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Best water tubes 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best water tubes of 2018
Not all water tubes are created equal though. I must say I am quite a fan of water tubes, so when the question “What are the best water tubes available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable water tubes. Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon. Here, I will review 3 of the best water tubes of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – J. Carp Cleaning Kit
Why did this water tubes win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this water tubes come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.
Why did this water tubes take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
water tubes Buyer’s Guide
Nylon is the most commonly used material for towable covers. It typically comes in different weights or thicknesses, commonly referred to as denier. The greater the denier number, the stronger the nylon is going to be. Note here that higher denier numbers will typically be found on more expensive towables or tubes that are designed for multiple riders.
As a guideline, a 420 denier is typically used on less expensive and single rider towable. This denier is lighter, thinner, and should only be considered when purchasing a single-rider towable.
An 840 denier is the heaviest nylon you will find in towables. Deniers at this wei ght are not simply heavier, but they are also stronger and used typically in more expensive, larger towables.
Polyester is another commonly used material in towables. Polyester coated with PVC is often used to strengthen Polyester and provide an additional alternative to high denier nylon. 600 denier coated with PVC Vinyl will be as strong as 840 denier nylon.
Polyester is also found in a “solution-dyed” form, most typically on boat lift canopies or awnings, due to its color retention and non-fading properties. Treated polyesters have good durability and resistance to fading from the sun. Note: 600 Denier Treated Polyester is found in place of nylon on and 2-rider towables.
Adults will typically use it as a lay-on-top towable and find it easy to get the tube outside of the wake. Due to its small size and high center of gravity, this shape towable tends to roll over quite easily.
In comparison, children will find this shape somewhat uncomfortable because of the size of the center hole. It is often too small to sit in and too large to lay on for younger children.
Just like deck tubes, ride-in tubes come in a variety of shapes and sizes that allow for anywhere from to riders simultaneously. The term ‘ride-in’ means just that…the rider sits down inside of the towable. Most models have inflated floors or seating areas that provide comfortable, dry areas for the rider.
More expensive ride-in tubes offer neoprene head rests as well as fully nylon-covered sides and floors. Usually riders will be hard-pressed to tip ride-in tubes due to their low center of gravity.
If Ride-in tubes mean that the rider rides inside of the towable, you may be able to guess what a Ride-on tube is, but allow us to explain more about them anyway. Ride-on tubes are available in many shapes and sizes to accommodate up to riders simultaneously. As opposed to sitting down inside of the towable, Ride-on tubes require the rider to sit atop or to straddle the fuselage of torpedo Ride-on tubes, or sitting in a recumbent style tubes.
Torpedo towables are designed for multiple riders and have the least amount of whip of all tubes. They can be somewhat unstable due to their long, narrow shape and high center of gravity.
Recumbent towables come in a D-shape design and provide riders with the thrills of deck tubes while remaining seated upright with head and back areas supported.
The answer is probably not – so don’t waste your time hunting for the deepest ‘V’ possible; for most of us, a general-purpose RIB with a more pronounced and buoyant bow coupled to a slightly flatter deadrise is a better bet. As well as offering greater planing efficiency and extra internal space, it ought to be much better suited to long transits in varying sea states.
Whatever kind of boat you favour, look for a builder with a well-established reputation and substantial hull and tube warranties. And then talk to existing owners (there are plenty of owners’ forums around), visit a few boat shows to check the quality of various boats in one place – and always insist on a test drive so you can see if a RIB really matches your expectations (and those of your loved ones) on the water.
A small sub-4m 50hp RIB like this one can be a fantastic tender or tow boat.
The vital features
When considering a RIB, you should inspect all the fixtures and fittings with merciless cynicism. They may look very attractive in the showroom, but are they resistant to rust? Are they properly through-bolted? Will they put up with extended abuse? Don’t be afraid to use plenty of force on backrests, frames and grab handles. If you can flex them with your hand, imagine what they will be like once the full weight of the body is multiplied by the G-force of a lumpy sea.
Open all the hatches and poke your nose where you might not be expected to look. Is the cabling all neatly routed and secured? Are the fiberglass edges rough and sharp or bevelled and tidy? Are the storage spaces all properly drained? And for that matter, does the deck itself have adequate drainage? A RIB needs to be capable of shedding water fast, because at some point, every RIB will take a wave over the bow. And for that same reason, does the boat have a dedicated place for the dry storage of delicate items? Plenty claim to have exactly that but I’ve lost count of the number of times my dry gear has ended up wet.
In addition to inspecting the quality of the build and finish, consider what specific features you require. While traditional seating might involve a pair of jockeys allied to an aft bench and a small ‘suicide seat’ in the front of the helm console, there are now plenty of more sociable, family-friendly configurations available.
