INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BASICS Once you are out on the hill the basics
--> Position the sled sideways to the slope, unbuckle the
buckle and as you’re facing the front of the sled, (you should
be facing the round Mad river rocket logo), position yourself on
the foam knee pads (your knees should be on the front of the pads).
--> Once you feel comfortable, pull the knee strap over your
thighs and buckle the buckle; tighten the knee strap so that it
is comfortable but tight enough that the sled moves with you.
--> Practice swiveling your hips from side to side before
you go down the hill so that you get an idea on how to direct the
--> Now you’re ready to direct yourself down the hill
and to get a good start just use your hands to push off.
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360 DEGREES OF MANEUVERABILITY AND CONTROL As you begin your descent
down the hill, lean back a little, the knee strap will firmly hold
you in, do not hold onto the front of the sled as that will inhibit
your maneuverability and speed. Your hands should be free for rudder-like
steering and balancing. If you do get going too fast for your liking
just carve turns or follow the instructions for stopping.
LEFT Now you can develop your steering technique. On your descent
down the hill, from the kneeling position, swivel and shift your
body weight to the left at the same time extending your left hand
to the snow surface for balance and to rudder. The harder you lean
and the more you get up on edge the sharper the turn will be.
RIGHT To turn right you use the same technique as for turning
left, swiveling and shifting your weight and ruddering to the right
side of the sled.
FORWARD Riding the sled in a straight line requires that you keep
your weight evenly distributed as you slide down the hill.
STOP ME! To stop the sled all you need to do is turn hard 90 degrees
left or right, leaning hard on the side you want to; dig into the
snow so that the sled will come to a right angle position the hill.
You will find (as you lean hard into a left or right direction)
just how quickly your speed will decrease and you will come to
a complete stop.
MAINTENANCE Mad river rockets are constructed of a high quality
material designed to withstand impact by normal use in most snow
conditions. Use of the mad river rocket in conditions such as incomplete
snow cover or riding over rocks and ice may cause injury and damage.
If the sled does get dented the plastic has a memory that will
bring it back to its original shape after spending the night in
a warm house. Do not leave your mad river rocket out in the summer
sun, the sun can cause discoloration to your sled.
FOR YOUR SAFETY – REVIEW THESE SAFETY POINTS BEFORE YOU
TRY THE ROCKET The mad river rocket is designed for use in the
kneeling position only and must be used in accordance with the
above instruction. All other use may risk injury. The mad river
rocket must be used on clear and open areas, clear of roads, rocks,
trees and ice, etc. The mad river rocket must not be used on ice
or icy surfaces of any kind. Children must be under adult supervision
at all times during the use of the mad river rocket. Children should
consider protective clothing such as a helmet, goggles, gloves
and warm clothing. The mad river rocket should not be towed behind
any vehicles. Attempting stunts, aerial tricks or jumps increase
your risk of being seriously injured. Therefore use “common
sense” at all times.
For 3" of powder or more, not packed trails or ski areas. For safety reasons, please do not use in less than 3" of soft powder.
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