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General Gear Discussion The General Gear Discussion forum is for the discussion of traditional and lightweight (ultralight) backpacking gear that is not covered in other Practical Backpacking™ forums. [Please post about Backpacks, Shelters, Sleeping Gear, Backcountry Kitchen (Food, Stoves) in those respective forum areas.]


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Old 09-10-2011, 12:51 PM
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Drift_Woody Drift_Woody is offline
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I have the Exped Downmat 9 sleeping pad and the chair sleeve that goes with it. Together they make a comfy camp chair and possibly the bext sleeping pad available. Unlike the Thermarest set-up (which I used previously) the sleeve fully envelopes the pad and remains on during sleep -- providing extra protection for the pad.
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:32 PM
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Grandpa Grandpa is offline
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My brother in law brought an Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair while hiking the Eagle Rock Loop with me in Arkansas last year. He also brought a whole bunch of other stuff to keep comfortable--except his 50 lb. load wasn't. He packed so much that he left his sleeping bag behind. Once it got down to freezing at night, he wished he had the bag instead of the chair and we ended up using my down bag as a quilt. When our trail crossed a Forest Service road, the chair and about 20 lb. of other "comforts" got stashed in the woods for retrieval later. For the rest of our hike, we sat on logs and rocks. We both had enough extraneous padding to make that work.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:23 AM
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Recently at a store I had the opportunity to try out the ENO lounger, I have to say that it was extremely comfortable. I have been thinking about ditching my hammock in favor of one of these. I`m sure I could cobble up some type of tarp for foul weather but other than that this system has a lot of appeal. A couple of these hanging in the living room and we could ditch the couch.

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Old 09-25-2011, 05:52 PM
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Saberman Saberman is offline
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Therm-a-rest Trekker with a 20x72 Therm-a-rest Prolite Plus Pad.
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Old 06-14-2014, 05:49 AM
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tonto tonto is offline
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On the Appalachian Trail I use a 12" x 12" square of yoga mat that weighs 3 oz

Granted, it's not a chair but very light and comfortable enough.

Seeing as I mostly shelter hop I don't need any sort of backrest as a shelter wall does that.

In the field there are plenty of rocks and logs to put the mat on when things are damp.

I use a 3/4 length sleep pad so the "sit pad" is also a "foot pad" when sleeping.

Yoga mats are thinner and less bulky than the cheap blue mats found in the camping department of the big box stores.

They are also way more expensive.

But I scrounged a piece of material from a yoga mat abandoned at a campsite on the Trail down in GA.

I "field tested" it for 12 weeks on the Trail last year with good results.

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Old 06-14-2014, 08:04 AM
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GWyble GWyble is offline
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If I carry a chair then it will be a Crazy Creek Hexalite Power Lounger. The extended leg flap keeps you off the ground and can be used under your sleeping pad to protect the pad and also for extra cushion.

I guess it isn't incredibly light but it rolls up and fits in a backpack side pocket. Some die hards can use this as their only sleeping pad but I need more cushion.

Glenn
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:38 PM
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EagleRiverDee EagleRiverDee is offline
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I hike high, treeless alpine terrain. There are no logs, and flat rocks are rare. I tried sitting on a foam pad but found sitting on the ground hurt both my knees and my back (not so much my bottom). I used to eye my backpacking mates with envy as they lounged in their chairs. I invested in the REI Flexlite (1lb, 12oz). It's worth the weight. My total pack weight is still under 30lbs including all consumables and a bear canister, so I don't feel like I'm abusing myself too much.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:00 PM
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The lightest, most compact lounge-type chair is Kifaru's Field Chair. I have the original version the Mountainsmith Power Lounger. Very comfortable, but you are sitting on the ground so as you get older, getting up gets harder. The bipod support for the back will sink into snow or soft earth.

The Therm-A-Rest Compac chair is light and comfortable and is usable on snow, but it is also very low.

I also have, and like, the Roll-A-Chair. It has a backrest, but isn't a lounger, and is also bulkier and heavier than the others but it does have the advantage of being more like a standard chair in seat height so it's easier for this old man to get into and out of.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:41 AM
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I have a Alite Monarch Butterfly Chair that I took on a 4 day trip to the 7 Devils near Hell's Canyon, Id. At a little over 1 lb its not bad but I've decided to switch to a UL hammock. Not a camping hammock but a fishnet style. One of my hiking partners had one on the trip and it was a delight to relax in while taking in the scenery. The hammock weighed less and had less bulk.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:30 PM
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