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Super Mable vs Super Mable HD: Which Rider Towable Tubes are Better?

As kids, we don’t think about water safety. It’s all about how wet you can get and how much you’re thrown around. Not many changes as an adult until you have kids yourself and you need to make sure your family is having fun in the water and keeping safe. Towable tubes from Airhead tick both boxes.

We are going to compare two very similar tubes from Airhead, the Super Mable vs Super Mable HD. We will look at specifications like the appearance, capacity, ease of use, and value for money. Once we have reviewed the specifications in a comparison chart, we will add some pros and cons before our final decision.

Super Mable vs Super Mable HD

We will start with the features that the Super Mable and the Super Mable HD have in common.

Super Mable vs Super Mable HD – Similarities

Quick Glance

Here are the specifics of the Super Mable and the Super Mable HD side by side.

Name
Airhead Super Mable, 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Our Pick
Sportsstuff Mable HD Series Towable Tube for Boating with 1-4 Rider Options
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Airhead Super Mable, 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Sportsstuff Mable HD Series Towable Tube for Boating with 1-4 Rider Options
Size
78 x 79 inches
78 x 79 inches
Color
Orange with yellow, black and white features
Yellow with orange, black and white features
Capacity
1-3 people/ 510lbs
1-3 people
Maximum Speed Limit
20mph adults/15mph children
N/A
Materials
Heavy-gauge PVC bladder with a heavy-duty double-stitched full nylon cover
Extra thick 40-gauge K80 PVC bladder, 30-gauge K80 PVC backrests, with double-thick 1680 nylon cover and 840 denier nylon backrest cover.
Booster Ball Compatible
Tow Points
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Valve
Speed Safety valve
Speed Safety valve
Camera Mount
Handles
10 neoprene grab handles
10 neoprene grab handles
Warranty
1-year limited
1-year limited
Prime status
-
Name
Airhead Super Mable, 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Image
Airhead Super Mable, 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Size
78 x 79 inches
Color
Orange with yellow, black and white features
Capacity
1-3 people/ 510lbs
Maximum Speed Limit
20mph adults/15mph children
Materials
Heavy-gauge PVC bladder with a heavy-duty double-stitched full nylon cover
Booster Ball Compatible
Tow Points
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Valve
Speed Safety valve
Camera Mount
Handles
10 neoprene grab handles
Warranty
1-year limited
Prime status
Our Pick
Name
Sportsstuff Mable HD Series Towable Tube for Boating with 1-4 Rider Options
Image
Sportsstuff Mable HD Series Towable Tube for Boating with 1-4 Rider Options
Size
78 x 79 inches
Color
Yellow with orange, black and white features
Capacity
1-3 people
Maximum Speed Limit
N/A
Materials
Extra thick 40-gauge K80 PVC bladder, 30-gauge K80 PVC backrests, with double-thick 1680 nylon cover and 840 denier nylon backrest cover.
Booster Ball Compatible
Tow Points
Front and rear, Kwik Connect
Valve
Speed Safety valve
Camera Mount
Handles
10 neoprene grab handles
Warranty
1-year limited
Prime status
-

Capacity

While there are other purchasing options with the Super Mable and the Super Mable HD, we are going to talk about the 1-3-person capacity. The Super Mable is advertised as having a weight capacity of 510 pounds but there is no information on the Super Mable HD.

Booster Ball Compatible

You can use Airhead’s Booster Ball with the Super Mable and the Super Mable HD. This ball improves the overall performance of the tubes by helping to keep the tow rope out of the water, absorbing shocks and reducing drag. It can also help to improve fuel efficiency.

Tow Points

There are two tow points on the Super Mable and the Super Mable HD. You can tow them front facing with the riders sitting down or you can tow them from the rear so the riders can kneel as a chariot-style ride. They come with patented Kwik Connect attachments.

Valves

Another patented feature of the Super Mable and the Super Mable HD are the Speed Safety Valves. These valves allow are one-way, for fast inflation and no air escaping when you put the caps back on. To deflate, you only have to take the cap off, and the air expels.

Handles

The Super Mable and the Super Mable HD have 10 neoprene handles. They are strategically placed on the seat, inside the backrest and on top of the backrest so the riders have the ability to grab hold in different positions.

There are just as many differences between the Super Mable and the Super Mable HD, so let’s take a look at them now.

Differences Between Super Mable vs Super Mable HD

Appearance

The two tubes are the same size at 78 x 79 inches, which is very spacious. They differ in their color.

Super Mable

The main color of this tube is bright orange. It also has some yellow features and black and white checkers.

Super Mable Comparison

Super Mable HD

It has the same black and white checkers, but the main color is yellow with some orange features.

Super Mable HD Series

The Winner Is- A Tie

Maximum Speed Limit

The speed isn’t just for safety, it will also impact the performance of the tube. That being said, many people also use the tubes just to enjoying floating.

Super Mable Review

Super Mable

For children, you shouldn’t take the tube over 15 miles per hour. If you are towing adults, the maximum speed limit is 20 miles per hour.

Super Mable HD

There is no product information about the maximum speed limit.

The Winner Is- The Super Mable

Materials

This is one of the more noticeable differences between the two tubes and while they both use great materials, one is superior.

Super Mable HD Review

Super Mable

The bladder is made from heavy-gauge PVC. The bladder is then completely covered with a heavy-duty, double-stitched nylon cover.

Super Mable HD

The bladder is extra-thick, 40-gauge K80 PVC with 30-gauge K80 PVC backrests. There is a double-thick1680 nylon cover over the tube with an 840 denier nylon backrest cover.

The Winner Is- The Super Mable HD

Camera Mount

Ok, so this feature might not make or break the decision, but it does add to the enjoyment you can get out of the tube.

Super Mable HD towable tube for boating

Super Mable

There is no camera mount on this tube.

Super Mable HD

On the front of the tube, there is a camera mount so that you can capture all the fun you have.

The Winner Is- The Super Mable HD

Read next – Big Mable vs Super Mable: Which Rider Towable Tube is Better?

Value for Money

We looked at the warranty as well as the price.

Super Mable HD comparison

Super Mable

This is priced well and within the expected price range for this size tube. It comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Super Mable HD

The warranty is the same, but you may have to pay up to $100 more for this tube.

The Winner Is- The Super Male

Pros and Cons

Last but not least, we have some pros and cons of the two tubes.

Super Mable

Super Mable

Pros:

  • It’s extremely stable and hard to flip
  • Very durable when you take care of it
  • Good tow points and easy to tow

Cons:

  • Some cases of not holding air and handles coming off

Super Mable HD

Super Mable HD

Pros:

  • There is a noticeable difference in the quality of the materials
  • You can comfortably fit three adults
  • Inflation and deflation are quick

Cons:

  • It’s a little on the heavy side

The Final Verdict

Really, it comes down to how much you are able and willing to pay. Our overall winner today is the Super Mable HD. The extra investment is worth it, not just for the camera mount but also for the superior quality materials. It felt even safer and more durable. That being said, if the budget doesn’t allow for the Super Mable HD, you won’t go wrong with the Super Mable.

 


 

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