Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Tubing is a pretty interesting alternative for classic sleds. Thanks to its curved geometry, it is more agile, mobile and stable than traditional children's 'vehicles'. Therefore, there is more fun from it, and the risk of falling over at some turn is much less.
Especially for lovers of winter fun, we have compiled a rating of the 14 best tubing manufacturers, which includes models for every taste and budget.
- How to choose tubing
- Which tubing is better, with or without a camera
- Rating of the best tubing manufacturers
- Russian Tubing
- Small rider
- Sports collection
- Fani sani
- TM 'Igloo'
- Profgreen Sport
- Sweet baby
How to choose tubing
When choosing a tubing, it is recommended to pay attention to its following parameters:
- A type. Distinguish between summer and winter tubing;
- The size. It can be expressed both in actual dimensions (cm) and in the number of passengers;
- Material. The reliability and durability of the tubing depends on it;
- The type of handles and their attachment method.
The type of tubing determines not only the scope of application, but also the design of the projectile. Summer ones are non-separable inflatable devices – and they are intended for playing on the water. The mechanical strength of the bottom of such projectiles is extremely low, therefore, on snow – especially on thin and just fallen out – they can be easily damaged, being scratched on some thorn sticking out of the ground.
For the most part, winter tubing is just a car tire covered with a PVC casing. They are distinguished by high mechanical strength and resistance to even extreme cold. Top models of winter tubing are complemented by a plastic bottom, which improves glide in case of incorrect weight distribution and is characterized by maximum mechanical strength – you can even ride on gravel slightly powdered with snow on such shells.
There are non-circular winter tubing, the basis of which is not a car camera. These models are usually designed for 2 or more passengers. They are slightly more expensive than those based on a car camera, but from the point of view of performance, they are practically no different – except that they can carry more children or a child with a parent.
The size of the tubing determines its comfort and safety for the passenger. There is one simple rule – the diameter of the projectile should be the same as the height of the child, or slightly larger. So, for example, for a 95-centimeter baby, a 100-centimeter tubing is suitable, but it is better not to take a 90-centimeter one – it is unsafe.
This rule does not apply when it comes to multi-seat tubing. But here it is also worth considering that if the child is going to ride alone, the length of the projectile should correspond to his height or be slightly larger. For riding with an adult, it is better to take a 1.5-meter tubing or even more – but you should not overdo it either. Two-meter, for example, will be difficult to manage.
The material of the tubing directly determines its durability. And it is worth paying special attention to this characteristic.
The best option is tubing, which is made of multi-layer reinforced PVC. This material is resistant to most mechanical damage and easily survives any frost.
If you plan to ride in regions with little snow – where the snow cover is usually uneven and dry bushes stick out from under it or even gravel peeps through – then it is better to take a tubing with a plastic bottom. Cutting through it is not so easy.
The optimum density for PVC, from which the tubing casing is made, is 630 g / m2, the bottom is 900 g / m2. If the material is less dense, then there is a risk of damage when rolling. However, for regions with good snow coverage, this does not really matter.
Budget tubing is made of polyester or nylon with PVC impregnation. The strength characteristics of this material are not as high as those of multilayer reinforced PVC, so the projectile can be easily damaged. In addition, polyester or nylon does not survive very low temperatures (below -15 degrees).
Nevertheless, if you want to take an inexpensive tubing for riding in a snowy mild winter or for a small child who is actively growing every year, then you can pay attention to the models made of polyester or nylon with PVC coating.
Tubing handles can be plastic or rope. The first ones are convenient – you can grab onto them, even if the 'sleds' are rushing down the hill at high speed and covered with snow. But the strength of plastic in severe frosts from -20 degrees leaves much to be desired – the material becomes fragile and can break at any time.
However, top tubing (including some models from the rating) are equipped with handles made of special frost-resistant plastic.
Rope handles do not have this drawback. In addition, they are safer than plastic ones in case of overturns and collisions. However, they tend to snuggle against the tubing cover at high speeds, which will make it difficult to grip.
It is worth choosing based on your preferences. If you do not plan to ride at a very high speed – and the tubing is capable of accelerating to 100 km / h when rolling down a hill from 20 degrees – then you can take a model with rope handles. For convenience or a small child, a shell with plastic is recommended.
