OR - pStyle - Katie Montovan
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Owner Review by Kathryn Montovan
August 14, 2012
Name: Kathryn Montovan
Location: Groton, New York USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Weight: 150 lb (68 kg)
I have been backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and winter
camping for over 10 years. My excursions are mostly weekend and
occasionally weeklong backpacking and kayaking trips in the wooded
and often wet, rolling terrain of western New York. I usually tarp
camp with a small to large group and love to cook fun and delicious
foods on my trips. In general, I strive for a compact and light pack
but value well-made and durable gear over ultralight items.
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Manufacturer's Website: www.thepstyle.com <http://www.thepstyle.com>
MSRP US$ 12.00
Advertised Weight: None
Measured Weight: 0.6 oz (17 g)
Dimensions: 7.25" x 2.9" (18 x 5 cm)
Available Colors: blue, clear, green, purple, orange and pink
The pStyle is a stand to pee (stp) device for women that does not
require undressing. It a uniquely shaped funnel made out of hard plastic
that directs the urine away from the body. It is one piece of smooth,
hard plastic which means that it does not fold and retains its shape
around clothing layers. It does not come with a carrying case, but the
company does offer an optional fabric case for $12.00 US.
The instructions that come with the pStyle are: "Place the pStyle so the
widest part is between your legs, centered under your urethra, and
pressed firmly upward. Tilt the open end slightly down, relax, and pee.
Bend your knees a little and pull the pStyle slowly forward with firm
upward pressure to remove the remaining drops. Shake, wash with soap and
hot water, and store in a secure place."
I have had the pStyle for approximately 6 months and have used it on 6
weekend trips, a 5-day canoe trip and many day outings. These trips have
involved backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. Temperatures have
ranged from 45 ? 100 F (7 ? 38 C) and I have encountered both sunny and
rainy conditions. I spent most of the time in the field at sites and on
trails without bathroom facilities. My clothing has included lightweight
hiking clothes, multiple layers for cold and rainy conditions, tight
jeans, a climbing harness, and a wetsuit and paddling gear.
Initial trial runs:
The instructions recommend practicing technique in the shower first, and
that loose pants make the pStyle easier to use. Maybe I am gutsy, but I
decided that the pStyle looked straightforward enough to skip the shower
step and go straight to a first try with my pants well out of the way. I
carefully placed the pStyle and it worked flawlessly. Next, I tried
using while wearing loose shorts. Again, I was amazed at how easy it was
to use. The firm upward pressure while removing the pStyle also did a
surprisingly good job in place of toilet paper.
*The pStyle in my hand for size comparison.
Since the first two tries went so perfectly I jumped straight to the
ultimate at-home test: using the pStyle discretely with tight jeans. I
simply opened the zipper and slipped the pStyle through the opening. It
The pStyle performed just as well in the field as in my house. I kept it
wrapped in a bandana in the outside pocket of my pack. The first time I
used it in the field I was amazed to see how far from my feet the stream
hit. What a relief after years of squatting and trying to find the right
position and location so that my feet don't get splashed or end up in a
puddle. After I used it, I shook any remaining droplets off the pStyle,
dried and wrapped it with the bandana and put it back in my pack. I am
not prone to infections and have had no problems with this level of
While teaching a backcountry cooking class, I enjoyed the luxury of
walking a short distance from the group and ducking behind a tree to pee
discretely while remaining within earshot of my students. In the night I
even felt confident enough to use it with my headlamp off and everything
went well. On this trip the other female instructors had pee-rags that
they kept on the outside of their packs. This was a new concept to me,
but has been working well for me in combination with the pStyle. I use
the bandana to dry off the pStyle and then place the bandana on the
outside of my pack to dry in the sun.
Multiple layers: I did find that it was difficult to use through
multiple layers that don't have flies. On one overnight I was wearing
two layers of long underwear and a pair of elastic waistband rain pants.
I had some difficulty negotiating around all of the layers with so many
elastic waistbands. If the future when I buy gear, I may start watching
for long underwear and rain pants with built in flies to make this
easier, but the pStyle worked despite the challenge and the
inconvenience was minimal.
Backpacking: On two packpacking trips I have had the pleasure of
realizing I needed to pee, and instead of watching for a good place,
removing my pack, hiking into the woods, peeing and returning (often at
least a 5 minute endevor), I was able to reach back into the outside
pocket of me pack, pull out the pstyle, step a little ways off the
trail, pee, dry off the pStyle, stick it back in my pack and get back on
the trail in less than a minute.
