SCION : A Revolution in Snow Sledding
SCION : A Revolution in Snow Sledding
SCION : High performance sport sled that feels like you are flying a fighter jet.
SCION : High performance sport sled that feels like you are flying a fighter jet. Read more
About this project
CALLING ALL SLED PILOTS...
The Scion Extreme snow sled transforms traditional sledding into a controllable, gravity-powered adrenalin rush like no other. Inspired by motorcycle handling and F1 race car design, the Scion sled will carve the mountain as gracefully or aggressively as you can handle.
LOOKING FOR A GRAVITY-POWERED ADRENALIN RUSH?
Imagine being at the top of the mountain, seated like a F1 race car driver, scanning the powder covered slope below you. Ear phones in. Music up. You push off and the wind instantly whistles through your helmet as you gather speed at an alarming rate. You feel like a fighter pilot. Holding your breath, you push on the foot pegs to initiate your first turn, you lean into the corner with motorcycle precision, an outstretched arm like a surfer in a wave. Brushing the mountain with your hand, snow sprays behind you.
What happens next is up to you. Freedom is yours.
TESTED BY THE BEST
No one knows sledding better than USA Olympic Medalist and World Luge Champion Chris Thorpe. I went sledding with Chris in Colorado to see what he thought...
"I was humbled by this sled, initially. It challenges you, it rewards you, but by no means will you master this sled on your first day out. You can go from carving to slipping and drifting the turns to just stopping on a dime. The performance and control factor are, I think, second to none. The limits of this sled, I think, are still somewhat unexplored."
- Chris Thorpe
Chris was not paid for his endorsement. He contacted Snolo with an interest in having a go. He rode the Scion over two days at Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort in Colorado. Thank you Chris for your time, hospitality and honest opinion.
DAWN OF A SLEDDING REVOLUTION
My name is Sean Boyd, sled designer and sled pilot. I build and develop radical new snow sleds. I have always enjoyed old school sledding, but felt there was potential to make it a lot more exciting.
I designed my first sled in my garage in 2006. It was constructed using chopped up skis, a bike frame and other bits and pieces I had laying around. It wasn’t pretty but it had potential. Over the next four years, while working full-time on my day job, I developed five more prototypes, went really fast and crashed a lot!
Early designs featured a cable controlled braking system, which worked really well. However, the sled handling was so good I soon discovered it was possible to perform effective hockey stops (turn stopping) therefore eliminating the need for a braking system at all. As well as creating a more dynamic riding experience it also reduced a lot of unnecessary weight and cost.
In 2010 I contracted Will Grant from 4Design to take my research to the next level. As a former McLaren F1 race car designer he brought the expertise I needed. Working with Will, I now had the ability to get my designs to fabrication.
With the results from six prototypes, the first all carbon fiber sled was constructed in 2011. The prototype results were so outstanding I realised I could offer the world a totally new kind of sledding.
Snolo’s debut sled, the Stealth-X was launched to the world market in December 2012 to great acclaim. It was featured in hundreds of websites around the world and has been shipped to customers from all corners of the globe. The high cost of materials for the Stealth-X meant it was only accessible to a few. As a result I received hundreds of emails from fans of the Stealth-X asking me to develop a more affordable high performance sled. I listened and began developing the Scion. Working with plastics industry experts I eventually found a high quality, tough, light weight and affordable solution.
The new Scion has been developed to the same high standards of manufacture and performance as the Stealth-X but without the high costs.
ALL GOOD TO GO!
- The Scion is fully production ready with our manufacturer standing by for the close of this campaign.
- All tools and molds completed and purchased.
- Packaging and user manual designed and printed.
- Logistics experts, Shipwire, are ready to deliver.
"BOMB PROOF" CONSTRUCTION
- UV Resistant Fiber Re-inforced High Density Polyethylene monocoque construction.
- Low center of gravity and a wide front ski make the Scion a capable sled on both soft and hard pack snow.
- Advanced steering system: Steer sitting upright or you can lean into corners at speed like a motorcycle.
- You can carve it, drift it and slide it at speed.
- Non-stick sled body for free gliding ride on all snow conditions.
- Tetron™ impact absorbing seat padding covered with waterproof 600D nylon for comfort and extreme durability.
- Formula One style seating allows flexibility in riding style - upright, reclined and leaning.
- Four accessory attachment points. A front mounted tow point for dog sledding and a configuration of three points in the rear to attach your own fittings e.g. secure a small bag or similar.
- Adjustable front ski for modification of handling characteristics.
- Every Scion comes with a shock coil lanyard for safety and effortless towing back up the hill.
- Replaceable polished stainless steel and alloy runners.
Video Clip - Straight Run and Drift Stop
Video Clip - Pedestrian Avoidance Control!
SCION IN THE MEDIA
"If there were doubts about the feasibility of grownups sledding before, and with good reason, there probably were, the Scion is here to shatter those preconceived notions." - HiConsumption
"... it's a serious piece of equipment..." - Uncrate
"Scion is definitely on our wishlist. Winter is coming…" - Luxury-Insider
"The sports car of sleds... invokes the envy of everyone else on the mountain." - Maxim
"It is fast, manoeuvrable and gives the rider an unrivalled snow sports experience." - Graycut
"Sledding basically consists of strapping your body onto a slippery board and bombing down the hill with just the slightest inkling of control. Snolo changed that..." - Gear Hungry
"Basically, if Darth Vader joined the cast of Cool Runnings, he'd drive this sled." - Super Compressor
Thank you for your support in shaping the future of sledding!
Risks and challenges
I have spent over eight years researching manufacturers, manufacturing techniques, materials, processes, laws, logistics (and more) to be as confident as possible in delivering Kickstarters a trouble free manufacturing, shipping and customer service experience.
The Scion has been tested in the factory and on the slopes to ensure it is a durable, quality product that I can stake my reputation on. However everyone knows that the unforeseeable can happen from time to time - such as political unrest or a shipment being lost overboard. If anything should happen that would delay or alter any aspect we will advise all our backers immediately and act to rectify the situation with professionalism and the attention you deserve. The team involved in this project have the proven experience and expertise to produce and deliver everything promised. My team and I can also problem solve any other issues that may unexpectedly arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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