Checking Out the Newest Tire Inflation and Deflation Gadget from Adventure Imports
Challenging the Tire Deflation Ritual
We recently got our hands on a new tire deflator gadget, named Indeflate (a mash-up of inflate and deflate), which challenges the typical air down ritual and even doubles as a tire inflation tool too! Airing down is a common ritual at every trailhead: lock the hubs, shift the transfer case into four-wheel-drive, and kneel down at every tire to screw on your favorite type of tire deflation device. If you have been living under that rock you are about to crawl over and don't know the benefits of airing down, decreasing tire pressure off-road will result in a smoother ride and better traction. Since airing down is something every off-roader should do, we're always looking for a way to make it quicker or easier. We performed a few timed tests between our tried-and-true deflator tool that removes and captures the valve core versus the Indeflate. Dropping 15 PSI from two of our LT265/75R16 tires, the Indeflate was seven seconds slower at a time of 2:13. While the Indeflate isn't quicker, it does perform within a very acceptable time difference considering its ease of use and the fact that it drops pressure through the restrictive valve cores. Airing back up from 18 to 33 PSI was a difference of 13 seconds with Indeflate taking a longer time of 1:43 using shop air. We plan to continue using Indeflate despite those minor differences because it is easier to install, operate, and allows us to perform other tasks while it airs up or down.