Prairie Built Sleds is the originator of this superb design. Over the years of testing, a number of refinements have been made. Because of the excellent fit of this runner plastic, you can now quickly change your plastic to meet varying trail conditions and temperatures. We now offer runner plastics in four basic types and two widths to maximize performance under a wide range of conditions.
History of Research and Development
Phase 1: 1999-2000
When we began developing the Fast Trax™ plastic, our efforts were spent mostly on the mechanical design of our product. Our goal was to manufacture a product with a proper fit that would allow for easy changing by sliding or peeling the plastic from the runner. The simplified design was tested extensively to assure reliable performance.
Phase 2: 2002
Once our design was perfected, it was time to go to a manufacturing process that would guarantee a perfect and consistent fit. We chose a highly specialized Extrusion process that enables us to produce a high quality sintered product. This process also allows us to select different formulas of plastics and incorporate such features as a tracking groove.
Phase 3: 2003-2004
Now it was time to take some serious steps in the development process. We worked with mushers from many different geographical areas in order to test our plastics under the widest possible variety of trail conditions and temperatures. Each participant tested five formulas. These plastics were used over thousands of miles in both training and actual racing conditions. They were used in several races, including the Copper Basin, Yukon Quest, Kusko 300, and on the Iditarod trail.
In our efforts to perfect this state-of-the-art product, we were fortunate to work with experienced mushers. These mushers eagerly tested our products and reported their findings on endurance and glide. The purpose of this extensive testing program was to determine the formula best suited to every trail condition. After testing, we decided to add the dark gray formula to the Fast Trax™ line, a product that has a good wear quality and maintains effectiveness in colder temperatures.