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Hi,

I recently purchased the Tomcat Solo IK. What would be a good pump for this? I have had some paddling injuries so overusing my shoulder/arm might not be best idea.

Are foot pumps any good? I would hope to be able to inflate the IK in less than 10 minutes.

Thank you for reading and any suggestions!
Annie
 

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If you have injuries, get a pump that connects to your car battery (NRS sells one).
Then you can top off with a small K pump that you bring on the IK with you.
(I have no experience with foot pumps.)
 

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Yellow 12V pump off Amazon to do the work- K pump to top it off. In my experience, foot pumps suck....or blow....or don't. (Get a K pump)

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The other thing you can do if space is not an issue is to just keep the boat inflated, and carry it on a roof rack when needed. I too got a Tomcat 2 months ago and have not needed to defl/infl. it once I pumped it up fully on arrival. You may only need to alter the pressure a little on a hot day but that wont take much effort to pump back up.
 

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Small K-pump and storing/transporting inflated is the way to go. If you have to inflate it fully from time to time, get a larger K-pump. I use the KP Mini with smaller IKs, but you might want the next size up with the Tomcat.
 

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12 VDC Pump

I've been using the same 12vdc pump that I got at wall-Mart for less than $10 long ago. I cut the cord and added a "lamp-switch" and enough cable to reach my rafts on the trailer. Noisy little bugger, but it never quits. I do give it a rest between multiple big rafts. Top off with K- pump, EZ-pump, or similar style PVC pump. Much better than the double-action plastic pumps.

Then again, the bit of hand-pumping an IK should just be enough to warm up, and maybe even strengthen, that bum shoulder for the real work of paddling.

Good luck!
 

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Bravo foot pumps work fine and cost apx $30 -$35,might spare your shoulder some wear ...k pump is nice because you can top off while you are on the water,not good for blowing up whole boat..those electric pumps only pump boat up to half or 2/3's pressure ,if that(,unless they are radically improved),so you need another pump to top off-saves time on a raft but pointless on a ducky IMO...foot pumps are a little bulky but considering how much gear many take not too bad....K pump is less bulky but not the greatest shape ,a mini k would be good...if you keep the boat inflated be careful about sun/heat and altitude damaging it ,and being strapped too tight deforming/creasing it....foot pump can fill,top off,be carried easily,and is cheap,other options are more expensive and require two pumps or oversized raft type pump...
 

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Bravo foot pumps work fine and cost apx $30 -$35,might spare your shoulder some wear ...k pump is nice because you can top off while you are on the water,not good for blowing up whole boat..those electric pumps only pump boat up to half or 2/3's pressure ,if that(,unless they are radically improved),so you need another pump to top off-saves time on a raft but pointless on a ducky IMO...foot pumps are a little bulky but considering how much gear many take not too bad....K pump is less bulky but not the greatest shape ,a mini k would be good...if you keep the boat inflated be careful about sun/heat and altitude damaging it ,and being strapped too tight deforming/creasing it....foot pump can fill,top off,be carried easily,and is cheap,other options are more expensive and require two pumps or oversized raft type pump...
This is pretty much what I'd say. Been using a Bravo foot pump as a top-off pump for my raft for about 10 years, it's still holding up fine. Just don't get water in it which could get into your tubes and cause trouble later.

If you get a Bravo, go by the auto parts store on the way home and get about 4' of radiator hose to replace the flimsy corrugated hose that comes with the pump.

Have fun on the river,

-AH
 
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