite a decent size and able to take me comfortably down a hill. The sledge is toboggan shaped with a pull rope at the front. You can comfortably pull the sledge whilst stood up, although it does get a bit heavy with a small girl sat in it. The rope can then be held as a sort of handle whilst the child is travelling down the hill.
We didn't have the best snow when we tried it so we didn't get to see the sledge in all it's glory but we still managed to have some fun and fly down some hills. After a while the hill got a bit muddy that's all as the snow was too light and thin. The sledge did a great job though and flew smoothly over the snow that was there in a practically straight line. The sledge has a reinforced bottom so you do not feel too much of the bumps on your bottom and there is somewhere to put your feet so you can push down to propel yourself down the hill. The only downside to the sledge is that it fills with snow, the front is not high enough so snow seems to gather and drift inside the sledge.
The other good thing is that the sledge is light for a child to pull when coming back up the hill again. The sledge lives at my nieces in the garage and does not take up too much room. As it is plastic, there is not too much to do with it really and I guess if you really wanted to look after it you could wipe it down after use but we just put it away in the garage, standing it up in the corner. The sledge was a bight shiny red when we bought it and it remains in good nick. For the price, I think it is a good investment and should last for quite a few winters.
We bought this early last year when we had some small amounts of snow and unfortunately never got much use out of it initially as no sooner than we had then the little snow we had disappeared! Almost overnight in fact!!
Thankfully we got a little more snow late last year and a small smattering again early this year so have finally managed to get a bit of use out of our purchase and am able to offer to you a few of my personal opinions on quality and value for money.
For starters, this Sledge seems to be very hard-wearing! This is important as the last thing you need is a sledge that cannot take a few knocks. Apparently, it is made from frost resistant polyethylene(?) which means, quite frankly, not a lot to me but I can vouch for the fact that it is quite strong and easily takes...ahem...an adult males weight! A friend told me that honestly, I know nothing about a midnight sledging expedition to the hill near our house!! One thing I can tell you is that it can also take the weight of two average-sized toddlers and there was more than enough space for them both to sit though this isn't the case if you try to sit both an adult and child on it together!
The sledge comes in a variety of colours though the one I bought is the same as the one in the picture, namely because that was the only colour they had left in my generic supermarket. It also comes with an attached rope to pull the sledge back up hills after sliding and this is nice and sturdy as you would expect it to be! Having only used this a few times, I cannot comment about how long a life you would get out of this but it is light, versatile and not that heavy to carry if the ground you are pulling it across becomes too rough and bumpy. I have not owned a sledge since I was a little boy and mine was always a wooden one on runners that was handed down by an older brother who had got much use out of it and was a clumsy and awkward product to both transport to the top of a hill and manouvre. As such, I cannot comment on how this matches up to the competition but will say it is a strong competitor. And it is a fair price also as we paid around £9 for this and that is about the maximum I personally would be prepared to pay.
It is just a shame that we don't get more snow in my part of the country meaning we might not get to use this again for another nine or ten months yet! Still, it is a perfect enough size that it will fit my daughter yet for several years to come!
I bought this about 3-4 years ago, from ebay, and I think I paid £8. My husband thought it was a terrible deal as we didn't get much use of it that year. Now of course he doesn't mind as every raced out to buy these for the recent cold snap. It has at last melted, just when I thought we were starting on a new ice age, but rumour is the snow will be back within the week. While I would just as soon have a nice thaw, if it's going to snow, we may as well enjoy it.
Our sledge is blue, like the one pictured, but they are available in a variety of colours. This sledge measures 90 cm x 50cm and is easily large enough for both of my sons ( ages 2 and 5) or for one adult. The sledge is quite sturdy and has had absolutely no damage from the odd rock we have hit. It worked quite well for me as well as for the children, and I did use this once with my older son, but it was a tight squeeze. It has a nylon rope pull cord which is long enough for me to comfortably trail them along, and has not frayed or worn at all over the years. Likewise the sledge looks brand new, but it has been kept indoors when not in use. I can't say it compares in style with the lovely old wooden sledge with metal runners I had as a child, but then it costs a lot less as well. It does have a couple of major advantages over the old wooden sledges though. It will glide smoothly a very thin covering of snow, much less then I remember the old metal runner sledges requiring. It is also less likely to cause serious injury if a child crashes into another. The old fashioned wooden sledge with metal runners could really do some damage.
I found this sledge easy to pull on thin layers of snow, and even easier on sheet ice. Its molded shape includes two quite thin runners underneath, and they really do sail along with a bit of snow underneath.
On a lightly snow coloured hill this really earned it's nickname of Delta flyer, it flew down the hills to the absolute delight of my children, and any others who gave it a try.
On heavy snow though, this is not quite as good. It becomes very difficult to pull, although it helps greatly if you can find a path way that has been packed down by several people walking over it. It also came to a complete standstill in very heave fresh snow on our favourite sledging hill. This is where one of my old fashioned style sledges would have done a much better job.
My boys both really loved this, and I do think sledging down hills at breakneck speeds is an absolutely unmissable part of child hood. I also found it much easier then a pram would have been to trail my youngest one to the shops in the bad weather. He has unfortunately fractured his foot with a recent flying leap from the top of the staircase, so downhill sledging will be out for the rest of this winter for the little one, but at least he had a great time with while he could. The oldest of course will still be able to enjoy trailing this up and down the hills with the neighbourhood children should we get yet more snow. And as the little one can not walk for sometime, if the snow gets deep enough for this, he will be riding about on a sledge again instead of push chair. Who knows if we get much more of this weather this could become the preferred method of transport for little ones!
As much as I would prefer the old fashioned wooden sledges, we really do not get enough snow often enough to use these to their full advantage. My boys love this sledge, and for our climate, I do think this is one of the best you can buy.