Aspen Times Weekly: The Rinse Kit
“A shower in a box.” That’s one description of the RinseKit, a portable, pressurized water tank with a hose hidden inside.
It opens like a toolbox. The company markets the $90 unit to surfers, fishermen, campers, and anyone who needs a spout off the grid.
You fill it up at home, connecting the RinseKit (www.rinsekit.com) to your garden hose with an included attachment piece. Add up to 2 gallons of tap water to the box, which then can be squirted out for a couple of minutes before the reservoir goes dry.
No batteries are required, no pumping is involved. Water pressure from your home is essentially transferred into the RinseKit. The box has a chamber that maintains about 65 psi of water pressure, guaranteeing a healthy spray.
I tested it out over a month and was happy with the product. The RinseKit, invented by a surfer in California, is well-built and easy to use. It has come in handy across a range of outdoor activities.
At a beach, the hose is long enough for an ad hoc car shower. For camping you can use it to wash dishes. Or spray off a dirty mountain bike after a muddy trail day.
The hose head is a garden-style sprayer with settings from a light mist to a muddy-bike-cleaning “jet” mode. You do need to conserve the water, as it drains quickly on the high-power settings.
But its banked 2 gallons will last for up to three minutes of constant spray when set to a shower mode.
There’s a built-in ruler to measure fish. A solid handle folds up for carrying, and the hose coils to tuck inside when not in use.
The box weighs about 24 pounds when full of water. It sits in the back of my family van pressurized and at the ready.
For its price tag ($90), the RinseKit may seem a bit much for portable water. But it’s a nicety for anyone tired of dealing with sand, grit, mud, and other debris that a squirt or stream of water could easily wash away.
Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at http://www.gearjunkie.com.
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