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LaRue
05-25-2010, 11:42 AM
i wish i could post under a mystery avatar since i am looking for some direction on a new towable. Yea, i know but it is part of our MO. I am looking for a two-person sit in tube that will handle teenagers but safe enough for my 2 and 4 year-old grandsons. We had the HO Formula 2 for years but sold it with our boat last year. Good tube. Any other thoughts out there on a well-built tube?

Dylan
05-25-2010, 11:50 AM
We always buy our towables from CostCo, and have had great results. They always have decent name brand ones at great prices, plus the warranty is undisputed for two years. I would check some of those out there. We bought our two year old O'Brien tube, and it's great for all ages. I'll see if I can get a model number for you.

dpolen
05-25-2010, 12:12 PM
For the little kids, nothing beats a Rave Hydro...my 5 year old has loved it more and more every year since we got it when she was 2. Quality and durability is very good....teenagers won't like this one, but the little guys will love it.

ntidsl
05-25-2010, 12:13 PM
I agree on the using a pen name...I wouldnt have asked...lol...

To be honest, I have never pulled a tube or "towable" behind my MC and I will not. My 6 year old understands that if he wants to tube he has to ask my brother in law with a Malibu...doh cheap shot I know...I love that my MC doesn't even have a way to tow a tube, it certainly isn;t getting hooked to my pylon. I think my son would rather ski anyway. We love our early morning family time in the boat!

jwmiller
05-25-2010, 12:18 PM
We have the SportsStuff® Chariot Warbird 2 Towable. It is stable enough for the young ones and can be wild enough for the teens.

06197ttlq9-footer
05-25-2010, 12:19 PM
I agree on the using a pen name...I wouldnt have asked...lol...

To be honest, I have never pulled a tube or "towable" behind my MC and I will not. My 6 year old understands that if he wants to tube he has to ask my brother in law with a Malibu...doh cheap shot I know...I love that my MC doesn't even have a way to tow a tube, it certainly isn;t getting hooked to my pylon. I think my son would rather ski anyway. We love our early morning family time in the boat!

I am totally with ya Man! If you want a high quality tow-able buy a old Supra, and pull it around the lake. If you keep the battery charged your grandson can listen to the radio while you pull him! lol

06' X-2 R8R H8R
05-25-2010, 12:19 PM
They have a great towable at Costco right now ( in Cali anyway). It is a 4 seater, 3 sitting and 1 in the rear, well constructed and alot of fun for the kids. I think it was around $160 to $180. Highly recomended.....

amcmac
05-25-2010, 01:07 PM
I am also looking for a good towable. I am wanting something that I can really zing people around the corners and stay fairly flat and stable on the water.

LaRue
05-25-2010, 01:08 PM
I agree on the using a pen name...I wouldnt have asked...lol...

To be honest, I have never pulled a tube or "towable" behind my MC and I will not. My 6 year old understands that if he wants to tube he has to ask my brother in law with a Malibu...doh cheap shot I know...I love that my MC doesn't even have a way to tow a tube, it certainly isn;t getting hooked to my pylon. I think my son would rather ski anyway. We love our early morning family time in the boat!

bring up to speed on this, if you would...why not pull from the pylon?

Jim@BAWS
05-25-2010, 01:13 PM
Connelly make a very high quality towables

http://www.connellyskis.com/two-rider.php

Check out the other tubes also

Jim@BAWS

ntidsl
05-25-2010, 01:27 PM
search the forum...

here's a quote from a past thread...

As you experienced tubes can flip and "bucket" and effectively become sea anchors. Quickly overloading the strength of tow ropes, and whatever they are hitched to. We've had ropes break this way and snap into spotters in the boat. Which is a good reason for using the rear tow eye, if only to have a lower trajectory at the boat.

Also make sure your rope is rated for the size of tube and number of riders, its amazingly hard to find a rope rated for more than two people.

5280Hawk
05-25-2010, 01:32 PM
Overtons has a Ton of choices, and pretty good prices on them too, we picked up a Gladiator two person tube last year for $99.00, its super nice, and has a cover, tow rope and pump all included.

MariStar-Man
05-25-2010, 03:10 PM
I saw this one on Craigslist looks like fun..

http://images.craigslist.org/3k23od3l95V05O25R1a5m8241c872ff8d1c98.jpg

I usually TOw from the Tower, so people in the tube don't get soo much spash from the rope going over the wake...

