Oct 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm #1309077
James WaltonBPL Member
Anyone ever seen this one before? I have seen variations on this theme but this thing is only 10 oz. What do you all think?Oct 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm #2037103
Valerie EBPL Member
@wildtownerLocale: Grand Canyon State
Yes, that design has been around for a while… Personally, I wouldn't consider it (and I own SEVERAL different backcountry chairs) because it seems to have the worst of all worlds. You're basically sitting/lying on the floor with no padding (just a a strip of nylon under you) and the back is so low, that you can't really "sit".
Unlike many other backcountry chairs, you couldn't operate a stove while sitting in it (not without doing gymnastics), you're not off the (damp) ground, etc..
I think I'd rather just sit on my ground cloth and lean back on my pack (0 added ounces!), which would be just a tad more comfortable than this chair.
Of course, I really can't speak to its use as a sniper support…Oct 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm #2037104
Abraham SchlossbergBPL Member
@erndaLocale: Southern California
My only problem is that a layer of only nylon would get pretty soaked on wet ground and may not be comfortable.Oct 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm #2037121
Steve MartellBPL Member
@steveLocale: Eastern Washington
I have the Kifaru chair–and a homemade version that weighs a little over 6 oz. The homemade version is one of my favorite luxury items to carry. The trick for making it comfortable is to use a folded Z-rest sleeping pad against the back and a smaller pad (Z-seat, etc) to sit on. Since I'm using a short Z-rest and a Z-seat anyway (as part of my sleeping setup) the only extra I'm carrying is the 6oz chair.
Note: Kifaru doesn't market this chair very well IMHO–their photo's only show the support legs in a low (short) position– they actually adjust much longer. The one I made uses flat/fixed length stays that have a pivoting rivet inserted. This makes it more stable in use.Oct 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm #2037161
Greg FBPL Member
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
When I go ultralight luxury I bring this chair http://www.rei.com/product/829239/. The REI flex lite without the case weights 1lb 9oz. An awsome addition if you are spending a lot of camp time.Oct 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm #2037190
Kevin SchneringerBPL Member
@slammerLocale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Depending on your weight the Grand Trunk micro stool is very nice.
With some adjustments mine weighs 9oz on the nose.
Great for setting under a tarp in the rain, cooking a meal or on lunch layovers.
Anyway my .02Oct 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm #2037211
The ground is free.
Barring that, I love my Thermarest Z-Lite seat. I use it while sleeping too.Oct 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm #2037247
@jbcLocale: Cascade Mountains
Logs, rocks, my pack. Never saw the need for a stool or chair backpacking.
Snow melting duties in the N. Cascades:Oct 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm #2037250
Ken T.BPL Member
A hammock. Can sleep in it also. Works great when in treed areas.
Google Jerry chair for a twist on the Kifaru. Uses trekking poles as support.
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