I need to start by saying that this post may not be for everyone – Guys, you may want to skip this, or, it may interest you just as much as the women, especially if you adventure with one of them. Girls, if you adventure, camp, hike, bike, spend a lot of time outdoors or in areas where bathrooms are not always accessible, this post is for you!
A few weeks ago, I was at my local Outdoors store, Outdoors Oriented picking up a few things for my next adventure. The owner Jamie, has been very supportive of my blog and helping me out with gear and information on writing subjects, etc. Upon cashing out, he looked at the display of the Go Girl item in front of me, and I could literally see the lighbulb pop on over his head! He grabbed one and said, “this would make a great blog post! I want to see you do a review on one of these! ” and he reached over and handed me a Go Girl!
I looked at him with skepticism to see if maybe he was joking, but he was dead serious! I have always wanted to try one of these female urination devices so I pondered it briefly and said ABSOLUTELY! I’ll do it!!!!
My next adventure was meeting my fellow honorary #woodsexplorer Karen and Jeff who had invited me up to their property in the Kawarthas. Karen is amazing, a marathon runner and a mountaineer, to name just a few of her incredible activities and I was so excited to adventure with her for the weekend. After a few days, I decided I would get her a Go Girl as well to test out. I mean, why not make it fun, right? So a few days before departure, I went back to Outdoors Oriented and got a Go Girl for Karen as well! 🙂
Saturday morning I got in the car and headed up to the Kawarthas and presented Karen with her gift upon arrival. She laughed and said she had tried something similar a while back and was also very interested to check out this kind of FUD.
An FUD is a female urination device. That is their neat little name for it and basically, it is an item that you can use as a woman which will assist you in peeing standing up, like a man does. It’s washable, germ resistant and made with medical grade silicon. It also comes in a little tube that is very packable and very pink!
Karen and I went adventuring all morning Saturday. (there is a whole separate post being written on our weekend, check back for that soon! ). After being out on the water for a few hours, we were both ready to give the Go Girl a test! We opened up the tube, which we both found hard to get in to at first. Once in, we found this:
Basically, there was the FUD , a plastic bag to store the Go Girl after use with directions written on it, and one small napkin. (I guess for the preliminary use).
We both walked a few steps towards the forest to what looked like a good place to have a pee, turned our backs to each other, and gave the Go Girl a try talking to each other and giggling the whole time. What a fun sharing experience! hahahaha.
I did my best to use the Go Girl without removing my bottom apparel. I wanted it to be as similar to a man using it as possible. I unbuttoned and unzipped and only pulled down my bottoms slightly, then inserted the go girl underneath my lady part (lol) and created a seal as suggested. Then, very leerily, I started to pee.
It was amazing! The pee came out of the little end that I could point in whatever direction I chose! I didn’t have to squat and further hurt my already injured knee, I didn’t have to worry about my feet or legs getting wet or accidentally touching my backside to some poisonous plant, or equally bad… getting bitten up by mosquitos and bugs while squatting in the bush!!! THIS WAS FANTASTIC and Karen seemed to also be having a fairly positive experience.
I finished up and got the baggy out to package up the go girl until my next use. I folded and rolled it up and put it back inside the tube, it took some squishing, but I got it back in there and put the lid back on. Success!
I requested some feedback from Karen and this is what she had to say:
“It’s nice to have an option that keeps your legs and feet dry but best not to use if you really have to go badly or make sure you hold it tight in the back. The reality is us girls still have to pull our pants down to use so the privacy is still an issue. With practice this could be a great tool. The size and flexibility is much better than the one I’ve used previously.”
Later on while sitting by the fire and after a few drinks I decided I would give the Go Girl another use. I had to go badly and using the Go Girl this time was not as easy as earlier. As Karen had mentioned, if you have to go badly, you really have to make sure the seal is tight against you, otherwise, you will get an overflow backsplash. I think this could be resolved if the hole or tube going out was a bit bigger, or if you get some practice and use it more often…. maybe not while drinking?
Overall, I think this is a terrific product. I am very happy I have it and will definitely be using it again and again. In the next few weeks, I will be having surgery on my knee and afterwards, squatting will not be an easy task for me for a while. It will be a huge bonus to be able to pee standing up and I will continue to practice and hopefully get this FUD to the point where I don’t have any more leakage.
If you are interested in checking out a different FUD, my awesome friend Melba who is one of the official #WoodsExplorers is also doing a review on her favourite FUD called the P-style . You can find her full review at Melba’s Toast . Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think! We both spend huge amounts of time in the outdoors and would honestly love to get your feedback on these devices, any brand, any style, and what works best for you or didn’t work for you!!!
If you have any questions, feedback or just want to say hi, please leave a comment and I will reply as soon as I am able to! Sometimes, I am out adventuring!
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