what do you sit on?

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what do you sit on?

Postby Manx Cat » 22 Jul 2012, 6:58pm

Nearly there now.

In fact we are off on our camping tour this week.

Thing is, I have put my tent up (needed teenager fresh from a music festival to help me, as the instructions assumed you knew what a fly sheet and a tent pole was - no pictures!).

Anyway put the thing up and down again (the tent that is,) a few times, and packed it all away now. I noticed how - well, uncomfortable it is, squatting on bent legs outside a tent - put up on wet ground.

So... what do you sit on, once your home from home is up and ready to go? So far, I just have by trusty bike bags and it seems a shame to sit on these while brewing up. Other than this, its bin bags and squatting, my legs went 'to sleep' yesterday while brewing, then I stood up and the world spun...

Shedman suggested a small 3 legged stool, but again, it all adds to excess weight and space.


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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby julk » 22 Jul 2012, 7:00pm

How about a cheap lightweight foam garden kneeling mat.
I take one with me when cycle camping and find it very handy.

I also take a Haglofs 3 legged stool on longer trips, good for sitting on to use my Trangia.
If you decide to take a 3 legged stool look for one which will not sink into soft ground.

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby tatanab » 22 Jul 2012, 7:25pm

A modern tough supermarket carrier bag. It serves 3 purposes -
1. as a bag
2. as something to sit/kneel on
3. as a temporary table cloth/eating surface

I like camping kit to be multi-purpose.

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby gentlegreen » 22 Jul 2012, 7:28pm

Binbags for me. Until I lose some of the personal ballast I carry.
If you have those fancy cellular sleeping mats, you can get a seat adaptor for them.

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby Si » 22 Jul 2012, 8:39pm

what do you sit on?

chair in nearby pub.

(or my water proof jacket...which is probably why it isn't waterproof any more..or an empty pannier)

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby RickH » 22 Jul 2012, 10:31pm

I've not used one for Cycle camping, don't really know why (makes mental note for next time :wink: ), but when walking we use those fold-in-4 closed cell foam mats which you can get for a quid or two in outdoor shops.


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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby looe » 23 Jul 2012, 1:19am

Helinox ChairOne all day every day.
Weight is under a kilo and it holds 110 kg and is very comfy

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby memnoch » 23 Jul 2012, 9:09am

Plus one for the Helinox Chair One it's an exceptional bit of kit. But not cheap

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby John-D » 23 Jul 2012, 9:38am

gentlegreen wrote:If you have those fancy cellular sleeping mats, you can get a seat adaptor for them.

I quite like these. I like the back support. Fine for sitting around eating, drinking and chatting. Light, too: 300g (a kilogram with the mat -a cheap(er) thermorest copy).

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby Nettled Shin » 23 Jul 2012, 2:49pm

tatanab wrote:A modern tough supermarket carrier bag. It serves 3 purposes -
2. as something to sit/kneel on

I use a woven nylon stuffsac, or a cotton bag, as this can be stuffed with clothes and used a pillow.

On the subject of sitting comfortably, if you and a friend lean back to back whilst sitting on the ground, your back is supported without needing a chair.
If you both lie down, in opposite directions, head to head, you can place your heads on each other's shoulders, and this is also relaxing. It is better to improvise a pillow, though, else you won't both fit in the tent when it is time to sleep.

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby jags » 23 Jul 2012, 5:27pm

would want to be a very very close friend :D :D

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby jjpeterberger » 10 Aug 2012, 5:31pm

Just finished 3 weeks of crisscrossing Wales. We carried Crazy Creek chairs. They aren't necessarily the lightest, that goes to the pub chairs. :lol: However, they are very comfortable, we extend them out and use under sleeping pad torso area for additional comfort/insulation in the evening and the stays can easily be removed for splinting material.

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby byegad » 10 Aug 2012, 7:53pm

The seat I ride on! Very comfortable.
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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby andrew_s » 13 Aug 2012, 10:36pm

See this previous topic

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Re: what do you sit on?

Postby pjclinch » 15 Aug 2012, 10:11am

I use a Thermarest chair kit as mentioned by gentlegreen and John-D. Though I've traded the "fancy cellular mat" for a fancier, lighter, smaller packing (and more expensive) Thermarest NeoAir inflatable mattress. Slightly more awkward to get in to the chair sleeve than a self-inflating T-Rest but it does work and is very comfy.

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