Sometimes what you really want to round out a perfect day of hiking or surfing is a good hot shower. The Helio LX Pressure Shower uses a 22 litre welded fabric water tank, pressurized by a foot pump to give you 7-10 minutes of steady water.
Unlike gravity camp showers that need to be hung overhead and produce dismal water pressure, Helio™ LX rests securely on the ground and delivers the pressure you need to wash hair, do the dishes, rinse off gear, water your plants, or wash the dog.
You can quickly and easily pressurize the voluminous 5.8-gallon tank with a foot pump – and with occasional pumps you can keep it fully pressurized for 7-10 minutes of strong, continuous spray. The tank cannot be over-inflated. Set the black tank in the sun to warm up gradually, or fill it directly with hot water for a warm shower.
Refill Helio™ anywhere, even without a hose. The 7-foot neoprene hose is long enough to hold it overhead for a shower, or to reach all angles of dirty gear, muddy paws, or salty wetsuits. Pair with Heliopolis™ privacy shelter, which has a fitted nozzle holder for hands-free overhead showering, for the ultimate home-away-from-home shower in the backcountry.
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The Nemo 2020 Helio shower systems are truly awesome products. If you've used gravity shower contraptions designed for camping you'll realise just what a breakthrough these showers are. Ideally suited to car camping, van life or having in the back of your car for activities like surfing or mountain biking where you need a shower before driving home. At just 835g the Helio LX Pressure Shower is just over 100g heavier than the original Helio but can hold double the amount of water and has a stronger water pressure which gives you up to 10 minutes of steady water.
The Helio systems are best for use in warmer climates of course though you can top up with boiled water if you have some available: the melting temperature of the polyurethane coating on the fabric body of the Helio is higher than the boiling point of water. Therefore, it is possible to fill the Helio with hot water, if available. We would recommend that users partially fill the Helio with cool or ambient temperature water, then add hot water to create the desired temperature.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear
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