Pee Standing Up (and a contest!)

gogirlwhiz_freedompstyleMen, look away now. And women, if you never knew you wanted to pee standing up, this article is for you.

First, let me make clear that I have no problem squatting in the woods. I can even handle grotty bathrooms (I’ve had my fair share of practice in squat toilets) but sometimes I’ve longed for the advantages of the male plumbing system. Happily, there’s not much they don’t make these days and over the past week I’ve been testing out 3 different ways for women to pee standing up.

Once you’ve read my thoughts on the pStyle, the Whiz Freedom and the Go Girl, don’t forget to leave a comment if you’re a woman and tell us why you’d like to try one out for free.

I have a Whiz Freedom and a Go Girl to give away and next week I’ll choose two of the best comments to receive one.

Pee Standing Up: Comparing the pStyle, the Whiz Freedom and the Go Girl


  1. Colleen Welch
    21st January 2010 at 4:26 am #

    Besides the obvious experiance of not being able to find a potty shack when I so desparately need one, let me tell you about an experiance I had where peeing standing up would have been oh so helpful. I was on a short solo tour. On the second day, I was riding through a section of clear-cut timber. I had to pee like mad yet, all there was were stumps. Also, there was a fair amount of traffic. Anyway, I was getting pretty desparate, looking for anyplace to pull off when a spied a small mound of grass at the beginning of a logging road. I pulled over only to realize it was not very high and in order to be somewhat hidden, I would need to squat down pretty low. Well, it was too late to turn back so I did my best. After I returned to my bike and continued riding I noticed an extreme itching beginning in my bike shorts. After several more miles I reached a proper restroom. As I pulled down my shorts, a bunch of spiky little grass seeds fell out–clearly the source of all the itching! I guess I had squatted a little too close to the grasses and got seeds all over my a…(well, you know)!

    • friedel
      21st January 2010 at 6:37 am #

      Oh, no. Terrible! I have heard of women mistakenly squatting in poison ivy too. I guess that must be a similar experience, that happily I haven’t had. I’ll put your name on the list for either a Go Girl or a Whiz Freedom 🙂

  2. Bky
    21st January 2010 at 6:48 am #

    I have NO problem squatting …… but I long for the freedom and the looks of my friends when I tell them (or demonstrate) how I can pee standing – if I so wish. I can just see it now LOL
    Besides my butt gets cold.

    PS I have am VERY susceptible to poison Oak and this can be problem with- you know – squatting in the woods

    in closing….. BIKES RULE 🙂

  3. Susan
    21st January 2010 at 7:47 am #

    Loved your descriptions of these! Sounds like the pstyle is the way to go! I sure could’ve used one of these this summer when we were traveling. Reduces the amount of sitting down on public seats…ugh…shudder! I’ve got to get one of these!

  4. Marijcke
    21st January 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Hi Friedel,

    Did you hear the story of Sjirk this weekend. He told us about a friend who tried to pee in a bottle inside the tent, leaving the sleepingbag all wet…. Not so sweet. I can imagine one off the devices described in this article could have been helpfull. An other good tip was the rain poncho Josie Dew always carries around. It doesn’t matter if there are a lot of people or not, you just squad down and do your business.

  5. Kayleen
    22nd January 2010 at 12:55 am #

    AAAH, the old poison ivy or whatever it is called in Europe.

    Where are the public toilets when you most need them in Germany and Austria? Indeed, where ARE the public toilets in Germany and Austria?

    Squatting in the bush, trying to be discreet and worrying about the environmental damage you are doing and then suffering the itchy bum syndrome after brushing against the stinging nettles…. aahh the memories.

    My partner never really understood my grizzles; after all he could do it standing up!

  6. michelle rosborough
    24th January 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    I hate public restrooms so this would come in handy !!!!!

  7. Friedel
    25th January 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Bky – you’ve won a peeing thingee! I’ll email you and the other winner and we can see who wants which one 🙂

Leave a comment