The P-Style: Solving First World Climber Problems


In today’s post we solve one of those first world climber girl problems – peeing outdoors. How many times have I jealously eyed the guys peeing 10 feet away from the climb while I go tromping, deep into the woods, to try to find a place to squat? No longer my friends! Today, we feature a guest post on a contraption near, dear, and life-changing for one of our readers, climber and teacher, Marilina. Scroll to the end to find out how to win a FREE pStyle!

I’m at the top of the second pitch with one more pitch to go. My bladder is bursting, but there is no way I can take off my harness. I take out my pStyle, unzip my fly, tuck it in, point the tip down, and aaahhhhhhh! As I slide the pStyle out, it takes the excess pee along with it, so no need to wipe. I wrap it up in its designated kerchief and I’m ready to roll.

big-pstyle-greenWhy it’s better
Out of desperation I did a lot of research on this, and just about everything else does not work. I won’t name brands lest I get sued for libel, but all the others I’ve tried create a mess because of one or more of the following reasons:

  1. They are squishy, and you end up squishing the pee all over yourself – gross.
  2. They try to funnel to a narrow opening, which can create back flow – again, gross.
  3. They look like penises – ’nuff said.
  4. They require you to stick your hand inside your pants and press against your between-leg area to create a seal- awkward and not fail-proof.

The pStyle is simple; it just redirects the flow. The outside stays clean and dry, so there is no need to wash your hands. Additionally, it’s compact and easy to carry cleanly (see hints later). The pStyle is handy, small, and easy to use. I have a few tucked into key places so I don’t find myself without one. These include the car, my in-laws’, the crag bag, the alpine bag, the coat closet. Besides the great outdoors, it comes in handy on family walks (squatting near your in-laws is always awkward) and around NYC on late night outings when public bathrooms are all closed.


Helpful hints

  1. Make sure the back end of the pStyle contacts and is snug against the perineum. This is the most important hint.
  2. Point the outside end of the “water slide” down. It may mean you need to lean forward a bit if your pant zip is too high. It doesn’t have to be 45 degrees down, but just enough for the liquid to flow downhill.
  3. Push the top of your underwear down to insert the pStyle. The website says to push the bottom of your underwear to the side, but I found that to be not as foolproof and also awkward with pants.
  4. Keep hips level so excess flow does not leak onto the downhill leg. I learned this the hard way…
  5. To prevent getting any splashback on your feet or shoes, stand on something about a foot higher than the pee landing area.
  6. You can make or buy a bag to hold your pStyle . I prefer placing it in a triangle-folded hankie, then wrapping it burrito-style with one of the triangle points tucked on the inside part of the water slide.
  7. Practice a few times in the shower.

Where else can it go?

  • Back country skiing
  • Concerts
  • Anywhere you’d like to avoid the port-o-potty
  • Next to a guy just to mess with his mind (most guys freak out when I pee standing up next to them)

If you don’t believe me, look up the reviews on Amazon for this product and all its competitors. The pStyle wins hands down.

Thanks Marilina for solving our first world girl climber problems!

Three lucky readers will receive a free pStyle! Like our pStyle photo on Facebook and we’ll enter you into a drawing to win a free pStyle. Also, if you want to purchase multiple pStyles, enter the following discount codes on BUY2, BUY6, and BUY12 ($10/each, $8.50/each, $7.50/each)

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9 thoughts on “The P-Style: Solving First World Climber Problems

  1. v10Princess! says:

    I love it! This is hilarious and I want a p style!

    • Cate says:

      It’s hilarious and amazing at the same time! “Like” it on facebook and you could be 1 of 3 lucky ladies to win one 🙂

  2. Jess W says:

    Um…. yep. I need this. Heading over to Facebook now. CruxCrush, you guys just know what’s up. 🙂

  3. TommyMcporker says:

    I would be very confused and a little scared if i see a girl doing this. Id also likely look over to make sure she is in fact a girl lol.

    • keith says:

      by that logic, this may indeed have an added benefit of keeping creeper dudes who might watch you urinate away from you (ladies).

  4. Elle says:

    I have a P-style, and it is definitely the best urinary contraption that I’ve tried. I rarely use it though. I think I keep it more for the comfort of knowing I have it “just in case.” I still prefer squatting most of the time.
    It seems like the author doesn’t mind the attention it gets. But I’m a shy person so the attention would really bother me. I’ve only used my P-style in front of my husband.

  5. Jess W says:

    I just got back from my first week long climbing trip where I had my P-Style in tow. I cannot say enough how much I love this thing. I’m telling every one I know.
    Not only was I able to pee with out pulling down my pants (such as the photos above show) but it was also SUPER easy to use with my harness on. Talk about AMAZING!

    The tips she gives are super spot on, but I feel it should be said that the first time really isnt a great inducation of how the p-style will work for you, long term. The first time I tried to wait until I really “had to go”, took off my pants completely and got into the shower. I found it really hard to relax enough to get things flowing… I’m not sure if it was nervousness or what, but it was weird. The second time I decided to just go for it, pants on, out in the world (still hidden from public), this was much better. I feel like the pants/undies combo actually makes the thing easier to use, they seem to push the p-style into place and make things feel more “relaxed”.

    All that being said, I used the p-style all week, numerous times, and each time was more thanful to have it than the last. What a great thing to have tucked into my crag bag. Thanks so much Crux Crush and Marilina!

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