Okay, I don’t do a lot of gear reviews because, well, because this is really not that kind of blog. That said, there is one piece of gear that we use every day (except some of the crustier passagemaking days perhaps). When we use it, we hardly notice it’s there. In my opinion, that’s a good way to feel about gear.
The GoToob is a silicone soap/shampoo container with a hard plastic top. The 2.5oz ones have a suction cup on them that sticks to many marina bathroom walls (YMMV). They are the perfect size for carry-on, and fit nicely in a slim bathroom bag. When I get in the shower, I pop them on the wall and tap for a perfect dose of Dr. Bonners or shampoo.
If that were all I had to say about them, I might never have written this post. Like I said, you kind of forget that they are there. Here’s what makes them exceptional. PEOPLE.
Over the past several years, I have had two occasions to write to their customer service. (The suction cups can lose their hold on some walls and the plastic caps can only take so much abuse before they give up the ghost). In both cases I got the most exceptionally warm and authentic email responses and enough caps to last me quite a while.
Like I said, I wouldn’t think twice about my shower accoutrements, but I will always remember the pleasant banter and speedy resolution that humangear provided.