Outdoor gear item for April 18


THE SITUATION: A quality portable shower is a must-have for any camping trip or off-the-grid outdoor excursion.

A SOLUTION: Unlike typical gravity-fed showers that require overhead hanging, NEMO’s Helio Pressure Shower sits on the ground and uses a foot-operated pump to power a hose that delivers efficient water pressure.

THE DETAILS: The Helio offers from five-seven minutes of steady water flow, with a 2.9-gallon capacity and 7-foot hose that can extend for a range of tasks from washing hair to cleaning dishes. And you can set it out in the sun for a few hours for a nice warm shower.

Everything needed to operate the device is included in a convenient zippered stuff sack that packs to a compact 5.5 by 8.5 inches The extended height is 17 inches. It’s also easy to operate; and with a tank that won’t overinflate, you don’t have to worry about pumping it too much.

PRICE: $99.95.

AVAILABILITY: To purchase the shower or find a list of retailers, visit nemoequipment.com.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard,

Tribune News Service