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With the bad knee standing around alot or working on the bike sucks. So i've been looking for a sturdy portable chair to keep on the bike. Wanted something easy to pack but sturdy. Came across this http://www.amazon.com/Walkstool-Comfort-18-inch-Portable-Photography/dp/B000N29XW6/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_3_D82P ordered one should be here tomorrow.Will do a follow up on how it works out.

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With the bad knee standing around alot or working on the bike sucks. So i've been looking for a sturdy portable chair to keep on the bike. Wanted something easy to pack but sturdy. Came across this http://www.amazon.com/Walkstool-Comf..._ee_p_t_3_D82P ordered one should be here tomorrow.Will do a follow up on how it works out.
Ill throw my 2 cents in as I was looking for chairs for camping.

I ended up buying a Alite Monarch Chair - Super compact (size of a large wine bottle) and quite comfortable. However, I think the weight limit is 250lbs and you need to support it with your legs (which is really easy and fun, but most likely not the best if your trying to rest your knees).

Based on your other posts Weljo, I know your not shy on spending some $ on solid products, I would look at the Kermit Chair. Its a Real chair. A bit bigger, but at least its real. Packs down small enough too. Most bikers swear by them, I just couldnt shell out the $140. Doing the math, its 8inches LONGER than the stool you posted above when packed. However, I have sat in a ton of "stools" and I was never really comfortable because you can't lean back. I would look into it if you havent.

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another place to look would be Duluth Trading
they carry folding tripod chairs in a variety of heights
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i had the good fortune of receiving a kermit chair as a birthday present last spring and after a year of riding (and a three cycle/camp trips), i endorse it fully. it is a real pleasure to close out a long day of riding seated in a chair with a back... and arms. my only other observation- since the kermit is so comfortable i recommend dragging the cooler over within arms reach.
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I keep waiting for this to go on sale-

http://www.rei.com/product/829239/rei-flex-lite-chair
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I keep waiting for this to go on sale-

http://www.rei.com/product/829239/rei-flex-lite-chair
any idea how high the seat is, for some reason the proximity of my butt to the ground & my ability to get moving are inversely proportionate
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any idea how high the seat is, for some reason the proximity of my butt to the ground & my ability to get moving are inversely proportionate
It says the seat height is 13inches.. I would assume thats close to the distance.


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Ill throw my 2 cents in as I was looking for chairs for camping.

I ended up buying a Alite Monarch Chair - Super compact (size of a large wine bottle) and quite comfortable. However, I think the weight limit is 250lbs and you need to support it with your legs (which is really easy and fun, but most likely not the best if your trying to rest your knees).

Based on your other posts Weljo, I know your not shy on spending some $ on solid products, I would look at the Kermit Chair. Its a Real chair. A bit bigger, but at least its real. Packs down small enough too. Most bikers swear by them, I just couldnt shell out the $140. Doing the math, its 8inches LONGER than the stool you posted above when packed. However, I have sat in a ton of "stools" and I was never really comfortable because you can't lean back. I would look into it if you havent.


If the one i ordered doesn't work out i check into the Kermit Chair. The main reason i went with the one i ordered is it will hold up to 440 lbs. Really liked this from the link you sent. http://www.kermitchair.com/store/cup-holder.176314

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Clement Salvadori of Rider magazine (many years) seems to prefer the Kermit chair. Having read his book, it would seem that he has well over 100000 miles wight his Kermit!

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Well the mailman just delivered my Walkstool and Motowerks Swingarm Spools. First impression on the stool. Very well made simple to set-up and packs up easily and has a nice durable pouch to carry it in can just sling it over your shoulder and take it with you on a hike. Sat on it and it felt great, well planted and just the perfect height for working on the bike if needed. As for the swingarm spools well we all know Speedy makes quality products.


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If the one i ordered doesn't work out i check into the Kermit Chair. The main reason i went with the one i ordered is it will hold up to 440 lbs. Really liked this from the link you sent. http://www.kermitchair.com/store/cup-holder.176314
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I used a three legged chair like that on one camping trip, never agian. Tell me how you sit on that dang thing without one of the legs smashing your nuts.

Not something I noticed when I sat on it for a couple minutes before I bought it, but definately something you notice when you sit around a fire for a couple hours!

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I used a three legged chair like that on one camping trip, never agian. Tell me how you sit on that dang thing without one of the legs smashing your nuts.

Not something I noticed when I sat on it for a couple minutes before I bought it, but definately something you notice when you sit around a fire for a couple hours!

No problem with this one. Just sit with one of the points sticking between your legs.

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No problem with this one. Just sit with one of the points sticking between your legs.
That's exactly what I am referring to, you either have to have one of the three legs between your legs (smashing your manhood) or one leg stuck up your backend. Anyway, I want a Kermit, but just have not managed to drop that kinda cash on a chair.

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That's exactly what I am referring to, you either have to have one of the three legs between your legs (smashing your manhood) or one leg stuck up your backend. Anyway, I want a Kermit, but just have not managed to drop that kinda cash on a chair.
I've been sitting on the stool all afternoon to make sure i like it. No issues being smashed or poked anywhere. But this is a good quality sturdy unit once you spread the feet it planted and solid.http://www.walkstool.com/uk/indexframe.html Maybe the cheaper stools that are similar are just that "Cheap"

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I've been sitting on the stool all afternoon to make sure i like it. No issues being smashed or poked anywhere. But this is a good quality sturdy unit once you spread the feet it planted and solid.http://www.walkstool.com/uk/indexframe.html Maybe the cheaper stools that are similar are just that "Cheap"
Well I am not exactly a tiny guy either, that might be a factor also.

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Well I am not exactly a tiny guy either, that might be a factor also.
I'm in the same boat. 6'2" 300+ pounds. Thats the main reason i got this one its rated to hold 440lbs. Its the 18 inch model which is 3 inches higher than my seat on the kitchen chair. Might get a 22 inch model down the road.

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I got an Alite Mantis chair last Fall on sale from REI. The color is a bit like a beach chair, but no question which one is mine. :-) http://alitedesigns.com

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I got an Alite Mantis chair last Fall on sale from REI. The color is a bit like a beach chair, but no question which one is mine. :-) http://alitedesigns.com
None of these types of chairs will work for Wejo due to weight holding specs.

Good job on the stool! like others I have tried a lot (all around $15-$25 range). Maybe your $75 stool is great, but I personally would like something to lean back against.

The kermit chair is great (so i hear) but the setup time is much more lengthy than other options. That may be a big negative for some. To each their own!

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I had good luck with my Travel Chair that I chose for my long trip last summer.


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