Given all of the complaining we have heard from women over the years about how men were much better adapted for small boats than women, we were a bit surprised that the female members of the BoatTEST staff did not jump on the P-Mate testing project with a little more alacrity. After all, this was their chance to even up the score. There was actually some grumbling among a couple of staffers as if asking an employee to pee in a small paper device (in private!) might be contrary to the spirit of the Equal Employment Act (would we have to ask male staffers to test it, too?)
|These three photos show the P-Mate in all of its revolutionary splendor. All testers agreed that it is anatomically correct. But did it work?|
In an effort to try to entice more women into boating, BoatTEST.com has diverged from our usually testing subjects to that of a new product for women. We entreated our gentle staff to submit to this indignity for the greater good of the sport. Finally, two brave souls volunteered to test the P-Mates for the good of the sport.
The first thing all of our testers agree on was using the P-Mate while wearing blue jeans that are anywhere near one’s waist is a non-starter. Both of our testers were dubious about the ability to use the P-Mate in mixed company with the appropriate propriety with any sort of trousers on. Both said that very baggy shorts, a dress, or a long tee shirt would probably be the best attire for retaining one’s modesty and using the P-mate at the same time.
We fear that this discovery strikes at the very root of the appeal of the P-Mate for many women who obviously were looking forward to the wearing the pants in the family.
|P-Mates cost about $2.50 per unit and come in packs of three and five.|