Here's a place where you can see the tube style >>Click Here<< (http://www.premiumpowersports.com/2-Person-Towables-p-1-c-2.html)

Make sure you check out the videos with each tube...

i have the first one called the Slice. And when you lift the front, rock back on it's trailing edge and grab the back handles, You are flying around turns as fast as you can beleive!

Or you can pull 2 kids at slow to medium speed...

http://www.premiumpowersports.com/images/Airhead/BigSlice/Airhead_Big_Slice.jpg

MariStar-Man
05-25-2010, 03:39 PM
Thanks for having the Cahone's to post this thread LaRue!

I'm totally stoked about getting some fun tubes this summer. I think it's a Maristar Thing...lol :D

TX.X-30 fan
05-25-2010, 03:41 PM
Great thread!!

MariStar-Man
05-25-2010, 03:43 PM
Ok maybe I'll do multiples... Youtube clip

>>Here<< (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7sKixDFbK0)

do these guys have 4 tubes from the Tow Eye...? That'sa strong eye...lol

TayMC197
05-25-2010, 06:06 PM
We did a dual tube behind the X-Star last year with the tanks fuel and pulled from the tower. I'm not much for tubing but that was fun. I had to be getting 10 foot of air and the tubes were jumping each other so that was kind of cool. I know I'm a hater.

CruisinGA
05-25-2010, 07:07 PM
Obrien Super Screamer.

Maybe not the best for the little kids, but without a doubt the best for the middle school and up crowd.

Also well-made and durable.

Just bought two on sale at the local Sports Authority for $130 ea. Typically $150 online.

Neighbor gave me, his son and a friend of mine a serious tow behind his 80's S&S. We were regularly getting 5-6 ft of air and flying over one another, lots of fun.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CwZm1rkPL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

83SuperSlot
05-25-2010, 07:11 PM
LOL, I know I am going to get it for this.... the first thing I towed with my MC was a 6 person tube.... I had to get the family out first and no one else can get up.... anyway, the 6 person one was a blast. We actually flipped it on accident..... MASS CARNAGE.... (no injuries)

:D :D :D :D

MariStar-Man
05-25-2010, 07:22 PM
Obrien Super Screamer.

Maybe not the best for the little kids, but without a doubt the best for the middle school and up crowd.

Also well-made and durable.

Just bought two on sale at the local Sports Authority for $130 ea. Typically $150 online.

Neighbor gave me, his son and a friend of mine a serious tow behind his 80's S&S. We were regularly getting 5-6 ft of air and flying over one another, lots of fun.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CwZm1rkPL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


The Obrien with the 3 sets of handles looks cool. I'm thinkin about that one and the big Mable...lol

I see some of the folks using gloves. Is there a "Tubing Glove?"

Jesus_Freak
05-25-2010, 10:44 PM
I dont recommend any Aquaglide product. We purchased one, used it within guidelines, and a seam split. They replaced it under warranty. Now, in the first pull of the season, it has splits again. Stay away.

YTW
05-26-2010, 12:20 AM
We have found that a triangle shaped tube is faster across the water and takes less effort to sling back and forth. As for the kids, look for a tube that has the inflateable inserts. You can take them out when the young ones want to ride. As for quality, well that has been a hit and miss game for us.
http://www.nulime.com/img/id259962/n/Coleman-Hydrofusion-3-Person-Towable.jpg

madmuffin
05-26-2010, 01:06 AM
We have a Big Mable and it was stable for my four kids ages 5 to 9 last season - they felt safe on it. We also towed teenagers from time to time and were able to launch the Big Mable in the air and send them airborne and swing it around where the g's were pulling them off. It was a great all around tube for a wide age group whether they wanted a safe ride or a wild ride. Durable tube also.

Dad 2 3
05-26-2010, 01:42 AM
I bought the same tube '06 X2 described earlier. HO 3-person in front 1 person in the back triangular shape tube from Costco. $169 with a rope. Heck of a deal and great Costco supported return policy. Tube is very stable, well made, and the kids love it. My only complaint is that it's a beast! Over 100" on its smallest axis so it can be a bear to move it in and out of the garage. Other than that, it's been a good purchase.

psychobilly
05-26-2010, 07:58 AM
Ok maybe I'll do multiples... Youtube clip

>>Here<< (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7sKixDFbK0)

do these guys have 4 tubes from the Tow Eye...? That'sa strong eye...lol

now that there was funny, I don't care who ya R

jakethebt
05-26-2010, 08:19 AM
I second or third the Obrien Screamer. We have the 3 person and it is pretty much what you are looking for. OK for the little guys and still a blast for the older ones. Quality seems ok too. No issues yet. My 2 1/2 year old son rode it last summer and loves it. We put him in the middle with an adult on one side, usually with one arm over top of him. It worked really well. Keep in mind it is all about speed with the little guys as well as lake condition. If the lake is rough, he is a no go.

