Even with a change of clothes you’ll still need a quick splash of
water before you even think about getting into your clean car. This
is just one example. We thought of so many more situations where
the RinseKit could come in handy. We knew we needed to test
Tech features: The RinseKit is a self-contained 2-gallon tank
that is simply pressurized by a water spigot or a kitchen sink (sink
adapter sold separately). There are no batteries or hand pumps,
and, according to the folks at RinseKit, it has just as much water
pressure as a household hose. The RinseKit has a spray nozzle
many people will be familiar with, featuring all the same settings
they’d use with their garden, including jet, soak, mist, shower, etc.
The RinseKit has a 6-foot hose, fills in 20 seconds, and is about
the size of a small ice chest. The 2-gallon tank is said to last for
about 4 minutes of constant spraying and can stay pressurized
for up to a month. You can purchase your own RinseKit online at
www.rinsekit.com or in an outdoor retail store for $90.
Field test results: The RinseKit proved to be easy to use
and practical for many situations. The instructions for use are
clearly printed on the product, and many helpful videos can be
found on RinseKit’s website. Some of our testers who live in
apartments with no access to a traditional garden hose quickly
saw this product as a great way to wash their bikes. Some of our
racers also liked this product for race day, because they could
keep their bikes clean after practice laps and take a quick shower
before heading home. We did, however, find that the pressure of
the hose only seemed to last about 2–3 minutes when filled with
the sink adapter. A hose spigot is required to get the full
3–4 minutes of spray. On the plus side, however, the
RinseKit’s sink adapter allowed us to fill the 2-gallon tank
with warm water. The fill time was as promised, and the
system seemed to stay pressurized for a while, although
we didn’t tend to go more than a week or so without using
it. The RinseKit is a creative solution that worked flawlessly
throughout our testing period, if only for 2–3 minutes at a
time. The self-contained hose and nozzle, along with the carrying
handle, make it easy to transport or store. Overall, the RinseKit is a
handy tool with multiple applications. ❏
Chris Crawford, a surfer from Carlsbad, California, spent most of
his mornings surfing the waves before heading into work. Crawford
would later show up to work sandy, salty and in need of a shower.
He soon dreamt up the idea of a portable shower he could easily
take with him and invented the RinseKit. Crawford then took his
creation to Kickstarter, a website used to receive public funding,
and was pledged close to $400,000. At first glance this might not
look like a mountain bike product, but, then again, it totally does.
Imagine a muddy day on the trails when your bike is filthy, your
socks are soaked and you’re covered from head to toe in mud.
• Easy to use
Hits • Tank is a bit small
• Pressure tapers off near
the end of the tank
Self-contained: The RinseKit was designed around being 100%
self contained so it could easily be stored or transported. The
6-foot hose coils up inside with room to spare and instructions for
use are clearly printed under the lid.
Wide variety: The RinseKit’s nozzle has seven spray settings to
choose from, making it versatile for many different jobs. A handy
on/off valve is also present to help prevent water flow to the nozzle.