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$424
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backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 24 2015

About

You too can have your very own Hoversled this winter! Please support us today :)

I'm Steven, and I invented the Hoversled. I've spent several years perfecting and improving this machine with the hope of creating a whole new high-tech sledding movement. I'm ready now to start with not much more than a dream and my persistent efforts, and build something amazing. Together we can make Hoversled here to stay...Hoversled is bound to become the funnest, most versatile and affordable personal "hover" product ever.

Hoversled is the world's first battery-powered, purpose-built (sledding), ultralight (under 20 pounds), practical and portable hovercraft (air cushion vehicle - ACV) designed for people. It glides over any smooth hard surface and is propelled by gravity. It may look like a version of an inner tube sled, but when you see bursts of snow blasting from beneath it, or it glide across a cement floor...or better yet, feel its glassy speed as you ride it downhill, you'll realize it's a unique experience and unlike anything before.

Hoversled Racing
Hoversled Racing

On a sledding hill, Hoversled is fast, fun, and a smooth and stable ride. The sled can currently lift better than 170 pounds and take a 6 foot rider. Hoversled captures the imagination with a bit of science fiction and aerospace. Inventor Sohlstrom's life-long work on hovercraft technology was inspired by Star Wars speederbikes and Back to the Future. In Sohlstrom's opinion, it goes far beyond what the "hoverboard" can do in terms of fun because of the "hoverboard's" number of limitations. Hoversled is simply effortless excitement and a real air cushion vehicle! 

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Hoversled is a great form of excercize too. It is so much fun, it is hard to stop from going back down the hill one more time. The batteries generally last longer than you do. 

Hoversled Pilot Joe
Hoversled Pilot Joe

 Safety: To the hoversled pilot, safety always comes first. Wearing a helmet is always recommended. Children must use a hoversled under adult supervision. The hoversled is only to be flown on a groomed sledding hill free of obstacles and hazards such as trees or cliffs. A hoversled can suspend over many surfaces, but it is not designed for being on water, and NEVER take it on the street. Batteries are to always be removed after flight and recharged by manufacturer instructions.

 Educational: Hoversled is a great machine to inspire scientific learning. As a kit or class project, the disciplines that can be studied are: basic electronics, physics (principles ranging from fluid dynamics- volume, pressure etc, kinetics and friction.), manufacturing skills such as sewing, metal and plastic work are involved. The machine itself rivals an exciting and functional device seemingly out of science fiction. It's development was inspired by the spacecraft of Star Wars, the Back to the Future hoverboard, and modern aerospace. 

Hoversled Test Flight
Hoversled Test Flight

 Steering and Braking: The basic function of the hoversled leaves it with very little contact to the ground, therefore it has little steering capability. In general, the sled will find the path which leads it most directly downhill. Care must be taken in piloting the hoversled and having this understanding. Braking is achieved by landing and putting weight on the rear of the sled.

Athletic: The hoversled is FUN. The batteries last a long time. It is a smooth and fluid ride. Whereas many other sled designs tend to crash at top speed or upon hitting a bump, a hoversled coasts to the bottom of the hill nearly every time. Under ideal conditions, you can even coast further than other sleds due the greatly reduced contact friction. In my personal experience, it's a hard thing to reach the top of the hill again and not want to go back down, even after you've resolved to call it a day. Hill climbing is great low-impact cardio excercize. Hill climbing and hoversledding are the perfect match for excercise with plenty of exciting positive reinforcement to sled on! 

Hoversledding Fun!
Hoversledding Fun!

Business: The goal of Hoverlsed is to grow and expand profitably and responsibly. Following healthy economic principals, one goal is to manufacture the hoversled in the midst of it's potential customers- locally. Hoversled is just getting started, and there are a lot more techological suprises in store! The technologies developed by Sohlstrom will be further enhanced and utilized in more advanced products. The hoversled stands in a category by itself. There's nothing else like it. It is a sleek, lightweight, powerful and durable machine. It is an exhilirating ride, a brand new sport. It's a little slice of aerospace and science fiction. It is finally the answer to wishing you could have your easily own personal hovercraft...because NOW you can...and you can also afford it.

