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Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump

Innovative, lightweight sack with many potential uses.

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-01-29 00:50:00-07


The Pumphouse Pad Pump is a good example of the innovation that we like to find at OR. The Pumphouse is a multi-purpose stuff sack, dry sack, bear hang, sleeping pad pump, water carrier, solar shower, and could be used to decorate a cake if you wanted it to. This clever product will be available in June 2007, and after that it's up to our readers to decide exactly how useful it really is.

The Pumphouse is made of 30d silicone-coated Cordura nylon, so it's really tough for its 1.5 ounce weight. The top has a dry bag type closure, and the bottom has a peculiar spout in one corner with a drawcord closure at the tip. The closure allows the bag to be sealed to almost water-tightness so water can be dispensed as needed.

We estimate the volume of the Pumphouse bag to be about 1000 cubic inches, which is large enough to stuff a medium size sleeping bag. Also note that it's uncertain whether the bag is safe for potable water, since the fabric may contain fire retardants or other chemicals that may contaminate the water. Big Agnes is looking into that issue.

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer: Big Agnes
  • Sizes: One size
  • Features: Dry bag closure, dispenser spout with drawcord closure
  • Fabric: Silicone coated Cordura ripstop nylon
  • Colors: Black or Terra Cotta
  • Weight: 1.5 oz
  • Available: June 2007
  • MSRP: $20


"Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump," by Will Rietveld. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-01-29 00:50:00-07.


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Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump on 01/29/2007 00:50:02 MST Print View

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b d
(bdavis) - F

Locale: Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
Re: Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump on 01/29/2007 11:29:33 MST Print View

Now that is a product that really interests me. When will the potability of water issue be answered? bd

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump on 01/29/2007 14:09:06 MST Print View

It had previously occurred to me that this, or a similar type of pump, might stop the delamination of insulation on the BA Air Core pads. It stands to reason that by eliminating the moisture of blowing it up by mouth, the interior of the pad should fare much better and the insulation stay attached that much better. Having an item that would also funtion as a stuff sack is a real bonus.

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Re: Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump on 01/29/2007 16:02:48 MST Print View

Exciting product. I usually have to stop and breathe awhile part way through blowing up my Big Agnes Insulated AirCore to keep from getting too dizzy, so I look forward to getting one of these. The multi-use is nice, especially for dry bag storage of a sleeping bag. I do question how much multi-use is really practical though. I don't envision using it to store camp water at night and then my sleeping bag during the day, since it's difficult to get all residual moisture out of something in the humid areas I tend to backpack, and I don't want ANY moisture transfering to my down sleeping bag. If I used it as a bearbag, I would hesitate to then use it for sleeping bag storage, since I would worry some about residual food odors transfering to my sleeping bag. I'd be interested to know if anyone actually does store food in their sleeping bag stuff sack in real life.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Multiuse Ideas... on 01/29/2007 16:19:06 MST Print View

Seems to me that this has some potential for multiple similar uses rather than the multiple different uses that Pamela mentioned:

1) Dry Bag for sleeping bag
2) Pump for pad
3) Pillow at night (partially inflated)

Of course, only number 2) is something that traditional stuff / dry sacks wouldn't be able to do, but it does add some benefit to the sack.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump on 01/29/2007 19:22:11 MST Print View

Not sure why all the hubub over this product. Exped has already had this idea and more for quite a few years now.

Though their weights aren't always the lightest, they definitely have some of the most innovative ideas in the outdoor gear world.