The Pumphouse Ultra drastically reduces sleeping pad inflation time by gathering a large amount of air at one time and easily pushing it through the sleeping pad in-valve. Doubles as a stuff sack for your bag/pad, or a pillow when you put some soft, cozy items in it. Features: Sleeping pad inflation pump Drastically reduce sleeping pad inflation time A multi-use sleeping pad inflation pump that may also be used as a stuff sack, dry sack, pillow, backcountry shower and more Can also be used with standard sized, traditional valves Designed to fit best with our Ultra, AXL Air, and Q-Core pads. Not recommended for easy use with other pads including Double Z Product weight: 2.9oz / 82g Stuff Sack Size: 19.5" x 13.5" x 8"
Awesome addition to your camp gear from car camping to back packing. This is a breath saver when blowing up your Big Agnes pad and it also doubles as a stuff sack. I love my pumphouse, makes blowing up mine and the rest of my families pads a breeze.
Works as advertised! I got it for my Big Agnes Q core Slx. I must say you guys make great stuff. Question! Could you guys come up with an adapter to use in the hole so I can use my pump as a shower as well? That would be awesome.
I primarily use this to inflate my sleeping pad, but it could easily be used as an on-the-go washin' machine for clothes (add a little bit of soap and shake it up!), a water hauler, or stuff sack (like the product description states). It packs up to a miniscule size if you're not using it as a stuff sack while traveling. I stash mine in my 20L dry bag with my tent, sleeping bag, pillow, and pad.
What a great concept! No more headrest from blowing up you pad. This thing is quicker and works great! Love that it doubles as a stuff sack! Brilliant! Love that it also works as a shower bag! Brilliant! The only think I would point out that could make this thing even better is if there was some sort of actual shower attachment to manage the water flow when used in that capacity. Something to think about. Otherwise this thing rocks!
Absolutely brilliant idea - I love gear that is multi function and this product is a small piece of pure genius. Works perfectly and I can fill my Q-Core pad in a couple minutes without the headrush that goes along with filling by lung power. Although it is a tight fit, I can also use it as a drybag compression sack for my Anvil Horn sleeping bag. If the pumphouse was just an inch or two taller, it would fit perfectly. only had one season of use but so far its been Excellent !
Look, I'm getting older, I'm in the thick of menopause, I'm a mom, and a Cub Scout leader. I rarely camp without children around. Inflating my pad and my kids' pads was making me dizzy and did not leave me with enough breath to yell at children to stop doing that thing. This seemingly insignificant device has changed everything for me, inflating pads is a breeze now (that I don't have to blow). It only takes 7-8 refills to have my pad fully inflated. Better yet, it also doubles as a waterproof stuff sack for my bag, so it's not like I'm carrying extra weight at all. Should have gotten it as soon as I purchased my pad!
What a great concept. Instead of lugging around a heavy air mattress pump and the noise that goes with it, just get this and enjoy the happy compartmentalization of being able to store your pillows and pad in this dry bag, and air them up in the same breath. It sure beats the alternative of flopping over on your half-inflated raft and adding a few stars of your own to the night sky. On regular sized pads, it seems like a good enough concept to make a smaller version to use as the stuff sack for all BA pads. It's nice to see that these are coming with some of the higher and pads now.
Worked great for two years on the AT, not so for the third.
I loved my Pumphouse Platinum. Worked great for 2, two week section hikes on the AT. Checked it before heading out on the AT again for our third year and it has a seam leak. When you tired after a long day of hiking it's nice to not have to blow up your air mattress the old way, huffing and puffing.
The last thing you want to do when you get to camp after a long hike is use what's left of your energy blowing up your sleep mat. This makes inflating your sleep mat a breeze. It weighs next to nothing and doubles as a dry bag for storing your gear. Bottom line: just do it.
It works as described. I've always been afraid of mold in our BA mattresses. I just think paying another $34 on top of the cost of my mattress hurts, especially when other companies include them in equivalent products.
Who knew such a simple idea... could make such a big difference! I purchased a double wide sleeping pad and THIS is such an infinite help. It isn't so much the speed of inflating that improves (although I'm sure it is much quicker), but the effort that goes into it.
When I looked at it online, I was kind of expecting it to work like a bike pump. This is not the case - intsead you unroll it, give a puff of air into the open side of it, and then roll it up into the sleeping pad. I am able to fill the double wide with about 10 or so of these actions. haven't timed it yet... but it is decently quick, and I think saves me and my lungs, and brain cells.
The cleverness alone is worth 5 stars. Improvement of camp set up worth 10!... just a cool piece of gear that doesn't waste space
This makes airing up a Big Agnes sleeping pad so easy. I used it with the Q-Core SLX Long/Wide and after a long day of biking it was nice to use the Pumphouse rather than using my breath. I found it usually took about 8-10 pumps to get it full... not bad at all!
Tried to use this to inflate my Hinman doublewide pad, doesn't even fit on the valve. Don't need it as a drybag/stuffsack/shower. Just needed it to inflate my so-called "self inflating" sleeping pad. Two strikes.
I bought this to accompany my Insulated Air Core Ultra. The mattress takes a crazy amount of air (5 fills of the pump bag), and I would never inflate it just by mouth. I consider the pump bag an absolute necessity with this mattress. I was hoping the pump bag could be inflated and used as a pillow at night but it outgasses too fast -- within 10 minutes it has noticeably deflated. It works OK as a dry sack but the extra fabric makes it hard to deflate and roll. If you're only expecting a pump bag, you won't be disappointed.
