I've had back surgery and the knees are somewhat not there so the chairs we use are a rather rugged one the wife got at wally world. Very sturdy and built well. Not a cheap ol plop down chair. These have a latch built into them and keep their shape and design rather nicely.
A chair! I can almost sleep anywhere if I have to, but I need to be able to sit in a real chair. I've got a bad back and tin knees and picnic tables and tree stumps just don't do it for me.
I use a GCI Pico. It fits nicely on the luggage rack and gives me a full sized REAL chair. I hate those stupid umbrella things, and the Kermit is just too tiny for me to get up out of it.
Like Mike, I have badkneesafter 35+ years of carrying a mail satchel around and backpacking. Ialso had a bad motorcycle wreck when I was 19, leaving me with a back problem where I need a chair with back support. A log, large stone, or even a picnic table just doesn't provide the back supportI require
Always was interested in the Kermit Touring Chair
, but hated the thought of paying that much for a chair and with my bad knees, an extra $40 for the leg extensions.
On a lot of backpacking motorcycle camping forums, there was a lot of talk/discussion about the Pico chair, which folded pretty compact and had a lower price. I saw/ordered the Pico chair when I saw it for a good price($79),
but just after I 'unwrapped' it, I promptly broke it when I tried closing it up
So, I saw on another forum I frequent,that Tom, maker of the Kermit Chair, was making a special edition run of their chairs with an extra 2" width,dubbed the 'Wide Boy' chair(not on their web site)and thought that size would be great for me to use while I was wearing my armoured riding pants.
I was still very disillusioned with the Pico Chair breaking so easily and I was needing a chair that packed smaller than the chair I was currently using
, so I 'bit the bullet' andordered one.
I picked it up last week and am totally impressed with the packed size andwith the quality/workmanship. NO plastic in sight anywhere!
Here is what it looks like packed up in comparison to my present chair, which is 35" long and heavy/bulky ...
Unpacked components .....
The 'Leg Extensions', which raise the seat height up to 17" ....
In one minute(less time with more 'practice'), this is what it looks like set up and with the leg extensions on ...
without the leg extensions, the seat height is just 11" ....
the leg and back supports swivel, which makes it easy to carry around when the chair is folded up ....
Sometimes ... you just have to bite the dollar bullet to get what you want!
Dusty ... self admitted 'Gear *****'