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Your Sleds Rock!

"I found both your 42" and 32" flat
sleds work exceptionally well for
recovering snowmobiles, especially
when you have to load alone!
As for hauling reindeer carcasses,
ditto.  I like the look of you new designs
too, and expect I shall order a couple.
Durability is excellent and your sleds
outlast similar-priced fibreglass sleds
by 5-7 times. Talk about economical
and not to say, value!  Keep producing!"

Lloyd Binder, Canadian Reindeer,
Inuvik, NWT Canada
We enjoy hearing our clients' stories as much as we do
building sleds!  Feel free to share your own stories and
photos with us at
I am the Trail Coordinator for the one thousand-mile
Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. I also put
in the trail for several other two- and three-hundred-
mile events. I have pulled sleds and skimmers of all
makes and types. Until I traveled with one of David
Doudna’s sleds, I was constantly rebuilding
equipment, or changing sleds to meet conditions.
Now all I need to think about is the trail ahead of me,
not whether my camp is still behind me!

John Schandelmeier, 2009 Yukon Quest Trail
Coordinator 1992 & 1996 Yukon Quest Champion
Breaking trail for the 2009 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race
Photo courtesy of John Schandelmeier
"...in various places from the Alaska Range to the Brooks
Range and from the Canadian border to Nome.  I have used
many different sleds over the years, and the Siglin Sled has
been superior by far.  Whether you haul heavy loads or a small
amount of gear, this sled outperforms the rest under any snow
conditions.  The sleds are easy to fix with simple tools on the
rare occasion that something might break.  The best things
about the Siglin Sled are its durability, light weight, and its
effortless pull across the snow.  When traveling with a partner
or a large group, I will pull my Siglin Sled with me whether I
haul gear or not. If someone breaks down, simply tip their
machine on its side, slide the Siglin Sled underneath, put one or
two straps on to hold the machine to the sled, and tow it home!"

  Eric Yeager
          Fairbanks, Alaska
...I have overloaded, pulled these sleds on
bare rock, run over, twisted in half, and many
other ridiculous things and these sleds they
have kept on working. Being hard on gear I
thought I would make my own sled from the
same UHMW that is used by the company. I
am here to tell you, leave it to the
professionals to make the top quality gear. I
ended up paying more to make my own and
came out with a sub standard sled...  
Read the
whole write-up

Joe Groves of JoeProof
Kotzebue, Alaska
[This is] the skijor pulk I made from one of your little sleds.
Every where I went with it, people thought it was the cutest
thing ever. The sled tracks super good and even grooms the
trail with 2 set tracks, when conditions are right. The 5 ft
pulk is the perfect size for 2 dogs and the 6 ft pulk would be
perfect for 3 dogs.

Here is a little video I shot on my trip into the White

Iris Vandenham
Talkeetna, Alaska
Photo courtesy of Iris Vandenham.
I bought [a Cross Fox sled] in 2008 and use it primarily for
trapping and wood hauling with an occasional hunting trip for
moose or caribou. I have approximately 18,500 miles on this
sled with no problems other than a broken skeg at around
17,000 miles. I have been trapping over 30 years in Alaska
and this is without a doubt the best sled I have ever owned.
I trap some of the roughest tundra around often with little
snow cover on it conditions are seldom good. My sled has
outlasted two snow machines! It is not uncommon for me to
have 300 pounds of traps and baits in my sled when
checking traps... When hauling wood I will generally have
several trees cut in 10-foot lengths in the sled so it is
stacked up about 30 inches above the top of the sidewall.  I
haul 25-30 sled loads a year this way. These sled are so
stable that they seldom tip over even when overloaded. I
just can’t say enough good about these sleds.

Todd Fritze
We haul an average of half a cord each
trip... After hauling roughly 50 cords, there
has been no noticeable wear to the sled.

Russell Posey
Photo courtesy of Russell Posey
The sled has 350 to 400 pounds on it and it's
floating (in straight water, not overflow). As you
can see, the machine is not.

Jacques Etcheverry
"I'm just back from the Iditarod Trail
Invitational, where more than half of the
participants used your sleds. 1st, 3rd, 5th
(me), 6th, 7th and 8th place. Despite some
minor issue with the sled catching rocks and
branches in the cut ups at the front - the pulk
did an amazing job. I am planning on bringing
the same model next year because it glides so
much better than the other brands."

Med Venligste Hilsner / Best regards,

Moses Løvstad
Wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the initial
freighting trip we did this last weekend. First load was about 1200
lbs of awkward steel pilings and other miscellaneous gear. I took
two pallets which fit perfect in the sled to lash everything to. ... Not
one hiccup during the entire trip which is not what I expected. The
sled wound its way through trees and single track snow machine
trail amazingly well for a 12 foot sled, all of this during the soft
snow of breakup. Honestly, I can't imagine a more versatile sled
for a variety of heavy freighting applications than the 12' NSYB
Freighter. It was the perfect size for my needs; didn't even need
the chain brake going down a 300-400 ft hill at a 45 degree slope.
It tracked perfect.

J. B.
Anchorage, Alaska
I am so glad there are still
people out there who are locally
making high quality, buy-it-for-the
rest of your life gear... Cheers,
and thanks again for making an
excellent product.

David Bryant
Photo courtesy of David Bryant. Click to enlarge.
I purchased a new wide Siglin Sled with double skegs from David
back in 2005.  After a few years of use, I put UMHW runners on the
bottom and a plywood deck on top so I could lash things down more
firmly for our bumpy tundra traveling conditions.  This winter I
noticed it was time to replace the plywood deck and I got to thinking
about how many miles are on that sled.  It has outlasted four of my
snowmachines. The sled has more than 30,000 miles on it, and it
has hauled wood, trapping gear, musk ox, moose, and even other
David’s sleds truly are about as bombproof of a sled as you can get.  
After 30,000 miles the only thing that needs to be repaired/replaced
are the heavy-duty hitch springs.  I highly recommend Northern Sled
Works sleds.

Jon LaValle, Bethel