When you think about summer family fun, a list of activities might come to mind: getting your favorite ice cream cone, basking in the sun with your friends, skimming across the greens of a mini-putt course, or taking in a professional baseball game. While these are all well and good, there’s nothing like being out on the lake in the summer. The cool, misty air, the ebb and flow of the waves. There’s no place I would rather be than out on the lake. Although wakeboarding and skiing sound great, most American families choose water tubes for their family water fun. With a wide range of choices, how will you know which water tubes to pick for this summer? Here are just a few categories to make a complicated choice simple.
Akin to its name, single tubes are designed for single riders only, increasing maneuverability and performance. Single tubes allow for trick-riding, jumps, and high speed acrobatics. Single tubes are the most affordable and transportable.
Double tubes provide a great medium between the maneuverability of single tubes and the multifaceted features of a multi-rider tube. Double tubes have reduced speed but accommodate two individuals nicely.
Multi-Rider tubes can hold 2-6 people, have an increase surface area, and are heavier than most other tubes. This increase cause more pull on the line and boat, resulting in much slower speeds. Multi-Rider tubes are ideal for families that want to pull a group of kids. These tubes are bulkier to store and require a heavy-duty tow line.
Deck tubes look like an inflatable bed or mattress and are great for high-speed tows. A myriad of handles ensures rider safety while being whipped across the lake.
Banana Hot Dog…Yum
I’m sorry to disappoint, but there hasn’t been a breakthrough in taste technology just yet to put bananas and hot dogs together. These types of tubes are rocket-esque cylinders that riders straddle. These tubes are among the fastest multi-rider tubes on the market.
A ride-in tube cradles the rider, providing a much different tow. Tubes in this category might be anything from inflatable knee-boards to chariot tubes.