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Modeled after the extremely effective design of the full-sized Impero pump, Silca's Pocket Impero exhibits the same overachieving qualities as its larger sibling in a more travel-friendly package. Rather than create a pump that would be easy to transport but would have lackluster functionality, Silca obsessively fine-tuned the Pocket Impero till it outshone typical mini pumps — in fact, they'd prefer it if you didn't call it that. The company specifically addressed the issue of overheating, making sure the pump would not lose function when it's in use for more than a few minutes, which is the source of many mini pumps' problems.
The Pocket Impero's design is extremely efficient, with a silicone grip sleeve doubling as a handle lock when not in use. The Pocket Impero features the same CNC-machined aluminum head and brass check valve as on its full-sized Impero pump, along with a 3mm steam-forged leather plunger that, according to Silca, possesses far superior sealing capabilities compared to less expensive rubber. All of this means that, while you're changing a flat on the side of the road, you'll be able to re-inflate a tube with fewer strokes and less effort. Amongst its other mini-pump peers, the Pocket Impero is a pricier option, but with its performance and functionality, we'd put it in a category of its own — it's the pump we'd want to have with us the next time we get a flat on a ride.
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