Last updated on August 11, 2018
Soaring through the waters at top speeds while clinging to an inflatable tube connected by a mere rope to a boat has become one of the top water sports for the summertime. Tubing is enjoyed by everyone from young kids to daredevil adults. This is true because you are able to easily adjust speeds and thrill to best suit the needs of the rider. The best tow tubes for advanced thrill seeking riders often look a bit different than a quality beginner tube.
Everything from build quality and materials to the shape of the inflatable will affect how it rides and how much fun you will have on the water. As there are so many good tubes on the market we have created a list of our top picks. These towable tubes have a great combination of materials and features that will see you have the most fun no matter where you ride.
The following is a list of the best towable tubes out there for both beginners and advanced riders. Ranging in price drastically, tubing is now a sport that just about anyone can enjoy.
How To Choose A Towable Tube – Buying Guide
There are many features you should look for when purchasing a towable tube. Walking into a sporting goods store and buying the cheapest one could not only make for a bad time on the water, but can be dangerous. Investing a bit of money in the best towable tube to meet your family’s needs can save you money by not having to upgrade later.
How many people can it tow?
Tubes will come with a set amount of riders it can safely carry. This is going to be 1-2 or 3-4 people. If you are buying this for your family it is important to think about how many people are going to be riding at a time. If your kids bring friends there may be a lineup for a turn on your floaty.
Additionally, a 1-2 person towable will be smaller than the 3-4 person rig. This could make it easier to pack for an afternoon outing that only a couple people want to attend. Larger tubes can also be more dangerous. Since they are larger 3-4 person towable tubes can build up speed around corners and get air off the wake – something to keep in mind if you are the driver.
This may be the most important aspect of your towable. If it hasn’t been built up to a high standard it could deteriorate on the water leaving your family injured. A tow tube that has proper construction will last years to come and have your whole family enjoying summer.
The standard materials for towables are high quality nylon covering a high gauge bladder. A solid material for the covering is a 420-denier nylon material. This will keep your bladder protected while still feeling comfortable against your skin. 840-denier nylon is an even better material. It is literally twice the protection of the 420-denier nylon.
The bladder will normally be a one chamber 26 gauge PVC chamber. Bladders can be up to 30 gauge and three chambers. These setups are generally reserved for the larger tubes so that the air can be dispersed over the whole towable tube. A single chambered bladder will usually have a quick inflate feature that will have you floating in no time. Since bladders are made of PVC they have the ability to have welded seams.
One of the most overlooked aspects of inflatables is how much you actually inflate them to. Most don’t have PSI indicators to tell you how much air to add. Factors like hot or cold days will play a small role in how your tube’s air will hold up throughout the day.
There is a few ways to tell if you have a properly inflated towable tube. If it is underinflated it won’t skim over the water. Instead it will be sluggish and take a lot of effort to pull which could also cause damage. Once the tube’s cover doesn’t have any wrinkles in it it should be good to go. Keep in mind that once you are on the water it is easier to take air out than to add it.
This feature allows you to keep riding for hours without pain. Essentially this is a piece of padding on the inside of handles which protects your hands from bashing the side of the inflatable. Without these you could end up with bashed knuckles or scrapes on your hands.
The standard floatable will come with EVA padding that keeps your ride comfortable. It can get bumpy on the water but having strategically placed padding will make you not even notice. Many companies have done tests to find out where most people’s elbows and knees rest when on the towable. They have added pads to these spots for your comfort and safety.
Globo Surf Overview
Tubing has long been one of the most beloved water sports to do with your boat. It has come a long way since the typical black inner tube that was once used. From tubing on your knees, stomach or in the seated position there is more ways than ever to enjoy this sport. Some of the best tubes even go as far as having multiple riding positions and multiple people per ride. This makes it more of a social activity. The market is so saturated with towable tubes that it can get confusing. That is why we have compiled a list of the top towable tubes out there.
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Do you use one of the towable tubes from our list? Let us know how you like it in the comment section below.
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