Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gear Review: Helio Pressure Shower by Nemo Equipment

During our May travels we were traveling through Revelstoke, BC and paid a visit to Valhalla Pure Outfitters. We have a great relationship with numerous VPO's in Western Canada and have had a few conversations on the phone with owner, Angus Fraser about paddlesports in Revelstoke.

VPO in Revelstoke is not currently selling canoes and kayaks but anything else outdoor adventure related, they've got it. Everything from skis, tents, climbing gear, sleeping bag and outdoor apparel to some of the best camping accessories and backpacking equipment available.

It was my lucky day and I found the best piece of non-paddling gear EVER and some of you know how much I love gear!

Allow me to introduce to you the Helio Pressure Shower by Nemo Equipment

The shower holds 11 L (2.9 gallons) of water and easily stores back into the original packaging. The packaging also has holes it in so everything can dry out.

We filled ours up with glacier-cold Ashnola River water and topped that up with water we heated up on our stove. The top of the bag acts like its own funnel (don't be fooled by the small opening) so it is pretty easy to fill. The designers thought everything through with this product, even ensuring that when the bag is pressurized (as you can see in the photos) the lid does not pop because of the strap across the top.

The pressure from the Helio was impressive and the 7' hose was plenty long
The footpump was easy to use and our advice is to use the pump only when you have lost pressure. The 11L capacity can make for quite a luxurious shower in the great outdoors. We actually got two showers out of one full bag.

The shower pad (separate purchase) was well worth the $20 plus tax we paid. Very comfortable on your feet and since it is made out of silicon it is super easy to clean up. It stows nice and compact as well.

I can't say enough great things about the Helio Pressure Shower and Mat from Nemo Equipment. As a roadwarrior, paddlesports rep and outdoor adventurer this piece of gear will get a TON of use and I LOVED it.

*I was not paid for this review and in fact, I paid full retail for the shower/mat and it was worth every penny*

Green River, UT

Green River, UT
Photo: Shawna Franklin