Backcountry Tire Repair Essentials For Your Next Adventure
Be prepared with backcountry tire repair know how. Tires carry us to work, the store, and the backcountry. When exploring off the beaten path, there’s always the chance that we’ll experience tire failure. Punctures and slices are common as sharp sticks and jagged rocks are always waiting to ruin a trip. Most backcountry explorers carry a spare tire, but what happens if you use the spare, then, have another flat? What do you do when you don’t have a spare tire, or are too impatient/lazy to change the tire?
One thing you don’t do is worry. With the products available to us today, backcountry tire failures needn’t stop us from exploring, or even cause anyone to sweat. With a little backcountry tire repair knowledge, you won’t be slowed down from adventures and can keep exploring.
ARB, famous for its Air Locker locking differentials, also offers a full line of outback-tested equipment for the backcountry enthusiast. This equipment includes their reliable line of 12v air compressors. ARB has expanded their air compressor lineup to include the ARB Twin High Performance 12v Portable Air Compressor (CKMTP12) that can be carried from vehicle to vehicle. The ARB twin cylinder compressor produces an impressive 6.16CFM at 0psi, making it one of the fastest compressors available. The portable model comes with an air tank, harness, hose, and accessories, all packed in a sturdy case. It is the best portable compressor we’ve ever used. We also like ARB’s Speedy Seal Puncture Repair Kit that includes everything needed to complete successful backcountry tire repairs.
How to Repair A Tire
Follow along in the slideshow as we show you how to repair your tires in the backcountry and keep your rubber rolling.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the Spring 2016 print issue of Tread Magazine.