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    Showers keep you smelling nice, but also keep you healthy during extended stays in the wild.

    Extended stays in the woods doesn't necessarily give you a piney scent. So if you're serious about living a life in the wild, using the Nemo Equipment Inc. Helio Pressure Shower once in a while can keep you fresh and despite your dirty lifestyle. Lightweight and small when packed, this pump-pressured shower uses sunlight to warm its dark-colored, 2.9-gallon reservoir before you wash off the sand, dirt, or dirty dishes at your off-the-grid basecamp.
    • Provides a 5-7 minute steady shower
    • Tough PU-coated polyester reservoir stands up to lots of camping abuse but remains lightweight
    • Seven-foot neoprene hose includes a spray nozzle for proper cleaning and rinsing
    • Foot pump maintains the pressure while you shower without needing a place to hang it from (like gravity-feed showers)
    • Inflatable design stands 16-inches tall, but packs down to a 5.5in x 8.5in package so you can easily store it in your expedition pack or car's trunk
    • Quick-connect valves makes setting up and packing up easy
    • Item #NEM0036

    Tech Specs

    polyester (PU-coated), TPU coating, [tubing] neoprene
    11 L
    Packed Dimensions
    5.5 x 8.5 in
    Recommended Use
    showering in the woods
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Utterly Practical

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Probably the most practical piece of car camping gear I’ve recently purchased – ranking in just below a battery air mattress pump for fires and just above the group sized dutch oven. Sitting in the sun, the gray color heats up water relatively fast for a quick shower or hot water during dishes. The water pressure is great too, adequate for helping clean food from plates, dirt and mud from the day’s bike ride, or grime from your body. When you’re all finished, it packs down to a great size.

    Not just a shower- use for any cleaning

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My boyfriend and I tried the Rinse Kit since it had great reviews. The Rinse Kit worked as advertised with good pressure, etc.. but in the end, we didn't like the square design. We used it for rinsing off after surfing and I don't have a huge car (racks on the roof!), or garage to store stuff, so it just felt bulky.

    We decided to get the Helio Pressure shower for a surf and camping trip. A few of the selling points was that it could be packed up when not in use, and when we didn't have access to filling it with pressurized water (I think the Rinse Kit has since added an accessory for that), and the narrow and tall cylinder design appeared to take up less space.

    We were stoked on the Helio Shower and ended up using it for more than showering. We used it for washing dishes, washing hands, and feet (try it, even if you haven't had a full shower, washing your grimy feet before sleeping while camping feels halfway born again), and pretty much any time you'd want a hose to use for cleaning stuff off.

    I read some reviews that complained about the pressure not being high enough or the annoyance of continually pumping it up to maintain pressure. The pressure was obviously not what you get from a garden hose, but considering all the benefits, I think that was negligible. Overall, super happy with it and would highly recommend it. I'm interested in testing the durability after a few more trips off the grid.

    No more dirt

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Well I found this to be a multi-purpose purchase. obviously you can shower, and the pressure is amazing, not to mention the tank warms up super fast and has a pretty good capacity. But the second purpose is doing dishes! it was so nice to use the pressure washer to rinse off the dishes and things and not have to run to the water and back every meal!

    Showers in the desert

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I used this on a recent bike trip around the White Rim in Moab. It was over 90 degrees during the day, dusty and dry. In the evenings I put just a few liters of water in this shower, pushed the billows pump a few times with my foot, and voila - I was showering in the outdoors. The sprayer is great to rinse off with and wash your hair, and the shower easily collapsed back down into a small carry case. Excellent glamping item.

    Wanted to Love

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I was so excited when this arrived; I love camping gadgets and unnecessary car camping equipment for the camp site. I opened up the package, looked at the manual and proceeded to fill up the reservoir in my kitchen sink to try it out. Strike one, the carrying handle blocked access to the small fill hole and once filled it was tough to get closed again. Okay so, I could live with this as my camp water has a pour hose and it makes sense to have a tight seal on the top to hold the pressure, so not a deal breaker. Strike two: as far as I can tell there is no way to easily disconnect the spray hose from the base of the reservoir; the connection is a stiff spring clip that I didn't want to brute force in fear it would never go on again. I would have preferred a similar connection as the spray head to allow the hose to dry out as best as possible. Okay, still not a deal breaker as you could flush with a water/bleach solution at some point. Strike Three: I proceeded to empty the reservoir after my small test. The test mind you was great, excellent pressure only after a small amount of pumping with some good distance. The fill top once reopened has a 1cm lip on the inside of the bag, so when i turned it upside down to dump the water a good amount remained. This probably won't be an issue for most locations, but I live in the PNW where the term "moist" is in the everyday vernacular and after 3 days, there was still a small amount of water in the reservoir.

