I've personally have had this stool for, I think, over 5 years now. From the Backcountry, at gatherings, festivals, through airports, I've taken it everywhere and it still looks almost new. I had a corporal who carried a very similar one in concept on her pack in the military and this was the only stool I could find with the same design; the bottom part of the legs are open so you can slide it in from the top of a backpack putting the legs into the packs compression straps, for fast & easy deployment and weight distribution. Anyway, this thing is a fantastic little stool, and I'm glad I bought one.
Here is the ultimate light and sturdy stool (four legs are much better) to tuck into a pack, briefcase, or art kit.
It also functions as a footrest or table for the palette. My sketching friends are jealous and want one too. Best of all you get to choose the spot to paint from rather than having to sit on an existing bench or rock. Alternative use: a place to sit down in hot climates (India) , long lines (rush lines theater), intermenable tour guide talks (Machu Pichu) You can't imagine how much a seat helps.
Just got this, so these are initial impressions. I had been looking for a seat as an occasional luxury item for backpacking trips, and this was the lightest one i'd found. With the Memorial Day sale, the price was right.
The legs are shockcorded (like tent poles), so the bottom section of all four legs fold up to make a compact kit for transport. Not mentioned in the description is that there's a sewn-on hook-and-loop strap that wraps around the collapsed stool to keep things together.
The ends of the shock cords in each leg are knotted onto a tab on the ends of a metal foot that plugs the end of each tube. This is a nice change from a lot of stool and chair designs where the legs are finished with a plastic foot that can crack or come detached from the leg. This looks like it will be more lasting design.
It's clear from the photos on the website of the stool in use that this is a small stool, but seeing it "in person" really rings that home. The fabric seat itself is about 8 x 8.5 inches, and your butt will be only about 8 or 9 inches off the ground when you settle into it. I suppose this is the price you pay for such light weight.
Small as it is, it's comfortable enough, and, at 190 pounds, it also seems pretty sturdy and virtually wobble free, and supports my weight well.
On my Salter Brecknell digital scale, the weight of the stool alone (without the storage pouch) is 11.2 ounces, 11% higher than the 10 ounces claimed in the description. Since weight was a primary consideration for my purchase, it would be nice if the specs were correct. The pouch material is sturdy, but adds another 1.5 ounces, so i'll probably just lash this to my pack without the storage bag.
Looking forward to see how this holds up in use, but for the money, this little stool seems like a good value. Holding back a rating star as durability is yet unknown and the given weight was inaccurate.
I use this stool for motorcycle adventure riding. At 350g, it packs down pretty flat and small. It is stable, you can reach forward or to the side without worry of it flipping you over. It is easy to take out and set up for a lunch stop on the side of the road. I use it in combination with a small Japanese brand table. The height is perfect to get you off the ground, but still be low enough to set your beer down easily. It is the perfect middle man between a foam sit pad and a full on chair.
It is small, light and strong. Just the right height to sit in close to the campfire on a cold night. Convenient and easy to pull out while having a snack, or examining a map on the trail.