Sea-Doo Evo Pro 2 ($179.99)
Sea-Doo’s 69-by-72-inch Evo Pro 2 stood out for both its shape and its side-to-side rocker. No donut, it resembles a stingray, yet this tube is devoid of the extraneous frills that often seem like overkill on multiple-passenger inflatables. Upward-curving wings give its bottom pronounced side-to-side curvature, reducing the wetted surface for more speed and allowing riders to roll the tube to angle back and forth across the wake. The wings also provide a certain sense of security. Get slingshot outside the wake, or butt up against it trying to come back in, and riders don’t feel as though the tube may flip. The result is a split personality and the ability to handle a wide range of ages and interests. Stay calm when desired, or take advantage of that minimal drag to go aggressive.
Like all of our test inflatables, the Evo Pro 2 came already assembled, with its PVC bladder protected by a heavy-duty nylon cover. A single Boston valve allows for quick inflation. No less than eight padded grab handles line the front edge, with neoprene knuckle guards below. That same neoprene protection is also featured in the knee and foot area to prevent wear — on both human and tube. A padded flap covers the valve opening.
Best for: All-around use; those who like a mix of speed and stability.
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