“IF APPLE MADE A TIRE PLUG, IT WOULD look like this.”
The first testimonial I heard from a Dynaplug user had me both intrigued and skeptical. I’m a PC/Android fan, but you can’t argue with good design. Every Dynaplug product features very good design, and they’re made in the U.S. to boot. Popular in the motorcycle world, Dynaplug makes the most intuitive, user-friendly and clean-looking plug kits there will likely ever be. And there are a lot of different configurations. I went for the all-inclusive Megapill, which includes five standard plugs, two oversized (Mega) plugs and a tiny blade to slice off any excess plug material. The standard plugs are the effective diameter of a folded-over traditional plug and have the same plugging capability: punctures under 5 millimeters. The Megaplug offered even greater plugging power than a doubled-up, folded-over traditional plug, and was much easier to insert. It aptly handled 7-millimeter slices. But doubling up on them was tricky. The Megaplug itself is much shorter than traditional plugs. Excluding the alloy tip, it’s half the length of a folded-over traditional plug. When pushing two Megaplugs next to each other for an extremely large hole, I managed to dislodge one. I found it easier to start with one Megaplug and add standard plugs until I fixed the leak.
The short length also made it a little tricky when a softened or deflated tire deflected when trying to insert the plug. And large holes at the bead, though rare, were difficult to fix with an oversized Megaplug. Two or three of Dynaplug’s standard plugs worked better for big holes in tight corners, but again, the short applicator made it slightly tricky to get deep enough. Along the tire bead, Genuine Innovations had the advantage.
But above all, patching with a Dynaplug is quick. Every plug in the Megapill comes pre-loaded in its own applicator, ready to be screwed into the handle and plugged in, so it’s always ready to go again. If you exhaust the supply of pre-loaded applicators, they are refillable. But like the Blackburn, you’ll need to clean them out occasionally. Unlike the Blackburn, you can just buy more applicators and stash them in your pack to be threaded in and used later.
Speaking of buying, the Megapill is triple the price of the other plugs I tested. And refills are four times the price. But for a U.S.-made product of this quality, those numbers are about right. And just imagine how pricy it would be if Apple made it.