There were two small companies under the Snowsled umbrella:-
Snowsled Polar Ltd develops and manufactures equipment for polar travellers and explorers, and for the Emergency Services.
Snowsled Clothing Ltd, which worked with Ventile fabrics to produce a range of well-received garments for outdoor people, sadly closed during 2015. Ventile garments were sewn here for over 21 years.
For who we are, see Snowsled people
We manufacture for a whole range of polar travellers including adventure seekers and polar challengers, expeditions with a mixture of science and fun, and governments and universities around the world with national collaborative programmes of scientific research.
All products are ‘Made in Britain’; sleds and all sewn items are produced ‘in-house’, giving benefits of quality control and the advantage of being able to respond fast to non-standard requests.
During Snowsled’s first six months in 1988, we made Nansen sleds and other components for the British Antarctic Survey, together with bespoke Kevlar pulks for Robert Swann’s International North Pole expedition. We also started development on the range of fiberglass and Kevlar pulks.
Ventile clothing and pyramid tents followed in the early 1990’s.
An important development, the Ice Blue, now renamed HDPE, pulk shells and system, was started in 2007, and has since well justified the initial outlay to provide a set of products that allows customers to pick and choose in support their own particular expedition requirements.
We also develop and manufacture equipment for the emergency rescue services. Our full-body vacuum mattress, developed specially for the Mountain Rescue Committee of England and Wales, first went into service in 1995. It is specified by them as the standard product for all their member teams.
This was some years later followed by the SCS casualty rescue bag, initially designed and developed by a member of the Skye Mountain Rescue team. This cas bag is in service with many Scottish MR teams and a sideline development of this is the Insulation Pod.
We enjoy regular contact with customers, readily acknowledging their input and experience in helping us to keep our products in touch with today’s requirements.
We continue to be excited by the opportunities presented to us by the polar and rescue worlds, and look forward to many years of continued involvement.
For more about Snowsled’s history, click here for an outline of typical orders and commissions since we started.