Gear: Get Pumped

In many sports, ball care isn’t just important. It is everything. This is especially true for air pressure within the ball. A pound per inch of air can be the difference between a catch or drop; a crossover dribble or a ball bounced off your knee and out of bounds; a perfect spiral or a wounded duck.

Inflating or deflating your football or basketball to that specific, comfortable pressure range that conforms to both official and personal standards can be a painstaking process. You usually need to stick a needle into the ball, pump in or release air, take out the needle, stick in the pressure gauge to check the psi, then repeat over and over again until you finally get it right. This takes time, and time is a luxury when preparing for the big game.

A mini compressor will inflate a ball and regulate its psi at the same time. But it’s probably more than your team wants to spend to keep balls inflated. And, really, who wants to carry around a compressor? You need something compact that does everything, but is quiet enough not to distract anyone.

The Tandem Sport Pocket Pump is like the first aid kit of ball pressure for those quick fixes. One pocket-sized device includes a flexible hose pump with a built-in psi dial and air-release valve. Forget about carrying around a gym bag full of equipment just to test and tweak balls before the big game. The Tandem Sport Pocket Pump lets you can treat them in seconds, wherever you are.

Buy the Tandem Sport Pocket Pump with Gauge.

Tandem Sport Pocket Pump With Gauge

Photo Credit: Pocket

Is that ball a little too soft on the sidelines? The Tandem Sport Pocket Pump can get it back to peak performance level in seconds. Is the ball a little too rigid? The Tandem Sport Pocket Pump can deflate it back down to a comfortable psi that still falls within regulations.

Even if no pressure change is needed, the Tandem Sport Pocket Pump gives the peace of mind that, no matter what changes on the field or in the air, those balls can be checked and fixed quickly. And the pump can be stowed in your backpack or duffel bag for whenever it’s needed. Equipment managers and weekend ballplayers alike need the Tandem Sport Pocket Pump as part of their arsenal.

Patrick Emmel is a sports humorist who once punted a soccer ball fifty yards to his teammate, who then scored the only goal for his college intramural soccer team’s season. Seriously, that kick was placed PERFECTLY. He is also still a believer that Colt McCoy is going to break out as an NFL quarterback. You can read more of his obnoxious commentary at This Jeer In Sports and heckle him on Twitter @Patrick_AE.


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