I have an insulated air core pad. Blowing it up takes about 17 breaths, which is okay, but can be exhausting. With the pumphouse it takes about 5 "breaths" and is much faster. I use it as the stuff sack for the bag too.
This is a total camping/backpacking hack, not only allowing you to inflate a pad without the sickening head rush, but also without the water vapor of your breath that can't be good for a pad interior. Its versatility as a drybag is genius. It also provides a handy way to carry a few gallons of water back to camp, and can be easily hung up by its drybag strap. However, it really needs a shower attachment! Please make one!
I like that the Pumphouse helps me inflate my mattress without getting lightheaded, but this piece of gear really comes into its own when you find creative ways to give it new jobs. Faced with some unexpected day trips, for example, the Pumphouse turns into a day pack with a line of paracord and some basic knotwork. A few small Velcro strips between the grey liner and the bag, though, would make it much easier to work around them when they aren't needed.
Just tested on a 6 day JMT trek. Sorry...this is a piece of junk to be blunt. I honestly tried to like it but its easier blowing up the matress than dealing with this little overpriced piece of coal. I tried to use it as a clothing stuff sack but it was sooo annoying with the long flap of fabric and not worth the price. Its a nice idea but not pratical and takes way too long to inflate a mattress. Sorry Big Agnes. Hope you enjoy my $30.
It has a liner attached at the top, but not the bottom. Constantly ejects itself, gets in the way, makes the bag harder to stuff. Makes it harder to seal as the liner still sticks out even after stuffing bag. Makes it hard to use the pump. Adds no waterproofness as the bottom is completely open.
Wow, BA you really nailed it with this. Weighs almost nothing but packs a huge punch to blowing up our massive thick 25" QCore SLX pads. It's ALSO is my dry bag for my sleeping bag! I haven't figured out how to make this a good shower rig but it looks doable. Hey BA, Is there an attachment you could make to add a small hose, clamp and shower head? It could snap right in. Just saying!
I did a little bit of research to see what this pumphouse was all about. At first, I thought it would be a waste of space but it proved otherwise. I found that you can use the pump as a pump, of course, but also as a dry bag AND outdoor shower. I carried the pump (and the BA insulated AXL air pad) during a 31 day 3000km solo self supported bike tour of New Zealand. Not only was it CRAZY easy to use, It also ended up saving me from the rain. After 12+ hours of riding a day I'd set up camp in total exhaustion. The pump was so easy that I actually looked forward to sleeping on my pad each night, unlike the old pads you had to actually blow into!!! When the endless rains of New Zealand hit I found I was short a dry bag and my sleeping bag was going to get soaked. I didn't know how much of a dry bag the pumphouse would be, especially in the day after day downpours of rain. But it worked great and kept my sleeping bag dry. I also used the pumphouse as a bag to keep my wallet/passport/goods in while exploring the towns/cities of New Zealand. It's super handy, multi-functional tool and I will deficiently take it with me on my next adventure.
Bought this because Big Agnes customer service said it would fit the old iron mountain mats, but it doesn`t. After a lot of fiddling with different ideas, I finally tried wrapping a rubber band around the twist valve on the mat to serve as a gasket. Success! Not necessarily a long lasting solution, but cheap and replaceable.
I'd recommend for the mats it fits, but not for older Big Agnes styles.
Working at Big Agnes, whenever anyone asks about our pads I always suggest checking out the Pump House Ultra. Before the Pump House I all too often would find my self inflating my pad with my lungs, hunched over, short of breath, standing up and feeling dizzy. The Pump House resolves this issue for me and is SO easy to use. Connect the Pump's valve to the pad's valve and a run a few cycles of air through the bag- whvalla your finished! Not to mention more often than not I end up ditching my sleeping bag's stuff sack and put my bag inside of the Pump House- its second purpose for me. By leaving the valve open to start, rolling the top as you would a dry bag, then compressing the sleeping bag as much as possible before closing the valve allows it to perform as make shift compression sack. Double duty.
How well can something like this work? It snaps tightly into the inflatable mattress; fills with just a small puff of breath; and it inflated the 25"x72" Air Core Ultra pad in exactly 2 minutes. The stitching and re-enforcing are all tight. I can't find any defects or think of any way of improving it. As an interesting aside, I'm told that it will also double as a sun-shower, but it is 33 degrees outside, so we haven't tested that function yet.
Bought the air core sleeping pad and the pumphouse ultra to inflate it. Has a sleeve that folds in by the buckle system that when pulled out doubles its size. The doubled size makes inflation relatively quick and with almost no effort. The attachment to the sleeping pad is simple and effective.
The pumphouse doubles as a shower, but more importantly as a dry bag. Doubling up on uses is very attractive and a selling point. The sleeve that doubles its size and inflation power becomes very annoying when the pumphouse ultra is used as a dry bag. If you pull out clothes, you pull out the sleeve. If you pack with smaller items they sometimes hide between the sleeve and the bag wall. Still trying to figure out the best items to pack in it.
Over all, I don't think I'll be able to go back to huffing and puffing or sleeping on half the pad height for a self inflation pad.