Stan’s DART – Dual Action Repair for Tubeless, tool is one of the smallest items we’ve tested this year, yet it has made one of the biggest impacts. We haven’t hit the trail without a DART stashed in our bib or pack since we got our first units a while back. There’s not a ton of products out there that have completely changed our load-out or packing routine as much as Stan’s DART. In fact, this dual-action plug has impressed us so much, we honestly think that everyone who rides with tubeless tires should carry one. Read on to see why.
The DART is Stan’s NoTube’s answer to filling gashes in tubeless tires that sealant just can’t fill. DART stands for Dual Action Repair for Tubeless, it is a vast improvement over traditional tire plugs. Instead of just relying on sticking material into a hole with the hopes of blocking the air from escaping enough for the sealant to fill in the voids, Stan’s DART does more. As the acronym denotes, Stan’s Dual Action tool not only relies on filling the gap but a chemical reaction between latex-based sealants and the laser-cut wings of the material used in the DART insert. Once inserted, simply spin the tire so that the DART is at the bottom and let the sealant contact the material for a nearly instant chemical reaction.
The tool is made out of an ultra-strong, yet light molded plastic and is capable of holding two ready to deploy DARTs, one on each end. We stuffed two additional DART inserts into the cap as well. The rod that the DART attaches to, is made from an ultralight, corrosion-resistant carbon and is gauged to the proper length to insert the DART while not causing damage to the rim or rim tape. The DART’s sleeve also features a built-in valve core remover, to allow for easy sealant topping off in case you lost a significant amount during your puncture.
The DART insert is made of a strong barbed plastic with laser-cut material attached. The barbed insert goes into the tire and anchors itself in place. The excess material is made to wear off while riding, requiring no trimming at all.