Friday, December 26, 2008

The Slegoon - Crap Your Pants While Sledding

When I was a kid growing up in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, winter presented many opportunities to cheat death while screaming down a snow-covered hill at breakneck speeds, desperately attempting to avoid pine trees and boulders through a combination of highly-tuned reflexes and lots of blind luck.

For kicks, we would wax the runners of our sleds, or grease the bottoms of our aluminum saucers in an attempt to reduce the drag coefficient as we pursued new snow-speed records. Our parents were convinced that we were hell-bent on making them care for paraplegics for the rest of their natural lives.

I was fascinated to learn of the Slegoon, which combines the thrill of high-risk sledding with the protection of a NASCAR roll cage. Sweet!

The Slegoon looks a little like the tiny probe vehicle piloted through a human body by Dennis Quaid in the movie Innerspace - a one seater that's more function than form, but with enough geek charm to attract the ladies.

One of the more positive aspects of the design is that the Slegoon will continue rocketing down an icy slope even if it rolls over, so you can achieve that complete Pinball Wizard experience. It's only a matter of time before someone attaches afterburners to this thing and mistakenly ends up in orbit.

Slegoon - ask for it by name.

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