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Best Snow Sleds for Expeditions

Greenland 135 and 170 pulks are now legacy products. However, the following sleds are still made. They are larger than the HDPE pulks and, as such, can carry a greater load and, in the case of the North Pole 160, have much greater buoyancy.

Pulks

Ice-cap 200

Price: in fibreglass – £765.00. in Kevlar – £2415.00

icecap 200

These are designed for extended ice-cap travel in the Arctic and for long self-sufficient journeys such as the South Pole or the crossing of Antarctica. They are made in fibreglass or Kevlar depending on the nature of the journey, and hauling may be with ropes or a rigid shaft . Also see pulk features for details of design and materials used.

Details

Length: 200 cms (78 ins)
Width: 61 cms (24 ins)
Maximum Height (at front): 37 cms (14.5 ins)
Weight (in fibreglass)(shell+runners+cover): 10.5 Kgs (25.5 lbs)
Maximum design load: 150 Kgs (330 lbs)

North Pole 160

Price: in fibreglass – £775.00. In Kevlar – £2435.00

north pole 160

Designed to ferry the heaviest of loads over pressure ridges and to float fully laden across open water leads of the Arctic Ocean. They can be rafted together, quickly and easily, to provide a stable platform for crossing water. For solo expeditions, we can provide external buoyancy chambers to stabilise a single pulk on it’s own. The standard product uses a Kevlar/epoxy resin laminate. Hauling is usually by rope. Also see pulk features for details of design and materials used.

Details

Length: 157 cms (62 ins)
Width: 66 cms (26 ins)
Maximum Height (at front): 47 cms (18.5 ins)
Weight (in Kevlar)(shell+runners+cover): 8.0 Kgs (17.5 lbs)
Maximum design load: 125 Kgs (275 lbs)

Said Amelia Russell, having returned from the North Pole in 2010 “The two North Pole 160 pulks you made for us were fantastic – I’m so glad we went with them. Whilst heavier and more loaded than …….they glided much more smoothly across the ice, overturned far less frequently and coped remarkably well with everything we threw at them! We found them a lot easier to manoeuvre through the pressure ridges; the profile of the front of the pulks tended to want to rise up and over any obstacles.”

Sleds

Nansen Sleds

Description

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The wooden Nansen sled is of traditional design and well proven during decades of polar travel. It is an outstanding, cost-effective load transporter for towing behind vehicles in both Antarctica and the high Arctic. The design payload for the longest, 4 m, (13 ft) size is around 1100 lbs (500 Kgs).

Features

  • Strong ash and beech wood construction.
  • Components are lashed together, allowing real flexibility.
  • Runner soles are 6 mm ultra high molecular weight polyethylene.
  • All wood parts are liberally treated with linseed oil.
  • Component replacement is simple, low cost and field maintainable.
  • The strong, flexible, lashed wood construction produces a sled which cushions the shocks and flows smoothly over uneven surfaces.
  • Keel plates, lashline (to retain load) and a short towing loop are all supplied as standard.
  • Extras and sparesHandlebars
  • Foot brake
  • A-frame for towing (when rope is not being used)
  • Tow rope (to customer requirements)

Komatiq Trailer Sleds

komatiq trailer sleds

These were developed as stable platforms for scientific field equipment and for hauling heavy loads over short distances or taking field party equipment far from base.

We have manufactured these in various sizes to customers requirements, from 2.0 m (6 ft 6 ins) X 60 cms (2 ft), to the large 4.5 m (14 ft 9 ins) X 2.2 m (7 ft 3 ins) shown, depending on weight and type of load.

They have also been made as a ‘flatpack’ (see photos below) – the one shown below takes around one hour to bolt together in the field. And this allows significant saving on shipping costs.

Towing A-frames are available, and are detachable, or can be stored up when parked. Alternatively, towing with ropes may be appropriate.

Construction varies depending on size, but the larger sleds may be a ply box section with the sides, glued and screwed. Alternatively they may be solid softwood, as with the flatpack sled shown below. The runners are shod with UHMW polyethylene, the standard material used for all our trailer sleds.

Unless they are ‘flatpacked’ and bolted together, the lateral ash wood slats are lashed with polyester cord, with all wood parts liberally treated with linseed oil.

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