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Old 02-24-2013, 06:39 AM
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Default Re: Float tubers....ASSEMBLEEEEEE!

"what happens if you have a big sudden 'leak' and go flat..........just swim for it ? Seems risky."

I've been tubing since I was 15 (57 now) and have always used circular tubes with rubber inner tubes. Many times we had leaks where after a few hours it might be a bit softer but never a single complete failure. However I've always done it when the water was warmer so we could just swim.

These newer ones with plastic bladders conceivably could have a complete failure but the bladders are pretty tough. Almost all have multiple bladders so you'd always have some flotation. I have a friend who puts carefully cut pieces of pieces of the foam "water noodles" which are like foam pipe insulation. This can give a bit of a "lumpy" shape but will give floatation in an emergency. We also put about 10-12 inside our kayaks for same reason.

A PFD (personnal flatation device) is of course wise.

Pete A
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