Custom ultra light float tube

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Rory McMahon, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Fishinbeatsworkin New Member

    Posts: 27
    Walnut Creek, CA
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    I took my SHig float tube out for a test run last weekend. I can only compare
    it to my Outcast Trinity. I hiked 2 miles into a lake with it and his fins in
    my backpack. SHig's float tube and fins are over 6lbs lighter than the
    Trinity with the Creek Company hard plastic fins. Plus Shig's float tube
    rolls up to about the size of a nalgene bottle. Set up was a breeze, it only
    took a few minutes to inflate with his included air bag plus a few puffs of
    breath. One downside I found was Shig's lacks a backrest but I knew that
    going in. That was easily solved by placing a dry bag with additional layers
    and gloves behind me. It was going to get much colder before I would get off
    the water so I brought those items along to eliminate kicking back to shore.
    I was on the water for over 10 hours for 1 1/2 days and the dry bag worked
    fine. Backrest problem solved. Shig's float tube is quite large and stable.
    It glides across the water. My biggest surprise was the effectiveness of his
    fins. I've been underwhelmed with my Force Fins, Omega Flip fins, etc. I was
    skeptical when I first saw SHig's given how lightweight they are but they
    really shine on the water. I put a pair of neoprene booties on over my wader
    booties and my feet slipped right into his. On the water the fabric portion
    of his fins act like water scoops and move quite a bit of water. Those things
    felt like I had nothing on my feet, are very comfortable and really scooted
    the float tube across the water with minimal effort. I would say they were
    some of the best float tube fins I've ever used. Two thumbs up on his fins.
    Another issue I thought about was the durability of the fabric material on
    the tube. My Trinity has taken a lot of rough handling. With Shig's one
    should be a little more careful which isn't hard to do. Overall I am very
    pleased with his creation. If you are looking for a lightweight backpack
    option for float tubing, his float tube & fins are the way to go. Thanks again
  2. Fishinbeatsworkin New Member

    Posts: 27
    Walnut Creek, CA
    Ratings: +2 / 0
    Sorry about the word wrap issue on the previous post.
  3. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Your City ,State
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    Thanks for the review. I got one too, but it was just a but too late in the season for where I want to use it. So I put it away and will give it its maiden voyage next spring.
  4. qacwac New Member

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    Jackson, WY
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    Message sent. Hope you're still making them.
  5. SHigSpeed Active Member

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    Rocklin, CA
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    Sent you and email...

  6. Blue Active Member

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    Salt Lake City, UT
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    SHig, I am also interested in you Ultra light.