The RinseKit is one of those outdoor products that at first glance seems a little unnecessary—until you use it. I had one of these sitting on my shelf in the garage for a while before I actually took the time to bring it out on a climbing trip. I used it every single day.
The concept of this product is relatively simple: it offers a pressurized waterspout with seven different settings, ranging from “mist” to “jet”. It holds two gallons of water and takes up about as much room as a five-gallon water jug in your vehicle. It is filled up using an attachment to a water spigot or a home sink, and holds water pressure for a full month.
The first thing I realized was this would be a great way to take a shower in the middle of a climbing trip without going into the nearest town. I tried it out in Indian Creek in the middle of a long stretch without a shower. Though it can’t replace the feeling of an actual shower, it did do the trick for cleaning up. I personally liked the “mist” setting the best, conserving water while also having an unfamiliar feeling of refreshment after using it.
In addition to the closest thing you’ll get to a shower while camping, the RinseKit works well for washing your hands and washing dishes. It’s certainly a luxury, but it makes washing your hands a little simpler, and it seems to save water as well. Same with dishes, especially if you’re lazy like I am and often just wait until the next meal to do the dishes from the previous meal; a little rinse after the meal with this thing goes a long way. Though I haven’t used it for this purpose yet, I’ve talked to friends who use the RinseKit to spray off their bikes on multiple day trips. They have also introduced a new Heater accessory (due out in October) for those wanting a warm shower on a cool day.
Bottom line: the RinseKit is actually one of those luxurious products that a penny-pinching climber would find worth every dollar. Plus, if you’re on a trip with a significant other it makes the experience cleaner and sexier, and doesn’t that sound refreshing?
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