Summary: For peeing in places you’d rather not, Shewee comes to the rescue. I can see where it would come into its own at festivals (a blindfold might be handy there too, mind), and for frequent wearers of bulky clothing or in freezing temperatures the extreme version is going to come in really handy. Providing you can get your body to get on with it that is. The only reason this doesn't get five hammers is because it doesn't come with a tap to run it under when you're done, if you know what I mean.
Seems unnecessary to some
Well, sceptic that I am, I tried the compost loo first. Despite the limbo required, it was clean and remarkably unsmelly. But the Shewee sat in the tent looking at me accusingly, and there was only one loo to service the entire campsite, so I waited for the early morning bladder wake-up-call and decided to give it a go.
I’d been given the Shewee ‘Extreme’ version to test, so not only did my bright pink plastic container hold the surprisingly slim and neat Shewee itself, it also contained a short flexible extension pipe (available separately from Shewee if you’ve already got the standard version). The idea being that a Shewee combined with bulky clothing (think ski gear, winter motorbike clothing, lots of jumpers...) might not give enough extension away from the body to stop you, quite literally, wetting yourself.
I picked my spot (the roots of a fallen tree for those of you who are interested in that kind of thing), rearranged my clothing, positioned the Shewee according to the precise anatomical instructions available on the Shewee website and then...
...and then spent five minutes convincing my body that despite the fact that I was stood up and fully clothed, it was OK. Really.
Psychological hurdle finally overcome however, I was pleasantly surprised – I’m not quite sure why, but I was expecting some sort of messiness. There wasn’t any. It does what it says on the tin, with very minimal dripage remaining post use, all ready to pop back into its case ready for next time. And Shewee are quick to point out that human urine is sterile. Still, I’m happier with babywipes in my pocket. Just in case.