Outdoor seats come in a variety of styles and options, with a seat for every occasion. One of these is the tripod stool, a simple and lightweight seat that can be setup in seconds.
Tripod type bucket seats have become a household item in the outdoor fraternity due to their simplicity and ease of use. They have also become a firm favourite amongst people attending outdoor concerts or conventions where long waits in queues or standing for long periods are a problem.
The tripod seat works on a very simple design principle, having three legs that are connect in the middle by a pivoting connector of sorts and a triangular fabric seat that fits over the three points of the legs.
We went out of our way to find a comfortable, lightweight and easy to use seat. And here it is… the TravelChair Slacker folding camp stool.
We featured it on our Best Lightweight Backpacking Chairs Review and our readers absolutely loved it. Click Here to See the Full Comparison.
Travel Chair has been making lightweight, portable outdoor furniture since 1984. They have pushed the boundaries of lightweight design with their products and maintained a quality that leads in the outdoor industry. Their product range includes chairs, cots and portable camping tables.
Lightweight Folding Tripod Chair
Their Slacker Backpacking Stool is an awesome seat that is super light and very easy to use.
It’s small, strong and folds up in one movement! All this without compromising comfort. Each leg also features a “duckbill” foot to prevent sagging into softer substrates. This is a feature missing on a lot of these stools on the market; many of them only have a slip-over rubber cap which will not stop you from sinking into the ground.
The Slacker’s Dimensions
The Slacker is very compact and when opened it has a height of 20 inches and the seat spread is 14 by 12 inches. Folded, the Slacker is really like a rolled up newspaper and measures 24“x 3” x 3”.
The seat height at its lowest part is 17.5 inches from the ground. The total weight of the Slacker is only 2.2 pounds, which is really light considering that this minimalist design has an incredible carrying capacity of 275 pounds.
There are 4 desaturated colors that blend into the surrounding nature while still looking super stylish.
Durability & Build Quality
Travel Chair didn’t slack on quality materials. The tripod legs are made from heavy duty aluminium tubing to prevent flexing under the weight of someone. The tubing is also powder coated with a rust resistant material to prevent moisture damage if the chair is used in moist environments like the beach for example.
The heavy duty nylon pivot combined with clever use of rivets takes all the pressure from the weight of the user without compromising the strength of the seat.
The seat is made from a 600D fabric, which is one of the highest thread counts and tightest weaves used for this type application. The fabric has also been double coated and is abrasion and tear resistant as well as UV resistant so it won’t discolour from extended use in the sun.
Setting Up the Slacker Stool
It takes literally seconds to set up. The convenient Velcro strap which secures the chair in its folded position needs to be loosened and stool can be opened into a seated position. It’s quick and convenient for when you’re too exhausted from a long hike to hassle with levers and latches.
For Backpacking and More
The Slacker Stool is a seat for all occasions, with the options being endless. It’s the ideal seat for backpackers, hikers, fisherman, campers, cyclists, concert goers, workmen who need a seat over their lunch break, folks who have problems standing for long periods at outdoor events and the list goes on, but we think you get the idea.
Because the Slacker Stool is so light and compact when folded, it becomes a very portable object.
It is easily attached to the side of a backpack for hikers or even to the side of a daypack for day hikers. It has become a favourite stool for motorcycle fanatics because it can be easily transported on the luggage panniers of most touring motorcycles.
It’s the ideal seat to have stashed away behind the seat of your pick-up or in the boot of your vehicle for those spur of the moment sunset stops that were never planned.
With the convenient shoulder strap, it can even be slung over your shoulder for a pleasant walk on the beach to your favourite cove. Thanks to its light weight it is literally like carrying a closed umbrella.
The designers really pushed the envelope here with this tripod stool. It’s ultralight, compact and packable. No other stool beats it when it comes to build quality and carrying capacity.
This small stool is so versatile; no one should be without one!