We also have used the same tube for 10 year olds and adults. The tube is a blast but does die a bit outside the wake. When the lake is really rough, we put two Screamers out and one adult on each tube. Then the competition begins... usually best out of 3 runs. If you put two adults on them with big wakes and crazy boat drivers you end up hitting heads, but other than that they work well.

One word of advice on the flat tubes... when you first have them out, you cannot be bashful with the throttle on takeoff. If you do, the tube will submarine. I did this the first time with my wife and 2 year old. I tried to go really slow on the start, the water came over the front of the tube and then when I stopped, they both went forward off the tube. Freaked me out to see my little guy go in the water but mama was there holding him up. He had a life jacket on of course but it was his first dunk. He got back on and was fine. After that, you just hit the throttle a bit hard at the start and all is well. I have seen that with both obrien and connley flat tubes. Also keep that in mind for when you have mouthy tubers...:D

Kind of surprised that the "tube haters" are not bashing this thread. Maybe this forum is coming around to the fact that it is ok for people that love great boats to hang with people that want to tube. Or maybe secretly they all tube in the afternoon when the water is too rough for anything else...:rolleyes:

Patrick Hardy
05-26-2010, 11:28 AM
I also buy my towables from Costco. They have good prices, warranties and return policies. Here is their link for the towables. http://www.costco.com/Common/Category.aspx?ec=BC-EC11005-Cat41614&pos=4&whse=BC&topnav=&cat=2273&eCat=BC|111|41614|2273&lang=en-US


Edit: The HO towable for $199.00 is now $169.00 in the store.

MariStar-Man
05-26-2010, 11:50 AM
I also buy my towables from Costco. They have good prices, warranties and return policies. Here is their link for the towables. http://www.costco.com/Common/Category.aspx?ec=BC-EC11005-Cat41614&pos=4&whse=BC&topnav=&cat=2273&eCat=BC|111|41614|2273&lang=en-US


Edit: The HO towable for $199.00 is now $169.00 in the store.

thaks for the link. Costco is great hu... I wish they carried the Big Mable. Maybe I'll contact their Buyer and put in a request...

Heres a link for 2, 3 or even 4 person ropes...>>Here<< (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dsporting&field-keywords=airhead+rope)

Connelly make a very high quality towables

http://www.connellyskis.com/two-rider.php

Check out the other tubes also

Jim@BAWS

Connelly has some Crazy stuff. I need to research this more...

BNIROOSTER
05-26-2010, 01:30 PM
76 or 72 inch body glove or obien neoprene skinned tube is great paired with a airhead rope with the 6 foot bungee lead incorperated into it!.....

jbkriss
05-26-2010, 02:01 PM
Just saw this one in Overton's. Looks pretty sharp... O'Brien makes it, they call it the Barf Ball... Thinking about checking it out.:noface:


http://i1026.photobucket.com/albums/y329/jk42674/barfball.jpg

Seriously though, I do really like the towables/doables that SportStuff puts out. Little pricey but HIGH quality stuff and MANY different models.

MariStar-Man
05-26-2010, 02:11 PM
This is a "Doable" and looks pretty cool. I'm thinking that it would be mroe fun to have 2 of these and maybe a big mable in the middle...lol

http://mediacdn.shopatron.com/media/mfg/540/product_image/x1_29fc0ca0dac20b140c9f362d6d3adc79.jpg

Go here to see the Sportstuff website (http://www.sportsstuff.com/dyn_prod.php?p=SPT53-1398&k=142198)

LaRue
05-26-2010, 02:12 PM
I know one thing, if it wasn't for a couple of growing grandkids, tubing would be over for our family. I have loved that flat 'Screamer" types for years but they won't work for the grandkids. Narrowed our choices to these three.


58340

HO F2

58341

Sportstuff Warbird

58339

Ho GT3-R

LaRue
05-26-2010, 02:15 PM
Great thread!!

i sense some sarcasm :rolleyes:

absolutezero
05-27-2010, 01:05 PM
and pulled from the tower.

I thought I read somewhere that you weren't supposed to pull tubes from towers. Perhaps it was just some towers.

I'm assuming based on a few threads heres that the MC towers are "tube supported" :)