Review: Blackburn Flex Mini Pump

Blackburn pumps have a stellar history with me during many adventures starting nearly 30 years ago.  I can’t remember one of them having any issues and the last pump (below photo) I used was used nearly 20 years old and still works better than many new pumps from competitors.

Old vs New Blackburn Mammoth

The Flex Mini pump has stepped up the quality nicely over previous generations with aluminum locking mechanism, high volume shaft and much improved ergonomics from the flexible hose.


Price: $39.95

Weight: 223 grams

Pumps to 20 psi: 140 strokes


Pros:  Build quality, compact design,  flexible dos, press on head  Nothings worse than pumping up a good sweat then unscrewing the pump with the valve core in the pump and releasing all your hard work with the sound resembling something that came from your grandpa’s ass.

Cons:  The rubber gasket that seals the pump head onto a presta valve is fairly tight.  This is a minor issue though, as I see this wearing in quite nicely as the pump ages and gives a sense of how the pump is built for the long haul.

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Mammoth Flex Pump
The flexible hose is a nice addition as it help relieve some pressure on the valve while pumping as well as the back from a less hunched over position.

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Blackburn Mammoth Flex Head
The gauge was something I was interested in, but accuracy seems to be off by at least 10psi on this pump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verdict: I would recommend this pump to anyone wanting a great compact mini pump to throw in the hydration pack and use for many, many trouble free years.  The build quality and features are well worth it for the price of this pump despite the inaccuracy of my particular pumps gauge.  Buy one and enjoy….it may be the last pump you own.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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