The Instaflator

A few months ago I came across a thread at in which someone was asking about pumps to blow up air pads and some one mentioned the Instaflator. Since then it seems like these pool toy tools have made quite a home in the backpacking world. So, it was only a matter of time before I got one…

Essentially the Instaflator is a long plastic bag with a nozzle on the end that can attach to (some of the) air valves on air pads. Then with a single breath, the bag fills with air and then is pushed into the air pad! This way I don’t have to worry about moisture from my breath filling the pad in subfreezing weather, or if I am ever at or above elevation, I don’t have to worry about getting so light-headed from having to blow up my beloved NeoAir!

So, to see it in action, check out my video…

6 Responses to The Instaflator

  1. Mike says:

    Late reply here, but after seeing this video and later seeing a product by therm-a-rest…I went ahead and made the same type of product using some hose from a local hardware store, trash compactor bag, and one of my wifes hair ties(to secure the host to the bag)…

    Works great when inflating my Big Agnes. I think the hose was the only out of pocket cost, something like 56cents for a foot, of which I only used two inches…


    • Stick says:


      I know that lots of others have also made their own instaflator too using stuff sacks and bits of tubing and such. TBH, I like this a lot, but do not hardly carry it with me on trips. I will use it around home or at camp though…

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and sharing!



  2. Velo says:


    Will ths work with an exped mat valve?



    • Stick says:


      Not right off the bat with the plastic tubing adapter that comes with the Instaflator. However, with a little heat this can probably be fixed up to work with it.



  3. Eddie L says:

    Wow! Awesome product and great review. I have a large NeoAir and my wife and son each have a regular NeoAir. Guess who has to blow them up? Yup! I just placed an order for The Instaflator.


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