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Best Snow Tubes 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Snow Tubes of 2018
There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. So, what exactly would anyone want to know about snow tubes? I know most of us don’t really care much about the history and the origin, all we want to know is which of them is the best. Of course, I will spare you the history and go straight on to the best snow tubes. If you’re scouring the market for the best snow tubes, you’d better have the right info before spending your money. Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – Snow Tube – Super Big 47 Inch Inflatable Snow Sled with Rapid Valves – Heavy Duty Inflatable Snow Tube Made by Thickening Material of 0.6mm – Free Waterproof Carrying Bag[Kids&Adults]
Why did this snow tubes win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this snow 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. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office.
№3 – BigMouth Snow Tube
Why did this snow tubes take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.
Snow Tubes Buyer’s Guide
Terrain Sport Sled
It is obviously one of the best sleds that you can use to have fun this winter. It does not only help you to slide through the snow but it is also perfect for the sport of hunting, ice fishing and trapping. When it comes to durability and strength, then this sled is unrivalled. This sled uses superior quality materials for giving its best. Furthermore, it can be easily steered and completely safe to use. Thus, it helps you to have utmost fun.
Zipfy Two Tone Series and Freestyle Luge Snow Sled for Kids and Adults
The best thing about this sled is that it is engineered in such a way that it can be used by both children as well as adults. These sleds are light in weight and are compact, thus it provides you with utmost fun while sliding down the slope. The sleds are completely safe since all you need to do is to drop your heels to slow down. Moreover, it is easily maneuverable by leaning on one side. Lastly, the sled has an exhilarating design and a very colourful look. Thus, it will really make your moments enjoyable.
The afterburner is a new wedge shaped rider 70”x64” tube and it is made to go fast. With a marshmallow soft top and tapered design, it makes for easy water entry. With the addition of side bolsters, it enables the riders to hook their legs in. This means more speed, more sliding and more fun. Perfect for everyone especially for your teenagers that want to throw their mates off.
With this new style with high sides and inflatable base you can have all the speed you want but also teamed with the secureness. A great riders being 79”x92” for the family, great for kids but also good for adults. This is the true multipurpose tube.
A cool rider donut style 64” tube. With the same high side technology as the tea cup and inflatable it is also another tube great for the whole family but in a smaller size. Great for use if you have a smaller boat or want to put multiple tubes out. Great rider for kids as the high sides makes it secure but the donut style also lends itself to sliding and speed if the adults are desiring more.
If toboggans are the mini-vans of sleds, the saucer is the sports car. Shaped in a circle and able to comfortably fit one person, saucers are quick, slick and offer a faster descent than toboggans, with or without buffing on a hefty coat of high-quality “kitchen lubricant.” Due to their design, though, saucers aren’t as easy to steer and offer little control. But, if you have an open hill with few obstacles and a need for speed, then saucers are the model for you.
There is a third sled style available that falls in the middle of a toboggan and a saucer. Sometimes called a “hybrid,” or simply a “sled,” these models can fit one or two people and offer the slickness of saucers with the control of a toboggan. These options are perfect for those looking for a little extra leg room in their sled or someone who might want to steer down trails.
Once you have a sled model in mind, it’s time to choose which material will be best for your snow conditions. Be sure to take your terrain, snow depth and number of potential obstacles into consideration when deciding the snow sled’s material.
Plastic sleds can come in a variety of styles and are a popular choice among children for their lightweight and durable qualities. The material is slick and can be ridden over somewhat rough terrain with little to no damage. Plastic sleds are also popular because they are a relatively inexpensive option.
A newcomer in the sledding realm, foam sleds offer a more cushioned ride than plastic sleds at close to the same cost. While foam sleds might not be as fast as plastic, they are still very durable and can be ridden in similar terrain and snow conditions.
Snow Tubing in the GTA
Snow tubing rides are usually a nominal charge for one slide or you can purchase hour slots for unlimited rides. An adult must usually accompany children, and venues will enforce age and height restrictions. However, many parks are now introducing gentler slopes, which are family-friendly and allow younger and shorter children to ride. You should check at individual locations for specific policies.
