How to choose the best towable tube?
When purchasing a towable tube there are lots of things you should take into consideration and various features you should look for in your towable. Going for the cheapest one on offer is not always a wise idea and could make for an unpleasant experience on the water, but also be dangerous. You should buy a towable that is made to last and also meets your needs, here are things to look out for:
1. How many people can it tow
Think about how many riders there will be at one time, it might be worth considering getting a towable tube that holds 3-4 people if you are out on the water with friends or large groups. The larger tubes however are more expensive than the 1 or 2 seaters. If there’s only ever going to be two of you using it, I would consider getting a 1 or 2 seater, it will save you some money and it will be easier to pack, carry and quicker to inflate. Don’t overload you towable with more riders than recommended, this will results in injury and is dangerous.
2. Build quality
Please ensure that your towable is built to a high standard and uses quality materials, this is probably the most important thing you should be looking out for. A cheap alternative simply isn’t worth the risk, the cheap materials could deteriorate on the water and could potentially leave you or someone else injured. Pay the little bit extra and get one built to a high standard, it will last for years saving you buying another poorly built towable every year.
As a minimum you should be looking for a covering of 420 denier nylon material, however if you can get one at 840 denier this is the highest standard and will serve you well. The bladder will usually be one chamber 26 gauge chamber with welded seams, which will be quick to inflate and have you tubing on the water in no time.
3. Inflation / setup time
The last thing you want is to be sat there waiting forever for your towable to inflate, so be sure to check the inflation time and if it comes with a hand or foot pump. Once inflated make sure it’s inflated correctly, if it’s not your ride will be slow, sluggish and could potentially damage your inflatable.
4. Knuckle guards
Be sure to check that you towable tube has knuckle guards. They provide padding on the inside of the handles that protects your knuckles from getting scraped, scratched and blisters. This is a simple but effective feature that will allow you to side comfortably for hours on the water.
5. The shape
As mentioned earlier there are many different shapes available to choose from, if all depends what type of ride you’re looking for and who’s riding it. If your beginners or riding with small children you would want to consider getting a more comfortable, safe ride like the ‘ride in’ towable tubes. However if you want something more challenging and you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie you could consider the ‘concept’ shape.
6. The Price
Try to find a happy medium between quality and price. You wouldn’t want to get something ‘too good to be true’ in terms of price, because it usually is and more often than not it will be poorly made with cheap materials. Which can be very dangerous and your towable won’t last long at all. The higher the quality, generally the more you will pay, however it will last you a long time.