I first bought one of these Intex River Run Tubes for the express purpose of tubing down the Maury River in Lexington, VA, home of my Alma Mater, Washington and Lee University. If you do river tubing, all of this applies too. Now that I've moved from the river to the lake, I have found that this tube is THE BEST tube for all of your lake floating activities. These tubes can take a beating without breaking, ensuring that you will definitely get your money's worth. Now I've floated in quite a few tubes in my life, but these will be the last tubes I ever buy for my leisure activities! Perhaps the best thing about the Intex River Runs is their semi-rigid mesh liner. All 220lbs of me has stood straight up on the mesh without any compromise to the integrity of the mesh or tube, and this has several benefits. First, you can sit in it without having to be in either the overly-extended laying flat with nowhere to put your head lower-back straining position, OR the butt-in-the-water deep "V" position where your knees are up against your chest position. Both are really annoying and not prime for maximum relaxation. With the built in back rest and firm mesh set-up, there is pretty much no way to be uncomfortable in one of these tubes. You will be comfortable at all times. Hot? Slide more into the mesh to cool off! Cold? Lean back just a bit more. Reading? No problem. Kicking your feet up on the cooler? Nailed it! Sit-up cross legged? Yup!
I have battle tested these tubes on Rivers, in Lakes, and even gone snow tubing with them, and I can't state it enough...they are amazing. I'm not typically easy on my toys, and these have withstood a lot of abuse. Each tube also comes with a patch kit that works fine, but again, at the price, you aren't breaking the bank to replace them. If you're looking for a tube to float on, this is the one for you, plain and simple. Of course you may not always be in the mood for a tube float, and I've got some great other floating toys and methods that I'll be bringing you over the summer! For now, rest assured and rest easy without breaking your budget on an Intex River Run tube. In fact, get more than one and rule the lake! Click any of the links to get them today, or head over to the Store for some other great float options.