Ozark Trail Rapid Rider IV
We have had so much fun with this awesome float! I want to buy some more of these floats! We need to have a float party!
This float is not heavy to carry. My 14 year old son was able to bring it out of the water by himself in order to lay it on the beach to dry. It airs up quickly, and deflates quickly. It's easy and simple to transport. This float is too big to tie onto the top of your car for transport. It measures almost 8 foot by 8 foot (give or take a few inches) so plan on airing this up at your point of arrival. You can buy an air pump that hooks right into your phone charger outlet for about $10. Each compartment on the float needs to be aired separately, so you'll air the top of each back rest, the cooler, then the main body. You do need to allow enough time to air it up once you're at your destination, so if you have a time line plan ahead.
This float deflates pretty quickly. It took less than 15 minutes to have all the air back out of the float after use.
I'm not sure what the weight limit capacity for being on this float is, but we had 1000+ pounds in it without any trouble at all. We had no issues with leaking, deflating, and there was no weakness of the raft noted. The round, black cooler spots also work well for small tooshie spots. I wouldn't recommend overloading it on rapidly moving water, but on the stillness of a lake it was great to see just how many we could pile in. We could not sink it no matter how many people we put onto it at once.
This float is made of very durable, heavy plastic. It isn't going to pop or leak easily. It's durable enough to take on a float trip.
This float has it all! It has a cooler that will hold about 12 cold drinks. It has cup holders for 4. The bottom of the seat is mesh, so you stay cool in the water without being submerged. The center of the float has a round hole where you can dip your toes in as you float, or you can use it to swim under and pull up into the float like my son did. It's also an easy exit plan. You can just jump down through the middle if you don't want to go over the side.
Getting into and off the float is easy. You just climb on. The rope helps hold the float steady while you get in. We traded people in and out all day long ranging from toddlers through seniors with no trouble whatsoever. Getting in and out is no challenge at all.
This is the perfect float for spending time together, and for hanging out without getting separated. With individual floats it's too easy to get separated, and then you feel like you're shouting. This float lets everyone spend time together enjoying the day. It's a blast to paddle with your hands to obtain the direction you intend to go. We had no problem controlling it out on the lake as we wanted to float one way or another.
We were the envy of the lake with this float! People at the beach were pointing, staring, and even coming up to ask where we bought this float. It's well made, a lot of fun, and everyone is going to want to try it!