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Old 08-25-2016   #1
 
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Which hand pump for cataraft

I am ready to buy a hand pump for my new cataraft (Aire Ocelot 14')

I am deciding between the k-100 and the k-40. The k-100 goves only .5/gal. per stroke. The k-100 gives over 1 gal per stroke. The larger pump is 1" diameter larger. The lengths are similar.

Money is not a huge factor. The size is more of a factor. The weight difference is 1 lb.

Given all of the different 'real world' factors, which pump would you choose, and why?

Currently, I do not have a trailer, and will be using a 12v pump to do the bulk of the inflation.
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K-40? or K-100?

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I bought the k40 because it can do the higher pressure of a drop stitch floor or SUP and is more versatile. To top off my 16' cat I like the higher volume. It can still take 100 pumps per tube to tighten it after letting some air out to transport or store. I think you would definitely prefer it for topping off. I hung the carry bag from the frame and it fits between the tube and the cooler and essentially takes up no space.
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I'd go with the 200 that's what I use on my 15' raft and would not ever trade it for a smaller pump.

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So, Paul, Why not a K 40 over the 200?"

Especially given that the 200 is logistically, a longer pump...
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I guess that the Carlson 4" floor pump needs to be on the table, also.
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another option

If a Carlson is being considered, this may be another option as well. I don't have one nor have I used one, so I can't vouch for it.

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I guess that the Carlson 4" floor pump needs to be on the table, also.
I love mine, used to have em at the rafting company, and kind of got spoiled.
Not as compact as the K-pumps, but I like having mine when I know I will be using it, like on multi day's, or at the put in.
I went ten years with out doing a thing to it, and finally used some Aqua seal on the hose.
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K40 all the way. It is 2 pumps in one. It has been the perfect pump for us.
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So, Paul, Why not a K 40 over the 200?"

Especially given that the 200 is logistically, a longer pump...
The k40 I'm sure is a great pump, I didn't need the higher pressure feature and figured the 200 would be easier to service. It also fits in both my dry box and drop bag.

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Assuming battery powered air source to get to 90% inflation, the K-40 has an excellent storage space:usefulness ratio. Wonder pump has its virtues as well for the space. Barrel pumps are better if no electric assist. On multi-boat trips I like to have to have an assortment, as there are many uses for pumps beyond raft inflation.
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