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Old 05-05-2007, 07:20 PM
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Trailtoa Trailtoa is offline
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What is the most comfortable Chair

I have not taken a chair back packing in over 25 years, but now that I am getting older and taking shorter trips:

What is the most comfortable camp chair?

Has any one tried both the old sling-light & the crazy creek version?

How do the weights compare?

What do you use?

What have you seen used?

What would you do if you did it over again?

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Old 05-05-2007, 07:46 PM
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Hi Trailtoa,

I've been using an older version of this Therma-rest chair for many years.

While I don't bring it with me that often, I find that my aging body is always glad when I do!

Mine weighs 10 oz. and is a breeze to store and set up.

I especially like to have it along during bug season, when I would prefer to sit in my chair in the tent to read or journal in the evenings, rather than donate blood...

I figure, it's only a few more oz. more than all that bug repellant ! lol

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Old 05-06-2007, 12:37 PM
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stool

I've been taking a 3 legged stool from Campmor that weighs 16 oz.
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:00 PM
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Well, I have fallen asleep in my Slinglight a couple of times so I can say with some authority that it's the most comfortable for me...that said, people with bad knees may find it too low...I love it's headrest...so restful...for those unfamiliar with the most lightest, most expensive backpacking chair available as of now, here are a couple of pictures...




Weight is the main difference between the Crazy Creek and the Slinglight from what I can see but I've not talked to anyone who has the Crazy Creek...
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Old 05-06-2007, 03:45 PM
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Trailtoa Trailtoa is offline
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Mataharihiker, could you please weigh your chair & headreast for me? I want to know what the actual weight is, not necessarly what is the vendors claimed weight.

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Old 05-06-2007, 05:44 PM
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I too have been using a Thermarest chair sleeve. Quite comfortable.
10oz. Isn't in the ultralight zone, but worth it, even though I carry a light pack most of the time.

Been thinkin' about getting some lighter weight fabric and using the chair as a pattern to see if I can get it down to 5 oz or so.
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:53 PM
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I have been using a Crazy Creek original chair since 1998.

I have recently bought a thermarest chair since I was testing a thermarest pad. I like the thermarest chair better because it is easier to pack than the Crazy Creek, but I will probably switch back to the CC come summer when I am no longer carrying my thermarest pad.

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Old 08-02-2011, 03:31 PM
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Try the Kifaru field chair - esentially a Cordura sheet supported by a bipod. It's a bit more omfortable with a seat pad inserted. Good back support and very comfortable while lightweight. The only negative is that you are sitting on the ground. I have a couple of the earlier, and no longer available Mountainsmith Power Lounger. On snow or very soft ground the bipod feet can sink into the ground. For those times I use the Therm-A-Rest Compac chair with my ProLite pad

Kifaru is also introducing an ultralight folding chair but it is still in the testing phase so not avalable yet.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:16 PM
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Another vote for the Slinglight. I have had several since the mid-80's. It is light, easy to attach to the outside of the pack, and way more comfortable than any other chair I have tried. Being off the ground is priceless. Why would you want to use a chair that rests on the ground (gets wet/muddy or dusty) and also forces your legs to rest upon the ground in order to keep the chair stable?
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:13 PM
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I've got an Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair.

Alite-Monarch-Butterfly-Chair.jpg

Takes a little getting used to at first... for sitting down, balancing, and getting out of. Once mastered though, you can (almost) fall asleep in it. I call it my Sobriety Chair, as it requires some motor control. It makes for laughs when I demonstrate to others what happens beyond the tipping point. *WHOMP*, feet straight up in the air. It's comfortable to me, but some might find the upper supports can dig into the back shoulder/armpit area. Other folding chairs have the same issue.

You can scoot your butt back into it and sit upright, or you can lean back, put your legs out, and recline. Even rock like a rocker. Weighs 18 oz. Got it for $60, but the prices are now coming down.

I tried the Therm-a-Rest type chairs and didn't like the on-the-ground feel of them. Plus the Alite has a gadgety coolness to it. I like the sound of the frame snapping into place just like tent poles.

I read a review somewhere in which the reviewer couldn't get past the butterfly logo. He had to get something a bit manlier. The little butterfly didn't scare me.
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