Early this season I found myself in need of new freight toboggans. I spent a lot of time researching different models, styles etc etc. It was just by chance that I had joined a new FB group which was all about winter camping and through that group I made an amazing discovery….Whisky Jack Outdoor Co.
They make toboggans….really freaking nice toboggans.
Instantly a few things jumped out at me and made me contact them. Here they are in no particular order.
- 100% Canadian with locally sourced product.
- The craftsmanship is astounding, seriously take a look at the photos and their website. They really take pride in what they make.
- They actually use their own products. In fact they just posted some photos from their latest Temagami trip.
Now that I actually have the toboggan in my possession I love it even more. As my son says “holy Dad these things slide like snot” and it’s true. They are made of one quarter inch UV protected high density polyethylene, and boy do they slide. On a recent trip my partner had a six foot pulk she was pulling and she was amazed at how easy and effortless it was to slide my toboggan around even loaded down with all the gear I had compared to her set up.
It comes equipped with a lashing system which is effective and easy to use for loading everything you need onto your sled, or tying down unruly children. The cross bars are locally sourced white oak. Super strong and rot resistant they’ll last a lifetime. From top to bottom they are a very well put together freight toboggan.
So if you’re in the market for a freight toboggan or even if you’re not but have some questions. Make sure to contact Jon at Whisky Jack Outdoor Co.. They are our choice for freight toboggans and will be as long as he keeps making them.
Here’s something Canadian-made. Whisky Jack Outdoor Co., asked me to test out their handmade, custom-built freight toboggan and I have to say it’s got all the bells and whistles. I love it.
The toboggan is quarter-inch, UV-protected high-density polyethylene, allowing the toboggan to adjust and glide over uneven terrain. Crossbars are locally sourced white oak—hard, tough, naturally resistant to water and rot and attached by stainless steel screws. Of course, that’s all normal for modern freight toboggans. Jon has added exceptional side lashing and straps to help tie in your gear. This part is awesome, especially when your fingers are frozen and you’re having a hard time feeling each digit while yanking on rope and bungee cord. The pull harness uses rope and wider nylon webbing, and the length of pull line is adjustable to suit personal preference, weather and terrain conditions. There’s also a front haul loop and a tail line for easy downhill control. Total length (including curl) is nine feet; weight, 20 pounds.
I used a Whisky Jack Outdoor Co. Freight Toboggan to cross Algonquin Provincial Park, over 10 days and 165k from February 2nd to the 11th, 2018. They were tough, I mean super tough. We had skis on and had to watch the toboggans slam in to 300 year old Yellow Birch trees at 30 km/h with a full load, square on! Every time, they bounced off unscathed, with our load completely secured with their very efficient tank system. The top tank allowed us to easily get to our day use things like food, axe and spare clothes. I would buy another one, but I know I won’t have to because these things won’t wear out. I recommend keeping these things in control as much as possible, but if they get loose on you, worry not, they’ll survive anything. If you’re going out on a winter trek and need a toboggan system, look no further.
I recently used a Whisky Jack freight toboggan for traversing and camping in Algonquin park in the winter. It was an excellent product. The durability on these toboggans is incredible. We bashed them through the bush for nearly 2 weeks, 6 hours per day and they still look brand new! This is the sort of gear item you buy once, and you have for life. Great design, and workmanship. Also, I love supporting local manufacturers like Whisky Jack Outdoor Co. ! Thanks again.
The Whisky Jack Outdoor Co. freight toboggan and bag system has been a revelation for winter trekking. Before purchasing the Whisky Jack system I had been using a pulk, piled high, and lashed down haphazardly.
The products are very well made and I have no doubt will prove to be durable for decades to come. The toboggan is a great size (not too big or too small) to carry all the essentials for winter travel. The tank easily swallows up all of your bulky gear and the easy access of smaller items in the top bag while on the move cannot be overstated.
I would highly recommend any of the products made by Jon at Whisky Jack. They are well designed and well made, right here in Canada.
Going out into the backcountry in the winter, most times solo, I need the best gear possible for the job. My Whisky Jack toboggan is exactly that. What I love most about it, is that it is super slippery and extremely durable. When I’m heading into the backcountry in the cold and snow by myself with my hot tent, I have a pretty heavy load to pull for just one person. With this toboggan, however, it’s so much easier because the material it’s made out of just glides along on top of the snow with little effort. The rigging which allows you to secure your gear to the toboggan is top notch and easy to use and you can be confident knowing everything you start out on your journey with, will successfully make it to the end, and nothing will fall off or get lost along the way. Made in Canada, these quality made toboggans are a joy to use for anyone heading out on a backcountry winter trip. In the time I’ve owned mine, it has become one of my most loved and favorite pieces of gear.
For the last 25 years, I have built an outdoor education program at St. Francis Xavier University and in that time, I have experienced equipment failure, gear wearing out due to use, and gear stacked in the corner – no longer in use! A few years ago, I came across Whisky Jack Outdoor when I was in need of a replacement freight toboggan, from that point, Jon has become my primary supplier “for all things winter.” Jon assembles outdoor gear that, after repeated use, over 100’s of kms and hundreds of students, will not end up in the gear bin! The product quality and interest Jon takes in his customer’s needs brought me back with the intention of refreshing my entire program wintertrekking kit.