In This Issue....From the Editor: The Fan Hitch... Enhanced
F.I.D.O.: Andrew Maher and Julia Landry
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
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.