Do poles come assembled?

All pole sets come completely assembled. If your order does not include the sled, you will have to install the hardware that comes with the pole set onto your sled. All systems that include a sled are assembled and ready to go!

What is the difference between a sled and a skipulk?

Pulks are made up of a sled, poles (traces) and a harness. (A sled is one of the components.) A ski pulk is a pulk specifically designed for skiers who need excellent control on downhill sections. Our ski pulks are also designed to prevent injury or equipment failure due to falls (which are common with skiing down hills). They can also be called sledges, gear sleds, and nordic sleds.

How does the Snowclipper cover work?

The Snowclipper cover is made up of two covers. The first is a large Shurelast polyester cover with a full length zipper and mitten pulls, and the second a reversible compression cover that works similar to a compression stuff bag. (It compacts the load and reduces the risk of rollover.) The compression cover sits over the first allowing bulky items like snowshoes, skis, snowboards, and more, to be carried between the two or both covers can be removed in seconds for the option of hauling firewood.

Should I purchase the Paris or Snowclipper?

The best sled for your adventures depends on your activities. Both systems are about the same size in terms of cargo space and use the same harnesses and poles. Both also perform very well in a variety of conditions, and you can’t go wrong with either choice! Differences include:

  • The Paris Sled is a general purpose sled that is about 4 lbs or so lighter and less expensive than the Snowclipper. It is durable enough to last for a couple years of hard use.
  • We designed the Snowclipper specifically as a pulk sled. Like a kayak, it is created from rotational molding. It is much more durable with over twice as much plastic on the bottom (this is at the expense of the extra 4 lbs). It also does not have the wide rims of the Paris which can hang up on brush if you do a lot of bushwacking.
  • The Snowclipper has slots that make it easy to add dividers or backrests for kids.
  • The Snowclipper has the option to add covers. Instead of a cover, most Paris sled fans use packs, duffels or a burrito wrap with a tarp.
  • The most popular difference is the retractable fins on the Snowclipper. These allow you to deploy or retract the fins without removing your gear from the sled. (The fin option on the Paris systems are removable but you have to take out your gear first.)

Do you ship pulks to Alaska?

Yes! There is a small shipping fee that will be added to your order during checkout.

Note: Occasionally we will need to adjust shipping costs for Expedition pulks or large orders going to certain areas in Alaska.

Do you ship pulks to Europe, Japan, Russia or other countries?

We can ship our Paris and Snowclipper pulk systems (pulka, pulkka, ahkio) that use split poles to most countries in the world and for reasonable prices. This includes places in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Japan and more. Our full length poles and Expedition Pulk can also be shipped overseas via special carriers, they just cost a bit more. For a shipping estimate, send us a note at contact@skipulk.com. We’ll follow-up with the best shipping rate we can lockdown for you, and the instructions for placing your order.

Note: All quoted international shipping rates do not include local duties and taxes.

Do you ship Pulks to Canada?

We do ship pulks to Canada! A small shipping fee will be added to your order during checkout.  Most importantly, it can take a couple weeks to get through the customs process. Occasionally we will need to adjust shipping costs for Expedition pulks or large orders going to certain areas in Canada.

Note: All shipping charges added by SkiPulk.com do not include any applicable duties or taxes which are the responsibility of the purchaser.

Can you ship a pulk to me in _________?

We can ship our Paris and Snowclipper pulk systems (pulka, pulkka, ahkio) that use split poles to most countries in the world and for reasonable prices. Our full length poles and Expedition Pulk can also be shipped overseas via special carriers, they just cost a bit more. For a shipping estimate, send us a note at contact@skipulk.com. We’ll follow-up with the best shipping rate we can lockdown for you, and the instructions for placing your order.

Note: All quoted international shipping rates do not include local duties and taxes.

How long will it take to get my items after ordering?

Most items are shipped within 5 days of receiving an order. Shipping in the US usually takes an additional 3- 5 days in transit.  Shipping internationally takes considerably longer due to delays in customs. Special custom pole lengths take about one week longer due to the epoxy cure time between steps.  Please do not delay too long in placing an order as we occasionally are back-ordered on some components during mid season.

Do the fins cause too much friction when not in use?

When fins aren’t needed (if you’re not on sidehills or icy, hard packed downhills), it’s best to stow them away so they don’t cause too much friction.  In snowy conditions the friction won’t be very noticeable but on hard pack it would be best to stow them away.  To provide the option, we have created a system for the Paris that allows the fins to be removed and either mounted inside the sled or stored in your pack. In the Snowclipper we took it one step further and designed fins that are retractable.