Walking up to your vehicle whether it be from a store or looking over it after spending some time on the trial and seeing a flat tire is never a good thing. Having the ability to air up whether the air was let out on purpose or not, can turn a bad situation around.
Airing down will give you a smoother ride on rocky trails. A softer, more flexible tire will resist sidewall tears better than a fully inflated one. Airing down also makes getting through soft surfaces like mud and sand easier.
Letting the air out is the easy part, getting it back in the tire can be the difficult part. When you need air most there is usually never any gas stations around. To solve this issue for our time in the dirt we turned to a Mean Mother Adventurer 3 160-liter/minute air compressor (PN MMACA3).
A compressor is more than just an on-off switch that blows air. It can be a lifeline to allow for easy fill-up after airing down or inflating an air mattress. Selecting the right compressor is important to make sure that it can handle anything you throw at it.
No Hot Air
We spoke to Josh Backes of Mean Mother, to find out about our Adventurer 3. With the higher flow rate of the compressors they offer, we knew that it could handle airing up 35-inch tires.
“The main differences between the two compressors are simply the volume of flow,” Backes said. “We chose to offer two compressors because we realize that our customers require different sizes and flow needs. These two options tick the most necessary boxes.”
One of the features that we enjoyed most was the wireless remote. “The operating range for the wireless remote is 50 feet,” Backes explained. “Each remote is paired with its compressor, so you won’t have to worry about syncing after purchase.”
If mounting a compressor is more up your alley that could be an option as well. “The Mean Mother compressors are intended to be portable,” Backes said. “We do have customers who hard mount our air compressors inside engine bays, or inside the vehicle cabin.”
“We recommend cleaning the compressors air filter seasonally,” Backes continued. “Compressor storage is also very important too. Store your Mean Mother compressor in a secure location to protect it from rolling around, or being trampled by loose gear on a trail.”
On the trail, air can be a lifesaver. Being able to test our Mean Mother compressor in the real world was the only way we could do it. Being able to use the compressor on the trail or in the parking lot has been very nice. We have used it a couple times for stranded drivers at the local grocery store needing a little air to get home.
Our favorite part of the compressor is the wireless remote. It has been a great help with turning the compressor on and off, without having to walk over to the compressor or remove the valve from the tire.
For more information on Mean Mother and its products, be sure to visit their website.