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#201952 - 10/18/18 04:51 AM Backpacking chair?
jordanja
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Do any of you guys use a portable chair? If so what are the best ones? Thanks in advance.

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#201957 - 10/18/18 04:05 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: ]
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For me the best backpacking chair is a lightweight closed-cell foam pad about 15" x 10" which I put on the ground under my butt, while I lean back against my pack, which I've propped against a convenient tree or rock. This chair is extremely light, costs almost nothing because I cut the sit pad out of a disused sleeping pad, and it never breaks. It's actually pretty comfortable, too.

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#201959 - 10/18/18 05:39 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: aimless]
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That's mine, too! The pad insulates you from contact with the ground, an important source of heat loss.
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#201961 - 10/18/18 06:26 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: OregonMouse]
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Me, too. Although I’ve used the Thermarest trekker chair kits over the years, for the last three years or so, I’ve simplified to a Z-seat (closed cell sit pad) and my pack, a la Colin Fletcher: the Exos and Atmos packs I’ve used have a perimeter frame, and allow me to use a hiking pole to prop them up as a backrest. (When I started 40 years ago, I did the same thing with my external-frame packs; come to think of it, the Atmos and Exos are really high-tech external frames.)

Trees, rocks, and logs also work as a backrest.

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#201965 - 10/19/18 02:50 AM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: ]
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I'm quite fond of my Helinox Ground Chair. Yeah, it weighs a bit over a pound. Don't care, love the thing. Very, very comfy.

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#201979 - 10/21/18 12:08 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
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I too have a heli ground chair..tested it out last year on a 150mile hike. used it only twice in 16 days. It was almost magical to open up and soak in the setting sun. draw backs were, no arm rests (annoying but not a deal killer for me) the killer is that the chair back doesn't have enough height to avoid the pain of waking up after 5-10 minuets of sleep with my chin resting on my chest, or tilted back. in either case, to a painful angle. on the other hand it preformed splendidly as a chair for sitting, while preparing the evenings meal. next outing I think I'll just incorporate my pack and mattress, into a chair with appropriate back height. and leave hili at home. like most any thing out there...ymmd


Edited by the-gr8t-waldo (10/21/18 12:36 PM)

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#201981 - 10/21/18 02:17 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
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I have a backpack that is 8 inches cm deep, and ontop of that my foam sleep mat folded concertina fashion 6 times for another 4is inches. I can sit stool like anywhere on it comfortably Rest it against something for a chair.

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#201982 - 10/21/18 02:47 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: the-gr8t-waldo]
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"the killer is that the chair back doesn't have enough height"

I rigged a nice headrest using four pieces of velcro, some tyvek and my trekking poles. Worked great.

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#201986 - 10/22/18 11:22 AM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
BZH Offline
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Lately I've been taking my kids backpacking and unfortunately that has left no room for a chair. If I go with just peers I really enjoy having a backrest at the end of the day.

I have a Helinox Zero and an Alite Monarch Butterfly. The Helinox has 4 legs and actually weighs less than the Alite. Even with that I actually prefer the 2 legs of the Alite. It gives me the ability to infinitely adjust my recline position. I tend to believe people get too worked up over needing to use your legs for stability with the Alite Chair.

Another option to consider is the Sling Light: https://slinglight.com/sl2/orders/

Weights are similar to the Helinox and Alite but it is a much bigger chair and even has a headrest option. It trades off sitting volume by not being able to fold down very compactly. You would definitely have to strap it to the outside of your pack. They have been out of production for some time but decided to make one last run and are accepting pre-orders. I've never used one but have heard good things on various forums.


Edited by BZH (10/22/18 11:23 AM)

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#201994 - 10/22/18 05:52 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: JustWalking]
the-gr8t-waldo Offline
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Thank you JustWalking, I'll have to try piecing something similar.

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#201997 - 10/23/18 03:44 AM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
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A closed-cell foam sit pad works for me. Cut from an old sleeping pad, or you can buy them. Also goes under my feet at night. I've sometimes carried a closed-cell pad for sleeping, and while not the most comfortable for that, it makes a great chair for lunch breaks and general loafing. The 3/4 size is long enough that you can sit on one end and use the rest of the pad for a back rest, propped up against a rock or whatever's handy.
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#202008 - 10/23/18 09:32 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
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I have considered a chair. I'm sure it would sure be a pleasure to sit in after a long day. However the weight has always seemed prohibitive. Maybe if I were younger and going to a base camp where I was staying for a few days I would consider a chair. I use a light weight tripod chair that folds and packs nicely into a backpack. for plein air painting, but that is usually a short walk (one or two miles is all).


