I've seen others try to fabricate racks, unless you know what you're doing with tools it'll probably break after a few uses and leave holes in your tunnel. I know quite a few people that tried with their own set ups and eventually bought the cheetah rack as it was waaay superior, also its super convenient for stashing your boots in the rack to take up. (This is what I do, and Treadway, few others too. Sledding in ski boots is like bambi on ice)
It's pretty much the standard for use here in Whistler/Pemberton. Most of the skiers, boarders, photogs use it. Yeah its pricey, but it will also work and its super quick to put skis on/off your sled. Especially if you're learning to sled or aren't that comfortable the last thing you need to be doing is flailing around with skis on your running boards or on your pack.
Depends, if you can afford it, it'll last you a few years. Dave really improved the rack this past year, and its pretty damn bomber. I snowmobile professionally and have a dual ski rack on the back, it's still intact after my sled has flipped, rolled, smashed its way down the hill.
We've been building our own racks with square aluminum tubing for quite a while, and i have also considered using snowboard binding straps instead of bungy cords but im a little worried about rolling my sled and breaking my skis because they wont fall out of the rack. is there anything you did to prevent this?? or do the snowboard bindings snap off first? was thinking of attaching the bindings with something that will break before my skis. any ideas
Your so fucking dumb it. Yea sledding is exspensive but so is DH mountain biking (my dh bike cost me more then my sled and countinues to do so every year with lift tickets and pricey parts) and skiing. If your one of those guys buying a new $15 000 sled every 2 years and moding the shit out of it, you do have to be loaded. If your a guy like me who worked hard one summer to save some money, and looked to buy a sled in the off season (when they are cheapest), you can get a sick sled for under 5 grand and there are so many good deals in the States. I got my 3 years ago for $3750, sluper low kms, some good mods (suspenion, track extention, can, and some other small thing). The guy lived in Minneasota, and would go to Utah with it for like 2-3 weeks a year, when I picked it up he also gave me a box with the stock parts he swapped and like 4 belts. After that it only cost me 206 bucks and gst to import it. (By DH bike cost me almost 6000, and doesn't have an engine and the suspension is no where near as good).
Gas: FIilling my sled up with premium cost $30 and that usually last me all day. 30 dollars in gas is way cheaper then a 70 plus dollar lift ticket at most resorts now a days, not to mention it's loads cheaper then a cat day which is the kind of skiing you get.
How do I pay for parts: I look for used parts or super cheap deals at trade shows and do the work myself, yea it can turn into alot of down time but that's the way it is. Also I trade to save up and look for deals ahead of time, aka If you know your going to need a new track the next season it gives you lots of time to find something good for cheap.