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    Default I chose a Camp Chair.

    After reading a couple of threads and wanting to cut some weight and bulk I decided to try one of the light camp chairs.

    I chose the Joey over the Helinox by Big Agnes or the Alite

    http://www.pilotmall.com/product/The...FSpo7Aodqx0ASg

    http://www.rei.com/product/866716/alite-mantis-chair

    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/77712...3091386_google
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    I bought the rei model and then got the helinox as a gift. I like them both! For the weight and size you can't beat them.

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    here are some pics i found comparing the Joey and the Helinox




    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=956899
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    Nice chairs! I have the Helinox as made by Mystery Ranch Packs in MT. The fabric on mine is a very tough foliage cordura pack cloth. I hunted on it for 10 days straight this summer and it never let me down. I'm over 6' tall and any of these chairs will have plenty of room but feel low to the ground. That's just due to the support design. These chair legs do tend to dig in/sink on soft soil, and I've seen people use tennis balls over the feet to prevent that.

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    Ha ha! At those prices I'll pull up a stump instead!

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    My longhunter is heavy, but for the first time this year, I used the freight platform as a chair. It worked pretty good.

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    I picked up a couple of small tripod stools from sportsmans. they weigh less than 2lb each and costs $6. They don't have a back, of course, but will be better than the ground, I think.
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    My bad back makes me a chair Guy,,, my wife and have tried several over the years...

    The issue we had with the style you posted is the legs will sink into about any surface we tried them on. The rubber caps on the legs ended up lost by the end of a trip as they would stay in the ground when packed and we would often miss this. We would have to keep moving to find solid ground all the while plowing up the surface with the legs.

    Changed over to this style for my sheep hunt and my partner and I were very happy with them. A little lower than I like, but the bow style legs don't sink into the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    Ha ha! At those prices I'll pull up a stump instead!
    Yup. I think my backpack is a great seat, but i could see wanting a little more creature comfort, especially like Stid said about a bad back. Great point about legs sinking in too. Good lookin' light chairs though.

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    http://www.backcountry.com/therm-a-rest-trekker-chair

    This is great, you put your air mattress inside it and have a super comfortable camp chair with hardy any weight.
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    I recall my first 12 day remote diy hunt. We had nothing to sit on except a couple rather tippy old chunks of wood stood on end. About half way through the trip I understood how chair-dependent we humans have become. Those wood pieces were gawd-awful and prone to pitch a guy sideways or backwards into a crash. The succeeding years I made a good 5 gallon bucket a part of my camp gear, and used it for a chair when dressing and eating. Still I had no good way to rest my back in camp without sitting against a tree outside or laying on my bed. Back muscles get fatigued from this, and some of us end up in discomfort. I had never found a sub-3 lb chair with backrest until I got my Helinox. The mere fact I can relax completely while eating or just sitting is phenomenal. As Steve points out, the feet/legs will penetrate soft ground, but nothing is perfect for all terrain. I have found ways to minimize that effect, and I securely glued the rubber feet in place to prevent loss. A good chair is a wonderful thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post

    The issue we had with the style you posted is the legs will sink into about any surface we tried them on. The rubber caps on the legs ended up lost by the end of a trip as they would stay in the ground when packed and we would often miss this. We would have to keep moving to find solid ground all the while plowing up the surface with the legs.


    http://www.rei.com/item/869659/alite-mayfly-chair
    This is a good point for anyone using 'legged' chairs...I am hopeful that a majority of the time our camps will be on fairly solid ground, although coming up with a 'tundra shoe' (kinda like a snowshoe) idea for the legs on the stool might be useful. Something to spread the weight out a bit... I am amazed at how many different kinds of lightweight chairs/seats are out there...and how expensive some of them are!
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