Up at the helm, your electronics need to be large enough to read at a glance, robust enough to cope with concerted exposure to saltwater and easy enough to operate with a gloved hand. A good touchscreen colour chartplotter with a sunlight-viewable screen is a great asset – and so too is a fixed VHF with a powerful external speaker to compete with the noise of wind and waves.
While the 2LC might find its typical home atop a megayacht, families who visit the beach often will appreciate its opening bow.
Float Fishing Tubes & Their Different Designs
Coming in with the lowest price is the low riding Caddis Sports Pro 2000 float tube. Similar to the Premier Plus, the Pro 2000 rides a bit lower and more stable on the water. It also puts you in the water a bit more which calls for a double check on your waders.
Being the budget model of the two teardrop Caddis float tubes, the Pro 2000 sacrifices a few features. It does keep the D rings if you decide to use shoulder straps but loses the rod holder straps. You can invest in ones that strap around the pontoon inflates.
Luckily, the extra cargo space behind the seat stays though the Pro 2000 does drop down in weight capacity. Say goodbye to a hundred pounds more you can bring on the Premier Plus. The question is spend a bit more for bells and whistles of the Premier Plus or save with the Pro 2000. They both are in the business of catching fish.
Outcast Fishcat Float Tube.
A pronounced V rises up higher than most models providing a very effective swell cutting bow. Fishcat float tubes have 1inch pontoon style inflatable chambers and are a durable yet simple model. Still water fly anglers that cast weighted line and lake bass fishermen hone in on the Fishcat 4.
Outcast Fat Cat LCS.
Above Outcast base and Super Fat Cat models is the Prowler, one of the best float tubes for fishing money can buy. This is the one the lifetime float tube angler saves for, along with a fish finder and other accessories. For the hardcore back country backpacker, the ultra light bladder-less Trinity is another option in float tubes by Outcast.
Hamilton Beach BL-1-4A Water Dispenser
Hamilton has been around for a long time and is known as one of the trusted brands in kitchen tools, so there is no doubt that this is one of the best water dispensers out there.
Whirlpool Commercial Water Cooler
Whirlpool is best known for their support provided to the customer. They never let us down ever. And indeed this water dispenser is the best among our list for several reasons.
The robust design takes up to 350 pounds without breaking. You can use it in severe condition, and it won’t let you down.
Compressor doesn’t turns on frequently hence increasing the life of water cooler.
It cools the water to a freezing temperature colder than most of other dispensers.
Warranty is provided by the seller which can be from month to 1months.
NewAir WCD-200W Water Dispenser
This easy to setup water dispenser is super quite and provides plastic free taste. If you come across any problem with this water dispenser, you can refer to the troubleshooting guide below it.
This is the second Whirlpool water dispenser to qualify our list for the best water dispenser. Due to its good looking stainless steel front and 5th generation bottom loading technology, it is one of the best water cooler dispensers.
Altura Speed LED
Altura’s seatpack is quite literally an eye-catching option thanks to the built-in iLume LED fitted into the rear.
This tiny button has three settings – slow, fast and constant – and runs from a watch battery, all packaged into a shape not much larger than a pound coin.
With a diagonal length of 20cm it’s a good-sized bag that will hold a multi-tool, mini-pump and a couple of inner tubes, or a few energy bars if you’re planning a longer ride.
At just 4cm wide it’ll mount snuggly behind the seatpost and shouldn’t rub as you pedal.
Ideal as a ‘hamster transporter’ if you need to go to the vet’s.
Another of our smaller options, this one coming in with a simple design and, therefore, price tag.
Measuring 16cm, it has plenty of noteworthy details, including black reflective patches, a rear-facing loop for an LED, and a brightly coloured interior with an internal pocket on one side to stop items from rubbing.
External pockets, one on each side, are closed off thanks to the side strap that holds the whole system to the rails and compresses the contents to stop rattles – all useful details.
Arundel Dual Seatbag
The Dual is designed to carry two inner tubes along with the necessary inflation equipment and maybe a small multi-tool as well, depending on your inner tube size and how good you are at packing.
With a different shape to most, the Arundel attaches to the seat rails alone and has a leather patch for durability where it touches the seatpost.
Made from black canvas, it’s certainly not waterproof so will need to be removed and dried after wet rides but thanks to the single velcro strap that’s hardly a chore.
The Dual measures 14cm by 5cm so it should avoid leg contact.
Pro Saddle Bag Medi
One of the smaller seatpacks in the round-up, the Medi is the second-smallest of four in the Pro range and measures around 17cm in diagonal length.
That’s about right for a spare tube, tool and COinflator.
With an internal net and light blue fabric, finding what you’ve stuffed into the pack shouldn’t be too difficult, and there’s an additional pocket down one side for extras, such as a patches or some cash.
A well constructed bag, it has three mounting points: one for each saddle rail as well as the seatpost.
A rear facing loop allows the use of a clip-on light, too.
