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Feedback on adding Hifax runners

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Just wondering if anyone has any feedback regarding adding these to their polar sleds to decrease friction and make towing easier? Are they worth it? They arent cheap but I would consider them if they help make towing easier. The past few winters have been terrible for creating any decent ice - and its been late into the season before being able to drive on the ice...I dont know if this season will be any better - but I plan on towing my stuff alot again this year - and am looking for an easier way to tow all the stuff...

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Hyfax runners will do mainly 2 things for you. Protect the bottom of your sled while dragging accross gravel and such, and make towing a TON easier.

With my Otter Cabin I can't believe the difference in ease of towing. Yeah, they aint cheap, but they're well worth it.

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Adding them is a no-brainer. Extended sled life, better tracking behind a ATV, etc, easier manual towing...

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I put them on my Poloar Sport and it makes a huge difference on light snow and as others have said over the parking lot etc. In deep fluffy snow, you are still a plow! I don't have a 4 wheeler or snowmobile, so I pull mine with the rope and it does track better with the hyfax. Talk to the guys at Thorne Bros at the upcomming ice fishing show, that is when I got mine.

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They do help make towing easier as well as protect the sled on pavement as others have stated.

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I pull mine by hand and agree with protecting the sled and ice or lite snow its slick as a whistle but heavy snow is always a beast.

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DO IT DO IT NOW! grin

I wont run a ice house without hyfax. It adds YEARS to the life of any sled and makes towing easier and it tracks better. If you will only pull by hand ya you can get away without it but the parking lots and even sharp ice will take its toll on your sled.

I had a older Fishtrap Guide that I had for about 3 years and the tub was wearing bad. I put some hyfax on it and never had a issue again. When I sold it after 4 years of use the hyfax was still in great condition and the tub no worse than it was then when I put the hyfax on it.

Well worth the $ in my opinion.

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How much does weight does the hyfax add? I just got an ATV, but only have a little Otter Den (that I still plan to mainly pull by hand). I want some durability for ATV pulling, but dont want to add any weight for pulling by hand.

Would the increased ease of pulling outweigh (pun intended) the increased weight?

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I wouldn't think the hyfx would add more then a couple of pounds to the sled, but I wouldn't tow it with the atv without hyfax. Makes it pull straighter too.

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Does the hyfax rub off on gravel and such? I put some one mine and now I'm weary to drag it through the parking lot lol

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How much does weight does the hyfax add?

I think the weight of the hyfax/hardware for my magnum Otter sled was 11# if I remember correctly.

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Does the hyfax rub off on gravel and such? I put some one mine and now I'm weary to drag it through the parking lot lol

The hyfax is great in parking lots, gravel roads or sharp ice. If you start to get burs in it just take a file or sandpaper and sand/file it down so its not sharp at all. I never do anything to my hyfax unless I see a big sharp cut in it. I have ran houses with hyfax for 5 seasons and never done a thing to it.

I ice fish in a spot where I some times have to pull my house over 200' of gravel parking lot, then over another 200-400' of frozen sand and then over big broken pieces of ice until I finally get onto the flat snow/ice. I did this for 1 season without hyfax and my sled looked terrible. I then added hyfax and the sled lasted another 2 years before I sold the house. I see the guy I sold the house to every winter and the house is still going strong.

As far as is the weight of hyfax worth it as far as pulling by hand. Yes I think so. It makes the house track better behind you and will keep it up off snow just a bit. Less drag. Once we get a bunch of snow on the ice nothing makes pulling a house easier except a wheeler or sled.

The weight once on the sled isnt really noticable as far as picking up the house to put in a truck etc.

Like I said I wont run a house without hyfax.

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I'm in the process of installing them on my new Otter right now. Got two left to do but had to take a break to whip up a batch of chili. Perfect day for that!

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Just put on a set last night on my new Cottage and would not own a hut without them.Worth every bit you pay for them.

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I have been trying to find a retail outlet for the HYFAX. Can anyone point me in the right direction. THANKYOU. ><(((*>

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JOHN T jr. I got mine direct from Otter Outdoors,but I know that Thorne Bros. sells them and so do Reeds.

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I'm not famaliar with the ones that go on the portables are the same as snowmobile hyfax and couldnt you use them?

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I have been trying to find a retail outlet for the HYFAX. Can anyone point me in the right direction. THANKYOU. ><(((*>

Fleet Farm usually has them for the Otter sleds too once all the hardwater gear is out.

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THANKS GUYS FOR THE HELP. THE FF IN LAKEVILLE DID NOT HAVE ANY OUT YET. I WILL HAVE TO TALK TO SOMEONE . I HAVE A GENZ"PRO", SO I MIGHT HAVE TO DO A LITTLE WORK TO FIT THEM ON. THANKS AGIAN ><(((*>

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Just pick up some at Gander in Lakeville last night. FF was closed at 8pm so I went across the Freeway to Gander, They don't have all there Ice stuff set up yet, just enough to push me over the edge!! (Wife says that Santa came early for me, that's ok the tube the Hyfax comes in does not fit in my Christmas stocking well anyways!!)

HARD ICE PLEASE!!

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Would anybody happen to know off hand what size I would need for the Otter Wilderness Walleye house?

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Everything is on Otter's HSOforum. You can order from them directly, or at least know what size you need for your sled.

Its based on which sled you have.

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