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Seattle Sports Solar Pocket Shower
Come back from the trail smelling fresh

There’s nothing better than coming back home from the woods and taking a long, hot shower. Get that feeling (well, almost) on the trail with a solar-heated shower. The Pocket Shower is essentially a black roll-top 3.5-gallon bag with a spigot at the bottom. If you leave it hanging in the sun for a few hours (the longer the better) you can come back to camp for a warm, refreshing shower. But don’t dawdle, you’ve only got about 5 minutes to wash away the grime. By hanging the shower from a branch or on a south-facing rock that catches afternoon rays, water temps consistently reached over 100°F (hot tubs are generally 102-104°F) in 4 hours of sunlight which made for a comfortable shower after nearly 10 miles along the AT in Shenandoah NP. Since it requires some time to warm up, it’s best for a camp you’ll be at for a few days while taking daytrips out, rather than trying to warm it up at the end of the day. It packs down to the size of a large potato, so there’s no longer any excuse for stinking up the tent.

The Specs:
$25
5.2 oz.
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