Mushing on a Kicksled? Dog Mushing Accessories Explained

Mushing on a Kicksled? Dog Mushing Accessories Explained

Dog powered sports are a great way to keep both you and your dog in shape through the seasons. For winter dog mushing with 1-3 dogs, ESLA kicksleds are the way to go. They are light, foldable and sturdy. This article will outline accessories you will need to buy to get your kicksled dog ready for running the trails. 

We carry three different types of kicksleds that work for dog mushing with 1-4 dogs: the Traditional ESLA kicksled (and Compact Traditional) the KickSpark MAX and the ESLA Adventure kicksled. For a side by side comparison of these kicksleds –all of which CAN be used for mushing– check out the article ESLA Kicksleds for Dog Mushing

In a nutshell, what else do you need to get your sled dog ready? Based on products we carry, we recommend:

For Traditional ESLA Kicksleds:

Kainpo Running Line

Running Line Fasteners

ESLA Double Brake

ESLA Double Brake Adapter for Traditional Kicksleds

–A pulling harness for your dog. (We do not stock these)

For KickSpark MAX and ESLA Adventure kicksleds:

Kainpo Running Line

Running Line Fasteners

Kainpo Combi Plus Dog Mushing Adapter (recommended but not necessary)

ESLA Double Brake for KickSpark MAX and Adventure Sled

–A pulling harness for your dog. (We do not stock these)

Accessory Descriptions:

Running Line (also known as a gangline). This line runs between the dogs harness to the kicksled. Some running lines are made up of several parts and connect to each other. The Kainpo Running lines are all in one. The line has a stretch to it so a bungee section is not needed. These running lines also have a split so they can attach to each side of your kicksled using Pull Rope Fasteners.

If you plan to use a skijoring line or other line you already have that does not have a split, you can attach another section called a bridle. The bridle can either connect to the Pull Rope Fasteners or it can go back further and connect to the kicksled stanchions. There are DIY tutorials found online to make your own bridle.

Running Line Fasteners These fasteners replace the bolts that hold the brush bow on each side of the front of the kicksled. The fasteners include 2 bolts, 2 nuts and 2 carabiner fasteners. After installation, they become the attachment points to connect the running line/gang line to your kicksled.

Kainpo Combi Plus Dog Mushing Antenna Adapter for KickSpark. This adapter holds the running line up, keeping it out of the way of the runners. Less tangles, running over the line and safer for your dog. If you already have an adapter for bikejoring, it might also be compatible with the KickSpark. The Combi Plus is compatible with most bikes for bikejoring for multi-season use. It also has a swivel and lock feature so you can have the antenna to the left, right or center of your bike or sled.

The "mushing package" for the Adventure Sled includes a slightly different antenna. It is similar to the Combi Plus in that it keeps the running line up and out of the way, but does not have the swivel feature. The "mushing package" antenna is not compatible with a bike.

ESLA Double Brake This is a high quality brake with a great design. Metal teeth dig into the ice on two sides when you push the brake with your foot. The Double Brake is spring loaded and stays out of the way when you need to kick. The design maximizes both speed and safety. 

ESLA Double for Traditional Kicksleds  Mushers have been waiting for this for a long time. No more get-in-the-way drag mats, just awesome double braking power. This adapter allows the ESLA Double Brake to attach to the traditional kicksled. This adapter is not needed for the KickSpark MAX or Adventure Kicksled; these kicksleds mount without an adapter.

Pulling harness for your dog. It is very important for the health of your dog to get a properly fitted pulling harness. This is best done in person. It might take a few returns if trying to find one online. A good fit will ensure maximum comfort and safety for your dogs. We do not stock these but you can check out Jack and The Pack (local Twin Cities). We share a shop space with them!

Helmet. Do not forget your helmet when you are mushing with your dog/s!

Other items to consider: dog booties, Mushers Secret or other paw balm.

Order your kicksled and let the training and fun begin!

Want to read more about kicksledding with dogs? Checkout our other mushing articles.



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