When choosing a device with rope handles, you should also pay attention to the way they are attached to the tubing casing. If they are sewn with thick threads in several seams, it will no longer be possible to tear them off. The glued ones also hold quite firmly. But it is better to bypass the soldered ones – the connection is not too strong.
Which tubing is better, with or without a camera
Some models of winter tubing are equipped with a built-in air container – they do well without an installed camera, since they inflate on their own.
Tubing with a camera
Depends on characteristics
Depends on characteristics
Fast, with a spare car camera of the right size. Slow, if there is no camera, vulcanization is required.
Slow, vulcanization required.
Resistance to mechanical damage to the bottom
High. The bottom can be scratched, cut through, worn out – the tubing will remain functional while the camera is intact
Low. Mechanical damage to the bottom will lead to depressurization of the chamber
Low. If the child falls on the bottom, it may hit the tailbone
High. When falling on the bottom, the air in the chamber absorbs
Only round. Two passengers may be uncomfortable
In general, any. Special models for two (or more) passengers presented
Thus, choosing the type of tubing – with or without a camera – is based on your preferences.
Rating of the best tubing manufacturers
|Rating of the best tubing manufacturers||1||SnowShow||4.9|
Why him: A large assortment of tubing, including models with a very unusual design.
The SnowShow company has been producing tubing for 11 years and during this time it has become one of the largest manufacturers of cheesecake sleds in Russia and neighboring countries. But most importantly, it offers the widest range of models – from budget to premium, from standard to unusual.
At the time of this writing (January 2019), SnowShow has seven tubing lines in its assortment. The 'Standard' series includes budget models with a camera, 'Praktik' – multilayer PVC solutions for increased strength; “Elite” – versions with reinforced side edges for skiing downhill or similar “aggressive exploitation”; 'Design' – models with designer decoration; SnowCars – in the form of cars; “Profi” – with a reinforced plastic bottom, supporting towing behind a snowmobile or skiing downhill; and 'Mega' – for two, three or four people.
The company also produces branded tubing and accessories for cheesecake sleds.
- A wide range of designs, sizes and shapes of tubing;
- The casing of even budget models is made of PVC;
- Good complete set of tubing.
- Warranty for any model – only six months;
- Relatively short towing rope, about 1 meter;
- At first, there is an unpleasant rubbery smell from the camera, it is not recommended to keep the tubing in the apartment (preferably on the balcony or in the garage).
Why him: A large assortment of tubings at various prices, high-quality stitching of covers.
The company 'Russian Tubing' specializes in the production of 'cheesecake sleighs', oriented to continuous use. Even in budget models, the casing is made exclusively of multi-layer PVC. Of course, configurations with a fabric top covered with Oxford material are also available – but even in the official catalog they are placed in a separate section.
At the time of this writing (January 2019), the company offers five lines of tubing. Particularly interesting are the 'Light', 'Standard' and 'Elite' series – their cover is made of multilayer PVC. The difference is in density. 'Light' is made of PVC 630 g / m2 and is completed with four rope handles; 'Standard' – made of PVC 630 g / m2, with two rope and two plastic handles; a 'Elite' – PVC 900 g / m2.
Also, the company, like many others in the ranking, produces tubing with a plastic bottom and a fabric top – which is not very resistant to scratches and cuts, but at the same time pleasant to the touch.
- High quality multi-layer PVC fabric made in South Korea;
- Durable stitching with moisture resistant latex threads;
- Rich equipment. For example, in the 'Elite' series, the tubing comes with a bag for carrying it.
- Relatively high price;
- A short warranty period – 6 months for the casing, 1 month for the camera;
- Quite standard, unimpressive design on most high end models.
Why it is: Bright, unusual and recognizable design.
Small Rider cannot boast of a large assortment of tubing. At the time of compiling this material, there are only about a dozen models in its assortment. However, each of them has a unique, unusual design.
So, in the manufacturer's lineup there are several models of tubing in the design of spaceships, sports cars, as well as simply inspired by children's science fiction. Most of the configurations are oval, with a special high-strength chamber at the base. Thanks to such a design solution, the tubing can withstand a load of up to 180 kilograms, that is, it is suitable for both children and adolescents, and even for already quite adult users.
