CR Tested | Stop & Go Tubeless Puncture Pilot

Even though I've had the Puncture Pilot in my saddlebags for over two months now, I've yet to actually test it, and quite frankly, I hope I never do.

Although the Pilot is one of neatest tool kits I've ever received, owning one is a lot like having a heart surgeon as a best friend. What I mean by that is you know he'll be there to fix the plumbing for you should it come to that, and you have every confidence that he'll do a bang-up job, but you'd just as soon not put it to the test.

The kit is comprised of all the tools needed to properly and safely install an insert-type tire plug, including 15 plugs (I dunno, maybe they think someone will be touring on the Roofing Nail Highway or something). There's also a set of laminated instructions, and best of all, a 12 volt mini-compressor that connects to your bike's battery so you can inflate your freshly-repaired tire to the recommended pressure without fooling around with dozens of C02 cartridges. The kit comes neatly packaged in a 7 x 4 x 3-inch zippered case that'll easily stow in your saddlebag, though finding a spot for it under the seat might be problematic.

The quality of the tools is certainly as good as, if not better, than many of the "professional grade" tire plugging tools available down at the local auto parts store. And yes, I have plugged tires using these same tools, so I know they're more than up to the job. My only quibble with this kit is that it doesn't include pliers, which are handy, though by no means essential for pulling the plugs snug after the install. I'd also like to see them provide one of those little "trunk monkeys" to make the repair for you, but maybe that'll be in the next version.

Bottom line, as far as tire-plugging kits go, the Puncture Pilot kit is one of the best investments you can make. Here's hoping you never have to use it. - MZ
Raiting: ****