NEMO Helio Portable Pressure Shower with Foot Pump
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- LONG-LASTING HEAT - The high capacity, insulated 11-liter soft Helio tank heats water using sunlight; Heated water stays piping hot for hours so you can clean up on your schedule
- SUPERIOR PRESSURE & CONTROL - Designed for ultimate user control, the hands-free foot pump provides simple flow regulation and strong water pressure just like your showerhead at home; Fully pressurized, the Helio provides a steady flow for 5-7 minutes
- SHOWER ANYWHERE, ANYTIME - Ideal for camping, backpacking, rafting trips, music festivals, and adventure travel, all shower components stow in a durable, trail-ready carrying case that's effortless to pack in and out
- VERSATILE DESIGN - Engineered with more in mind than just washing off backcountry grime, the Helio is a multi-use cleaning tool with enough water pressure and capacity to wash dishes, bath pets, rinse off gear, or water plants
- LIGHTWEIGHT SYSTEM - The complete Helio system, including 11 liter tank, 7-foot hose with spray nozzle, foot pump, and compact carrying case, pack down to 8.5 x 5.5 inches with a combined weight of 1 lb 6 oz
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Beloved by adventurers worldwide, the Helio is the portable solution to keep you and your gear clean on the go. A gravity-defying inflation system delivers ample water pressure without having to hang the tank. Whether camping in the desert dust, surfing sandy beaches, or hiking deep in the backcountry, you don't have to forego the soothing shower you deserve.
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I pulled the trigger on the Nemo and I went with the darker gray with good reason. It seems to get warmer in the sun pretty quick. Here are a couple of things I learned. If you're camping near your vehicle, place the filled Nemo in your car during the day (the water will be very warm!). If you are in a tent.. put the filled Nemo near the tent wall that is getting sun. These two methods work better than just leaving it out in the sun by itself. Another plus... you do not need to hang this up.. just leave it on the ground. A few foot pumps and it's pressurized and ready to use! It has a quality spray handle similar to a kitchen sink sprayer with the on / off momentary paddle switch.
I also used this to wash camp dishes and to clean the Moab dirt from my Turbo RZR.
I saw a few reviews here of people criticizing how to use it with the valves, or filling issues. I really don't get it. This has to be the simplest thing to use and yet there are people struggling? I don't get it... and you shouldn't let it deter you. This is really that good.
My last tip... the whole Nemo system comes all zipped up within itself (pretty neat actually). Pay attention to how it arrives and looks, so you'll know how to fold it back up and zip it back up.
I've done so much research on a camp shower, it really doesn't make any sense.. that's just how I am.
I paid full price for this.. and the review is still glowing. Using it.. easy... filling it.. super easy... effective.. absolutely.
DO NOT buy the knock offs.. this material is different and seems like it will last longer than my camping equipment.
3/31/2017 UPDATE: In speaking at length with the product developers at Nemo - they called me to get more information on how I used this product - we narrowed it down to how the unit was stored. I kept it in a sealed Pelican case where I also had two propane bottles. They believe, as do I, that latent gas in that sealed case compromised the material used at the junction of the tube and the cap. I've bought another despite the knock-off now available on Amazon. Nemo deserves my business for the lengths they went to take care of me and get to the bottom of their product's performance.
3/23/16 UPDATE: So disappointed to have this fail on our last trip to Moab. A galvanized junction in the tubing just aft of the pump split. It's been used a dozen times or so and has been in our kit for about a year. For the money, I expected this to be pretty bullet proof.
Upon further inspection it looks like the material is failing. The tube coming out of the foot pump to a pressure fitting has disintegrated, the one-way valve on the foot pump has separated from the housing, and the lid from the top has disintegrated. The plastic is failing.
I got in touch with the folks at Nemo and they're replacing the unit, so kudos for them for taking care of their clients.
To make the water warm as I like I purchased an induction cooktop: http://www.amazon.com/1800-Watt-Portable-Induction-Countertop-8100MC/dp/B0045QEPYM/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1445124848&sr=1-1&keywords=induction+cooktop
You will also want a funnel to pour the water from the cook top pot (which you will have to purchase separately from the induction cook top) through a standard size funnel to keep it from spilling.
To keep the HelioPressure Shower standing as you pour the water into it, I use a belt to wrap around the strip at the top and have the other side of the loop of the belt attached to a pipe that comes out of my wall.
Other ways this product could be improved include:
A clear strip going from the top to the bottom of the shower system so that you can see how much water is left.
Parts that easily detach/attach so that they can be replaced if they break.
Having the strip at the top be able to wobble or detach easier so that it does not obstruct the path of the water that needs to go in.
I also use this for washing dishes as I mentioned. It works good enough!
Edit: I would add one more feature to this: instead of having a small lid at the top there should be a large one (perhaps an inch less than the diameter at the top). That way one can clean out the inside easier to prevent mold (by reaching completely in with their arm and a washcloth).
The product was easy to use, the 7 foot hose length is sufficient, it seems to be of good quality and it was used probably 25 times in one week and held up beautifully. Would be great to park outside a tent to rinse off feet or in the camp kitchen to rinse off dishes.