My review of the Proviction Power Sled (Prowler knock-off) from Dick's Sporting Goods
I got it earlier today and I couldn't be happier. It's a sled so there isn't a whole lot to say, but here it is.........
It bolted together with a single wrench in about 10-15 minutes. Despite the fact it is bolted rather than welded, it is very sturdy and well constructed. The lock washer should assure the bolts don't back out, but if they do it will only take a few seconds to tighten them.
A Prowler 3 weighs 75lbs, an Econo Prowler weighs 65lbs, and the Proviction weighs 50lbs. The weight is easily made up by adding a couple of small plates, but saves a lot of money when it comes time to ship it.
Just like a Prowler it comes with the 2 upright "horns" and 2 front lower cross handles. The bottom handle is fixed but the upper handle is height adjustable, which is nice.
I pushed it down a paved road. It immediately ground the paint off the skis, but the metal itself held up well throughout the workout. I don't foresee having to buy new skis any time soon.
It's a great workout. I can't tell the difference between this and a Prowler.
And best of all I paid $140 shipped to my door. You simply can't beat that.
I recommend this to anyone wanting a sled but who hasn't been able to afford one before. In fact I recommend this to people even if they can afford a more expensive sled. Why spend more if you don't need to?
I plan on buying some cheap astro turf carpet and rolling it out to push on to save the headache of the metal skis grinding on the pavement. But that is my only complaint, and it can't be helped for now.
I forgot to say that it came with a shoulder harness and pulling straps.
Last edited by KAG; 03-23-2012 at 06:54 PM.
Thanks for posting this, KAG. I had never heard of this sled before, but it has now replaced the prowler on my equipment wishlist.
That sounds like what my gym had for a while. The bolts came loose quite frequently but that was mainly because people would load it up to max weight, fail at pushing it and just leave it loaded up. They tightened back up easy. I liked it.
I didn't do it yesterday because I was in a hurry, but if they come loose I'll simply use some Loctite on the bolts and they'll never move again. It holds exhaust bolts in place on the exhaust in my cars, it won't be a problem on a sled.
Originally Posted by PaulBeech
That's by far the cheapest prowler I've seen and it looks a hell of a lot nicer than some of the other budget ones I've found locally.
Looks like they don't have a retail presence in Canada but they do ship here. I shall be getting one of these.
I just had $100 giftcard to Dicks that I spent on workout clothes. The tags have been removed and the clothes have been washed. Thanks for ruining my day.
Not a problem, I'm always happy to help.
Originally Posted by John Tony
By the way, if you guys purchase ANYTHING from Dick's, and give them your email for their free club, they regularly email $20 off coupons. I was impatient, waited a few days for another coupon, ordered it for $120 + $20 shipping, and got a $20 off coupon the next day. As soon as you join, you get a coupon. Go spend $2 on chalk at Dick's, give them your email, then order your sled when you get your coupon. Then you get free shipping.
Thanks for the review KAG.
Been looking into buying one that I can take to the SO gym.
Even if i'm the only one using it, at least we have some nice straights on our paved track.
also purchased. used once and has worked great so far. super cheap