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Pact all-in-one backcountry bathroom kit works aces for deuces

Pact all-in-one backcountry ba...
Car camping, overlanding, hunting, fishing ... all activities that could benefit from a Pact Kit
Car camping, overlanding, hunting, fishing ... all activities that could benefit from a Pact Kit
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If you're willing to pack thoroughly, the Pact Kit makes a handy addition to your backpacking load
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If you're willing to pack thoroughly, the Pact Kit makes a handy addition to your backpacking load
Car camping, overlanding, hunting, fishing ... all activities that could benefit from a Pact Kit
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Car camping, overlanding, hunting, fishing ... all activities that could benefit from a Pact Kit
Throw the Pact Kit into your fishing bag or camping gear box and you'll be happy to have it when nature calls
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Throw the Pact Kit into your fishing bag or camping gear box and you'll be happy to have it when nature calls
Pact finishes things off with an organic hand spray for easily cleaning up those well-used, soiled hands
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Pact finishes things off with an organic hand spray for easily cleaning up those well-used, soiled hands
Much more convenient than a roll of toilet paper, Pact's wipes pack tiny, expand with a little water and help to initiate the decomposition process once buried
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Much more convenient than a roll of toilet paper, Pact's wipes pack tiny, expand with a little water and help to initiate the decomposition process once buried
The Pact Kit measures under a foot long, making it easy enough to pack in a car, in a canoe or raft, or strapped to a backpack
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The Pact Kit measures under a foot long, making it easy enough to pack in a car, in a canoe or raft, or strapped to a backpack
The various pockets hold a reusable pack-out bag, wipes and mycelium tablets
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The various pockets hold a reusable pack-out bag, wipes and mycelium tablets
A lightweight, purpose-designed shovel makes quick work of digging the cat hole
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A lightweight, purpose-designed shovel makes quick work of digging the cat hole
The white wipe and brown mycelium tablets
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The white wipe and brown mycelium tablets
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Crapping in the woods can be downright intimidating. The objective can be crudely approached with a makeshift hobo bindle consisting of a shovel, pack-out bag and full toilet paper roll, but Colorado startup Pact Outdoors has a sleeker all-in-one solution that incorporates everything you need for a tidy number two, including mycelium tablets for faster decomposition. Consider it the Swiss Army knife of eco-friendly excretion.

Packed neatly into a trifold prism case, the Pact Kit quickly unfolds to reveal a full mini-workshop of BM accoutrements. A carabiner up top and loop to the side allow the whole kit to hang easily from a tree branch for convenient access. The spine of the package is a compact, lightweight aluminum shovel with a pointed tip and serrated blade for breaking through stubborn ground. Use it to dig the 6-inch-plus (15-cm) cat hole over which you shall squat and take aim.

The various pockets hold a reusable pack-out bag, wipes and mycelium tablets
The various pockets hold a reusable pack-out bag, wipes and mycelium tablets

The kit really kicks into gear after the deed is done. The small, pill-like compressed wipes expand into proper 9 x 9-in (23 x 23-cm) moist towelettes with a little water (not included), providing a convenient biodegradable wipe that can be thrown right in the hole. Pact says that a single wipe should cut it, but that will ultimately depend upon the general scene and your desired level of posterior purity. The kit includes a total of 20 wipes, so wipers can use at their own discretion.

Much more convenient than a roll of toilet paper, Pact's wipes pack tiny, expand with a little water and help to initiate the decomposition process once buried
Much more convenient than a roll of toilet paper, Pact's wipes pack tiny, expand with a little water and help to initiate the decomposition process once buried

After things are appropriately fresh and tidy, pants re-buttoned comfortably around the waist, the Pact user is encouraged to drop three of the kit's 60 included mycelium tablets into the hole. The company says the fungal tablets will break down the buried poop and wipes up to 10 times faster, helping to more quickly return that particular set of geo coordinates to its previously pristine state. In fact, Pact claims the spot will be in even better shape since mycelium destroys harmful bacteria and turns waste into nutrients for the soil.

After one fills the hole up with some dirt, the 1-oz (30-ml) bottle of organic hand sanitizer gets his or her hands clean enough to go back and chow down on fireside fajitas.

Pact finishes things off with an organic hand spray for easily cleaning up those well-used, soiled hands
Pact finishes things off with an organic hand spray for easily cleaning up those well-used, soiled hands

Lastly, the Pact Kit includes a large zippered storage pocket that holds a washable reusable trash bag, with which one can pack out anything that needs packing out. The pocket can also store any other accessories one might find necessary for his or her particular pooping-in-the-wild journey.

The Pact Kit is a pretty comprehensive, little solution that packs in well under a pound at 12.8 oz (363 g), all supplies included. The only thing it's really missing is a specialized GPS to triangulate the perfect squat spot far enough from nearby campgrounds, trails and water bodies, but we reckon most folks can figure that out on their own.

If you're willing to pack thoroughly, the Pact Kit makes a handy addition to your backpacking load
If you're willing to pack thoroughly, the Pact Kit makes a handy addition to your backpacking load

The 10 x 3.5 x 2-in (25 x 9 x 5-cm) package might be a bit bulky for minimalists, but users could easily just pack a smaller subset of the contents for fast, light use. The full kit looks quite handy for dispersed car camping, overlanding, rafting, hunting and other backcountry activities that might not include a formal toilet.

The Pact Kit landed on our radar after taking home an Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award at last week's OR Snow Show. It retails for US$50 and is available for order now.

Source: Pact Outdoors

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5 comments
5 comments
Rob
Headline of the day. Kudos!
BlueOak
Is one allowed to have so much fun writing about crapping in the wild?

Not sure Victorinox would appreciate:

“Consider it the Swiss Army knife of eco-friendly excretion.”
bwana4swahili
"squat and take aim" Just don't lose your balance and fall in the hole!

And for those of you that want the full story, the book (now in its 3rd release), "How to Shit in the Woods" is quite entertaining.
History Nut
They forgot to include the compact, folding toilet seat to qualify as a "bathroom". The dried, compressed sanitary wipes are of interest but I already have various size/weight E-tools and the decomp tablets are unnecessary as human waste is as biodegradable as the other animal waste already found in the woods. The paper-based TP breaks down naturally already. They will sell because it is marketing that sells a product.
ljaques
At least CC had fun with this total crock of Pact.
100 compressed cloth tablets can be had on Ebay for $7.39, should you like that concept at a more reasonable price.