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HO TUBE TECHNOLOGY

Softshell Technology

Problem:

Hardcore tube riders and weekend riders alike often experience skin abrasion or "tube rash" caused by the nylon covers and stitch seams of traditional tubes. Riders regularly try to resolve this by wearing rash guards to cover their skin or by cutting their tubing time shorter. In the past we've tried to solve this by covering the areas where knees, elbows and knuckles rub. However, when sliding around and riding the tube at different angles, riders would frequently still be exposed to tube rash. Those days are over!

Solution:

With the addition of HO Sports' Softshell Tech top sheet, you can ride all day in ultimate comfort without the abrasion or "tube rash" you might get riding traditional nylon covered tubes. This super soft material that covers the entire tube allows you to ditch the rash guard and ride all day in comfort. Softshell technology is the best thing to happen to tubes since the introduction of the nylon cover.

Sphere Technology

Problem:

As towables get larger, the surface area contacting the water increases. Increased contact creates more drag. Increased drag requires more energy to whip the tube behind the boat and cases a slower, less exciting ride. In general, most larger tubes a) are less lively, b) are harder to whip, c) require more energy to tow, and d) cause more strain on the boat.

Solution:

HO SPHERE TECHNOLOGYTM Given the problem above, designing large tubes has typically meant creating a larger of a smaller existing tube.Patented HO Sphere TechnologyTM, however, opens up doors to a whole new way of thinking. The problem of drag is solved by reducing the surface area contacting the water. This design process is evident in the HO molecule, Molecule 2D and Molecule 3S tubes. These Sphere TechnologyTM tubes have large spheres arrayed at the corners of the main deck. The spheres suspend the deck of the tube off of the surface of the water, leaving the bottom of the spheres as the main point of contact with the water.

The result is a) a more lively ride, b) large size, yet easy to whip, c) less energy required to tow, and d) less strain on the boat.

Another great benefit of HO Sphere TechnologyTM is unsurpassed shock absorption, making the Molecule series the best tubes in the world for rough and open water!

Cronut Technology

Donut tubes have been around since the beginning. In the early days folks would put a strap around a truck tire inner tube and tow it behind the boat. Eventually ski companies started making donuts with a nylon cover and a tow hook to attach your ski rope. Tube designs have changed rapidly over the years, but one thing has remained constant and unchanged...the donut tube! The design team at HO asked ourselves: what can be done to improve a donut? New for 2015, HO is proud to introduce the Cronut series of inflatables, a tapered donut shape that represents a cross between a croissant and a donut. Cronuts have two tow hooks, one on each end of the tube. When in the seated position the thicker half of the tube acts as a backrest giving the rider a more natural, ergonomic riding position. Flip the tube around for lay down riding and the rider's torso is at an elevated angle giving the rider a more comfortable ride than a traditional donut tube.