|Item Package Dimensions L x W x H||9.1 x 8.2 x 5.3 inches|
|Package Weight||1.45 Pounds|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||1 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Item Weight||2 Pounds|
|Number of Items||1|
|Style||11 Liter (Grey)|
|Size||Small 2.9 gallons|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
Nemo Helio Portable Pressure Shower with Foot Pump, Grey
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|Number of Pieces||1|
|Item Weight||2 Pounds|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||1 x 1 x 1 inches|
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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
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.
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2015
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It was also nice for washing my hands and face--again very easy to use. Since I didn't have a privacy tent, I didn't try it as a shower--and for comfort, that might require pre-heating some water. After sitting in the sun for a few hours, the water wasn't unpleasantly cold for hands and face, but it was a bit chilly for a shower.
Others have complained about difficulty filling the container. I solved this with an inexpensive small plastic funnel from an auto supply store, normally used to fill automatic transmissions. I cut off the spout of the funnel at a point in which the funnel spout was the right diameter to just fit in the fill port of the container and extend far enough into it that it wouldn't fall out--total solution.
The container is large enough that the water lasts a long time, but it also compacts well for packing--and it's very light weight. Both of these attributes are necessary for my airplane camping, as there isn't room to carry a large heavy shower container.
I have carried a camp shower with me for years (the black, hang from something bag type) to use as a camp kitchen water source. Because this was the first time out with the Helio shower, I brought along my old camp shower "just in case". I didn't use it, didn't need it, and next time it will stay home.
Update Nov. 21, 2014: The instructions say to hang the container upside down to dry it out, but there's no way to do that. After contacting Nemo and getting their OK (didn't want to affect the warranty), I put a couple of holes in the skirt that it sits on, to string a cord for hanging. Problem solved.
Also, the plugs for the pump and the top are hard to insert and remove, so again clearing it first with Nemo, I now use some Vaseline to lubricate them, which makes it much easier to insert and remove the plugs.
Update June 9, 2015: I used this as a shower for the first time this past weekend, as I have finally acquired a privacy/shower tent. The Helio about half full sat in the sun all day, and by 3 p.m. I thought it was warm enough--the container was warm, the water sprayed into my hands was warm, but it turns out I like a warmer shower. It wasn't "freezing", but in the future I'll have to warm the water more than just allowing the bright Colorado sun to do it. Brrrr!
Solid construction with high quality materials; very light; folds into a surprisingly small form factor for EZ packing; excellent for light duty uses (e.g., rinsing off sandy feet or the sweat after a hot, dusty hike); acceptable for bathing involving soap and shampoo due to its middling water pressure.
The small opening makes for tedious, messy water filling (expect a mess if you're dirt camping); frequent pumping required to maintain water pressure (more so as the device empties); no accessory to hang bag (water pressure improves when bag is suspended above where spray handle is held); hose connection at base easily kinks; small shower head makes rinsing shampoo a bit tedious; best performance requires firm flat surface; you need two strong legs and good balance so contraindicated for folks with lower extremity impairments such amputation, muscle weakness, balance problems, etc
Water pressure improves markedly when placed above your shoulders. Unfortunately, the handle design cannot support the weight of a filled bag. I MacGyvered a hanging device using a large frying pan and paracord to suspend the bag; this results in better water pressure and less required pumping, especially when the water volume gets low.
Priced appropriately given its quality and performance. Very portable; well constructed; operates at ground level, though the frequent foot pumping to maintain constant water pressure does get tedious; performs well for light duty uses; folks with long, thick hair may find it hard to rinse out shampoo.
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).
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After the trip though it would be a good idea to unfold it and dry it.