Custom ultra light float tube

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  1. David Loy

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    Some of this crowd might be looking for a hiking staff/2 piece rod holder. I've seen some in the past but the sites vaporized. Recently I found this, and a review on Gear Talk.

    With some difficulty I tracked Tim down and these are indeed still available ($80 approx. w/shipping). He's working on a new website (flyrodcarrier.com) but it's not up yet. He may be emailed at: thereelmccabe@comcast.net.
    I know that you could build your own out of PVC for a fraction of the cost, but a nice piece of kit. I hiked for many years with a 3 piece (in it's tube) when that was considered a multi piece. It was more like a cane and I realized a 2 piece in a good tube would actually be more comfortable for walking, and useful for decents and stream crossing.
     
  2. Blue

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    Dang and I have been doing that for years with a rod tube and a rubber cap! $80? I could have been rich LOL
     
  3. David Loy

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    A head of your time I guess.
     
  4. Blue

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  5. SHigSpeed

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    Newest photo: Seat tacked in place - though I'm not sure I'm happy with the location. I may head to my local trout truck pond tomorrow to see how she floats.

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    _SHig
     
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    Awesome. Final weight? I like the D rings
     
  7. SHigSpeed

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    I like the D-rings too but I think they are more risk than worth the attachment through the skin. I'll either glue them on or use straps over the tubes with attachment points.

    Weight? 2 lbs 0 ounces by bathroom scale (with and without me holding it). :)

    I can shave possibly 7 ounces by going with thinner material for the main bladder as well.

    Pretty happy so far.

    _SHig
     
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    When the final production is running, put me down for a preorder
     
  10. SHigSpeed

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    I'd love to help you guys go light and high, but I'd be worried about the potential liability issues. Now if I sold them as inflatable gaming chairs...

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    Exactly! If you produce them, sell them as "lightweight cushions" not be used in or around water.
     
  12. SHigSpeed

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    Well, she floats! I do have to reposition the seat a bit, and I may need to choke a cat or two - there was a small claw hole in the seat that kept me from staying out longer than a minute or two. GRR!

    At any rate, proof of concept - CHECK! Seems like I'll be sitting high and dry once everything is worked out and it seemed pretty stable while I had air in it.

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    No, I didn't catch any fish, but that was secondary. :)

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  13. Peyton00

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    Congrats! Taking the time and energy to produce your own floatation device is a great accomplishment.
     
  14. Mark Walker

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    Excellent!
     
  15. Mike Monsos

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    Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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