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Zipfy Freestyle

Mini Luge

King of the Hill

In my hometown there was one long steep hill at the local country club that every kid both dreamed about and feared each winter. As soon as the snow fell, we’d all grab our sleds and head for the monster known as the Heart Attack Hill.

Finding the right sled was always a challenge—plastic cheapies were lightweight but usually shredded after a handful of runs (and most likely a couple of crashes), and the sturdier kind with runners were great for steering but a bear to haul back up the hill. The lightweight but rugged
Zipfy Mini Luge offers the best of both worlds.

The unique lever on the Zipfy makes it super maneuverable and stable, which would have come in handy when I was a kid (did I mention there was a pond at the bottom of the Heart Attack Hill?) And, at just 3.7 pounds, it’s easy to throw this sled over your shoulder for a quick run back to the top of the hill.

It isn’t just for kids either—with a weight capacity of 250 pounds the Zipfy can easily carry the intrepid adult who’s ready to live out his or her Olympic Luge dreams. The Zipfy comes in pink, blue, or green, and its super sleek design guarantees that your kid (or you) will be the coolest sledder on the slope.

Would you brave the biggest hills on the Zipfy? Share your favorite sledding memories.

—Jennifer K
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Emily
    Emily – Special Guest
    12/12/2008 12:00 PM

    Jennifer is clearly a sledding expert, so I trust her assessment completely! I'm a novice (grew up in So. Cal.), but this sounds like SO much fun. I still remember the first time I saw luge on the Olympics--to me, it looked like a winter version of a waterslide! If this can provide just a fraction of that exhilaration (and relatively safe and stable outdoor fun for the family), sign me up! What do you think? Any wild sledding memories to share?

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    12/12/2008 12:12 PM

    Nice! I can see this at our Heart Attack Hill in Arlington - Robbins Farm. It looks small. What's the recommended age range? Weight?

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    12/12/2008 12:13 PM

    ...... ah! 250 lbs. weight limit. I'm IN! Could I put a kid on my lap if I kept us under 250 lbs?

    B

  • Gary
    Gary
    12/12/2008 12:24 PM

    These look like SO much fun! I've ordered 2: one for each set of grandkids - hope they'll let me try it too!

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    12/12/2008 12:26 PM

    We've already been sledding, and we need new ones! One question -- keeping your legs suspended in the air in front of you looks like a workout (for me anyway, probably not my kid). Can you also sit on it cross-legged?

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    12/12/2008 1:21 PM

    Just off the phone with Mark Cahsens at Zipfy...he says that the Zipfy is appropriate for kids over 5 years old and you can ride with two people, two adults might be a bit uncomfortable...but he's done it before!

  • Mary
    Mary
    12/12/2008 2:02 PM

    They look really fun -- I checked out videos on youtube. Their videos were geared towards adults and I think my teenagers would love them but the colors you've chosen would not appeal to my 16 year old son. I've ordered a couple for my daughters and am going to order a red one from EMS. When I called my local store EMS store was sold out of them after playing a video of them in the store and the employees there said they were "insanely fun" and they'd all bought one.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    12/12/2008 2:06 PM

    I want one in every color! As a southern gal who is now a transplant to New England (brrrr!!!), I need all the fun tools I can find to help me through these winters. Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus...

  • Ashley, ZIPFY Inc.
    Ashley, ZIPFY Inc.
    12/12/2008 2:11 PM

    Hi Everyone!!

    Glad to see that everyone is very excited for winter and Zipfy riding!!! This site is amazing and I am so thrilled to see what Daily Grommet has done. Very honored.

    To answer your question, Katherine, it is actually really simple to keep your legs up in front of you. Your legs rest on the hump of the sled, which keeps them up without having to work your leg muscles...which is very nice for those of us who aren't kids anymore! Then, when you want to stop, simply drop your legs and dig your heels into the snow....This makes it super safe for all riders and easy to control. I wouldn't suggest sitting cross-legged as you won't have as much control over the sled when it comes to stopping. The control aspect is key when it comes to safety :)

    Honestly, for those of you who have purchased Zipfys, you are in for some great fun. I was out for the first time this winter a few weeks ago and it was a thrill to get back on one again...I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face!

    I will be checking in and would love to answer more questions :)

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    12/12/2008 7:22 PM

    Let it snow! Can't wait for the snow to fly in New England so that we can get our Zipfy's out!!

  • Mark
    Mark
    12/13/2008 6:07 PM

    Im 13 years old and this looks really fun especially if all your friends have one. Does it work on puffy snow? Doesn't look like it would.

  • joanne
    joanne
    12/14/2008 9:14 AM

    Hi Mark..The Zipfy is best on a packed snow surface. If there is a packed surface base and a light snow on top, these are also ideal conditions for the Zipfy. After a deep new snow, best to be the second or third one down the hill!

  • Des
    Des
    12/14/2008 9:38 AM

    I've got the green one in hand and I think it -- along with the blue -- would be liked by most boys. Plus I'm amazed at how rock solid this thing feels. No wonder it'll hold 250 pounds. As a kid we had a hill that started in our back yard and went across the back yards of all the houses on the street. One year, the only neighbor with no kids put up a wooden fence. No worries; the oak toboggan my dad had won for selling more 1960 Ramblers than anyone else in the dealer took down that fence on the first run. I don't think the Zipfy is a strong as that oak toboggan but it looks as strong as any toboggan you can buy today.

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    1/2/2009 7:55 PM

    We are one of the beneficiaries of the grandparent purchase (see posting by Gary above) and we used it on a foot of fresh snow yesterday here in Rochester, NY. It carved a nice gentle path through the deep new snow and then on all the following runs, it sped along very nicely! I traded it back and forth with our kids and we all loved it! Thanks Santa!

  • carl
    carl
    1/11/2009 6:16 PM

    I got the sled for christmas and wasn't sure how fast it would go. BUT... on a super puffy tiny slope it went super fast! IT was so awesome and it is really easy to turn. It's easy to carry back up the hill a

  • Celia
    Celia
    1/26/2009 12:46 PM

    We went sledding this past weekend and I thought that the Zipfy was fantastic! It felt so much safer than the tubes because you have much more control. Check out the You Tube video of people riding them down the Alps!

  • David Chow
    David Chow
    7/1/2009 7:16 PM

    yeah these were wonderful going downhill with! they're so fun racing your friends with :). and they're pretty cheap too! i got mine at this site http://www.worldtohome.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=65_565_573

    hope that helps!

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    7/3/2009 3:14 AM

    @David, thanks for the link. If you click on the "Buy it Now" button above, however, the price is even lower (great time to stock up for the winter - these make a great holiday gift!)

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    12/6/2010 7:48 PM

    @Barbara: I did click the Buy It Now but the price, when added to my cart, was the same.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/6/2010 9:03 PM

    @Stephanie Iovine: What Barbara was saying was that our price is lower than the one that David Chow had linked to. A super fun sled. I hope the forecasters are predicting a snowy, but mild, winter!!

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