Red Paddle Co has recently announced the newest addition to the Red Air product line – the Titan High Pressure SUP pump, which cuts inflation time in half.
For years, the standard inflatable SUP pump was the Bravo HP single-action, high volume/low pressure pump, a squatter, thick-barrel single-action pump designed to put in more air volume, which in turn took more effort to reach higher pressures.
Higher pressures in an inflatable board vastly improves the board performance, by increasing rigidity (reducing flex).
In 2013, Red Paddle Co introduced the HP EZee single-action, low volume/high pressure pump, a taller, thin-barrel single action pump designed to put in less air per stroke, thus allowing one to more easily pump to higher pressures.
As the pros and cons of each are obvious – one fills a board up more rapidly, while the other takes longer but is less of a struggle to reach 18-20 PSI – numerous paddlers opted to purchase both pumps.
In response, other manufacturers have recently expanded the slim-barrel design to a double-action pump, putting air in on the up and down stroke. While theoretically this will put air in twice as fast, in actuality it becomes a struggle on the “up” stroke.
The Red Paddle Co Titan pump is an amalgamation of the two pumps. The new Titan pump has two chambers, basically one side is a high volume/low pressure, and the other a low volume/high pressure. A unique double gear system actually combines the two chambers, so that when initially pumping, paddlers are using BOTH chambers to fill the board, allowing them to put in a whopping 4.71 liters, compared with just over 2 liters for the standard HP pump. When the pumping starts to get tough, one can switch the internal gear over to the high pressure chamber, allowing one to easily attain higher PSIs with less effort. An integrated pressure gauge allows one to monitor the process.
Another neat feature – the ergonomic angled feet allow one to step back from the pump, making it a more comfortable stance and solving the problem of the pump handle hitting your knees.
Initial tests comparing the Titan with the HP and HP EZee single action pumps showed the Titan pump decreased inflation time and number of pumps by up to 50%, dependent on the pump used. Using a 9-2 Surfstar, the Titan was able to get to 8 PSI with 35 strokes using the dual chambers, then with another 78 strokes the board was up to 18 PSI with the high pressure chamber – for a total of 2 minutes. In fact, tests measured the Titan pump air flow output at 61 mph versus 38 mph for the standard pump.
Watch a Red Paddle Co Video Comparison using three pumps on similar boards – Left side is HP Pump, Center is HP EZee Pump and right is Titan Pump.
Watch a Red Paddle Video on Using the Titan Pump for Your Inflatable SUP.
Available in late January, early February, 2015 with an MSRP of $139.99.