The "Vint" model
A sledge for difficult routes, for 2-6 dogs
Fundamental differences from previous models:
- posted front rack, making the skid "soft", i.e. shock absorbing
- short console runners, almost do not go forward beyond the frame (such the construction will not break even after a hard meeting with a tree)
- forward-displaced front crossbar extending the frame of the loading platform
- more convenient side handles, such a shape that even if the sledge falls sideways at the speed, the handle will not catch on a tree or bushes and won’t remove the mounting screws.
- Runners: five-layer ash-beech, width 40 mm, with a system of removable slide on the guide type "dovetail" or runners with glued slide Sintered IS 7200 (made in Austria), completing with this slide from the autumn of 2017
- Brake system: separate (rigid brake bracket + brake Mat with control knob).
- Side handles.
- Canopy (color is determined by the customer in agreement with the manufacturer).
The cost of this model with interchangeable skid is 550 USD, with glued Austrian sintered skid is 590 USD.
Additional accessories (not included in the standard package):
- Anchor lightweight with cable, the cost is 10 USD.
In general, the idea is:
Rack frame and skid form a triangle, one side of which is flexible, and is able to extinguish quite large loads. The density of the five-layer ash skid is such that the cases of separation of my skid from the frame is still unknown to me.
It is even more problematic to break the skid (and thus disable the projectile) - consoles outside the frame are almost there.
The runner works for deflection during collisions with potholes and other obstacles, but now this deflection is even longer, which means that the specific deformation will be less by a unit of its length - which is also a plus for the survivability of the structure.
After a hard meeting with the birch I bent the front rack - in comparison with skids detail penny and for the similar damage of my buyers it will be sent free of charge.
Thanks to the" taxiing" of the tow line, labor costs for the rotation of the sledge on winding roads is much less. It lures me to places I've never been before.
Nuances that need to be considered:
The sledge may be inconvenient for tall mushers. The height of the grip side handles (they are basic) is 88-90 cm.
The anchor cannot be located on the rear rack - it interferes with the canopy there. That is, for driving any anchor will either have to remove or rotate the teeth to the outside (in this position it is not fixed).
To ride someone on this sledge is uncomfortable. "Slalom" is more ergonomic in rides and walks. Especially if you have to carry the sledge to the place of walking.
The height of the grip of the “Slalom” is more comfortable, especially for those whose height is above average. A "Shtuka" has a large load capacity and overall survivability. In addition, with the separate brakes ceteris paribus, “Shtuka”, I think, will withstand a greater number of dogs.
Video about the "Slalom" model watch HERE...