45Arrowhead Park Rd. , Huntsville, ON, Canada, P1H 2J4 Chicopee Tube Park
A colorful disc sled shaped like a dinner plate. They seemed to have arrived on the scene in the late 1950s when UFO sightings were regularly publicized. They’re difficult to steer, but some love to spin them around for a dizzying descent. They’re great on small slopes, but tough to control on steep hills. Lest we forget the iconic scene in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” with Clark Griswald’s experimental wax catapulting his saucer sled into film history as well as a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Nothing beats an air-cushioned ride down a manicured trail at a ski area. But they’re difficult to control on an unmanicured slope. Modern models made specifically for the sport have handles and other amenities. Some people have been reported using a giant truck tire tube that doubled as a river craft on the Pemigewasset in the summer.
Recently, Perry bought five antique sleds from a barn sale, including an early wooden toboggan and several children’s sleds dating back to the mid to late 1800s when wealthier families could afford to push or pull their children who were perched on velvet-covered seats. “They all sold right away,” says Perry. “There’s a big market because they’re so rare. But I love these sleds and kept one — a child’s pull sled from the 1850s that is now in my house, filled with Teddy bears. The others were bought by decorators and two from antique dealers who was going to hang them from a ceiling as display.”
Perhaps the hottest trend in the coldest months is this buoyant, bagel-shaped mode of recreational transportation. “Our winters are long and dark, and the beauty of tubing is that it lifts your spirits,” says Fred Baybutt, co-owner of Granite Gorge Ski Area on the Keene/Roxbury line.
The Gorge also has tandem tubes and a Wonder Carpet Lift, a moving sidewalk-like conveyance. It also offers night tubing — “when the runs are colder and faster,” says Baybutt.
The Thrill Hill Tubing Park at Gunstock Mountain resort in Gilford has four chutes serviced by a handle-tow lift.
Great Glen Trail in Pinkham Notch has a groomed tubing hill, but you have to walk up the slope.
Loon Mountain snow tubing park in Lincoln has both walk-up and handle-lifts. There’s a special area set aside for tots, and there’s night tubing on Friday and Saturday.
McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester offers eight lanes and a 600-foot run.
A new tubing hill opened at the Waterville Valley Resort last year. It’s situated on a hill adjacent to the golf course and offers a warming center and an outdoor fire pit.
The tubing run at Ragged Mountain in Danbury has lanes and is 600 feet long. The tubing park at Pats Peak in Henniker is 600 feet long and 8feet wide.
The Syntax of the Slide
A little less ubiquitous than the which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg question, there are those who wonder is it called “sledding” or “sliding.” There’s definitely a regional preference. In places like Minnesota and many parts of New Hampshire, many refer to this winter fun as “sliding,” but in other places, like Pennsylvania, it’s definitely “sledding.”
In terms of the official etymology, the word sled comes from the Middle English, sledde, which itself has the origins in the old Dutch word, slee, meaning, you guessed it, “sliding.” Still confused? Who cares? As they old saying goes, “Listen children, take my advice. Sit on the ground, and slide on the ice.”
In the past year, the fat bike market has exploded, and companies are now offering frames in almost every conceivable material: aluminum, carbon, titanium, bamboo, real steel, and Wal-Mart steel. Most fat-bikes are fully rigid beasts, but in the past two years suspension forks have been honed and mass-produced, and several smaller builders are offering fully custom, full-suspension frames. As with any bike purchase, zeroing in on the right fatbike depends principally on the type of riding you plan to do, but mostly on your budget, and whether or not you’re married.
The differences that fatties offer are actually what make riding a bike like this interesting: wider tires provide more traction in both dirt and snow, and they climb uphill like no other bike can. Their voluminous tires provide some suspension (40-50mm), though I am the first to admit that a rigid bike will always be a rigid bike. Fortunately, you do not lose the same energy due to pedal bob, so the fun bouncy feeling you get is not wasted effort.
