in a short while i will be going on extended travel. im trying to trim down my kit to bare essentials. suddenly that pump looks pretty big and clumsy to cart all around the world. anyone worked with anything more compact?
anyone had a go with one of these (below), or something similar?
looks lighter at least, and possibly when its squashed flat will take up less room...
dont bother, cant get enough pressure in your kite with one of them, take a proper kite pump.
thanks, my suspicions confirmed (about lack of pressure in the footpump).
re: ashkiter... 'use the locals pump'... thanks, but no good mate, i intend on getting well off the beaten track... in fact it is my very intention to end up at beaches, (and maybe even entire countries) where there is NO one to borrow a pump off (thats kind of the point), and possibly/hopefully never been kited before.
re: TenBerri... 'cut down on something else'. check. ... i am cutting down on everything else... ha ha! its looking like i will be wear just one pair of underpants for 12 months straight at this rate... its just fortunate we are chasing sun and wind and not the mountains and powder!!
so i guess im gonna sniff out the smallest kite pump that ever came to market, see if i can find one somewhere. cheers all.
think about what you can put inside the standard pump just un-screw the top, fill it, and save space.
My last os trip i put spare fins, lines, screw driver, etc.
Just dont do carry on.
kite pumps are the pits, you can squash your kite down suck out all the air, put it in a Jib bag squash it further . put waist harness into kite bag first .helmet down inside that and still struggle to get kite, bar, first aid kit around the bloody pump. Gota small bladder pump but it takes to long to pump up .there are some short stroke pumps available but they are only shorter by about 150mm
One of these little baby's would work. Surely someone locally would have one.
or do a search for balloon pumps
Righto... taking the big pump then... will be handy leaving Colombia...
if your taking your board buy a snowboarding bag. they are very large and easy to carry and back pack around the country side with,. most airlines will allow you to fly with sporting gear as a free extra. good luck
what about these little numbers....? open to comments, or more 'pump' vid clips...
clearly il be borrowing full size pump when there is crew around... and 90% of the time there is likley to be at least ONE other kiter on location... but this is for those times im lucky enough to be isolated...
might be a bit slow, but worth losing the bulk of standard pump, and if it can pump a basketball up it should be ok for pressure output...
dunno about the chinese made one (green)... could be too flimsy and toy-like. but the spalding one should do the trick... the green one has the right squirter though, the blue one would need some jiggery to fit it with a spout.
(oh yeh, my current pump is one-piece plastic... no unscrewing the top for the 'stash stuff inside' trick, access is on the bottom so cavity is only accessible when handle fully extended, clearly no good)
If you have one of these cabrinha travle bags
81 cm x 43 cm x 43 cm
You can fit in 2 kites, harness, 1 bar/lines, pump, wetty and still have room for your clothes. You need to carry the board separate. Under 28 kg all up.
Or buy a pump when you get to your OS destination. Share the cost with your travelling mate and sell/give away/dump it before you leave.
This sort of thing would be the go