When the boss told me he was buying us a Subwing to test and review, I was excited. We've reviewed a large number of towables before, but this time it was different. The subwing offers an experience like no other, the ability to fly underwater and see the ocean like never before.
This patented technology helps thrill seekers to glide through the water like a dolphin while performing acrobatics, most could only dream of performing on dry land.
We ended up with the Blue Flame model, which is available to purchase for $199. There's over 6 different models to choose from including the Blue Hawaii, Green Flame, Hexagon, Shark and White Flame models. The main difference between each model is simply the colour scheme.
This was combined with the Subwing camera mount which connects to the ropes.
The Subwing works like a towable, so you'll need a boat or a jet ski to pull you. However, unlike a traditional towable that might require something of power, the Subwing will pull anyone with a slow 2-4 knots. This is ideal for a small outboard motor on an inflatable rib or a fishing boat.
Subwing prides itself on claiming this device is suitable for any age range, from kids to adults. It requires minimal physical effort and zero training to enjoy. It's also much cheaper than buying a set of water ski's or a large towable for the whole family.
Larger boats can actually connect two, three or four Subwing's offering fun for all the family. See who can hold their breath the longest!
When our Subwing arrived it was a miserable day outside. Luckily Amazon offers fast 2 day free shipping to Prime members.
It came in a rather bulky box so I'm glad we didn't have to pay for postage. The first impression was how light this thing was, it's only 3kg which is easy for a single person to carry.
The included instructions were easy to understand and the emphasis is on a tow of only 2-4 knots. I can see how dangerous this device could be if your driver was towing you at 10 knots!
How To Use The Subwing?
The following day, we took our smaller boat out to try out the Subwing!
Getting started was pretty easy to learn, you simply need to:
- Hang on with two hands & steer where you want to go
- Tilt to dive or resurface
- Glide underwater or enjoy a surface ride
- Perform a roll: just tilt wings in opposite directions.
It was really easy to use and within a few minutes we were gliding through the water, like a self proclaimed dolphin.
It was amazing to glide up and down, perform barrel rolls and stay under water for as long as possible. Here in Australia, our water isn't crystal clear like you'd expect in a Pacific Island, but the Subwing could be really useful for offering snorkelling trips or swim with dolphin experiences, where the dolphins are swimming around you.
What We Think of Subwing?
After hours of use, we came to the following conclusions:
The Subwing is really easy to use, in fact anyone could use this, from a young age up to adult. No swimming is required whatsoever and you can remain underwater viewing the coral or other underwater sea life for quite a long time.
You can twist and turn and there's a ball connector so that the lines don't ever get tangled.
The one downside we noticed was that it's impossible to communicate with the driver of the boat. If the rider experienced a health issue or got stuck on the device, it would be very hard for the boat driver to notice this, given you're underwater. By ensuring a return to surface policy would help alleviate the concerns of those in the boat.
Lastly, if the boat stops and you're under the water, it can be difficult to return to the surface, especially if you're quite deep. If you're not a strong swimmer or low on breath, this might be quite difficult so be careful when using the Subwing.
We would recommend this product to all, it will definitely be coming out in the summer months!
James is a thrill seeker who loves to take part in adventure sports. Currently he’s studying his PHD while working as a software engineer. In his spare time he loves to write.