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The Paris Expedition Sled is a tough lightweight sled designed as a pulk or gear sled. It helps move wood, and fishing, camping, or other gear easily over snow and ice. The sled comes in bright orange color. It features grommet-reinforced tow holes in the front with additional non-reinforced holes along the sides to secure cargo. The Paris Expedition Sled is sold by itself, without tow rope or poles, etc.
Size: 60 in. (152 cm) x 20 in. (51 cm) x 6 in. (15 cm)
Material: .125 mm Polyethylene
Weight: 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
In The Field:
The quality of the sled is fantastic. It is thick enough to remain rigid when full of gear and does wear out quickly. The pre-drilled holes provide plenty of tie down points and more can be added with ease. Its size lends nicely to being pulled while snowshoeing.
Before taking the Paris Expedition Sled on a snow camping trip, I had to fashion poles that attach to a waist belt. I began by threading rope through all the holes in the sled, with the ends exiting through the front reinforced grommets. I then ran each rope end through a 5 foot piece of 1/2 inch PVC SCH 40 pipe. Finally, I tied a loop in the end of each rope and attached a carabiner which then clips into my waist belt. I used a waist belt from an old backpack. One could easily attach the poles to the waist belt of complete backpack as well. I cross the poles before attaching them to the waist belt to improve handling.
I normally load the sled with one or two 18-gallon tote bins to keep my gear dry. I secure these with bungee cords. I have used this setup for all my winter camping trips the past few years with great success. I have only pulled the sled while on snowshoes as I do not cross-country ski. The sled tracks right behind me and travels around corners well, provided the terrain is not too steep. I have been able to pull fairly heavy loads (approximately 60-80 lbs) uphill with relative ease (being in shape helps a lot). The sled tends to want to run into me on descents, but the poles do a good job of preventing this. The only issues I have encountered are a couple of tip-overs during descents on packed, narrow, sloping trails. Keeping the load lower helps, as would a more rigid pole system. When pulling the sled parallel to a slope and headed downhill on a packed trail it will sometimes slide off the trail down the hill (gravity wins here). Walking faster can decrease this tendancy. Attaching a rope to the back and having someone else control the back during descents works well as long as both people travel at the same pace. So far the sled shows very little wear. There are no cracks and the bottom shows little wear. My trips are normally over snow versus ice, so this likely plays a role in how well the bottom has held up.
This has been a great pulk (gear) sled for my winter camping trips. It makes it much easier to bring lots of gear into the woods in the winter compared to a backpack. This high quality sled has held up well for three winters and should last many more. I recommend this sled to anyone looking for a good pulk sled for skiing or snowshoeing. Its narrow foot print and short sides can sometimes be problematic on steep slopes, but it was designed to be sleek and lightweight. Technique can help overcome any issues with handling. Be sure to fashion some type of pole system for pulling, as simply using a rope will cause control problems, especially downhill. See Ed's Wilderness Systems for pole details.