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    I am going to be hunting grizzly this fall and wanted to get some advice on comfortable hunting seats. Since I am flying in I am limited on weight and space. I was curious as to what is commonly used while hiking and glassing for hours.

    I am assuming it needs to be able to be packed in along with my back pack and my rifle. I have looked at some that were just a simple thin pad and others that had attached back supports. Since I will be sitting for hours on end it needs to be very comfortable. I will be hunting above the tree line.

    Anyone have some good advice on this subject?

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    They do make the little stadium seats that might be light enough to take with. Some of the turkey vests have seats built into them and I see the boyz from down south in all the magazines seem to use them at least when the manufacture is taking pictures.

    Some backpacks also have a little shelf built into them.

    I never seem to get my pack weight down enough to warrant packing in a seat to sit on - I usually use the one that I already take with me everywhere. Find a softish spot, set the backpack down to lean on and that is it.

    I'll be doing a lot of sitting and spotting on a fall trip this year so I'll have to give this some thought.

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    Some good points by Bullelkklr. Never used a portable seat. Always just use my pack to lean back against and my jacket or rain gear to sit on. You will probably want to save the weight and invest in good optics, boots and rain gear. Just my two cents. Have a great hunt and be sure to report back with pictures.

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    Depending on your area you may not need it.

    Generally I get up a bit higher in open terrain to glass for bears, and as luck would have it generally the hills are pretty cush aside from some possible moisture which can be remedied with your rain gear on hand.

    Some of my best cat naps have been while gassing.

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    Depending on what type of sleeping pad you have you can use that for a seat. I use my sleeping pad up in sheep country for sitting in the rocks to take the edge off. But probably wouldn't recommend that with some of those air pads

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    On our Kodiak bear hunts, the wife and I have carried a camo version of a folding stadium seat similar to this that we bought at the Sportsman's Show in Anchorage a number of years ago. At my age, being able to adjust the angle and stay relatively comfy while glassing is a big plus. It folds down to approximately 8" x 15" x 3" and weighs about 1.25lbs. Also keeps your butt fairly dry.

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    These are handy and can save your life if caught out with no shelter
    http://www.coleman.com/product/8817A303
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    i buy a cheap thermarest foam pad and cut to length and lean on my backpack..or just find a dent in the ground, often times a chair or seat might put you to high and you'll catch the wind, makin' it colder and harder to glass. sitting low on the ground will cut the wind and keep you warmer than a chair would.
    there usually no shortage of backrests in nature..and nature is more comfy than any chair i've ever sat in!
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    I finally bought one of those stadium seats with the adjustable back rest made by Crazy Creek a couple of years ago. I wouldn't take it on a walk in hunt but for hunts that I will be hiking here and there it is perfect, doesn't weigh much and does not take up much space in my pack.

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    These are comfy and light but not cheap http://www.walkstool.com/. REI has a cheaper version and I think Cabelas does also.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I am hunting above the tree line and will take that into consideration with what everyone has been kind enough to share.

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    This a long link but the thermarest seat only weighs a couple of ounces and keeps you butt warm and comfortable I don't go without it.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QWFEAC/...&hvptwo=&hvqmt=
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    I use one made by Crazycreek, love it. Keeps my but dry and helps support my old worn out back.




    http://www.crazycreek.com/products-p...iginal-chair/#

    On my Kifaru pack, the meat shelf is also a seat.

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    heres the sleeping pad I was referring to earlier. The thing for me at least is that when spotting allllll day every day I really dont just sit I lounge,lay on my side.on my belly whatever it takes to be comfortable.ridges,rocks,wet ground..sleeping pad it has many uses for me and heck even my hunters are happy as my pad is full length and I sometimes will share...

    http://cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-re...solite/product

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    For sheep and backpack hunts I use 3 sections cut off a old thermarest Z-lite pad. I like a dry back side, what can I say, I'm just a SOFT old man.



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    Wow.....in all my years I never felt the need to carry along an actual designated hunting seat. Maybe I've been missing out...???!!!
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    For sheep and backpack hunts I use 3 sections cut off a old thermarest Z-lite pad. I like a dry back side, what can I say, I'm just a SOFT old man.



    No No No sir,not soft at all....I call it smart...its the little things that make all the difference out there..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Wow.....in all my years I never felt the need to carry along an actual designated hunting seat. Maybe I've been missing out...???!!!

    I do a lot of thing different after my 3rd back operation. I was young and hard once, now I'm either old and soft or older and smarter, not sure which.
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    One thing I know for sure, the more comfortable you are the longer you will hunt and not talk yourself into going back to camp.



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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    I do a lot of thing different after my 3rd back operation. I was young and hard once, now I'm either old and soft or older and smarter, not sure which.
    I agree with you there.......older and smarter for sure. Yes we all were young and hard once, but at 56 I feel my age everyday now. Just be glad we're still able to get up there...!!!
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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