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Canoearoo
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01/17/2012 02:13PM
I like the looks of the Instaflator and am thinking of getting one (its cheap). Anyone from here try it? It has good reviews on backpacker website

Youtube video of Instaflator

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billconner
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01/17/2012 02:42PM
Intersting indeed.
TuscaroraBorealis
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01/17/2012 04:01PM
VERY COOL BEANS!!!
01/17/2012 04:04PM
great idea.
cheesewiz
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01/17/2012 04:54PM
Interesting idea.
01/17/2012 05:34PM
Cool......
01/17/2012 05:47PM
For the price and the size of it, I can't see why you wouldn't get one. I wonder if it would work on a Thermarest. Mine always seems to take so long to self-inflate.

I think the best part would not putting humidity into your air mattress
Canoearoo
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01/17/2012 06:10PM
quote dprochef: "
I think the best part would not putting humidity into your air mattress "


that is why everyone likes it. No moisture in the air mattress.
jb in the wild
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01/17/2012 07:48PM
Now ain't that sumptin. It's the little things that make a difference. I can see one of those in my back pack in the spring.

JB
Scout64
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01/17/2012 08:49PM
Physics. It is a wonderful thing!
jeroldharter
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01/17/2012 09:13PM
1.5 oz.

I just bought two. They cost ~$3.50 which is almost free. The shipping is free but the handlin is $8 so buying just one seemed silly.
GeoFisher
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01/17/2012 10:21PM
quote jeroldharter: "1.5 oz.


I just bought two. They cost ~$3.50 which is almost free. The shipping is free but the handlin is $8 so buying just one seemed silly."


Me too...........WOW, what a GREAT idea.

Later,

Geo
snakecharmer
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01/18/2012 06:33AM
So simple. Very clever.
Merganser
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01/18/2012 07:06AM
Pretty clever for sure. Doesn't look real durable. Cheap is fine but I would not want to be blowing into my downmat if it failed on a trip. I also question the in tent method. Looks to me like you'd need a pretty big tent...
01/18/2012 07:16AM
very cool, but I think I'll stick to my built in pad pump
snapcrackpo
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01/18/2012 11:48AM
I wonder if it would work when it's windy out?
jrlatt
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01/18/2012 08:53PM
With my pillow pump it takes me 5 min to blow up. I have also brought a battery powered pump. That works great, but it does weigh about 20 oz. This does look like a cool idea to add to the gear list. So you will have to give us an update on how well it works.

Jrlatt
01/19/2012 04:29PM
Once someone figures out how this would work on Exped let me know... as it sits it won't work.
jeroldharter
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01/19/2012 04:54PM
You must have a special valve of some sort. Looks like it would work fine on my Big Agnes pads. My instaflators are in the mail.
Canoearoo
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01/19/2012 06:23PM
We have a Pacific Outdoor Equipment InsulMat a big agnes and a thermarest. When I get mine I'll let you know
GeoFisher
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01/21/2012 09:39AM
quote jeroldharter: "You must have a special valve of some sort. Looks like it would work fine on my Big Agnes pads. My instaflators are in the mail."

They work great.....

I purchased 2 instaflators and tried them out last night. It took two rounds of filling the bag to fully inflate my Big Agnes pad, and about 5 minutes or so.

The instaflator is really neat, but definitely flimsy.

One thing I definitely caution though. the top part of the valve on my BA popped off in the "adapter" for the instaflator. No biggie, I popped it back on the pad, and all was good.

Later,

Geo
billconner
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01/21/2012 11:59AM
quote GeoFisher: " It took two rounds of filling the bag to fully inflate my Big Agnes pad, and about 5 minutes or so.
Geo"


Thanks. Now I know not for me. I can pump up my DLX9 in less than 5 minutes. Now, had I young children and lots of beach toys, this might make sense. I don't have to worry about that.
Canoearoo
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01/21/2012 12:52PM
quote Canoearoo: "We have a Pacific Outdoor Equipment InsulMat a big agnes and a thermarest. When I get mine I'll let you know"
It worked on all 3 pads. This will save me time this summer :)
01/21/2012 04:23PM
Interesting. When my son gets older and I have to leave the comfort of my hammock, this might save me a lot of huffin' and puffin'
jeroldharter
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01/23/2012 02:36PM
Got my Instaflator today. It works.

I used it on my Big Agnes insulated 78x20x2.5 air mattress. Need to make sure that the valve is seated properly or the air leaks and it works but takes too long. Once seated properly it took two rounds to fully inflate the mattress. Also need to keep pressure on the valve before closing it or a lot of air escapes. That happens intuitively when using your mouth.

After first used and folded up the instaflator plus the tube adapter fits into a sandwich size ziplock bag. My measured weight for that is 55 grams, or 1.9 oz. I'll take it with me this year.
 
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