View Full Version : Float tubes, again
04-21-99, 12:49 AM
I know this is a well worn subject, but I looked through all the past threads about float tube choice.
We have decided on getting round tubes, but in the other threads I never saw a listing of the pros and cons of bladders vs. inner tubes beyond weight vs. durability.
Can those who have experience with either or both offer some advice?
My .02 worth-- I consider tubes alot more durable than bladders. This is a consideration worth contemplating when you consider that a sudden leak could mean a long and/or uncomfortable swim. The little extra weight doesn't bother this old man much. My first tube was canvas over the inner tube and it really wasn't too heavy. My current tube is nylon but still the inner tube.
Inner tubes (basically car tires) will last longer and are more durable but they are heavier. Most people I know have this type of tube.
The bladders are lighter and I think that is the only real benefit. I'd never get one with an open valve because I could never seem to keep all the air in as I closed the valve. I've seen some bladders that have a valve like the one used on inner tubes.
The best option I found was to get a tube that has both the bladder and inner tube. I got the big ****apex from B****Pro (around $135). It comes with the inner tube. I called the people who make the tube and was able to order the bladder (extra $20). I haven't used the bladder but I plan to if I know I will have to carry the tube a long distance.
04-21-99, 11:55 PM
I'm new to this float tube thing. I got my first tube last summer. All research went out the window when I found a tube in a big franchise store for 30 dollars. What things tell me if I have a safe and durable tube?
It's a browning Predator. Oh, it hasn't goten wet yet.
My first clue was when a seam split during a short float. I sewed it up and reinforced it, but noticed others pulling apart. Not a good sign. I think long floats are out until I get another.
04-24-99, 02:09 PM
I prefer a flaot tube with a automobile inner tube. The reason is:
If your fishing one morning and snag your tube, you can drive to the nearest Goober's Gas Station and buy another. Can't do that with a U-boat design.
My $00.02. Usual disclaimers apply, YMMV,
04-25-99, 05:49 PM
Drifter, Thanks! http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif I never thouht of that http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/redface.gif it's esoecially funny because I almost built a float tube using an inner tube from a tractor. Mine has a blatter but I'm sure I could switch it to a tube because it is a round tube. Thanks again
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