I ride my fat bike year-round on flat, snow-covered meadows, steep and deep backcountry trails, my local singletrack trails, around town, and even double diamond trails during warmer months. They corner better than almost any bike and are fun to lock up and slide around on packed snow/ice. Most trails are rideable year round, and there are a few groomed XC ski trails across the US that are now allowing fat bikes to tour.
Most people do not ride when it is cold because, well, it’s cold. Fatbikes offer a unique experience and allow you to explore familiar trails in a new light, but you have to think a little harder (read: smarter) before and during your ride if you want to stay comfortable. A little wind can drop the enjoyment factor exponentially if it is already cold outside, so a 12mph cruise on a flat, open field can be more brutal than a sheltered climb in similar weather. Humidity can make the cold feel colder too, so dress appropriately. High-alpine riding should be reserved for more experienced riders.
Obviously, this depends on where you ride, but dressing in layers, and carrying a pack to store those layers, is the most important part of riding in the winter. It is just as easy to overheat, sweat, and suffer hypothermia when riding in the cold as it is to under-dress and be miserable. When riding during the Colorado winter, I prefer to wear my ski helmet and goggles, which provide a lot of protection and keep my face and head warm. Pogies, which are insulated covers for your hands, are the best way to keep your hands warm and avoid frigid digits. A good rule of thumb: dress like you are going skiing.
Putting fluids in your tank is often more important in the winter than the summer, especially if you ride at high altitude, due to insensible respiratory losses. While your breathing rate increases, you may not feel the urge to consume water.
Protecting your water from freezing, however, is the most important challenge when fat biking during freezing temperatures. For shorter rides, carry an insulated water bottle and start with really warm or hot water. Some riders add electrolytes, alcohol, and other ingredients to change the freezing point of your water, but they rarely work well. Also, those solutes will ultimately make you more thirsty, so use them sparingly or not at all. I personally ride with a regular hydration pack filled with really warm water, and I make sure that I tuck the bite valve in my jacket between sips and blow the water in the tube back into the bladder. Neoprene hose sleeves can help, but will not prevent, water from freezing.
There is no substitute for warm, snug toes when riding in the winter. Having suffered frostbite several times, keeping my feet warm is my highest priority. In general, no special shoes are required as long as you have a well-insulated (preferably waterproof) shoe and wear thick insulated socks, but there are several excellent shoes and boots designed for snow riding.
Gaiters are essential if you are riding in deep powder, or for long periods of time with wind or blowing snow.
I also prefer to set my tires up tubeless, which is best done by your LBS unless you are crazy or awesome, or both. Tubeless fat tires can save over a pound of rotational weight (that’s huge), and often provide better traction. Always carry a spare tube regardless, and I would suggest using tubes for deep cold or adventure racing. I don’t know anyone who likes to change a tire with cold hands in a blizzard.
If you plan to take any kind of bike on an epic backcountry journey, it is always a good idea to be prepared. That goes double when it is frigid outside. Travel with a lighter or fire-starter, space blanket, map, compass, pocket knife, and a light. Consider taking something to protect yourself (I prefer a Bazooka) from critters, zombies, and rednecks. Wildlife in deep winter forests are often more hungry and may be more prone to attack you, though this is very rare.
Better yet, do not ride alone. Tell a friend when/where you are going and when you will be back. Have a plan. If you do get injured in the backcountry and cannot get to safety, your chances of surviving overnight in the cold are much smaller, and there are usually far fewer riders (if any) in winter who may be on the trails to help you… or identify your body before bears eat it.
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 Snow Tubes wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Snow Tubes
- №1 — Snow Tube – Super Big 47 Inch Inflatable Snow Sled with Rapid Valves – Heavy Duty Inflatable Snow Tube Made by Thickening Material of 0.6mm – Free Waterproof Carrying Bag[Kids&Adults]
- №2 — ASJ Swim and Snow Tube Sled
- №3 — BigMouth Snow Tube