In addition, the Small Rider tubing is distinguished by increased comfort thanks to special seat belts and a soft folding backrest. The 'sleigh-cheesecakes' are made of frost-resistant PVC.
- Bright, custom design inspired by science fiction and sports cars;
- High-strength chamber that can withstand heavy loads;
- High comfort, safe.
- Small lineup;
- Most models with fabric top;
- There is no check valve on the connector for inflating the tubing – it gradually 'deflates', re-inflation is required after a few days.
Why him: A manufacturer whose lineup includes special high-speed tubings that are faster than most other models in the ranking.
The Sport Collection company offers a wide range of special tubings that are designed for high-speed descent from slides. These shells can be used both independently and for riding when towing a snowmobile.
These tubing are part of the signature Sport Pro series and feature a special underbody geometry. In addition, it is made of durable, multilayer PVC with excellent sliding properties. The special geometry of the bottom provides a quick set of speed and good maneuverability when handling with plastic and fabric handles. The casing is additionally reinforced with fabric straps for improved tension and seating comfort.
However, this manufacturer also has conventional tubing. And they have a calm, laconic design, so that even adults may well like it.
- High quality materials, due to which a long operational period is achieved;
- Special reinforcement with belts in top models;
- Discreet, laconic design.
- There are few tubing sizes over 110 centimeters, almost all models are aimed at children and adolescents;
- There are no models for two (or more) passengers.
Why it is: Long warranty period, safety and environmental friendliness.
Fani Sani tubing – unlike many other manufacturers in the ranking – are designed specifically for children. This is reflected both in the high quality of the materials and in the striking, attractive design. So, PVC, from which tubing is made, does not emit harmful substances when heated.
In addition, this manufacturer separately manufactures cameras for their tubing – rather than using standard automotive ones. The rubber from which these structural elements are made is also safe, environmentally friendly and does not stink.
Children will also be delighted with the design of these tubes. Models in the Brilliant and Cars series are distinguished by their bright, colorful appearance and various prints. The company also produces two series of high-strength tubing – Strong, made of PVC with a density of 900 g / m2, and Titan, which are based on 950 g / m2 PVC with welded seams.
Finally, Fani Sani tubing comes with a one-year warranty.
- Environmentally friendly and safe materials;
- There are heavy-duty models – for example, for rental centers and similar very active operation;
- Bright, unusual and attractive design.
- Few large-sized models (for teenagers and adults);
- Small depression for sitting;
- Most models have handles at an angle to the seat, which makes them somewhat uncomfortable.
Why it is: Low price for most tubing models.
Sleigh-cheesecakes from the St. Petersburg company 'Igloo' are distinguished by a low price for most models. In the manufacturer's catalog there are as many as two lines of budget tubing – 'Badger' and 'Economy'.
Sleds of the Badger series are made of low-density PVC-impregnated fabric. Thanks to this, the tubing itself is not only expensive, but also lightweight. It is recommended to ride such sleds on mild frost and even, smooth slopes, without the presence of gravel or dead wood. Tubings 'Economy' are more durable, but due to the relatively small configuration of the top – for example, only fabric handles and the absence of shock-absorbing straps – they have a low price.
At the same time, the Igloo manufacturer has more reliable and durable models. For example, in the 'Lux' series there are sleds made of PVC with a density of 650 g / m2. Also TM 'Igloo' offers tubing with decorative prints, models for several passengers, and special solutions for rental points.
- Low price for many models of tubing;
- Fast and accurate delivery;
- Good glide thanks to quality bottom materials.
- No zipper on the case;
- The smell of PVC disappears rather slowly;
- Relatively short warranty period of 6 months for top models.
Why it is: The combination of low prices and high quality, regular discounts.
It is worth buying tubing from the Hubster company during the discount period – however, such promotions are arranged regularly. During such periods, you can buy a high quality cheesecake sled (for example, from 650 g / m2 PVC) at a low price – even cheaper than the budget models from the previous manufacturer in the ranking.
