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Best Sleds, Saucers, and Toboggans for Wintry Fun

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It's been a milder-than-usual fall season so far for much of the country, but there's little doubt that winter is coming and bringing some significant snowfall with it. Plan ahead and get your sledding gear in order before that happens. You don't want to be the family on the sidelines wishing you were flying down the hills with the wind in your hair and giant smiles on your face. From vintage-style options to new innovations in sledding products and prices from around $10 to nearly $500, here are the best options for sledding shenanigans this season. (Looking for cold-weather fun? Check out the 50 Best Small Towns to Visit in Winter.)

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Airhead Snow Scooter
Amazon

Airhead Snow Scooter

Perfect for: More active kids or those without nearby hills
$27 from Amazon
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No good sled hills nearby but plenty of snow? This well-rated snow scooter will let 'em kick around in the white stuff and burn off some energy, with no downhill sled runs required. It folds up for easy storage, too.

Sonic Snow Tube
L.L. Bean

Sonic Snow Tube

Perfect for: Snow tube sledders
$129 from L.L. Bean
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This L.L. Bean snow tube-style sledder gets great reviews from buyers, who rate it 4.8 stars and say it's very durable and fast. It comes in five different styles and both regular and extra-large sizes.

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Yukon Hammerhead Pro HD Sled
Amazon

Yukon Hammerhead Pro HD Sled

Perfect for: Adult sledders and younger sledders who crave adventure
$168 from Amazon
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This aluminum-frame steerable snow sled will let winter fun enthusiasts navigate more gnarly sled runs with its stainless steel, leaf-spring steering mechanism. It has a weight limit of 230 pounds, so it's also a great option for most adults. 

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Flexible Flyer Metal Runner Sled
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Flexible Flyer Metal Runner Sled

Perfect for: Old-school winter fun
$129 from Amazon
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If you've just got to fly down those snowy hills in vintage fashion, this wooden and steel old-school toboggan combines modern construction with retro-style. You can sled face first or sitting up, and it comes in two sizes.

Slippery Racer Saucer Disc Snow Sled
Amazon

Slippery Racer Saucer Disc Snow Sled

Perfect for: Multiple kid sledding
$47-$54 from Amazon
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If you've got more than one kid who needs a sled, these Slippery Racer sleds have great reviews and come in three-packs of either red, green, or blue, or for a few dollars more one of each (translation: no fighting over whose is whose). 

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Fivkle Snow Tube
Amazon

Fivkle Snow Tube

Perfect for: Snow tubers on a budget
$24 and up from Amazon
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If you love the idea of a snow tube but don't want to pay an arm and a leg, this option, which comes in two styles, gets great reviews from Amazon buyers, who say it can be used by kids, teens, and adults alike and is sturdy to boot.

Bradley Ultimate Towable Snow Tube Sled
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Bradley Ultimate Towable Snow Tube Sled

Perfect for: Heavy-duty multi-person sledding
$495 from Amazon
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You can pile three sledders into this option that's made in the U.S.A. and promises "the smoothest ride on the slopes." Once inflated, it measures about 6 feet long and 40 inches across and comes with a cover with handles. It also includes a 6-foot-long leash for easier towing up the hill. 

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Wodesid 3-Person Snow Tube
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Wodesid 3-Person Snow Tube

Perfect for: Multi-person sledding on a budget
$39 from Amazon
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If you believe the family that sleds together stays together, this sled also can hold up to three sledders. It is made of a thick PVC material, has handles for all three riders, and a maximum weight capacity of nearly 400 pounds.

Zipfy Freestyle Sled
Amazon

Zipfy Freestyle Sled

Perfect for: Luge-style sledding
$43 and up from Amazon
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If the thought of lugging a huge, unwieldy sled back up the hill after each run is less than pleasant for you, this luge-style sled has a much smaller footprint and weighs less than 4 pounds yet has a weight capacity of about 250 pounds. It's available in a variety of colors.

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Prettywan Snow Sled
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Prettywan Snow Sled

Perfect for: Toboggan-style sledding in comfort
$69 from Amazon
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The ergonomics of this sled might appeal to adults of a certain age. It features a padded seat, space to plant feet and keep knees bent, and includes hand-brakes and a rope for easier towing after the run has ended.

 Sled Legs Wearable Snow Sleds
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Sled Legs Wearable Snow Sleds

Perfect for: An innovative sledding option
$55 from Amazon
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If your sledders are up for a challenge, this pair of sleds straps to the knees and ankles for a different kind of slide down the hill. These are made for adults and kids that are 5 feet or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds. Buyers say they're fun and also make for a great workout.

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Flexible Flyer Flying Carpet Sled
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Flexible Flyer Flying Carpet Sled

Perfect for: Sledding on a budget
$11 from Amazon
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If you're looking for a sled but don't want to spend a bundle, this portable roll-up sled gets 4- and 5-star reviews from more than two-thirds of buyers. Made of polyethylene, it weighs less than a pound and measures 36-by-18 inches. 

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Kids' Pull Sled and Cushion Set
L.L. Bean

Kids' Pull Sled and Cushion Set

Perfect for: Toddler and baby sledding
$179 from L.L. Bean
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If you've got a little one you'd like to introduce to the world of sledding, this toboggan-style sled from L.L. Bean lets you do so in a gentle fashion. It includes a pull-handle and cushioning, and comes in small and large sizes.

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RYDR Snow Runner Bike Sled
Amazon

RYDR Snow Runner Bike Sled

Perfect for: Bike-style sledding
$90 from Amazon
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If anyone in your clan has been wanting to try bike-style sledding, this product features dual foot brakes, a steering wheel, and a front-mounted manual tow system. Designed for ages 6 and up and 88 pounds or less.

Goplus Snow Racer Sled
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Goplus Snow Racer Sled

Perfect for: Super-fact, face-first sledding
$83 from Amazon
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With a triangular design, this sled is designed to be ridden face-first on a lightweight nylon mesh seat. Reviewers give it high marks for its speed and durability.

GoFloats Unicorn Snow Tube
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GoFloats Unicorn Snow Tube

Perfect for: Awesome sledding photos
$30 from Amazon
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If you're looking for a sled that turns heads and makes for great photos, this one is both economical and fun-looking, plus it gets pretty good reviews (can't argue with 4.6 stars). If unicorns aren't your thing, it's also available in flamingo, penguin, ice dragon, and polar bear options.