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YouTube Review of ultralight float tube for backpackers
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Phil H

Locale: Northwest Iowa
YouTube Review of ultralight float tube for backpackers on 01/25/2014 16:13:29 MST Print View

Check out this video review of a new ultralight float tube:

"I finished up my video review of the tube. The more I mess around with it, the more I like it!

I can't wait to actually get out and fish with it..."


John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: YouTube Review of ultralight float tube for backpackers on 01/25/2014 20:24:35 MST Print View

What is your association with Wilderness Lite LLC, since it is your username?

Phil H

Locale: Northwest Iowa
Full Disclosure on 01/26/2014 06:30:01 MST Print View

The video was produced independently by a customer of WLLLC who posted it on YouTube and sent the link to the video to Wilderness Lite and gave permission for sharing it with others. The affiliation--not affiliated with Wilderness Lite--is described in the text of the review on YouTube. Wilderness Lite is sharing this review, but it is completely independent.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Small? Light? on 01/31/2014 04:15:59 MST Print View

I was surprised that 3.5 pounds is called light and that the large stuff sack is compared to a small sleeping bag in the video. It looks pretty big and sounds pretty heavy to me. Is it really smaller and lighter than the other options available? Also it seems quite expensive for what it is.

If that is the smallest packing and lightest tube available I don't think I would take a tube on a backpacking trip. Hiking in and using one does appeal to me for day trips though, but the price is enough to make me balk.

Phil H

Locale: Northwest Iowa
Backpacker Pro on 01/31/2014 21:39:39 MST Print View

One comment on the video, I’ve compressed the Backpacker Pro into a 9L stuff sack & recommend the Sea to Summit ultramesh medium size to reduce the volume to easily fit in a backpack. This is what is pictured in the “photos” at showing ~16” length of the float tube in the stuff sack.

Regarding use for backpacking, I have used Wood River float tubes weighing 4 to 5 pounds for backpacking wilderness areas for week long trips since 2002. For full disclosure, because Wood River went out of business, I developed the Backpacker Pro so I could replace my old Wood River tubes and have even lighter tubes available for new friends to join us in wilderness fishing with their own, new float tube. Our week long hike last summer was the final “road test” of the Backpacker Pro, and we’re planning to take 2 this year….including one with our daughters carrying Backpacker Pro’s. These tubes compress into a 9 liter stuff sack to fit nicely inside my 85L expedition backpack (Mountainsmith Specter LT). We’re still backpacking with Backpacker Pro float tubes including all the gear for 7 days, and we’re, unfortunately, really, really close to 60. We just carry a bit more ibuprofen each year…. and hope to have many more wilderness days in a Backpacker Pro on a mountain lake, which is why we are so pleased to make them available once again to others who wish the same.
Believe me, 3.8 pounds is very packable, and we’re very proud to note the Backpacker Pro is MADE IN THE USA.

The photos on the website ( include a young man (age 16) in a Wood River Summer Breeze float tube that weighs ~4.5 pounds, which is heavier than the 3.8 pound Backpacker Pro. This young man, his 14 year old friend, and their fathers (age early 50’s) carried tubes, waders, flippers, life jacket, net, water shoes, fly rods & reel, food, clothing, and tent for a week (packs weighing 40-50 pounds) on a 48.7 mile round trip into a wilderness area to fish 6 lakes at 7,000 to 9,000 foot elevation. The hike began at 5,500 feet. Suitable for backpacking---well, yes, proven suitable for ages 14 to 58!
Phil Hayes for Wilderness Lite LLC….the ultralight float tubes