Hubster offers a fairly wide range of tubing, including many tubeless models. However, the 'Lux Pro' series deserves special attention. The bottom of the casing of these tubes is made of high-strength and slippery PVC with a strength of 650 g / m2 and additional reinforcement for increased reliability. Upper – 600D series Oxford fabric, which is also durable and durable. Also on the casing are fabric handles sewn into the welded seam, which improves the quality of their attachment.
Also noteworthy is the 'Fusion' series with a non-standard top design – nice geometric patterns.
- Low price, especially during the period of discounts (which are quite frequent);
- Original, unusual colors;
- Convenient braided fabric handles.
- Persistent smell of rubber, which disappears rather slowly;
- Slow delivery, although transport companies are often used.
Why it is: Durability and low cost.
Tubings from the Nika company are an excellent solution for winter use in the European part of the country. They are made of awning material (fabric impregnated with polyvinyl chloride), which makes them much cheaper than similar sleds from other manufacturers in the rating.
When using tubing in mild frosts – up to minus 10-15 degrees – and on an even slope without dead wood and stones, it is durable. The operating period of such cheesecake sleds is several years! However, it should be noted that the material is sensitive to mechanical damage, as a result of which it is not recommended to use them on uneven hills, roads, as well as when towing on any motor vehicle.
Also tubing from the manufacturer Nika is distinguished by a very convenient towing cable. It is equipped with a special handle, so that the sled does not cause discomfort when dragging.
- Durability. Subject to the operating conditions, the tubing will 'live' for more than one season;
- Low price, much cheaper than most other models;
- Comfortable handle on a tow rope.
- The casing is made not of multilayer PVC, but of PVC-impregnated awning fabric;
- There are no ruggedized models for rental or aggressive use;
- The casing closes with a rope tie, not a zipper.
Why him: Many unique tubing models.
The Russian factory V76 differs from other tubing manufacturers. There are very few standard cheesecake sleds in its range. Almost the entire range is represented by truly unique tubing.
So, for example, here you can buy tubing with LED lighting, with fur trim, with guide runners, controlled, tubing chairs and much, much more. The manufacturer does not hesitate to use unique, modern materials in the design of his sleigh. For example, in Flex Multi-Tent tubing, the upper is made of the elastic fabric of the same name – which is lighter than classic PVC or Oxford fabric, but at the same time provides the same strength and frost-resistant characteristics.
But the most interesting are models with runners and steerable ones. The former are perfect for jumps, as they always go straight, while the latter are for experienced skaters, as they are equipped with a movable ski.
- Many unique tubing models, including skid and steerable;
- Use of modern materials;
- Low prices.
- Difficult to find in retail, even on the company's official website;
- Too strong acceleration, which can be dangerous for young children (but will delight adults);
- Poor quality of the chamber (unpleasant smell of rubber, protruding spool).
Why it is: High speed thanks to sophisticated geometry and quality materials.
Profgreen Sport is a trademark of the manufacturer named 'Yul', under which special high-speed tubing is produced. Thanks to the sophisticated geometry of the bottom – with a smooth transition and no wrinkles – and the use of high quality PVC, these 'sledge-cheesecakes' accelerate more than many other models in the ranking.
This must be taken into account when choosing. Profgreen Sport tubing is not very suitable for children, as well as for riding when towing a snowmobile or car. In these cases, they become banally dangerous – there are no brakes for the cheesecake sleds, and the friction force between the bottom and the snow cover is quite small.
Tubing design includes a minimum of segments for increased durability. The bottom and top joints are soldered and then sewn with double reinforcement thread. This makes the casing more durable, but the handles are too close to the seat.
- Excellent overclocking, which will appeal to teenagers and adults;
- Simple but reliable and stable body;
- Low price.
- Low availability in stores, both online and offline;
- Few sizes of diameters over 95 centimeters;
- Too fast. Children are advised to ride only under the supervision of an adult, ideally also wearing a safety helmet.
Why it is: High-strength casing construction, many branded tubing models.
Tubings from 1Toy delirium are distinguished by a special, high-strength casing design, consisting of a minimum of parts. In fact, both them and the top of the cover are a solid canvas. This minimizes the risk of wear or damage in the event of sudden maneuvers.
