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Offline Ty0604

Chair
« on: March 06, 2022, 04:08:47 pm »
Does anyone else carry a chair with them while on tour? I hadn’t before last summer, when I took it on a two week tour of Montana. I purchased a Helinox Chair Zero and find it more comfortable than most of the picnic tables. I’m an ultralight tourer (10-15lbs) so this is a little heavy for me at 18oz. Love the comfort of it though!

No photo of the chair so here’s a link https://helinox.com/collections/all-chairs/products/chair-zero?variant=16664192286790

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Offline ray b

Re: Chair
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2022, 07:25:23 pm »
Does anyone else carry a chair with them while on tour?
I also have a Zero that I carried once on the bike on the flatness of the KATY trail. It's now relegated to motorcycle and ski camping.

Saw a few chairs on the GDMBR this summer..., well, two. One was carried by a pretty strong rider in a very purposeful, no-hurry mode, along with his ukulele and flip flops.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline Nyimbo

Re: Chair
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2022, 08:24:06 pm »
I have one too.  Unless it is raining it is the first thing I set up at each camp site. I enjoyed it. Often if I was close to a river or a scenic view I would carry it over to sit in in the evening while I relaxed or read.

Offline Ty0604

Re: Chair
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2022, 09:47:47 pm »
I also have a Zero that I carried once on the bike on the flatness of the KATY trail. It's now relegated to motorcycle and ski camping.
Saw a few chairs on the GDMBR this summer..., well, two. One was carried by a pretty strong rider in a very purposeful, no-hurry mode, along with his ukulele and flip flops.
My sister also brings her ukulele with her when she tours with me. It's nice to have around the fire but wouldn't ever carry one myself.

I have one too.  Unless it is raining it is the first thing I set up at each camp site. I enjoyed it. Often if I was close to a river or a scenic view I would carry it over to sit in in the evening while I relaxed or read.
Same! It's a great reading chair. Also nice to have a dry place to sit if it had rained recently and the picnic table is still wet or on those damp mornings!
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Offline wildtoad

Re: Chair
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2022, 03:36:42 pm »
I sometimes bring along my old Alite camp chair (I believe the company went out of business a few years ago) when I anticipate that camp sites on a particular trip may be short of comfortable sitting spots. It weighs very little and is decently comfortable. It's also quite compact. That said, it does take up space and as I've trended towards packing more efficiently and lighter overall, more often than not I leave the Alite behind nowadays.

Offline Ty0604

Re: Chair
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2022, 05:08:13 pm »
I sometimes bring along my old Alite camp chair (I believe the company went out of business a few years ago) when I anticipate that camp sites on a particular trip may be short of comfortable sitting spots. It weighs very little and is decently comfortable. It's also quite compact. That said, it does take up space and as I've trended towards packing more efficiently and lighter overall, more often than not I leave the Alite behind nowadays.

Alite is now owned by Grand Trunk. It was a recent purchase and Grand Trunk should be offering some of the Alite products under their new name later this year.

Www.grandtrunk.com

https://www.outsidebusinessjournal.com/press-releases/accessories-press-releases/grand-trunk-acquires-alite-designs/
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Offline LouMelini

Re: Chair
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2022, 10:32:50 am »
My wife and I each have a chair (REI brand). Despite the weight concern, we find them comfortable, we can put the chairs in the shade or if there is rain, we can sit under a shelter. 

Offline hikerjohnd

Re: Chair
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2022, 06:04:34 pm »
I want to carry my Helinox Chair One on my upcoming trip. It is in the cut pile because of weight at the moment, but I'm still seriously considering it.

In the mean time, I have a Crazy Creek chair that I've had for years. Amazing back support and even though I'm sitting on the ground, it's nice for relaxing!

Offline HikeBikeCook

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Re: Chair
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2022, 09:44:35 am »
I want to carry my Helinox Chair One on my upcoming trip. It is in the cut pile because of weight at the moment, but I'm still seriously considering it.

In the mean time, I have a Crazy Creek chair that I've had for years. Amazing back support and even though I'm sitting on the ground, it's nice for relaxing!
I bought and then returned the Helinox Chair Zero. I was going to take it on my TransAM ride in 3 weeks. The back was fine but the seat was just too short to sit in comfortably and it was too low to the ground. At first I thought I had the back and the seat mixed up, but that was not the case. I will spend my 1.2 lbs of weight and $129 on something else.
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Offline canalligators

Re: Chair
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2022, 09:47:29 pm »
Sure.  The seat on my recumbent.

Will you be camping in places that don't have a picnic table?  If you'll mostly be in regular campgrounds, you may not see the need for a chair. 

Offline KF8MO

Re: Chair
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2022, 12:23:21 am »
My wife and I carry Helinox Zeros touring on our tandem. A pound each, but a splurge well worth the cost!

Offline BikePacker

Re: Chair
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2022, 07:05:01 am »
Does anyone else carry a chair with them while on tour? ... I purchased a Helinox Chair Zero ...
Yup.
And ... that is the one.
As I sit back in the Zero the thought typically emerges
that 'I am touring cause I enjoy the touring ...
not 'arriving' at the destination location
with my personal best lowest weight on bike frame ever.
'

P.S. Btw, regarding relaxing / enjoying touring ...
only prob ever encountered with the Zero
was the feet easily sinking into some types of soft ground.
Over came that by fabricating 2 pvc pipes to act as
'sled like' supports. 
I place them under the feet
on right and left sides/back to front.   
When I pack my fabricated pipe 'sled like' supports
they slide compactly right over two to the legs ...
all fitting in same bag that came with the Zero.

[7/31 'Modification' was to add the 'P.S.' text section.]
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Offline Tandem Tom

Re: Chair
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2022, 07:58:41 am »
Any chance of a pic?? We have a tour coming up!

Offline ray b

Re: Chair
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2022, 10:08:58 am »
Does anyone else carry a chair with them while on tour? ... I purchased a Helinox Chair Zero ...
Yup.
And ... that is the one.
As I sit back in the Zero the thought typically emerges
that 'I am touring cause I enjoy the touring ...

P.S. Btw, regarding relaxing / enjoying touring ...
only prob ever encountered with the Zero
was the feet easily sinking into some types of soft ground.
Over came that by fabricating 2 pvc pipes to act as
'sled like' supports. 
I place them under the feet
on right and left sides/back to front.   
When I pack my fabricated pipe 'sled like' supports
they slide compactly right over two to the legs ...
all fitting in same bag that came with the Zero.
I use the Zero base "ground sheet" sold as an accessory by the company. They also sell bigger ball feet to prevent sinking. (Photo attached from Helinox website.

I also use the accessory anchor, a tent stake tied off to the chair to keep it in camp on windy days.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline BikePacker

Re: Chair
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2022, 12:13:47 pm »
Any chance of a pic?? We have a tour coming up!
PVCs are 1 inch outside diameters.
They slide right over the legs when I break all down
to put in tote bag.
IF you give this a whirl ... pls lemmno of any ways you may well find to improve upon this idea?
Thank you.
~ Wishing you a great tour.
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