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I go camping a reasonable amount and usually just use normal camping chair but for once I decided that a stool was much better for general cook as it allow me to get much closer to the action while still keeping warm and not setting on fire.This stool unlike the rest of them in go outdoors really wasn't poorly made and this one looked both portable and well made and for me theres simple nothing more that a stool needs to be so for under ten pounds you simple cant complain.
To set up the stool is literally so easy a baby could do it with it easy to fold out method that almost self adjusts to the ground do to it design. This for me is always a problem with living in the countryside and was a lovely change for once.
After from the self leveling nature the seat was also surprising comfortable and in some situation was even more comfortable than a traditional camping chair which I was surprised about myself. In addition to that the item is incredible easy to pack away with an easy to use strap that wraps around the base of the chair and holds it tight.
So overall this is a great stool and something that I still use. I would like to say now that I've had the cheaper version of these stool and they are literally rubbish and I would advise people to spend the 2-3 pounds more for the slightly more expensive as although there seems to be little difference there really is.
I go camping quite a bit, sometimes with my friends, or my family or with my Brownie pack. I purchased this Gelert camping stool a few years ago for a brownie camp, as I started to feel the effects of sitting on a ground sheet with the girls! What can I say... I'm getting old!
I purchased the stool for the cost of £4.99 a few years ago. At this time, a camping chair was still quite expensive and around £10-15, so I brought camping stool instead as it fit in my student budget better! I brought it from Towsure, although now they are available in more places and I have seen them in places such as Go Outdoors.
The stool is 3 legged, has a steel frame and a material top. The frame is hollow which makes it very lightweight. The best selling point of this stool is that it is compact. If you are doing the kind of camping where "if you can carry it, you can take it" goes, then this is an excellent product which I would wholly recommend. If your backpack has an elastic for walking poles on the front, they snap easily round one of the legs meaning that you can pack it easily. If not, you may have to find a more inventive way of keeping it attached to your backpack! I find it fits easily to the front of my bag. However, if you are doing the kind of camping where you load stuff in the car, drive to the camp site and then unpack in a car park next to the field, then I wouldn't recommend it quite so well! The main reason is that it's not particularly comfortable in comparison to the other camping chairs on the market. It's far more comfortable than a ground sheet on the floor, but now, I think that a camping chair is preferable as they really seem to have come down in price.
This stool is easy to put up as the frame is in one piece and they are kept together with a plastic ring in the middle with a screw through it. To put it up, all you do is grab two of the legs and pull. There is a tension strap so that you know when it's put up correctly (although it won't go down any further than the correct height... unless it's broken of course!).
The material top is quite sturdy. My friend owned a less well made stool and the material ripped around where it slots over the poles and she isn't exactly heavy! However, this material is hard wearing. It is 600 denier polyester which is coated in PVC. I've had this stool for a few years and used it quite frequently and there's not even a hint of a tear around the poles.
Overall, it's a handy piece of kit if you are limited on space or what you can carry. However, if you're not particularly limited in that respect, I would say it would be worth looking into getting a camping chair rather than a stool.
This is a very useful lightweight item of equipment to own. I bought mine as having recently retired I hope to spend more time practising my hobby of watercolour painting. At the class I have been attending small groups of us are meeting up at intervals to paint local scenes. Easels can be a bit tricky to put up, much easier to take a portable board, paints and water ,lunch, and something to sit on. The cost of my stool was amazingly cheap as Argos happened to have a sale,so it was reduced from about £4.99 to £3.75.
So. apart from its low cost another advantage is that it is very easy to carry as the metal parts are hollow. it folds up and a small carry case is suppled to fit over your shoulder. This is very practical, one of the sites we visited was a National Trust property, it would have been a bit awkward to turn up at the entrance, lugging a large chair.
The stool perches comfortably on uneven ground.However at only 43cm high it is quite low, if you have long legs like me that makes it a bit uncomfortable after prolonged sitting. I need to get up and stretch my legs after a while, however it seems secure and not likely to collapse under my weight which I confess is around 12 stones. The height of the stool is an advantage in a way, as I can put things onto the floor(such as painting water) and easily reach down to get them, which saves having to hold everything.
The canvas seat is black with grey edging, no problems with it so far though I only bought the stool a couple of months ago.
Now, if you are not an artist, this review must seem a bit boring, but this stool must have lots of uses for various people. Its main disadvantage is that after a while you have to stand up to stretch your legs, but it can be a very useful little item to own. I'm not quite sure why it should be called a Gelert stool (presumably because of the Welsh legend of the noble Gelert the Dog,killed by his master after being mistakenly accused of attacking a baby,when he had actually protected the baby from a wolf), but Gelert is supposed to be buried in Snowdonia, so maybe it is to remind us how useful a stool like this could be in such a wonderful outdoor area, popular with campers.
My husband is very into camping, and last year we took our daughter camping for the first time, and plan to do the same this summer for a little longer. The slight problem we found last year was managing to get everything we needed packed into our car, so last summer and during this year in anticipation for future holidays, we are always keeping an eye for space saving camping equipment. My father in law had got one of these Gelert Folding Camping Stools for sitting on in his greenhouse when he wants to take a rest, and it put the idea of getting one into my husband's head for camping, but also because in our new house we also have a greenhouse.
Gelert is a familiar make to anyone who likes the outdoors, so I was happy enough to purchase the same stool for our camping holiday. I purchased mine in Argos, and it currently retails on the site for £4.99 which I think is a very reasonable price for this product. This stool is classed as 'compact' which was exactly why we bought it. For us, when we are away camping, it is useful for whoever is doing the cooking outside, to have a little stool to open up and rest on when their legs get tired standing, rather than having to trail out our main camping seats which remain in the tent at the table where we eat our meals. Apart from using it in camping, it can be used at the beach, by budding photographers, festival goers, walkers and even gardeners.
THis little tripod seat is reasonably sturdy as it has a steel frame. It is fairly light to carry and comes with its own bag, which we find great as it can be kept clean and dry and is stored more easily in a bag, slid in somewhere within our car boot or in our car roof box when we pack up for holiday.
This is not a seat that you would use for eating at a table given its height at 43cm, but it is ideal for resting on. It is also not a seat that I think you would wish to sit on for a long period of time, as there is no back to it, and although it is not uncomfortable to sit on for short lengths of time with the polyester seat, you would certainly feel it for extended lengths of time.
All in all, depending on what you want this for, this is an ideal seat - certainly for camping, when you want to take a seat when you are cooking or if you are a walker wanting to stop for a bite to eat or a rest. However if you are want it as a seat to relax on at a campsite for the evening, then this is not the seat, as it is perfect for short term rests but not when you want to sit down and relax for a lengthier time.
EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5032307738954. Chair weight 0.78kg. H43, W30, D30cm. Carry bag supplied. Folds flat for easy storage. PVC coated 600 denier polyester with steel leg frame.