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Pros: Overall ease of use. Durability. Comfort.
Cons: Heavy. A little stiffer to pump at higher pressures.
Best Uses: Inflating bike tires at home.
Coming in as our top ranked floor pump is the Topeak Joe Blow Sport II. Easy to use, durable, and not bad looking, it scored well in all our testing categories and received a perfect 10 in the comfort department. The Sport II is as tough as it looks, and consistently gave us strong, tight seals to the valves. It is the heaviest of the pumps that we tested, so maybe not the best for transport, but it's heft only adds to it's stability and durability.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Not all floor pump reviews will take comfort into consideration, but we at OGL think it really is an important aspect of the decision process. After all, a floor pump is something that you have to press down on pretty firmly, and repetitively, every time you use it. During our testing period, we really came to feel the difference in the materials used and shapes of the pumps' handles. You might not initially notice uncomfortable handles, but after repeated use, you will be stoked if your pump has handles like the Topeak Joe Blow Sport II. Smooth, strong, and molded well, our palms and wrists were thankful.
Also impressive with the Joe Blow Sport is its durability. This thing is solid, and we couldn't get it to quit or falter in its repeatedly solid valve sealing. The word "sport" is well applied here – not only does the pump hold up over time, but it looks good doing it. The dial display is easy to read grey and yellow and the double-sided twin head has a secure locking lever, also in bright yellow, adding some fun accents to an otherwise simple design.
Unfortunately, with all that durability comes weight, and the Topeak Joe Blow was our heaviest floor pump tested, coming in a full ½ pound over the second heaviest pumps. Therefore, if you want a floor pump that travels with you everywhere, you might want to look into a lighter option, such as the Serfas FP-200 or the Blackburn Air Tower. It can also feel a little stiffer and harder to pump once you get over 100 psi compared with our second and third place pumps, both from Lezyne. That said, we think the extra half-pound and slightly stiffer pumping at higher pressures pales in comparison to the overall ease of use, stability, durability, comfort and sporty good looks of the Topeak Joe Blow Sport II.
Topeak Peakini II, $16, is the only one designed specifically for lower-volume tires, such as mountain bikes or beach cruisers.
Topeak Pocket Rocket, $22, is just that - a strong, durable pump in a small, lightweight body. It is the smaller version of the Master Blaster.
Topeak Road Master Blaster, $30, is a sturdy, basic design.
Topeak Road Morph, $45, has a fold out footpad, allowing you to use your body weight with each pump.
— Chris McNamara and Emily Zell
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