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Old 08-26-2011   #1
 
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Keep your tube soft?

I heard this a number of times on low water runs pack light and keep you tubes soft. Would you not want you tubes tight so its less likely to hang up on the rocks? I would like to hear what is the reasoning about this

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Great question, I wondered the same thing. And also, doesn't my raft float higher the tighter the tuber are? Wouldn't I want that when running low water?
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Ok, I'll take a shot at this. It has everything to do with personal preference and boating style. I boat a tight boat all the time. With that said sometimes if I get hung up on a rock, I can let air out and the soft tube lets go of the rock I'm on. Now, there is a fine line between soft and stiff. Too soft can catch on sharp rocks and do serious damage. I say if youre in low water start stiff and if ya hang up give soft a go. My feeling is that it all depends on the day, boat, river, and boater attitude. So, if it feels good why stop??
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I wondered the same thing. And also, doesn't my raft float higher the tighter the tuber are?
Not really, you see with a soft boat the deformation of the tube is where the frame hits the top and the water pushes on the bottem. So, the tube ovals and creates more surface area at the water line. The softer tube slide over the rocks differently. Stiff tubes don't deform as much and they push deeper in the water. Remember were talking an inch or so. But that could mean something.
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Slither

Hard tubes stick. Soft tubes slither
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Hard tubes stick. Soft tubes slither
I like the way you put it. "soft tubes slither."
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Huh, cool thread, thanks for the info.
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I learned my lesson (the hard way) on a mfs trip last year.

Even though its a bit counter intuitive, soft tubes are where its at on low water. Softer than you would think.
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Here is my take.

Low water rocky runs I run soft tubes to the point in the morning they sag a bit, then firm up when the sun hits. My reasoning is if I run over really sharp rocks, the soft tubes will tend to deform a bit and reduce the puncture factor. Really tight tubes will perform better in my opinion but I will give up a bit of performance to reduce the puncture factor. Sharp rocks and really tight tubes are a bad mix as far as chances of a puncture are considered.

I will deflate my tubes quite a bit on the Yampa at Harding Hole where the rafts are setting on rocks all night. Great camp sites but scary beach since it is mostly rocks.
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