Which River Tube is Right for You?


Rocky Mountain Rafts (RMR) River Tubes are the toughest things you’ll ever be lazy in. Our tubes have also gone big on rivers in the Grand Canyon, New River Gorge, and all places river lovers get a wild hair. Our super durable tubes are perfect for floating, whitewater, camp lounging, flipping over as a camp table, cooler floating, and deflating down to a packable size.

When people started asking if we would make a river tube, we decided we wanted to make the best river tube possible. We knew they would need to be able handle both whitewater and hard-core relaxation scenarios, and to do so, they would need two things: a comfortable design and a durable construction. We’ve all had enough of the cheap tubes that pop easily and have to be thrown out or patched after a few uses, so we took the same technology we use for our rafts and scaled it to the tubes. We started with a heavy-duty 1100 denier, 33 oz. PVC and welded the seams, just like we would with any raft. Each design comes in a 44” and 48” diameter to help you find the best fit/flotation ratio. We’re proud to offer a 2-year warranty, which gives you one less thing to worry about while you kick back and relax.
So now that you know our river tubes are bomber, you just need to know which style is right for you. You can opt for a double/tandem tube, or a single 44” or 48” tube in a standard symmetrical style, or in a diminished style, meaning it is higher in the back and lower in the front for lounging. Read about each style below to find the perfect fit.

RMR Tube Comparison Which River Tube is Right for You?

RTR-44 Regular River Tube 44″

RTR 44 Which River Tube is Right for You?

Our RTR-44” is a standard river tube with symmetrical sides, meaning there is no taper. These tubes are the most versatile in design because they can also flip over to be flat camping tables. The 44” is best for children looking to float in the tube solo and smaller to medium sized adults. This tube is our most classic design, still allowing an easy reach to the water. People wanting more room and will longer arms may want to size up to the 48″ tube.

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RTR-48 Regular River Tube 48″

RTR 48 Which River Tube is Right for You?

Our RTR-48 is the same in design as the RTR-44 but with a little more space. This symmetrical walled tube is best for fitting a couple youth, an adult with a small child, or a larger adult to float solo. Please note that people with shorter arms that want to reach the water easily may prefer the 44″ tube.

RTD-44 Diminishing River Tube 44″

RTD 44 Which River Tube is Right for You?

Our unique, diminishing “River Recliners” (RTD) provide maximum comfort to help you relax in style. These tubes come in the previous sizes, however they have a taper. The front of the tube is shorter where your legs sit and taller in the back for support. These are the most comfortable lounger tubes. The 44” is best suited for smaller to medium sized adults and youth, allowing an easier reach to the water.

RTD-48 Diminished River Tube 48″

RTD 48 2 Which River Tube is Right for You?

The RTD-48 has the same recliner style as the RTD-44 however it is best suited for bigger adults and an adult looking to float with one smaller child. This is the king (or queen) of river lounging. This tube offers the most space in the reclined format. Also note that adults with shorter arms will have an easier time reaching the water in the 44″ model.

DRT Double River Tube

DRT double Which River Tube is Right for You?

RMR’s Double River Tube will carry you and your better half (or your dog or your cooler) to a happier place while you relax in comfort and style. All the quality construction of our single river tubes with double the fun. The 44” units sit attached side by side so you can keep what’s important to you at arm’s reach. These tubes are securely attached and do not come apart.

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