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Comment choisir sa pompe de kayak / How to choose your kayak pump

FOOT PUMP

This pump is the most compact and is very easy to carry, but takes time to inflate each bladder, which will quickly tire out your leg.

It is mainly used to inflate mattresses and small beach boats. But if you have back problems, this pump will nevertheless be useful.

Please note: using a foot pump can lead to under- or over-inflation of your kayak, as it does not have a pressure gauge.

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DOUBLE ACTION HAND PUMP

This pump allows rapid inflation because it pumps air out when you lower the handle, but also when you pull it towards you (double action).

There are different pump sizes. Small pumps are more compact but take time to inflate each bladder, because they pump out less air. They are also harder work for your back, because you need to bend down low to operate the pump.

If you choose a double action pump that is higher, you will inflate your kayak faster and it will be easier on your back.

Please note: if your manual pump does not have a pressure gauge, you risk over- or under-inflating your kayak. A pressure gauge can be added (sold separately), however you should verify compatibility with your pump.

ELECTRIC PUMP

If you don't consider manual inflation to be a good warm-up for kayaking, or if you simply find it too hard, choose an electric pump that plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car. Set the desired pressure on the dial, press "on" and in a few minutes, the bladder is automatically inflated. It is usually necessary to leave the engine of your car running during inflation so as not to drain the battery. Some electric pumps can also operate on rechargeable batteries but they can cost more than €200€.

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DIEGO

Kayak Specialist

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