Lezyne S-Caddy Loaded
First off, don’t be put off by the price, this seat pack is ‘Loaded’, which Lezyne means it comes with a multi-tool, tyre-levers and patch kit.
This little 12cm-long bag has a neoprene pouch underneath for the Vtool (Philips head, 3, 4, 5, 6mm Allen keys) as well as internal pockets for the supplied levers and inner tube repair kit, and one for folding cash.
That means you just need to add your inner tube and COpump for a basic pack to be covered for the worst eventualities.
Think of it as the equivalent of buying a food mixer, but with all the food supplied.
FWE Medio Saddle Pack Pro
What the makers say – The FWE Medio Saddle Pack Pro is made from durable water-resistant, ripstop nylon with a waterproof zip to keep everything dry when the weather turns horrible.
What we say – On undoing the water-resistant zip, a couple of mesh guards deploy either side of the opening, making sure the contents don’t spill out. Along with a holster for stashing your house keys inside the lid, it’s one of several features that help this cheap pack shine. Discreet reflective detailing and a light loop round off a neat package.
Ortlieb Saddle Bag
What the makers say – Tucking neatly under the saddle, this 100% waterproof saddlebag provides room for equipment, snacks, extra shells and lots of tools. The roll-top closure features buckles and D-rings for locking the bag.
What we say – A quick-release mechanism makes detaching this medium-sized pack a doddle. Great construction and a roll-top closure keep out the water, while D-rings and an additional mount underneath allow you to lash more gear to the pack. Its stiff fabric slightly amplifies things rattling around inside, and the otherwise sturdy release mechanism can also be a little noisy, although neither should put you off.
EH Works Essential Canvas Tool Roll
What the makers say – Made of waxed canvas with leather trim and a leather toe strap, carrying everything you need for any ride. It’s a real cinch to fit under your saddle.
Altura Arc Seat pack
What the makers say – The Arc seat pack is a waterproof, seam-welded, roll-top saddlebag. Using the roll-top closure ensures the content will stay dry during adverse weather conditions.
Lezyne M Caddy QR
What the makers say – A medium, wedge-shaped caddy designed to carry just the right amount of tyre repair for most rides. Durable woven nylon fabrics, a water-resistant zipper and reflective tail light loop mean it’s ready for all the weather you can throw at it.
Technically not really a pontoon boat, but we decided to include them in the buyer’s guide because of their similarities. Inflatable float tubes are for the fishermen that want to get up close and stalk their fish. Instead of standing at the bank hoping the fish will come to you, you come to fish instead. It’s basically a inflatable seat with a couple of pockets and to power the boat you paddle with your feet.
Inflatable pontoons without any frame look a lot like dinghies, they behave pretty much the same way. The only real difference is the motor mount and the few added accessories that most frameless pontoons come with, swivel seats and rod holders are one of the most common accessories. These are easier and faster to set up compared to pontoons with frames, they also take up less space. They are versatile as you can both row them or use a motor.
If you want to get the most out of your lake fishing, a frameless inflatable pontoon is highly recommended, you’ll be able to go further, fish in more water conditions, store more gear and if you want to, you can stand up and fish.
Pontoons With Frames
Pontoons with frames are another hit among fishermen. Instead of a hard wood floor, they have pockets and bags to store all your fishing gear. They get you closer to the water than a frameless pontoon, not as much as a float tube but just enough so you can reach down and grab a fish from the water. Just like the floating tubes, framed pontoons give a more ‘personal’ feeling to your fishing. It’s hard to explain but it’s almost as you’re one with the lake, it’s definitely a different side to fishing. If a float tube had an upgrade, it would be this.
The Bad: It has a crappy brush so you might have to get a better brush. The brush cannot hold water and can’t hold its shape. It also slowly starts to lose its hairs. The watercolor is semi-moist, now more often than not this isn’t a problem. People who are new to watercolor however might put too much water and scoop up too much pigment. This means that it might run out faster than other normal watercolors. The watercolor is a little opaque than transparent but that depends on the amount of water used.
Sakura Koi – A little better than Prang with a larger amount of colors to choose from. It’s packed in a dry pan and is in available in several sizes. It is also available in tubes. The price is around 17.1USD and the cheapest one in Philippines is around 500.00 PHP which is good enough for its quality. It lasts for or more years.
Sakura Koi Water Colors
The Good: It has very intense colors just like Prang. It comes with a good enough brush. Depending on the set you get you either get a water brush or a regular brush. Both are good however the water brush might not be easy to use. They come in very compact sets that are just right to put in a small bag. The case is a good hard plastic. You may refill the pans with watercolor tubes but I am not sure if the tubes can be bought separately.
