The Slug Plug is an all-in-one tyre plug solution. The "applicator" has a hard plastic handle with a stainless steel tooltip with a cover that is made of the same material as the handle. Included in the package are ten slugs, five thin and five thick (1.5mm and 3.5mm-thick) slugs to close different sized holes. The slugs are stored in an included envelope to keep them clean, and you can pre-load one into the tool and keep it safe with the cap in place.
There are clear signs that some serious thought has gone into the design. When loaded and folded back into place the slugs are longer than the needle so there’s always a little extra sitting above the handle’s tip to avoid losing the slug in the tyre. Two grooves on either side let the plug nest into place. By having the slug extend like this, Ryder has built in a "stopper" that ensures there's always enough sticking out to seal the hole even when pushed all the way in.
There's also a built-in valve core remover at the end of the handle in case you need to add a bit more sealant or need a tool to remove a sticky core.
The recommended retail price for a single Slug Plug unit is R90.
Slug Plug Features:
- Seals to keep dust and debris out preventing plug contamination
- Presta valve remover
- Stainless steel needle
- Optimized needle length with plug catcher
Iwan's Initial Impressions
We received some early samples of the Slug Plug at Omnico's media and dealer day in September and I've (thankfully) been riding with it ever since. On my way back from the morning school run, I managed to get a nail through my tyre riding past roadworks.
I had a slug pre-loaded so only needed to pull it out and stick it into the tyre. Once the hole was plugged, I used a 16g CO2 bomb to re-inflate the tyre which it did at first attempt. I used a second can to get the tyre a satisfactory pressure. I only had to check tyre pressure when I arrived home to confirm a correct tyre pressure for a longer trail ride. I've been riding with the plug in since and the tyre has remained inflated.
I really like the Slug Plugs compact size and the ability to ride with a slug pre-loaded, meaning that I can leave the remaining slugs at home on rides where I only carry the bare essentials. The cap seals well enough to keep dirt and muck out of the applicator - ready for emergency use.
Here's a handy How-To video