SKS AIRSTEP PUMP REVIEW – A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

Pump smarter not harder

SKS AIRSTEP PUMP REVIEW

Tech features: Germany’s SKS has a long history of making bicycle pumps. Its Airstep is based on the classic foot operated design many of us used as kids to inflate balls. A foot operated aluminum lever drives the pump mechanism instead of your arms. It features a large dial gauge that the coil style hose surrounds while in storage. Its head is compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves. The pump head locks in place as does the foot lever.

Field test results: We like the idea of a foot operated shop style floor pump but struggled a bit with this one. The return stroke is fast and undamped, so the pump has a tendency to jump around. With each use you learn to keep a little pressure on the lever at all times, but it creates extra effort. Pump volume is low, too, making it better for higher-pressure applications than mountain bike tires.

The dual head works extremely well, and overall construction is top-notch. Compared to standard floor pumps, storage on the wall or in a vehicle is far more convenient too. We would love to see a high-volume version with some sort of damped return stroke because the rest of the pump is great. As designed, the Airstep is best for higher-pressure applications and for those who struggle achieving those pressures with a hand pump.

 

HITS:

• Easy on the arms

• Great head design

MISSES:

• Low volume

• Fast return stroke

STAR RATING: ★★½

Price: $116

Contact: www.sks-us.com

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