5 Ways to Go Sledding without a Sled

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Many areas across the country are expected to experience yet another snowy winter, which means there will be plenty of time for sledding. If you find yourself without a conventional sled when a big snowfall comes, don’t fret. You can glide down the mountain in one of these items you have at home:

  1. Inflatable Pool Toys: Have you ever gone tubing at a ski resort? Similar to actual tubing, you can use your inflatable pool tubes and rafts to slide down the mountain. While pool tubes and rafts work best, you can even use your inflatable pool ride-on toys, such as an inflatable ride-on whale.
  1. Trash Can Lid: Trash can lids also make for great impromptu sleds. Just be sure to clean it before you use it!
  1. Baby Pool: Do you have an old baby pool in the garage that the kids have grown out of? Transform it into the ultimate sled. If you turn it inside out so that the smooth side is facing the snow, it works wonderfully. And, due to its larger size, the whole family can fit inside and sled down the hill together.
  1. Garbage Bag: Due to their slippery nature, garbage bags are perfect for sledding. Place your legs and behind inside a large heavy-duty garbage bag at the top of the hill, and then enjoy the ride!
  1. Cardboard: Have a cardboard box lying around? Large pieces of cardboard work well as sleds. Bend up the front of the cardboard to keep it from getting stuck on soft snow.

Warning: When using these items as sleds, be careful. These items may be more difficult to steer and maneuver than real sleds, so use them with caution.

Another important part of sledding is keeping warm, comfortable and protected. At ShoppingBlitz.com, we offer a wide range of cold weather gear perfect for sledding on a snow day, including Polarmax, Turtle Fur, Stormy Kromer and Columbia Sportswear. With base layer apparel, insulated jackets, and moisture-resistant gloves and hats from these top brands, you can enjoy your time on the mountain for longer. Visit us online to shop shoes and clothes from these leading brands, as well as many others, today!

 

Top 3 Best Winter Jackets of the Season

‘Tis the season for winter jackets. Heck, ‘tis the season for winter boots, scarves, hats, gloves…the list could go on. If you’re in need of new winter gear, there’s a method for every type of shopper. Some prefer to hunt around for discounted items, whether it’s pre-owned designer gear or bargain brands found in outlet malls or consignment stores. Others, however, prefer to splurge on one or two quality, top of the line items. For some, since winter wardrobes tend to be simplified (most find it unnecessary to own 5 different winter jackets, or 10 different pairs of gloves), it’s worth splurging for a solid coat or pair of boots that will work well and last all winter long.

No matter which kind of shopper you may be, most feel that it’s easiest to order one’s shoes or coat online. Fortunately, many resources are available that offer dozens of online, premium winter gear at both top line prices and smart discounts. Of all the winter gear to add to the shopping cart, most would agree that having a dependable winter jacket should be the number one wardrobe priority. Not sure which winter coat should make the cut this year? We’ve narrowed down the top 3 most worthwhile cold-weather wraps of the season. From breathability to moisture wicking technology and even battery-powered pocket warmers, the following winter jackets will knock anyone’s socks off:

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1. Helly Hansen Coastal Parka: Its breathable material keeps you warm and dry, which as a result will help to regulate your body temperature. This 3/4-length hooded parka coat is both waterproof and windproof. Not only is it and waterproof, it is also very breathable. It comes equipped with a fully seam seal, 2-layer construction and is also fully insulated. Perfect for those cold, wet winter days!

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2. Under Armour Cold-Gear Infrared Werewolf Jacket:  This high-tech coat repels water without sacrificing breathability. The insulation is lightweight and can be compressed without losing warmth. ColdGear Infrared uses a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb and retain your own body heat. This masterpiece is also windproof with a bonded, 2-layer softershell material on chest and arms. Not to mention the ColdGear cuffs that add stretch and warmth to shut out that icy winter chill.

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3. Stormy Kromer Mackinaw Wool Coat: It’s might chilly out there in the big world, and this roomy, durable, 26 oz. virgin-wool coat protects you from the elements while wrapping you in the warmth of 109 years of hand-woven heritage. With 26 oz 100% Virgin Wool and made here in the U.S., it doesn’t get much cooler (or warmer) than that!

Whichever winter jacket you choose this year, just make sure it suits you. With these 3 winter jackets, you’ll get more bang for your buck—but there’s nothing more important than feeling comfortable wearing it and buy it!