Kayaking: For kayaking, this was a great tool for addressing the problem
of highly layered kayaking gear. This gear forms a complex layering that
is a frustrating obstacle as I dance my way into the woods or to the
latrine. First there is my hat, then my life-jacket, then my tow-belt,
then my paddling gloves, then my splash-top, then my spray skirt, then
my wetsuit, then whatever layers I might have under the wetsuit. The
pStyle does not allow me to skip all of the layers, but it does make
removing the final few unnecessary. Some wetsuits, and most drysuits
have a relief zipper that, in combination with the pStyle, would put an
end to the whole dance. I am thinking about adding one to my wetsuit
for this purpose. Also, while kayaking I am often on islands with less
cover than I would like. On my last kayaking trip we had lunch on an
island without bathroom facilities and with very little tree or bush
cover. It was impossible to find a place out of sight from the water or
the other people on the island, but with the pStyle I was able to duck
behind a tree and no one even knew what I was doing.
Climbing harnesses: The other main area that I could see the pStyle
being invaluable is for climbing. There are times while climbing when it
is not safe to remove a harness to pee. If this device is able to work
through a climbing harness and climbing clothes it could make my
climbing adventures more enjoyable and safe. I have not gone on a
climbing trip since I bought the pStyle, but decided to test it out with
my gear and see how it would work around my climbing clothes and
harness. I wore climbing pants with a zipper and put on my harnes as I
would if I were climbing. It took me a minute to figure out how to undo
the zipper around the harness, and to decide which loop to stick the
pStyle through, but once I sorted it out, it worked just fine. I do not
think I could use it if I was hanging on the rope, but could definitely
use it while roped in on a ledge without ever having to put myself in
danger by removing my harness. I think that it would also work with
elastic wasteband climbing pants but would want to test it before I went
climbing in them.
Tight jeans tip: I found that it was helpful to press down firmly on the
pStyle just outside the opening of my jeans and to bend my knees to help
the pStyle point downward. This was a useful technique in general but
especially important when I was wearing tight jeans.
Performance: It has worked flawlessly for me. I have not gotten wet once
with this stand to pee device and it is by far the easiest that I have
tried to get positioned and to use. The hard plastic makes it possible
to use it discreetly without removing any of my normal layers, even when
wearing tight fitting clothing. Elastic waistbands present a small
challenge, but even with multiple waistbands I was able to use it
without mishap and without removing any of the layers. I also appreciate
that the pStyle is long enough that the stream lands far from my feet.
Durability: The pStyle is made out of a solid plastic that holds its
shape well. I have stuffed it into pockets and packs without it bending
or breaking. So far I have had no problems with the pStyle retaining
odors and find it to be really easy to clean between uses and after
trips. After trips I often toss it in the washing machine with all of my
trip clothes and it comes out clean and ready for the next trip. It gets
so clean that I am not uncomfortable handling it or having other people
stumble upon it while in my bathroom.
What I like:
1) Does not require any undressing
2) Easy to clean and sanitize
3) Works for me every time
What I didn't like:
1) Too long to carry in a pants pocket but fits well in my raincoat
pocket and outside pack pocket
2) The hard plastic is not as comfortable as the silicone stand to pee
devices, but well worth the 0% failure rate that I have experienced with it.
I love the pStyle. It has elliminated uncomfortable hikes in areas where
there was not enough cover to squat by allowing me to walk a little ways
off the trail, turn my back, and pee against a tree without exposing
myself. I am particularly fond of the simplicity of the device and the
fact that I can count on it to work for me without fail. It even works
with my kayaking gear and climbing harness. The pStyle is not compact
enough for me to carry it in my purse all the time, but it is now a
standard item in my daypack, backpack, kayak, and bike pannier. I have
also started giving the pStyle as a surprise gift to female camping
companions (including my mother) and wish that it had been around 10
years ago when I started camping and hiking.
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- Hi Katie,
Thanks for the OR in answer of the call. Here are your edits after which you may place the review at:
Reviews > Personal Hygiene > Bathroom Sundries > pStyle
Comment: you may want to look at your Product Information header. It is showing in two font sizes on my pc.
*** It a uniquely shaped funnel made out of hard plastic
EDIT: It "is" a
*** These trips have involved backpacking, canoing, kayaking, and hiking.
*** Next, I tried using while wearing loose shorts.
EDIT: tried using "it" while
*** This gear forms a complex layering that is a frustrating obstacle
EDIT: forms a complex layering "system" that is a frustrating obstacle
- Hi Ray,
Thanks for your careful Edits!
I have deleted the test file and uploaded the corrected report. It took me two tries to figure out the different text size in the Product Information header- so I am sorry for the doubled upload notifications that you may have gotten.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Ray" <rayestrella@...> wrote:
> Hi Katie,
> Thanks for the OR in answer of the call. Here are your edits after which you may place the review at:
> Reviews > Personal Hygiene > Bathroom Sundries > pStyle
> Comment: you may want to look at your Product Information header. It is showing in two font sizes on my pc.
> *** It a uniquely shaped funnel made out of hard plastic
> EDIT: It "is" a
> *** These trips have involved backpacking, canoing, kayaking, and hiking.
> EDIT: canoeing
> *** Next, I tried using while wearing loose shorts.
> EDIT: tried using "it" while
> *** This gear forms a complex layering that is a frustrating obstacle
> EDIT: forms a complex layering "system" that is a frustrating obstacle