The title of this thread was so interesting I had to read it... I dunno how well it would work for ladies, but if I lean my back or backpack up against a tree it will kinda support me in a near sitting position even if I'm not sitting on anything. If you bend your knees a little and support your back against a wall, put your hands on your hips and lean you'll see what i mean. That eliminates the need for squatting, and especially if you're a kilt or skirt wearer you're pretty much set, I would imagine. I usually do #2 in the woods this way.
Doesn't count for those of us with built-in funnels.
Ok this is what you will be looking for. The FloFunnel Multi-purpose Flow Tool from Fred's Discount Store. Appropriate name. It works great! Use it in the same way that FD posted the instructions. It aims more away from your feet than the Wiz does so stand so the end of the funnel is just inside the front edge of the seat the 1st time, then you can adjust the distance next time. I like the firmness of the funnel because you don't have to worry about it slipping or have to hold it in place. I did have to shake it like the fellows do and be sure you are done before removing it. having a piece of tissue or pee rag ready before using makes it easy. I rinsed it with just an eigth cup water and patted it dry after a swift shake to empty the tube part. It is just the right size IMO to nest comfortably between the legs without pinching or binding. I am 5'9" 180 lbs. A much smaller woman may not find it as comfortable, but I think someone larger than me would be very comfortable and easy to use. You don't have to "see" it to adjust it so even a pregnant woman could use it. It is rigid so it goes and stays where you put it. It has a loop on the backside (it's & yours) so you could hang it from your pack if you feel a little brazen. Unless some guy listening in tells them different you can always say its a fuel funnel to any one that asks .... you would not be lying.
to the guys listening in .... I apologize to all the men I have cursed when they wet the seat. Those last dribbles are hard to aim.
BUT THAT DOES NOT STOP YOU FROM WIPING THE SEAT WHEN YOU ARE DONE!
Did I yell that loud enough ladies?
"Don't tell me I CAN'T!"
FD, let us know if there are any problems with smell build up or visible bacteria or any other unpleasant occurrences with the Wiz Funnel. You know the manufacturers are not going to tell us. I will experiment with different conditions for the FloFunnel and keep everyone informed on it also.
I'm PURPLE, ya'll hear that .... PURPLE
Here is the link to Freds Discount Store Locator - looks like it is not available in the Mid Atlantic and New England states- sorry
maybe it can be found at a locale auto supply store in ya'lls neck of the woods??
I'm trying to figure out how to do a hose/reservoir thingy so I don't have to leave the tent at night to WEEEEEE! If I come up with something I'll let ya'll now ... yes, I have a heavy southern accent.
"Don't tell me I CAN'T!"
I think the Whiz looks good, just not sure I would pay $20, but if alternatives don't work I would. I don't think that the medical grade thing is a bad thing, just not so necessary a thing. (I do know that there are people with these serious issues, but then they will be doing serious disinfecting and not putting a little water or hand sanitizer on it.)
I have doing experimenting with my own little designs. Last try was a small paper plate. Actually works ok, but does need two hands. Obviously not a multiple shot deal, lol! Maybe go get one of those transmission fluid babies.
Sorry that I may have named this thread too well. Guys go start your own pee thread.
Just thought that might be something useful you might not have thought of and it just popped into my head when I was reading your post.
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
I was thinking, instead of hanging the funnel on my pack for "display," why not take an old bandana and make a little bag to hang off the back of the pack. If you have a pee rag, a little bag wouldn't look too out of place.
As to the final bit of Purple's comment, I remember a bit of restroom poetry:
If you sprinkle while you tinkle,
Please be neat and wipe the seat.
Someone suggested if you got silicon you could cut it, though where you'd get that, I don't know.
"Haha, keep us posted on your progress". Very cute. I imagine the guys are all loving all this.
And if the guys are bothered by this conversation they can look elsewhere as far as I'm concerned. This is exactly why this forum was created, let's use it with pride ladies!
I am not sure what sticks to silicon-- but there are sites on the net that tell what sticks to everything. A smaller one might be worth it. However, I might try that auto transmission fluid thing-- despite might my first impressions. They are $1-2.
Yes, I feel this is the kind of discussion that is great for a gal's only forum.
And this is a great thing to have around. This White Blaze is quite a jewel for just tons of info, whether I ever hike the AT or no.
WOW! I just spend and hour going from link to link--all from the ftm link you posted. I teach a unit on sexuality inb my psych classes and this REALLY got me updated. I honestly didn't know how archaic my information and vocab. had become.
On Topic: I don't mind squatting, except when the temp is below about 35. It isn't the squatting it is the cold backside I hate.
Thanks all around,
A pee rag? I haven't heard about this one before. I take it, this is a reusable rag, but isn't that messy?
"I learned long ago that the most important and valuable of acting techniques is the exit...Keep them asking, and exit clean and sharp."
- Travels with Charley
thank you very much for your report!!! Now I decided to try a funnel. Next chance I get I'll check out an auto parts store for the funnel. I would be fine hanging it on my pack, it's not like anybody would know what it is!!
And penne, my pee rag is just a bandanna (if you have more than one bananna, make sure the pee rag is a different color!!!). it's an alternative to using toilet paper every time you pee.
LOL Freud would have a field day with this thread.
Does anyone know what type of plastic the auto store funnels are made out of?
The reason I ask is my vet, and several other pet owners I know have confirmed this with their vets, says that plastic bowls are not good as feeding dishes since plastic is porous and holds bacteria. What happens is it causes redness, swelling, and sometimes acne on the pet's nose and lips. If it can do that to pets, then I don't think I want anything like that against my body.
If the auto store funnel is made out of a grade of plastic same as those approved for use as dishes, water containers, etc... for humans, then it might be OK, but if it's not, I wouldn't want it anywhere near my body after the first few uses.