The Bad: The pan is placed on a thin plastic container that doesn’t feel solid. It sticks well though and it has stood the test of time but some people might find that it looks cheap. The water brush for the small set isn’t that great and you are better off getting the bigger set if you’re after a good water brush. The small ones tend to open in a 30 or so degree angle meaning the mixing palette is slanted so the palette can’t hold as much water as opposed to when it’s flat. This might be useful for some but annoying for others. The watercolor tends to have cracks but it isn’t really that much of a bother.
If you are a Beginner and You Have the Money
Do not give artist watercolors to a kid and if you are planning to, always check if they are non-toxic or at least supervise them when they use it since higher grade watercolors are almost always toxic. Do wash your hands after using them.
You can either try student grade watercolor or artist grade watercolors. In another article, I’ll try to cover the difference between the two in more detail however for now let us just say that artist grade watercolors are purer, less chalky, and more often than not, have more intense watercolors.
Student grade watercolors have more particles in them and less pigment.
If you have the money, I’d suggest you buy yourself an artist grade watercolor. By trying the best, you can compare the quality with other watercolors that you might later purchase. The artist grades of different brands have different qualities too and it shows in how they behave on the paper.
For example, let us take the ever popular Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolor pan set. Almost immediately after purchasing this watercolor set, I noticed the difference in the quality of the paint. Everything was more pigmented. By this, I mean, the color was easier to lay down on paper. It was also less chalky to the point where I can’t feel anything when I touch the paper unless there’s thick paint. I didn’t have to scrub it because it was semi moist. It had a certain behavior in paper that can’t be compared to how prang was or any of my other watercolor.
It’s also probably 6-30 times more expensive than what I’ve recommended from above.
The answer is yes but it depends for some. Some people like to stand by the idea that they are producing such amazing works of art by just using cheaper watercolor paints like Prang and Sakura Koi. In my case, I just found myself wondering what it felt like to actually own one and do art that way. I can safely say I’ve produced more variety in color with artist watercolor since it blends so well.
Another advantage of having an artist set is that it usually conforms to a uniform size. It also guarantees you quality that you might find yourself doubting when you buy cheaper sets. Artist brands usually also have a higher color range.
Tube VS Pan
I decided to write this down since there are people who might still find themselves wanting to use tubes rather than pans and I admit I am a little biased with pans.
Artist water color tubes are usually of better quality and don’t really dry up if you seal it tight. When it does dry up, you can scoop it up since the paint is still usable. Be careful with buying cheap watercolor tubes since they sometimes dry very fast or the binder doesn’t work very well and turn watery.
Tube Advantages It is easy to bring out color with pans because it is very moist when out of the tube.
Other things worth mentioning
You might also want to consider getting watercolor pencils. These act like your normal color pencils but are water soluble. You just wet them with water.
Water brushes might be useful too for people who know how to use a brush already since you can bring it around with you without having to bring water.
My collection looks something like this
The optimum orientation is north, since north facing roofs receive the most amount of direct sunlight. Having said that, even if your collector is oriented up to 45ᵒ east or west of true north, you should not experience a significant reduction in performance. The next most efficient orientations are either west facing roofs or flat roofs.
Solar Collector Pitch In an ideal world, solar collectors should be pitched (i.e. tilted) at an angle roughly equal to your geographical latitude plus 10-15ᵒ. This is, however, not essential. And, of course, if you’re putting them on your roof, you’re going to be limited by the existing pitch of the roof.
Solar collectors come in a variety of colors. Black is the most efficient. However, if you’ve got a light coloured roof and want your collector to match or compliment its colour, you may need to increase the m2 of the collectors.
Obviously, direct shading over the collectors will affect their performance. Additionally, if your pool is shaded, then the water temperature will be lower and additional collectors may be needed to counterbalance.
Pools located in windy areas loose heat more rapidly than those in still areas. If your pool is in a naturally windy location, you may need extra collectors.
Main Component Costs
Although it is usually advisable, and in some states mandatory, to have the installation handled by licensed and/or certified professionals, DIY options are available for anyone with the suitable plumbing or handyman skills.
Solar collectors – the tubes or panels through which the water flows in order to be heated by the sun.
Booster pump – assists in circulating the water from the pool and through the existing filter/circulation pump through the collectors and back to the pool.
Controller – an automatic or manual means of directing the timing of the flow of water through the solar system. The controller is a wireless monitor that registers the solar temperature of your roof, or collector location’s, solar temperature from up to 200m in order to activate, or for you manually to control, your solar heating system.
Choosing a Solar Pool Heating Installation Company
So, when diving headlong into the hopefully warm waters of solar pool heating, don’t be prey to a nameless dread. Know what you’re throwing yourself into. In general, the water’s pretty inviting.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your water tubes wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of water tubes
- №1 — J. Carp Cleaning Kit
- №2 — Blue Wave 10-ft Double Water Tube for Winter Pool Cover – 5 Pack
- №3 — Intex River Run I Sport Lounge