Everything you need to know about tubes

Summer is here.

Here’s everything you need to know.

It’s time to get out on the lake! You’ve got your kids and all their friends and they all want to tube! But there’s so many different styles and colors. How do you possibly decide what tube to get? That’s where we come in. Here is everything you need to know about tubes.

When selecting a tube, the first question to ask is do you want to sit on it or lay on it. We differentiate these tubes by the distinction of “couch style” and “deck style”. Couch style tubes are great for young kids. We find at Sun Sports+ that young kids feel safer in a couch style tube because they are more secure in the tube. You’re less likely to slide off a couch tube. However, that’s the advantage of deck style tubes. They can feel more exciting to ride on because you have the prospect of flying off of it after hitting a wave.

The Baller 2 is our best selling couch style tube at Sun Sports. It features a high back rest, plenty of handles, and soft top technology.

O’Brien Baller 2 Tube

The Super Screamer is the best selling deck style tube at Sun Sports. 70 inches in diameter means there's more than enough room for two people. It features extra neoprene padding under your knees, your elbows, and your knuckles to help minimize tube rash.

O’Brien Super Screamer

Once you decide whether you want to sit on a tube or lay on it, the next question you need to ask yourself is how many people do you want to fit on a tube? We sell 1 person, 2 person, 3 person, and 4 person tubes at Sun Sports+. We sell them in both couch styles and deck styles options.

What are the advantages and disadvantages to larger tubes?

3 and 4 person tubes allow you to fit more people on them for more fun. If you’ve got a larger crew of people, then you can tube with more of them at a time. 3 and 4 person tubes are heavier – just be sure to keep that in mind. If you’ve got a place to store them, great! Go for it. But if storage is an issue at your summer abode, then a 2 person tube might be the way to go. Not sure what to choose? Visit us at Sun Sports+! We are here to help advice you on the best tube for you and your family. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and can share with you everything you need to know about tubes.

Once you’ve found the perfect tube:

Be sure to get the right size rope for the job! 1-2 person tube ropes are a thinner rope. Don’t be fooled though! They are strong enough to handle 2 thousand pounds of pressure. That’s plenty of strength to pull 2 adult riders on a tube. 3-4 person tubes need a thicker rope. One that will handle 4 thousand pounds of pressure.

Everything you need to know about Tubes: all the tips you need

First, be sure not to leave your tube in the water or the sun when you’re not using it. The sun is the biggest threat to tubes. The sun breaks down the materials in the tube faster. As long as you store your tube somewhere cool and dry when it’s not in use, it should last for many rides.

Second, when you’re inflating your tube, inflate the smaller chambers first. This is especially helpful when you have a larger couch style tube, or one with dividers between the riders. They will be less likely to twist on you upon inflation. It’ll also be easier to find the valves this way.

Third, one of the most common questions we get asked at the shop is, “is this tube safe?”. Tubing is as safe, as exciting, as fun, or as dangerous, as the driver can make it. Make sure when you’re driving to pay attention to the riders. Have your spotter let you know when the laughter and smiles turn to worry and concern. If you’re an attentive tube driver, your tubers will have fun time after time.

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And that’s the gist of it! That’s everything you need to know about tubes. Call us with Questions at 207-693-3867. Visit our website to see more tubes! Email us with questions at info@sunsportsmaine.com. Read more of our blog! Visit us in the shop 7 days a week! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.