£159.99 › Im­pres­sively portable clean­ing pack­age

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WorxHy­droshot­washer, Pearl Izumi Pro Leader V4 shoes ver­sus Giro Knit E70s, Vit­to­ria Qu­rano 46 Disc wheels, Ge­netic Bikes barand­stem,Shi­mano XC5shoe­sandFatLassAt the Back kit.

THE WORX HY­DROSHOT FITS SOME­WHERE be­tween mains or petrol-pow­ered wash­ers and portable in­te­grated units. Key to the de­sign is the small, light­weight 20v mo­tor, which is in­cor­po­rated into the spray gun, and pow­ered by the 2.0ah in­ter­change­able lithium-ion bat­tery.

The Hy­droshot’s 6m long hose snaps on to the sprayer body and can take wa­ter from al­most any­where, with a fil­ter to keep the sup­ply clean, and a slid­ing float to con­trol its depth. Our kit in­cludes a col­lapsi­ble bucket, but you could use large screw-top con­tain­ers, or any fresh wa­ter source, so long as its vol­ume matches your in­tended task. A bot­tle cap con­nec­tor al­lows most 2-litre drinks bot­tles to be di­rectly at­tached, and the fit­ted hose con­nec­tor can be re­placed for use with your gar­den hose.

A 41.5cm ex­ten­sion lance can be used be­tween the pis­tol grip body and multi-spray noz­zle if re­quired, oth­er­wise there’s 36cm of spray gun ahead of your con­trol­ling hand, which is bet­ter when space or prox­im­ity is an is­sue. The spray gun, noz­zle and bat­tery weigh 1430g, be­com­ing 159g heav­ier and a lit­tle more nose down with the ex­ten­sion at­tached.

The spray gun has high and low pres­sure set­tings, equat­ing to 320psi/22bar and 94psi/6.5bar, giv­ing pro­jected work­ing du­ra­tions of 16 or 30 min­utes with the 2.0ah bat­tery, and a charge time of three hours, although the bat­tery reaches 75 per cent in an hour. If ex­pect­ing a lot of use away from home, a spare, or larger bat­tery could be wise, as there’s no ve­hi­cle charger.

Cur­rent Worx users can also buy just the spray gun body more cheaply, and use their ex­ist­ing bat­ter­ies, or 2.0ah and 4.0ah spares are avail­able.

Flow rate is 150 litres/hour, so if you’re plan­ning on a lot of wash­ing, you’ll need a lot of wa­ter. The multi-spray noz­zle has a ro­tat­ing head of­fer­ing five al­ter­nate spray types, from a gar­den wa­ter­ing shower to 0, 15, 25 and 40 de­gree flat fan-shaped jets,

WE SAY The Hy­droshot packs power, prac­ti­cal­ity and cus­tomis­able per­for­mance

which al­low sim­ple ad­just­ment to suit your wash­ing needs. A thumb-op­er­ated safety but­ton en­gages the large trig­ger, and one-handed spray­ing is easy. When start­ing, it can take around 30 sec­onds for the wa­ter to be pulled through the hose, but as long as the sup­ply is con­sis­tent, so is the out­put.

With up to 10 times the pres­sure of a gar­den hose, the Hy­droshot strips mud from the filth­i­est bikes with ease, with­out com­pro­mis­ing your bear­ings, and is use­ful for other house­hold tasks, like wash­ing boots, win­dows or cars, where the hose length al­lows all-round ac­cess with­out mov­ing the wa­ter con­tainer. It wins on porta­bil­ity too, as its main com­po­nents can be packed or hung in your ve­hi­cle within their mesh bag. So far, we haven’t ex­hausted a 2.0ah bat­tery in a ses­sion, man­ag­ing to clean a cou­ple of bikes. The bane of any portable washer is wa­ter sup­ply, but the Hy­droshot’s flex­i­bil­ity gives the roam­ing rider more op­tions than most, and ex­cel­lent clean­ing power too. MOST D WANTE

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