Tackle Kit $25
FROM THE ‘IF IT AIN’T-BROKE, DON’T FIX it’ school of engineering comes the Genuine Innovations Tackle Kit. This is a Xerox of an automotive tire plug after hitting the ‘reduce’ button a few times. And its small size is one of its biggest features. Load it with a single plug, and it’s perfect for stubborn but small 3- to 4-millimeter holes.
This was the best-performing tool for fixing hard-to-reach punctures just above the tire bead like the ones you’ll get in hard pinch flats. The long, thin applicator makes it easy to get the plug plenty deep, even when the tire is so soft it deflects before you get to the business end of the plug, an issue I ran into with the Dynaplug occasionally. And you can control the depth, which can be difficult on the Blackburn when the plug sometimes doesn’t immediately slide out of the applicator.
Though the applicator is designed for a single plug, you can certainly fit another in for slices 5 millimeters or bigger. For slices double that size, the Tackle Kit makes it the easiest to keep inserting plugs until the leak is fixed. But reloading isn’t easy. It’s like threading a needle if the thread were covered in oily chewing gum. Thankfully it doesn’t need careful cleaning, and you can set out with it loaded and sealed in the case.
The tiny case comes with a sheet of five plugs, but you can easily squeeze another sheet inside. And the bottom of the case has a clever integrated Presta valve stem tool.