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PostPosted: January 25th, 2013, 4:01 pm 
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I have an old Thermarest that I don't use anymore but thought it might make a comfy chair in the hot tent, when coupled with one of these:

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/HikingCamping/CampingChairs/PRD~5008-144/therm-a-rest-trekker-lounge-20.jsp?pdtTab=2#reviews

Has anyone used one of these before? I brought my big camp chair into the hot tent on my first trip with it, and it worked ok but it was huge. The Thermarest idea would also put you down closer to the stove for easier cooking, warming, etc.

I figure it might be nice too for bringing out on a cold winter night and stargazing.

Any thoughts?

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PostPosted: January 25th, 2013, 4:47 pm 
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I have used the same thing (mine is not a thermarest model) for 9 yrs now when I winter camp. It works well especially for back support. While at Deep Freeze, these are portable to move from tent to tent with while visiting.
I would recommend this over a summer camp chair even though it is nice to sit in a larger chair occasionally.
There might be a pic of me, in mine, on smokey's web site
( http://canoedog-ca.blogspot.ca/ ) circa 2004
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p.s. sorry it's not there but maybe in the other years it might show up. Go for it, you won't be disappointed. :D


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PostPosted: January 25th, 2013, 4:53 pm 
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Thanks Cliff. I have a bad back but I actually like sitting on the ground. I think this might be a good solution! The only issue I have is if my Thermarest busts (it is REALLY old) then I have to get a whole new Thermarest just for the chair. That's gonna make a costly chair.

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PostPosted: January 25th, 2013, 4:57 pm 
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I'm also looking at this option...Using the Senate Seat and then cutting some foam to use for insulation....It would be more cost effective IF my Thermarest were to bust...I would only use the Thermarest for the seat as I have an Exped Pad I use for sleeping.

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/HikingCamping/CampingChairs/PRD~5014-053/mec-senate-seat.jsp

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PostPosted: January 25th, 2013, 5:10 pm 
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Steve,
I use your "option #2", myself. I had a thermarest develop a hole while in "seat" mode. I find it is a great hot tent option and it gives you a bit more insulation at night as well.
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PostPosted: January 25th, 2013, 5:28 pm 
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Firedog do you use just the Senate Seat or do you have extra padding added to it?

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PostPosted: January 25th, 2013, 5:30 pm 
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My thought is that I would grab a blue closed cell foam pad and cut it to fit the base of the chair. I would then hot glue two, three or even four layers together to make a nice thick pad to sit on while in the chair....

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PostPosted: January 26th, 2013, 10:58 pm 
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I have both and think the thermarest chair is better. If your old thermarest gives out you might be able to pick up an old used thermarest and be back in business.

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2013, 9:15 am 
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Steve,
I use a bit heavier version of your stadium chair (from Costco, two for about $16 if memory serves me??) but its winter and with a sled, I don't mind a few extra ounces..
I have used a blue pad, folded up to fit inside the thermarest chair and then I use it as well, at night. My stadium seat is actualy three squares, so it "unfolds" to make a pad about 36 or 40 inches long?


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2013, 9:25 am 
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I actually found one of these at Sail for $15.00....http://cascadedesigns.com/en/therm-a-rest/seating/trek-and-travel-seating/trail-seat/product

I ended up ordering the Senate seat 2 days ago so hopefully it works out ok. I may regret not going the Thermarest Chair route...but we'll see. I'm hoping to test it out up in Algonquin in 2 weeks :)

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2013, 9:39 am 
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You can get a "non inflatable" version of that at the "Dollar" store.
I have a similiar item from Thermarest... they have "mini" mats that they use for store displays.. makes a great "perch for the butt"..


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2013, 9:44 am 
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I'll have to check that out!

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2013, 8:14 pm 
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I have a Thermarest seat pad and it spent most of it's life in my parent's living room. Good idea but not terribly practical imo. The Senate seat is a better product and I have a couple of similar chairs sold under the Blackfeather label (Trailhead). These are great as you can adjust the angle for more support of the lumbar or legs out lounging. They fold up and wrap around a barrel pretty nicely. and they won't deflate if punctured ;)

My wife has one that's much more plush and wider than mine and looks more comfortable.


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PostPosted: January 28th, 2013, 8:42 am 
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Steve,
My wife and I have used the Therm-A-Rest chair sleeves with our Therm-A-Rest pads for years now on our canoe trips and I love them. We never go without them. You can sit them on the ground with your legs out straight or lean back in them with knees bent like a recliner, sit in them cross legged, or you can rest them on a rock or log so it feels more like a conventional, raised chair.

Like you, I have back trouble (lower back), and I find that sitting on the ground or on logs, etc without back support starts to get uncomfortable after a couple of days, so having something with a backrest is important for me, especially when reading under the tarp in the pouring rain for hours.

I imagine it would serve well in a hot-tent as well, especially if you cut a trench just inside the door where you could dangle your feet.

Here are a few photos of us sitting on them to give you an idea of how they look when in actual use.

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l52 ... 0b6d60.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l52 ... chair1.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l52 ... chair2.jpg

Hope this helps,
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PostPosted: January 28th, 2013, 10:02 am 
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Thanks Martin, the photo's help a lot....Not sure why I never thought of this type of chair before. I always like sitting close to the ground especially around a fire. Just makes sense that these would work!

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