Different Material Floating Tubes Are Made Of

byAlma Abell

There are different materials used to make floating tubes today, such as polyester, nylon, neoprene and vinyl. Before you make a final decision on what tube you want to purchase you should know what options are available.


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This is a very commonly used material for tubes. PVC is often used as a coating on the polyester, this gives it more strength. It also comes in a “solution-dyed” form which is used often for awnings or boat lift canopies. Polyester, when treated, has a high resistance to fading in sun and is very durable.


Nylon comes in many different thicknesses and weights, this is called denier. You will know the nylon is stronger if the denier number is higher. In turn, the more expensive floating tubes will have the higher denier numbers. In general, a 420 denier is commonly used on single passenger, less expensive towable tubes. The tubes aren’t just heavier; they are typically stronger and more expensive.


This is commonly used in wetsuits. It helps prevent skin chaffing and is stretchable, so it is used as a soft cover over polyester and nylonfloating tubes. It is also used in other places, like underneath handles and the head, elbow, ankle and knee areas.


Vinyl is used for inner tubes, bladders and floating tubes. Measured by g-gauge vinyl, much lighter material.

Tubes are essential to family fun on the water. New materials, features and designs have expanded the thrill-seeking sport. It does not matter what skill level your family or friends are at, you can all enjoy a day on the water tubing.

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