- The best towable tubes for boating come in all shapes and sizes—while some Airhead tubes focus on creating a more social experience with multiple riders and tubes, others look to enhance speed and aerial performance.
- Some of the top inflatable tube manufacturers include Airhead, Rave Sports, Wow Watersports, Connelly and Obrien.
- For more tubing action, read our feature on Safe Family Tubing, or check out the Best Wipeouts: Tubes, Watersports and Everything in Between.
Looking for our list of the top 10 towable tubes? Read that again—sure, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s fun to say. Almost as much fun as tubing. Well, not quite, but you get the idea. Tubing is most people’s introduction to watersports. The first time someone is towed behind a boat, it’s most likely going to be little kids on tube, and the market is still alive and well, with some interesting new products and exciting offerings. Before you go hog wild and do some online shopping, check out our top 10 favorite tubes.
Before you hit the water, be sure to read our feature on Safe Family Tubing. After that, we hope to find you on the water.
Airhead Stars & Stripes
A classic tube with a classic red-white-and-blue theme, the Airhead Stars & Stripes tube is a nifty basic tube, with four handles, rugged polyvinyl chloride bladder and a heavy-duty double-stitched nylon cover. It’s a great place to start.
Rave Razor Two-Rider Towable
Rave Sports’ focus is fun on the water, and the Razor Two-Rider Towable tube is a great way for two people to get behind the boat or for one person to have lots of room and a bevy of handles to get the tube to do what the rider wants rather than what the driver wants.
Wow Watersports Eagle
The Wow Watersports Eagle gives you two different riding experiences. Take in the center spot, and ride it like a crotch rocket. There’s even room for more than one passenger up there. On the left and ride sides, the Eagle delivers the ride a conventional tube. Ride it solo and catch some air! Lots to like here.
The Airhead Sidewinder is like getting three tubes in one and three times the fun. The Sidewinder’s coolest feature is that three tubes can be daisy-chained together with quick-connect latches. Wake-jumping on a Sidewinder will redefine what you know about tubing.
Wow Watersports XO Extreme
The Wow Watersports XO Extreme is, well, pretty extreme. Built for one to three riders, the XO Extreme glides across the water, with a curved bottom, so you can rock it side to side. Practice long enough and you might even be able to barrel-roll it!
Gladiator Booster Ball
The Gladiator Booster Ball isn’t a tube, but we challenge you to find a way to ride it. Seriously, the booster ball is a neat device that keeps your tow rope up and out of the water so it doesn’t get snagged on wakes and waves. We thought it was so clever, we had to include it here.
HO 4G Four-Person Tube
The HO 4G has nothing to do with bandwidth, and everything to do with family fun. What’s neat about the 4G is that it’s reversible. You can tow it from one direction and you’ve got a floating love seat, with room for four. Flip it around and tow it from the other side and you’ve got the equivalent of a waterborne Roman chariot. Pretty dang cool.
The only thing better than going tubing with friends is going tubing with a lot of friends! The Connelly Eldorado lets you do just that. With the capacity for carrying up to five riders, the Eldorado might mean peace in the boat, since no one will be fighting over who gets to ride next. They’ll all be on the Eldorado already!
Just when you thought you’d seen every kind of tube there is, Obrien churns out the Sombrero. Capable of hauling up to five riders facing in or out, the Sombrero gives riders a different perspective depending on where they sit. Vamanos!
Sportsstuff Sumo & Splash Guard Combo
We don’t know about you, but anything that starts with sumo sounds like fun. Sumo wrestling. Sumo suits. Sumo cocktails. Sumo meatballs. Anything. The Sumo Sumo & Splash Guard Combo from Sportsstuff is just the ticket for a good time. You kind of wear it like an oversized personal flotation device and hold onto the Splash Guard, which attaches to the tow line. You also can use the Sumo suit for body surfing for beach days.
For more tubing action, read Watersports: All Things Towable and Best Wipeouts: Tubes, Watersports and Everything In Between.
Editor's Note: Prices listed are current as of date of publish.