    I really wanted to love this product, but at the end of the day if it's going to create more work for me I won't use it


    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    You can wash the bug spray scent off
    the onion smell off from your sweaty day adventure
    your animal before letting them drag their dirty little body into your sleeping bag
    the camp fire smell off before driving home, etc.

    Maybe you like camping, but you think you don't because you like feeling fresh so much--boom, problem solved.

    clean up a bit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    if you live in a place where there isnt a ton of water and you like to play hard you might find yourself wanting one of these after a long day. does everything from cleaning the gear you use to cleaning you, and it does it with some pressure behind the nozzle. set it up in the morning put it in the sun let the water heat up and by the evening you are taking a warm shower, nothing feels better than a warm outdoor shower

    LOVE it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This has made almost all of my adventures even better. It's well-made, easy to use, and best of all you don't have to hang it. I use it to wash off, clean dishes, and spray my husband when he's not looking.

    If I were nitpicky, I would just want it to be a little easier to clean and dry out. The hose and sprayer is a little flimsy, but hasn't failed me yet and is easy to replace.

    Much better than a gravity fed shower

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The bladder is great, good size, stands up to abuse, and heats quickly. You can leave this out in the sun and have a rather warm to hot shower at the end of the day.

    I used this in Zions for a large group. Probably 10 people used it once or twice over four days. The shower has enough water for 15 minutes of bathing. The lines can kink easily, which is its biggest detractor, I do worry a little bit about their long term use.

    Great pressure from the billows pump, equivalent to a sink sprayer.

    Four out of five stars, one star subtracted because of the hose kinking issues.

    Perfect portable Shower

    THis is a perfect shower that is incredibly east to bring along with any camping trip. Water was plenty warm and the pressure was great. Would reccommened this to anyone who is looking for a camp shower. Just pump it up and let'r go! Got all showered up with that view. How can you beat that? Roll Tide!

    Perfect portable Shower

    Portable and Easy to Use

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This shower is sweet! Very easy to use and compact enough to take anywhere. The seven foot hose will make this really convenient to use in camp for doing dishes, hosing off bikes and of course taking a shower. The foot pump on this is awesome as you can keep a fairly steady stream of water by regulating the pressure with the pump.

    I am looking forward to warmer weather to take this shower on some pack trips and really trying it out.

    Everything I was hoping for...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used it on several car camping trips. It performed perfectly and was a great help to everyone at the campsite. With 2 liters of water 2 people could easily take refreshing showers and get clean with water left for dishes. In short, after taking multiple showers and doing many sets of dishes I can say it makes things way easier and less daunting Lol. Those folks over at nemo got all sidetracked and it really payed off!

    Helio Pressure Shower rocks!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Hey all, The Helio pressure shower is an awesome tool for all your outdoor water needs. I use it for washing the dishes, taking a quick shower, and cleaning off my fishing waders! Mostly I use it to clean of my bike! No more hose to hook up and turn on and off constantly. The Helio is super portable too so I take it on trips and its always full in the back of the car for any water needs I may have. Change your life, get a Helio Shower.

    Helio Pressure Shower rocks!

    What's the second cap for on the foot...

    What's the second cap for on the foot pump?

    Best Answer

    There are actually two valves on the Helio pump. The one on the top of the pump is the one-way air intake valve. Like Pat said, it allows the pump to re-inflate after you step on it. You actually don't need to close it when you put it back in the stuff sack. Since the bottom of Helio is domed, is fits pretty nicely tucked into the bottom, but the valve can be used to reduce the pump packed size if needed too.

    There is a second valve on the bottom of the pump (which happens to use the same component as the top side valve). This bottom valve is only for water drainage. And you need to keep it closed if you're using Helio, otherwise you can't pressurize the reservoir.

    I tend to keep the bottom valve closed all the time, unless I get really wild with water spray everywhere. Because I'm lazy, I don't ever bother closing the top valve because it doesn't influence the pack size.