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Gear Review: TSL Quickie Sled

For sledding or glissading, the TSL Quickie is a speedy descent.

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Whether you want a lightning-fast descent (be careful!), an ultralight sledding solution, or a (relatively) dry butt glissade, the Quickie delivers. The hourglass-shaped plastic sled is just big enough to sit on, small and flat enough to stash against your pack frame, and weighs practically nothing.

Instructions are easy: Bend the flexible handle up between your legs to steer and use your feet to brake. Testers reported lots of laughs on a descent of the Brothers in the Adirondacks. One size fits most butts; best for semi-packed trails. $5; 5 oz.; tslsnowshoes.com