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PDW Shiny Object CO2 Inflator

PDW co2

I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a big fan of CO2 inflators. I know there’s a time and a place for them. And for those situations the speed and convenience of CO2 are undeniable. But when it comes down to it, I hate the expense and wastefulness of CO2 cartridges. Even if they’re being recycled, they’re not environmentally friendly. So given that I’m not much of a racer, and a pretty frugal consumer, a hand pump has always been the choice for me.

Personal feelings aside, PDW’s $30 Shiny Object CO2 Inflator is a slick looking tool. The inflator head is made from polished and anodized alloy, making it feel more precise and solid than inflators with plastic control mechanisms. What’s more distinct, however, is the leather sheath for the CO2 cartridge. While it’s bound to turn off the vegan audience, most people will either think it’s classy or a bit overboard.

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  1. andyJuly 21, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I wish I had that leather sheath last time I changed a tube in the rain. Would have prevented the cartridge from freezing to my fingers.

  2. Eric StobinJuly 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

    i bought one 2 months ago and have enjoyed it ever since. i used to buy the ones with the foam around them, but the rain and elements in seattle makes them deteriorate. the leather sheath is easy on the hands and will last a very long time. the machined parts are a step up from all the rest, and the regulator is easy to use. i’m pretty stoked about the Shiny Object, and am considering buying another for my other bike..

  3. LareyJuly 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I usually carry more than one cartridge (just in case, ya know) and stash them in the fingers of a worn out leather glove. They don’t clank.

  4. RaiynJuly 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Total waste. I’d rather carry a few extra grams (pauses as the weight weenies recoil in terror) and have an actual pump than use a CO2 toy.

  5. jamesmallonJuly 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    CO2 inflators are on my bikes where I don’t expect to use it, as they are of limited emergency use only. I carry a pump if I expect to use it: longer or multi-day rides. $30? How about less than $10!

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