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Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower - Product Review

Editor's Rating: (4.8 / 5)

Pros

  • 7 feet of nozzle slack
  • Water stays hot in the unit
  • Easy to set up
  • Weighs less than 2 pounds when packed up

Cons

  • The fill hole cap is small making filling and emptying the unit a bit inconvenient

Our Take:

NEMO Helio Portable Pressure Shower with Foot Pump is a great lightweight portable shower that works great despite its super simple functionality. The unit could not be any easier to use, simply fill the NEMO and leave it in the sun for a few hours. If your car camping, you can even leave it in your hot car or in your tent on the side receiving most of the sun’s rays for even hotter water. Of course, you can always just heat up some water in a kettle over a fire and add cooler water to manually adjust the temperature for faster results. The water flow is pressurized by a foot pump that will give a nice steady stream of water for about 5 minutes. Keep pumping for a longer shower. The foot pump is incredibly convenient and is connected to the unit by a line with enough slack that you can have some distance. The spray nozzle itself is connected with 7 feet of tubing to the unit so even taller campers can get a nice wash without having to duck or squat. The unit itself weighs less than 2 pounds and shrinks down easily to fit in a backpack so you lightweight backpackers need not fear to live for days without an adequate shower. Filling up the unit is easily done by pouring water from a jug or simply even just dipping it into a lake. The Nemo has your back.

Key Product Info:

Weight 1.3 lbs
Heat Source Solar
Water Pump Yes
Power Source Manual- Foot Pump

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  1. Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower
  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)
    Weight 1.3 lbs
    Heat Source Solar
    Water Pump Yes
    Power Source Manual- Foot Pump
    Current Price $84.96

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    Pros
    • 7 feet of nozzle slack
    • Water stays hot in the unit
    • Easy to set up
    • Weighs less than 2 pounds when packed up
    Cons
    • The fill hole cap is small making filling and emptying the unit a bit inconvenient

    Read our full review of the Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower


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  4. Editors Rating:
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    Heat Source Solar
    Water Pump Yes
    Power Source Manual
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Erik

Erik grew up as a desert rat in Arizona. After exploring the backcountry of the west coast he came east for a job but still finds time to explore the beauty of the northeast.

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