Squirt Cycling Products’ new Easyfill tire sealant pouch may not be an industry-first, but it’s always nice to see cycling companies adopting environmentally-friendly (and user-friendly) products and packaging. Replacing their previous 150mm plastic bottle, Squirt SEAL Tire sealant will be sold in a smaller, lighter, and easier to use laminate pouch starting in May.
The new 120ml Easyfill pouch is made from a flexible laminate material that’s durable enough to toss in a bike travel bag or toolbox, yet is 33% lighter than their outgoing bottle and increases bulk packaging efficiency by up to 53%. Squirt says the packaging can be up-cycled into new materials for use in road construction, roofing, and decking… but I guess that depends on where it goes after you toss it in your recycling bin. They also claim the packaging is re-usable for other purposes, but I can’t really imagine what you’d re-use the empty pouch for–maybe cut it into strips for a tire boot? One indisputable ‘plus’ is that the sealant itself is biodegradable.
Squirt’s sealant uses BeadBlock technology to seal holes up to 6mm in diameter. The latex sealant contains microfibers and BeadBlock Granules, which help mechanically seal up larger punctures. Squirt had several mechanics and riders using their sealant during the 2022 Absa Cape Epic, and say it “passed with flying colors”.
The new pouch package slides over any standard Presta valve for spill-free top-ups, and is marked in millilitres so you know how much sealant you’re putting in your tire. Completely filling a 29” MTB tire requires 100-120mls, 26”/27.5” tires take 80-100mls, and road/gravel tires require between 60-90mls. One pouch could fully seat one new MTB tire, two road tires, or provide several top-ups of either. The pouch also includes written instructions to ensure easy top-ups.