dealsintex river run 53" inflatable lounge tube for…

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Can I use this as a tow behind a boat? Or is it too cheap?

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@allhighruler: No way, this thing would be destroyed.

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Too cheap to tow behind a boat. You need to find a tube that has a full fabric wrap around it that the rope hooks to. The rope can't hook to the tube directly otherwise when you sling shot it over a wake it destoys it.

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It has no legholes? I was so hoping that it was like an infant float with a seat in the bottom. If i get drunk and fall asleep in this, i'll wake up under water.

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@luedtka: But then again, I may be willing to pay $20 for 2 minutes of fun, 5 seconds of watching the tube explode, and 5 days in pain wondering why I did it in the first place....

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She's a beauty!

(anyone here old enough to get that reference?)

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Thanks for the lead, I got one for the pool.

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If only I had gotten the Swann FreeStyle 1080p Action Cam from Woot yesterday. I could have mounted that to this baby and got some sweet action shots of me floating lazily down the river!

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@angerbender: I investigated the website further looking to ensure that what looked like cup holders were, in fact, cup holders. They are AND they have a picture showing the tube without the mesh bottom so you can put your legs through it.

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I have several of these. They great for floating down the river. NOT for towing behind the boat. They are 13.99 at Academy.com They DO have the mesh bottom.

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Look at the seams to determine quality. The seams on this are butted together, hence the 'wavy, pinched' look in the photo. True river-quality rafts are overlapped and sonically welded, creating a flat, flush surface with an overlap of at least 1"-2", and are made of a much thicker, high-quality PVC that will last years to decades. Visit your local outfitters to see the difference, or go to: http://www.jpwinc.com/.

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The site only permits the coupon to be applied to a single tube per order...

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@joemck: 13.99+ $5 shipping = $18.99 ftfy

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Like joemck said, these are for primarily for tubin' down a lazy river. And they are awesome for it.

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@khushbaht: Academy.com is $5 shipping per order. The woot code here is only good on ONE tube -- all the rest are 19.49 or so. So, if you buy two it is about the same. If you buy three Academy is better. Of course you could buy them one at a time from vm innovations.

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Looking at this brought back memories of when I use to float down the river and one of my friends had a tube like this one that popped about 30 seconds in and the rest of the way down he had to hold on to my truck inner tube which made it feel like a gay trip down the Green River.

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@mfaughn: Frickin' Shenanigans! Academy Shenanigans! On academy.com, they have a weight cutoff on their flat $5 shipping. You can only order 2 tubes and get the $5 shipping. If you try to get 3 tubes the shipping over doubles... Shenanigans on Academy!

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I'm thinking of using this to float along side a boat when it is at anchor and we are just relaxing and swimming. - no heavy use. Seems reasonable for that, especially with the quick deflate mode for easy stowing. Just wondering how long it will take to inflate beacause I don't really want to take up a ton of room on the boat with it inflated.

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I got two @ $14.99 each, just had to do it in two separate orders.

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I've got two two-person sets, but some of the lazy rivers down here have size restrictions on rafts, so I picked up the two single-tube pack with pump just now. These tubes really work great for floating in a river. The net on the bottom is nice, the back support is an added benefit, and the vinyl is beefy enough if you aren't going white water rafting. Just bring a vinyl patch kit (from a pool supply store) and definitely an air pump. I've used these for a couple runs, and they are great. Wish the discount applied to other raft packages.

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@smorloc: Their banner for $5 flat rate shipping clearly states exclusions apply. If you had clicked on it you would have seen that the $5 rate is for orders up to 10 pounds. Plainly, this is not as good as woot!'s shipping, but not bad. Why don't people read?

http://content.academy.com/popup/flat-rate-ship.html

"$5 Flat Rate Shipping Per Order*
Applies to orders up to 10 pounds.
Offer only applies to Standard Ground shipping.
Excludes oversized and bulk items.
Shipping discount will be applied at checkout.
Standard Ground shipping may not be offered on all items.
Offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer nor is this offer valid on previous purchases.
This promotional offer may be modified or terminated at any time without notice.
Offer is not available for shipments to APO/FPO addresses, P.O. boxes."

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@mikelat34: Like Broketube River, or more "Paddle faster, I hear banjos!"?

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@ilovetko: One in a million girl...

Why would I lie-ie-ie-ie?

Now why would I lie-ie-ie?

The Tubes...well played @tsfisch.

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@jwsmed: I did read it. Show me where it lists the weight of the products on their site... Or didn't you read that far?

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What's the point in a tube that can't hold an entire six-pack? Isn't that what we all buy them for?

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@smorloc: Agree. I didn't read get that far. Thanks for saving me the trouble. I live really near a premier tubing creek (actually several but the one in question is tubed by thousands in the summer) and have been eyeing tubes for quite a while -- wanting to buy three or four. Anyway, looks like they won't be from Academy. Probably will end up popping for a few of these...one at a time.

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While I'm at it...Does anyone know where to get river tubes with SOLID vinyl bottoms (i.e. not mesh)? All the commercial outfits here use these. I have tried with and without the bottom in the tube. The solid bottom slides over rocks much, much better than not having a bottom. I'm not sure about the mesh bottom. I'm worried that the mesh bottom would have a much higher coefficient of friction.

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Howdy all, feel free to use the code WOOT42 to get a pair for 29.98 (= 14.99 ea) delivered. No need to place separate orders just apply the code here: http://www.vminnovations.com/Product_8436/Intex-River-Run-I-Inflatable-Water-Tubes-Pair-.html

Also, the 4 pack is 53.95 (=13.49 ea.) + free shipping.

@mkdr: it takes less than 2 minutes to inflate using an Intex air pump.

@angerbender: Sorry no leg-holes, however they have mesh bottoms.

@richaemry: To hold a 6-pack we'd recommend this one: http://www.vminnovations.com/Product_5025/Intex-River-Run-II-Inflatable-Tube-with-Cooler-.html

or a floating cooler: http://www.vminnovations.com/Product_7443/INTEX-Mega-Chill-Inflatable-Floating-Beverage-Coolor.html

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For what it's worth, I've had several of these and they're easily the best tube for tubing down a river. Aside from being amazingly comfortable (the back rest is awesome) , they have 2 cupholders and rope rings the front of the tube so you can tie on to other people's tubes or tie a cooler to yours.

They're white so they reflect sunlight and you don't get the burn that old-fashioned inner-tubes give you. They're also extremely easy to deflate.

(They're not meant for towing behind a boat - they're just a flotation toy).

This is also a great price, they usually retail for $25-40.

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@mfaughn: ever get an answer? I want a solid bottom as well

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I bought 2 of these to float down the river through class 3 rapids a few years ago. They held up great. Mesh bottom seat, cup holder, handles, back support. Seat is roomy!! It sat 2, 1 adult; 1 child.