It’s the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere and it was held in mid-February in New York City. Most of the toys featured at The Annual American International Toy Fair 2011 were indoor toys but there’s one outdoor toy that gained a fair amount of attention – the Zipfy Freestyle Mini Luge. The Zipfy is a compact and lightweight sled that is fun for both children and adults and has developed a following of loyal sliders around the world.
Offered in a rainbow of eight different colors, the Zipfy weighs only 3.5 pounds. While not a new outdoor toy for 2011, it just might be the best new thing to hit winter sports since the snowboard. And, like snowboarding, organized Zipfy races and events are being held all over the world – there’s even a World Series. Families who went through plastic sleds like disposable napkins are finding this super-sturdy, lightweight sled the perfect choice for hours of outdoor snow fun. It even works on steeply sloped lawns and sand dunes.
As you can see, it looks a bit more like a saddle than a sled and it sometimes takes a bit of practice to learn how to maneuver them down the hill, but families all over the world proclaim this sled to offer the most winter outdoor fun they’ve had in years. The low center of gravity and tracked underside make this sled super-fast and super-fun.The engineering design dates back to the late 1960s. The Zipfy Freestyle Mini Luge has been featured in magazines and television shows around the world, won numerous top toy awards and has consistently been the . You should be warned however, that these sleds are so much fun that they will become the hottest thing on the sledding hill. You’re going to need more than one. Children as young as 4 can master these compact snow sleds and many grandparents admit to wishing they had one of their own after riding ones they purchased to give as Christmas presents.
If you are a fan of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, you’re going to love the Special Edition Jambob Zipfy. This full-sized Zipfy was designed in the Jamaican colors and features the Jamaican Bobsled Federation icon. A portion of the proceeds also goes to help the team with training and equipment expenses.
Smaller children might also enjoy the Zipfy Junior, a slightly smaller and lighter sled designed for children 3 to 6 years old. At only 2.2 pounds, it’s even more light-weight and easier for smaller hands to carry to provide hours of outdoor play and snow fun.
The Zipfy Safety Leash provides riders with a way to drag their sled up hills and as a safety cord to prevent runaway sleds, something many ski resorts require on their slopes and chair lifts. The leash was designed for the full-sized Zipfy but also works with the Zipfy Junior.
While it might be a bit late in the season in some areas for sledding and snow play, there’s still plenty of great snow out there on the slopes to zip down in this great outdoor winter toy called the .