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#202017 - 10/24/18 04:23 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
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I backpack where bear cans are required. A small sit-pad on the bear can top, and that is my chair. If I want a back rest, then it is a sit pad on the ground and my pack as the back, the bear can horizontal on the ground, under my knees so I have a "lounge chair" of sorts.

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#202019 - 10/24/18 04:35 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: wandering_daisy]
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While I've found the bear canister a handy stool, I never tried using it under my knees--sounds like a great idea!
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#202024 - 10/24/18 08:24 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: OregonMouse]
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Another single-item-with-multiple-uses idea to file away for future reference.

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#202026 - 10/24/18 10:19 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: aimless]
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I have also used my bear can as a washing machine. Temporarily take out the food, put in clothes and solar warmed water (I do not use soap), and kick it around for about half an hour.

I tried to use the clear plastic bear can (Bear Vault) to solar bake biscuits. They did rise a bit and get a bit baked but not browned. Not very successful. I have yet to try it in my Bearikade, which is black. It actually may heat up more than the Bear Vault.

You have to put the food you took out somewhere. So do not try this if there is a serious threat of a bear coming into camp. And keep and eye on your food.

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#202032 - 10/25/18 03:31 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: wandering_daisy]
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Remember, while the food is outside the bear can, also to keep watch for smaller varmints such as mice, chipmunks, birds, etc., which will sneak in while your back is turned, or even as you watch! Or, on the Olympic National Park wilderness coast, aggressive raccoons (which have become far less aggressive since hard-sided canisters were required there).

I normally have used an Ursack, which of course doesn't double as a chair or washing machine, but is a lot lighter. Of course I haven't backpacked in California!, where the hard sided container is required. I also used the hard-sided canister on the Olympic coast.
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#202235 - 12/06/18 10:44 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
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Stansport camping stool - 1 lb even. $20 most everywhere.

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#202298 - 12/13/18 10:34 AM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Bill Kennedy]
HPD Offline
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Originally Posted By Bill Kennedy
A closed-cell foam sit pad works for me. Cut from an old sleeping pad, or you can buy them. Also goes under my feet at night. I've sometimes carried a closed-cell pad for sleeping, and while not the most comfortable for that, it makes a great chair for lunch breaks and general loafing. The 3/4 size is long enough that you can sit on one end and use the rest of the pad for a back rest, propped up against a rock or whatever's handy.


I currently use the same thing, a small piece of my 40 yr old ensolite pad. I also put the piece under my feet at night. It provides insulation, padding and also saves the seat of ones pants from abrasion, especially when sitting on rocks! It weighs probably about 5oz.

Used to use an old, aluminum beach chair. Switched to an REI Flexlite when that got worn out. Loved it except for the tendency of feet to sink into the ground.

I do miss the ability to lean back and really relax, but once in a while you can find a "friendly rock" that lets you lean back.

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#202361 - 01/07/19 10:37 AM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
LawtonATX Offline
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I recently did a loop in Big Bend National Park, and access to anything to lean on was pretty much a no go. After hiking all day, all I wanted to do as I cooked was rest my back. Especially on the desert portion of the trail, there was just no way to do it. Is this a problem for anyone else? I really just don't want to carry a chair along.

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#202362 - 01/07/19 11:13 AM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: LawtonATX]
BZH Offline
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Loc: Torrance, CA
Originally Posted By LawtonATX
I recently did a loop in Big Bend National Park, and access to anything to lean on was pretty much a no go. After hiking all day, all I wanted to do as I cooked was rest my back. Especially on the desert portion of the trail, there was just no way to do it. Is this a problem for anyone else? I really just don't want to carry a chair along.


Definitely... that is why this thread exists. I sometimes carry an Alite butterfly chair and sometimes decide to leave it home. It mostly depends on what is available at the end of the trail. I really want somewhere to rest my back at the end of a long day of hiking.

If you don't want to bring a chair, many people recommend placing there pack on the ground and using hiking poles to hold it up. With a small piece of foam for a sit pad it makes a pretty good seat.

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#202371 - 01/08/19 05:56 PM Re: Backpacking chair? [Re: Anonymous]
DustinV Offline
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Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 40
Loc: Lakewood, CO
I was looking at the Mountainsmith chair awhile back, because it's just a piece of fabric with trekking pole slots, but since I use at least one pole to hold up my shelter, it seemed unlikely I'd use it.
Maybe as a doormat inside the tarp?


Edited by DustinV (01/08/19 05:59 PM)

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