Looking to take your jet ski adventures to a new level? Look no further than the exhilarating world of towable tubes!
When it comes to choosing the best towable tube for your jet ski, you want a thrilling and durable option that guarantees endless fun on the water. With a wide array of options available, from single-rider tubes to larger models for multiple riders, finding the perfect towable tube can be an exciting endeavor.
Compared to boats, there are a few extra things you need to consider when it comes to pulling tubes with a jet ski. In this post, I want to go over the best towable tubes for jet skis and all the other little details that people forget about.
Before I list off the best tubes for a jet ski, I need to cover the issue of how many people can be pulled on the tube.
While you can get 3+ person tube and your jet ski will pull it just fine, it doesn’t mean it’s allowed in many places.
Most jet skis have a MAX seating capacity of 3 people, that includes everyone on the jet ski and tube combined. You cannot have 3 people on the jet ski and 3 more on the tube in most states and countries. It also gets more complex as some states require mirrors on your jet ski or even a spotter at all times.
Unfortunately, in a few states you can only have one person on the towable tube due to needing a spotter along with a driver, for a max of 3 people.
You can still buy multiple person tubes, it’s only the number of people you tow that is the issue, so having a bigger tube is fine for comfort and stability. Not only that, but bigger tubes offer a place to hang out when not driving the jet ski. That is why I include larger tubes, they’re more comfortable and offer more functions when not jet skiing.
Best Jet Ski Towable Tubes
Now that we got the seating capacity details out of the way, let me go over what I consider the best tubes for jet skis.
1. Airhead Super Mable
Hands down, the best towable for any jet ski is the Super Mable made by Airhead.
The Super Mable is the most easy-going tube and the most fun for everyone in the family. If you’re new to pull sports, start with the Super Mable!
- 3 Person capacity. While you can’t carry all three people in some states, it’s a great option for when lounging after being pulled around.
- Tons of grab handles to hold on to.
- Back support. Tubing can be a workout, but having a back support is a must if you’re new to the sport.
- Speed Safety Valve, makes it easy to inflate and deflate the tube.
- Dual tow points, can go forward or backwards depending on what you want.
- 510 weight limit, can support normal-sized adults.
- Fine for one or two riders.
- Durable, the shell holds up better than other tubes I’ve used in the past.
- It’s a large tube, most jet skis will pull it fine but stick to 110 HP or greater for best results.
2. Airhead Hot Shot
The next best tube is a 1 to 2 person tube, but honestly, I like to stick to one person on this one.
Tubing is fun going by yourself as you don’t have to worry about someone else. And since jet skis are small, you don’t want a large tube, or you don’t want to get something too big if you’re new to tubing.
- Small tube, fits more easily in jet ski storage buckets.
- Easy to learn and a simple design.
- Speed Safety Valve for quick inflating and deflating.
- Small tube, 1 to 2 people.
- It’s a workout, especially for adults, to keep yourself on the tube.
3. WOW Sports Big Ducky
I love wild and odd towable tubes, and this is a new one that I’m really loving.
This tube takes the sit down, standup, and straddle seats and puts it in one tube. You’re getting a lot of value from this tube with all it can do, and it works for many levels of riders.
- Sits 3 people.
- You can sit down on the side or a person can straddle the center seat.
- Large, tall and bright – other boaters can see you better!
- Molded EZ TOW Connector for EZ tow point hook up.
- Not easy to flip compared to smaller tubes.
- It’s a large tube, I would stick with over 110HP, or even 150HP, or higher.
Towable Tube Accessories You Need
When it comes to any towable tube, you’ll need a few things before you get on the water.
Many jet skis today come with a 12-volt plug, but you’ll need a 12-volt inflator to inflate and deflate the tube. If you don’t have a 12-volt plug on your jet ski, you can buy cordless inflators, RYOBI* has one, so does Bauer. They don’t always come with the batteries or chargers, but if you’re in that tool line up, it’s a great option. Most inflators also can be used to deflate the tube, which is needed if you want to store the tube away easily.
The tow-rope is what attaches the jet ski to the tube for pulling. Stick to the ones that float or have a foam part that helps the rope float.
The shock tube is to keep from sucking up the rope or if the rope breaks, it doesn’t smack the people on the tube.
Some places require you to have mirrors on your jet ski, even if you have a spotter. It’s not required everywhere, but it’s a good idea either way.
A skier down flag is required in many states, and a good idea in places that don’t require it. If someone falls off the tube, you raise the flag to let other boaters know someone is in the water. Even if the other boaters don’t know what the flag is for, they tend to slow down seeing a bright orange flag; people are careless at times and go too fast near boats that are tubing.
Everyone on the jet ski and tube needs to wear approved life jackets.
What Jet Skis Can Pull Tubes?
Pulling tubes is not hard, just about every jet ski can do it, but having enough HP makes it more fun and less stressful on the jet ski.
How To Tow Tubes With Your Jet Ski
Towing a tube with a jet ski is a little different from a boat, but overall very similar.
Below is a great video to get you started towing tubes with your jet ski.
Are Towable Tubes Allowed?
Before you get a tube for your jet ski, you need to check your local laws on the lake to see if tubes or even jet skis are allowed on them.
Some lakes and small bodies of water have odd rules about such things. Some may allow it, but only for small jet skis or only allow pontoons.
Don’t forget to have your boaters license, as it’s required in many states now.