As summer approaches and the days get warmer, boaters will start to think about their favorite past time, boating. If your family is anything like mine, we tend get very excited about getting out the old water ski tubes. As you pull these tubes out of the shed or garage and start to pump air into them, you may realize, like we did this year, that its time to think about purchasing a new water ski tube. Here are a few tips when considering your new purchase.
Consider the following: Do you need more than one style of tube? My family has several ski tubes for different level riders. Our teenagers are going to be riding a much different tube than the younger children, and a different tube as the older parents. So strongly consider the types of tubes you’ll need.
For more advanced singe riders you may want to think about getting the lower profile deck tubes, such as the Sportsstuff Stunt Flyer or the Airhead Hot Shot. Both of these tubes are low profile, easy to store, and convenient for fitting on you boat while your not riding. Another fun option is the Sportsstuff Acrobat Solo. The Acrobats are taco shaped tubes that have been a very popular tube this season.
If you would like to have a ski tube that can fit more than one rider, share videos you may want to look into the Airhead Matrix V2, or the Sportsstuff Frequent Flyer. Both are two person ski tubes that have a low profile deck. The Matrix V2 has winged sides for excellent maneuverability, and the Frequent Flyer has a large thin deck that makes you feel as if your speeding across the lake and about to lift off.
If your looking for a ski tube that would work great for both adults and children, check out the Sportsstuff Mable series. These ski tubes are available in (1 rider) Mable, (2 rider) Big Mable, (3 rider) Super Mable and (4 rider) Great Big Mable sizes. The Mable series feature multiple tow points with lots of handles, and has a high back for more relaxing rides. In the Airhead brand you may want to check out the Airhead Hot Dog. This ski tube is a three-rider, hot dog style tube that is great for relaxing rides either behind your pontoon or you ski boat. This tube is a ton of fun for both adults and children.
Budget minded consumers will find a fantastic value in the Sportsstuff Crazy 8 or Zip Ski tubes. Shaped just like the number 8, the Crazy 8 is like 2 single rider open top tubes together. The Zip Ski is the lowest priced tube available from Sportsstuff, and is a fantastic value. The Sportsstuff Outlaw is another fantastic open top tube that is a 48″ triangular 1 person ski tube.
Cockpit tubes provide the same thrills as many deck tubes, but often make it easier to stay in the tube, without requiring massive arm strength. Sportsstuff has several types of cockpit tubes including the Speed Zone, Chariot Warbird and the Moto-Pod Series. Each of these models of cockpit tubes come in 1 to 3 rider models.
Now we’re getting into the extreme and specialty ski tubes. The Airhead UFO is one of the newest specialty ski tubes on the market. This tube has different tow points depending on the ride you want. This is a four-rider ski tube that will spin on its axle like a top. The speed of the spin will vary depending on the speed of the boat. If you don’t want to spin you can switch the tow harness to a different location, and simply ride it like a standard ski tube. Be ready to fly into the rushing cool water as the centripetal force may spin you off.
A few more specialty extreme ski tubes are available from the Sportsstuff brand. Two exciting options are the Sportsstuff Gyro or Sumo which offer a completely different type of enclosed tube that you actually get inside. These provide 360 degree fun, are an absolute blast to ride and provide a great show for anyone watching. The Sportsstuff Gyro is a cone shaped ski tube that has a handle in side the funnel. While you’re inside the tube, it will spin 360 degrees as the boat is pulling you. The Sportsstuff Sumo is similar, but your head and arms actually stick out of this tube and you hold onto the tow rope yourself. These tubes are recommended for the more advance tuber.