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Big Mable vs Chariot Warbird: Which Rider Towable Tubes are Better?

Watching others on the water can make you feel quite envious. Now, when you are watching people having so much fun on a towable tube, you might jump straight online to find out which is the best one for you. One name you will likely come across is Airhead.

We are going to look at the Big Mable vs Chariot Warbird. We will compare all of their similarities such as the design, materials, safety features and value for money. You will be able to find a side-by-side chart as well as some pros and cons of each before we decide which is the better inflatable tube.

Big Mable vs Chariot Warbird

In some ways, the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird are very similar, so we will start here.

Big Mable vs Chariot Warbird – Similarities

Quick Glance

We will recap the specifics of the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird in the comparison chart below.

Name
Our Winner
Airhead Big Mable, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube For Boating
Sportsstuff Chariot Warbird 2, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Image
Airhead Big Mable, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube For Boating
Sportsstuff Chariot Warbird 2, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Size
66 x 69 inches
82 x 92 inches
Color
Orange with yellow, black and white features
Orange, yellow and black and white checkers
Capacity
1-2 people/ 340lbs
1-2 people/ 340lbs
Maximum Speed Limit
20mph adults/15mph children
20mph adults/15mph children
Booster Ball Compatible
Materials
Heavy-gauge PVC bladder with a heavy-duty double-stitched full nylon cover
Heavy-gauge PVC bladder with a heavy-duty double-stitched full nylon cover
Tow Points
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Valve
Speed Safety valve
Speed Safety valve
Handles
7 neoprene grab handles
9 neoprene grab handles with 8 more on the top
Warranty
1-year limited
90 days limited
Prime status
Our Winner
Name
Airhead Big Mable, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube For Boating
Image
Airhead Big Mable, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube For Boating
Size
66 x 69 inches
Color
Orange with yellow, black and white features
Capacity
1-2 people/ 340lbs
Maximum Speed Limit
20mph adults/15mph children
Booster Ball Compatible
Materials
Heavy-gauge PVC bladder with a heavy-duty double-stitched full nylon cover
Tow Points
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Valve
Speed Safety valve
Handles
7 neoprene grab handles
Warranty
1-year limited
Prime status
Name
Sportsstuff Chariot Warbird 2, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Image
Sportsstuff Chariot Warbird 2, 1-2 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Size
82 x 92 inches
Color
Orange, yellow and black and white checkers
Capacity
1-2 people/ 340lbs
Maximum Speed Limit
20mph adults/15mph children
Booster Ball Compatible
Materials
Heavy-gauge PVC bladder with a heavy-duty double-stitched full nylon cover
Tow Points
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Valve
Speed Safety valve
Handles
9 neoprene grab handles with 8 more on the top
Warranty
90 days limited
Prime status

Purchasing Options

For this article, we are going to look at the 1–2-person Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird. For 1-3 riders, you have the Super Mable and Great Big Mable for up to 4 riders, or the option to buy the Chariot Warbird for 1-3 people. They are both compatible with the Airhead Booster Ball which reduces rope drag, absorbs shock, improves fuel efficiency and the overall performance of the tubes.

Capacity

With a 1-2-person capacity, the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird are able to handle a maximum weight of 340 pounds.

Maximum Speed Limits

The Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird have a maximum speed limit for adults at 20 miles per hour and for children 15 miles per hour. Bear in mind that for safety reasons, they aren’t designed for children under 13.

Tube Materials

Both the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird have a heavy-gauge PVC bladder. This is then topped with a heavy-duty double-stitched full nylon cover for extra durability.

Big Mable review

Tow Points

The great thing about the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird is that you get two inflatable tubes in one because of the dual tow points. They come with front and rear tow points so you can choose which direction you want to face. The tubes are connected with patented Kwik Connect systems.

The Valves

The Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird have patented Speed Safety Valves. This means that when you inflate the tubes, you never lose air putting the cap back on. To deflate the tubes, you just need to remove the cap and the air can be released.

Now that we have covered what the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird have in common, let’s take a look at how they differ.

Differences Between Big Mable and Chariot Warbird

Appearance

Both the towable tubes have a sporty design, and they are nice and bright so they can be seen easily. There is quite a big difference in their size.

Big Mable

Inflated, it is 66 x 69 inches. The tube is mainly orange with some yellow, black and white stripes and checkers.

Big Mable comparison

Chariot Warbird

At a massive 82 x 92 inches, there is plenty of space for 2 adults. There are fewer orange and more yellow, plus more black and white checkers.

Chariot Warbird review

The Winner Is- The Chariot Warbird

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Handles

The chances are it’s going to be a bumpy ride so it’s good to know that there are plenty of handles to grab on to.

Chariot Warbird comparison

Big Mable

There are 7 neoprene handles, 4 on the sides, 1 on the backrest and another 2 on the base.

Chariot Warbird

You have 9 neoprene handles on the inside and the base of the tube. On the sides of the tube, there are another 8 normal grab handles.

The Winner Is- The Chariot Warbird

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Value for Money

Generally speaking, the two towable tubes from Airhead are reasonably priced and within the average range for this type of tube.

SPORTSSTUFF Big Mable

Big Mable

We found this to be a great value tube considering its quality materials and build. You also get a one-year limited warranty.

Chariot Warbird

In our opinion, it just scraps into the average price range however you might be looking at at least a third of the price extra and in some cases, up to $200 more. The warranty is also shorter at just 90-days limited.

The Winner Is- The Big Mable

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Pros and Cons

Some pros and cons of the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird will help towards the final decision.

Big Mable

Big Mable

Pros:

  • Amazing amounts of fun for all ages
  • Super easy and fast setup
  • It is extremely well made

Cons:

  • It might need reinflating throughout the day

Chariot Warbird

Chariot Warbird

Pros:

  • It’s incredibly sturdy and feels safe
  • It’s a good choice for beginners
  • There is so much space for 2 people

Cons:

  • Some cases of leaking air in the backrest

The Final Verdict

Remember to follow the instructions when it comes to taking care of the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird. A lot of the problems people have could have been prevented by inflating them after every use and not leaving them out in the sun. With that in mind, the Big Mable and the Chariot Warbird are strong, well made and safe.

We felt that the overall winner was the Big Mable. It’s a real shame because the extra space with the Chariot Warbird was great but the weight limit and the number of riders are still the same. If the Chariot Warbird had been better priced, we probably would have chosen this tube. That being said, you can comfortably fit 2 adults on the Big Mable, it is made from the same excellent materials and you can save yourself quite a bit of money.


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