It was a dark and stormy night... well, the night before my ride was anyway. New York has seen some unseasonably mild weather as of late so I had to hit the trails regardless of the rain. I called up my friend Julie who makes me ride faster since she continuously kicks my butt. We set out for a quick ride out at Calverton. Although this trail drains well and dries fast, I knew we would hit some muddy conditions so, I set out with the Nomad it tow.
The Nomad is a portable pressure washer that works off of a standard 12volt battery found in almost every car on the market today. Just plug this bad boy into what used to be the "cigarette lighter" in your car and let the magic happen. Although this is a biking website, I have to tell you the uses for this thing are endless. I'm looking forward to using it this summer to clean the sand off the bottom of my kayak before putting it up on my roof racks as well as de-sanding my feet, legs and flips.
I have to admit, I'm not really a gadget person but the Nomad impressed me. It's about the size of a large container of liquid laundry detergent and it weighs about the same too. It comes complete with a 20ft hose and 10ft power cord that fits nicely into two side storage compartments on the unit. Fill it up with fresh water from your garden hose and you are ready for action.
So, I fill up the Nomad, I pick up Julie, we ride, she kicks my arse and we arrive back to my truck two muddy messes. Julie is a bit of an obsessive compulsive neat freak so I knew she would be perfect to test drive the Nomad. The first thing I noticed about the it is that it's best to never give an obsessive compulsive neat freak control of the it, if you hope to get any mud off YOUR bike, but I digress.
Directions are not necessary with the unit. You plug it in, flip the power switch, adjust the nozzle to the spray you want and you're good to go. The first thing that impressed me about the Nomad was the power that it kicked out. This wasn't some drippy hose that made more of a mess than anything else. In fact it was quite the opposite. The Nomad pushes out a pretty impressive stream of water that very easily handled the mud on both of our bikes as well as Julie's shoes. I didn't time it exactly but I would say we got close to nine or so minutes of spray time before running low on water.
The Nomad was awesome for a bunch of reasons. For starters, you are able to get off the mud from your components and bike before it dries and cakes on. This preliminary cleaning will save tons of time from having to scrub off dirt from the time of the flood, when you finally get around to it. Number two, although I'm not a super neat freak I do get tired of having mud splattered all over the interior of my car. The Nomad allows you to get some of the grime off your gear before throwing it into the truck for the long haul back home.
Easy to use, small enough to hall and versatile enough to cover a wide range of outdoor pursuits, the Nomad is a nice companion to any outdoor enthusiast that doesn't quit just because they may get a little muddy!