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Cabela's Shower Shelter, a little bit of heaven - a Field Test Review at Cabela's

Cabela's Shower Shelter, a little bit of heaven - a Field Test Review

Author: Frank Ross

After a long day in the field, hiking and hauling heavy gear, there’s nothing that has more appeal to me than a hot shower. Unfortunately, my hunting camps are usually located far from the convenience of facilities and multiple days afield make hygiene, as well as scent control, a challenge.

This unit set up quickly and has a lot of well thought out features that make a remote shower much more enjoyable.
Since field-testing Cabela’s Shower Shelter, I’m thinking that the aroma around this year’s camp will lack a certain earthy twang, and my homecoming will be received in a more enthusiastic manner.

Our pre-season field test was set for elk country in the mountains of Colorado, where even on rough terrain the Shower Shelter’s small footprint made picking a set-up spot easy. This unit set up quickly and has a lot of well thought out features that make a remote shower much more enjoyable. To begin, there’s plenty of height, even for a tall guy. The 87" center height is tall enough that you can raise your arms without feeling cramped, and the 4-1/2-foot square space is more than adequate. That much width also allows for a wide entrance door and the three-sided zippered closure doesn’t cramp entry or egress. The zipper also opens up the entire front for quick drying once you’re done.

I really like the way the frame is designed. The top crosspiece as well as the four corners is made of heavy-duty PVC to assure a solid support. The tubular frame members slide into these unions, and metal spring steel snaps slide through slots to keep them in place. The powder-coated frame is chain-corded, which makes assembly a breeze. You basically just have to shake them loose and the elastic pulls them into position. Once you’ve got the frame assembled, the 1,500mm-coated rip-stop shelter snaps into position and you attach the rain canopy, which secures with both internal Velcro® straps as well as elastic tie-down straps that secure to loops on the poles. The final step is to stake down the bottom at the four corners and anchor the top with the provided stakes and tie-down lines and you’re ready for some blissful bathing.
If the skunk in your camp is you, check out Cabela's Shower Shelter.
I found the hanging organizer to have plenty of storage space for toiletry articles as well as personal items that I didn’t want to get wet. And there’s a waterproof zippered closure for storing toilet paper, since this unit can also serve as a privy with a chemical toilet. For privacy two windows have zip-out nylon and No-See-Um mesh panels to keep the vermin from being a nuisance. And the designers thought of everything: There’s a bar to hang your towel.

The 5-gallon solar bag heats up the water to a really nice temperature in only a couple of hours of direct sunlight, and used judiciously the volume is adequate for several showers. If you wanted to go hog wild, you could add a Zodi Hot Camp Shower that uses propane and four D-Cell batteries to produce 100 degree water in less than a minute. The batteries operate a pump and the propane heats the water. A 16-ounce propane bottle and four D-Cell batteries will produce 25 hot five-minute showers or any combination thereof. The Zodi comes in both single and dual burners and when combined with Cabela’s Shower Shelter you’ve got a great one-two punch for pleasurably purging the scent of any outdoor activities.

Sure, this shower will also be popular for family camping trips, but for me, the major advantage it will provide for staying scent free during a hunt makes it a worthwhile investment. If the skunk in your camp is you, check out Cabela’s Shower Shelter. Soap and hot water are wonderful things when combined in the woods.