In addition, this manufacturer offers the widest range of branded cheesecake sleds. There are models here that will delight both boys and girls. For example, with designs dedicated to 'Transformers', 'Frozen', 'Masha and the Bear', Angry Birds, 'Spider-Man' and many other favorite cartoon children.
However, from a design point of view, the range of tubing is not so diverse. Almost all of them have a size of 90-100 centimeters, are equipped with fabric handles with a hard braid, a seat reinforced with fabric belts and fixation with a zipper, and are also made of glossy multilayer PVC with good sliding.
- Many branded models dedicated to favorite children's cartoons;
- Simple and therefore durable construction;
- Quality materials for both the bottom of the casing and the top.
- Poor quality of the installed camera, it is recommended to replace it with a model from third-party manufacturers;
- The bottom is unstable to mechanical stress;
- An extremely short warranty period of only 14 days.
Why it is: Bright, non-standard tubing design, high strength of the bottom.
The Mitek company specializes in the production of customized branded tubing. However, it also has a line of mass-produced models. And they are especially interesting in terms of design.
Unlike most of the other manufacturers in the ranking, the Mitek company uses simple but beautiful patterns in the design of tubing. For example, her assortment includes sleds-cheesecakes with prints 'Orange', 'Watermelon', imitating winter knitted sweaters with deer, car wheels, etc. Children will love the options with animals – an owl, a panda, a polar bear, a penguin, a turtle, a ladybug, as well as monsters.
All tubing casing is simple in design. The bottom is made of reinforced frost-resistant PVC with a density of 650 g / m2. For the upper, the non-slip 'Oxford 200D' fabric is used, which is distinguished by its low weight and high strength.
- Bright, unusual, non-standard design that will suit both adults and children;
- High quality camera, free from unpleasant odors;
- The bottom is made of reinforced PVC.
- Relatively high price;
- There is no guarantee for the installed camera;
- It does not slide very well due to the bottom reinforcement, suitable for already rolled slides.
Why it is: Low price, lightweight, good model for small children.
The Tyani-Tolkai company specializes in the production of tubing for small children. Models differ from it not only in attractive design, but also in many functions that will delight parents.
For example, the special reinforced fabric on the bottom prevents the tubing from accelerating to unsafe speeds. And the light casing, which together with the inflated camera weighs about 3 kilograms, will not let the baby get tired while dragging the cheesecake sled from place to place.
The tubing design includes a minimum of tissue flaps. This greatly improves the reliability and durability of these sports equipment. The models also feature bright, but laconic designs that will appeal to the child.
The PVC fabric from which the tubing is made has a density of 650 g / m2. The awning is complemented by a reinforced valve that closes with a zipper, and all seams are additionally protected from rupture by nylon threads.
- Low price (many models cost about 1000 rubles at the time of this rating);
- High strength of the casing;
- Perfect for small children riding.
- An unpleasant odor, which, at the same time, quickly disappears (in just a few days);
- Not always quality cameras included;
- No heavy-duty models (withstands from 100 kg weight)
Why it is: Low cost and excellent sliding properties.
Tubings from the manufacturer Sweet Baby are distinguished by a combination of low price and excellent sliding properties due to the use of a special PVC fabric with a low coefficient of friction. Modern materials are characterized not only by good performance, but also by low weight, so that the child will not get tired of dragging him up the hill.
The manufacturer produces two series of tubing – Gilder and Rider. The first is characterized by sliding properties that are optimal for use by a child – the cheesecake sled does not accelerate too much. But the Rider will delight fans of extreme sensations – thanks to the special texture of the bottom, the tubing is able to develop really high speeds.
The bottom of all tubings is made of PVC with a density of 650 g / m2. This material is characterized by sufficient strength characteristics in order to remain reliable on uneven 'urban' snow cover.
- Low price – during the sales period, you can purchase it for several hundred rubles;
- There are models with increased sliding properties for those who like extreme sensations;
- Large sizes – from 90 centimeters.
- Unpleasant odor from fabric, which, at the same time, quickly disappears;
- Not very reliable fastening of the tow rope;
- The upper is not made of PVC, but synthetic fabric.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.