The Fan Hitch Volume 10, Number 3, June 2008

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International

In This Issue....

From the Editor: The Fan Hitch... Enhanced

F.I.D.O.: Andrew Maher and Julia Landry

Fan Mail

In the News

Out on the Ice: Three Days with ISDs in North Greenland

Two Friends, Fourteen Dogs…One Quest!

The Nunavut Quest’s 10th Anniversary Run

BAS Vignette: Lampwick Harnesses

Sledge Dog Memorial Fund Update

CAAT’s 2008 Northern Schedule

The Chinook Project Returns to Kimmirut

Product Review Update: Double Driver Sled

IMHO: On Feral Cats and Inuit Sled Dogs

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The Inuit Sled Dog International

The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) is a consortium of enthusiasts whose goal is the preservation of this ancient arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI's efforts are concentrated on restoring the pure Inuit Dog to its native habitat. The ISDI's coordinators welcome to your comments and questions.

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Product Review update....

                                                           Photo: Hamilton

MaineMade Double Driver Dogsled

by Mark Hamilton

Our original review of the MaineMade Double Driver Dogsled was written early in the season, before we had an adequate chance to put a lot of miles and runs on the sled. I promised you then that I would re-visit the review with an end-of-the-season update. That's where we are now.

Our MaineMade Double Driver has proven to be better than we reported in the original review. We have had no problems with this sled. It continues to track beautifully behind the dogs and carve smooth turns in the snow. The stopping and holding power of two bar brakes is massive. It's typical with us for Sue to take the command driver's (front) position and for me to be in the driver/trainer's (second) position. This works out well for us as I'm taller than Sue and that means we both get a good view down the trail. As trainer I spend the majority of my time watching the dogs and scanning the woods on both sides of the trail. Because I'm standing rather than sitting, scanning the woods an adequate distance out from the trail is a lot easier for me to do.

We've found that controlling the dogs on downhill runs is much easier than with either of our other sleds. Whether on snowy or icy trails, Sue typically uses the Double Driver's very effective drag pad, and I just add a touch of additional braking with the bar brake as needed. This same technique, on hard-packed, slippery or icy downhill turns produces the surest and most in-control turns you will ever experience. Control on any of the downhill trails we ran was never an issue this season.

Finally, nothing broke, warped, cracked or fell off the Double Driver. The sled has proved every bit as solidly built as we stated in our original review, probably even more so.
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