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Dave_Canon Avatar
Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
17 Apr 2021 2:31PM
I have tickets for a motor Cycle Race in a couple of months and realise that I may be in one spot for some hours so wondered if a suitable light portable stool might be worth buying. Does anyone have any experiences or recommendations, please.

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SlowSong Plus
15 11.1k 30 England
17 Apr 2021 5:21PM
I've got a couple of these lightweight, canvas, fold-up seats, and they come with a carry case. They're lightweight and you can sling them over your shoulder to carry. And they've got a cup holder in one of the arms. Cheap and cheerful, and better than nothing.
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
17 Apr 2021 5:40PM
At least the one SlowSong linked to is light enough, Dave...
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Jestertheclown 14 8.8k 255 England
17 Apr 2021 10:28PM
During my misspent youth, I attended (and raced at) motor racing circuits all over the country and I'd say that while a portable seat of some kind isn't a bad idea, it will only be any use if you can find somewhere flat(ish) and reasonably firm to put it on.

Otherwise, you'll spend all day straightening it up and/or pulling the ends of the legs back out of the ground.

Portable chair for tightwads.

(I've got two!)
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
18 Apr 2021 10:03AM
Thanks for the comments so far. I would just mention that I am not on a tight budget so do not let cost restrain any recommendations. I am also aware that a number of these "stools" do not have a problem with sinking and for some there are attachments to deal with this real potential issue. Although I initially need it for this one event, I expect to attend other events where it will also be useful.

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keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
18 Apr 2021 4:19PM
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pink Plus
20 7.4k 11 England
20 Apr 2021 7:36AM
Walkstool is a great product, designed and made in Sweden, they have 3 legs and pack away really small and light. You can also get a base to add stability at the ground level which helps with the sinking problem.
I have one and it is always on the side of my camera rucksack, perfect whilst waiting for the dawn light.
Not cheap but you get what you pay for.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
24 Apr 2021 10:25AM
Thank you for the walkstool Ian - as someone who frequently needs to sit to rest my back - I sent for one and a) it is not too heavy for me to carry, and b) extremely comfortable and feels very safe. I think I may soon be able to venture back outside into the big outdoors. Second vaccination next week so probably as safe as I can be. Many, many thanks. And also for Dave for asking the question.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
24 Apr 2021 2:37PM
Thanks for the suggestions. While I have not taken a final decision, I am tempted by the GEERTOP. The Walkstools are highly recommended but I do think I would benefit from a chair with a back. A friend recommended one that you have to assemble each time you use so not so attractive.



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