Hoversled Classic - Lightweight And Portable
Hoversled Classic - Lightweight And Portable

 Solid and durable construction.

Hoversled Classic - AKA 2015 "Ice Jet" will be available in several different colors!
Hoversled Classic - AKA 2015 "Ice Jet" will be available in several different colors!
Hoversled Fabric Colors
Hoversled Fabric Colors

Hoversled is simply better. It's not only practical and affordable, it is extrememely fun, light weight and portable. It is not trying to be something it isn't. It requires a smooth, hard, or supported surface.The hoversled is propelled by gravity. It is brand new, fun, amazing and cool. 

The Hoversled Pilot's Manual - Concept Art
The Hoversled Pilot's Manual - Concept Art

 Multiple patents pending.

 Tune in again after this weekend...there will be a video profile of the Hoversled Classic - Ice Jet...

Risks and challenges

The challenge faced by Hoversled is to produce a safe, high-quality, and affordable personal product for the public. Hoversled is just getting started, and there are many additional technological advancements in store. Initial funding will be used to provide a solid foundation for a company envisioned to last, and delivery of the first season of amazing hoversleds. Funding from this campaign will also go towards a national tour to demonstrate the Hoversled in towns and cities around the United States. Christmas morning will never be the same.

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    Strength in numbers :) Hoversled is amazing and I want to help you succeed today! Help us from anywhere in the world. This is where it all begins...Thank you!

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    The Official Hoversled Pilot's Manual - signed first edition. The essential publication for the hoversled pilot and hobbiest. Thank you!

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    Hoversled lessons with Steve. Select one of three three dates this winter for three hours of practice on a St.Cloud, sliding hill. (Sled provided) Thank you!

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    NO SHIPPING CHARGE. Pick up your Hoversled Classic Mini in St.Cloud :) Contributors will receive one Hoversled Classic Mini with batteries and charger. The Hoversled Classic Mini is a functioning variation of the durable and quality made original Hoversled design. Reward includes Hoversled Pilot's Manual. Pick up in St. Cloud and save on shipping! The Hoversled Mini is a smaller version with two engines, two batteries, forward stabilizer and snow brake. It has a 120 pound lift capacity. Hoversled Classic Mini must be used under adult supervision. Thank you!

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    Contributors will receive one Hoversled Classic Mini with batteries and charger. The Hoversled Classic Mini is a functioning variation of the durable and quality made original Hoversled design. Reward includes Hoversled Pilot's Manual. Pick up in St. Cloud and save on shipping! The Hoversled Mini is a smaller version with two engines, two batteries, forward stabilizer and snow brake. It has a 120 pound lift capacity. Hoversled Classic Mini must be used under adult supervision. Thank you!

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    Hoversled Classic. Contributors will receive one Hoversled Classic with batteries and charger. The Hoversled Classic is a functioning duplicate of the durable and quality made original Hoversled design. Pick up in St. Cloud and save on shipping! Thank you!

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    NO SHIPPING CHARGE. Pick your hoversled up in St.Cloud :) Hoversled Classic. Contributors will receive one Hoversled Classic with batteries and charger. The Hoversled Classic is a functioning duplicate of the durable and quality made original Hoversled design. Reward includes Hoversled Pilot's Manual. 3 rotors, 170 pound lift capacity. Pick up in St. Cloud and save on shipping! Thank you!

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    The very first production Hoversled Classic numbered 01, with batteries and certificate of authenticity. 3 rotors, 170 pound lift capacity. Reward includes Hoversled Pilot's Manual. There can be only one number one. Own a bit of history. Thank you!

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    Red Sled. 1 limited edition Red Hoversled Classic (each of 4 numbered 02 thru 05) for the benefactor who wants to amp up the vision of Hoversled and help get things flying. 3 rotors, 170 pound lift capacity. Limited to 4 and lowest number to first ordered. Reward includes Hoversled Pilot's Manual. Thank you!

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