“ Gelert / carry bag with stool for fishing. „
Me and the little lad love to go fishing together, it's long been a hobby of mine and I'm pleased to say he's taking an interest in this from a young age as I did with my own dad. At times though I like to go on my own and just sit and not have to talk, I need the peace and quiet. I find it a relaxing pastime and it helps me unwind. You need somewhere to sit when you fish as you are out there for some considerable time usually and quite often not in the best of weather. It's all well and good sitting on a rock for half an hour or so but at my age you need a place which is more comfy to park your bot. For this reason I bought for just less than a tenner on Ebay, a Gelert Neptune Fishing Creel and Stool and I've not looked back.
It's lightweight and transports easily enough and weighs in at only 1.8kg. I like this as it's in a rucksack which is so easy to transport with my rod and line and all the rest of my equipment and it doesn't take up too much space either in the boot or on my person when I walk to the water's edge. Once at the spot you decided you're going to spend the next few hours of your life, just undo the rucksack and it easily converts into a handy little fold out stool which is actually surprisingly comfortable. It can even hold my bulk though I do spill over the sides a bit but it doesn't dig in. I take a lightweight cushion with me too for added support as I suffer from sciatica if I sit in one position for too long.
The bag / stool is made of good quality waterproof polyester and it can be machine washed which is really handy as it often smells really quickly. It dries quickly too due to the polyester material. The actual stool, once folded out is approximately 45cm in height, possibly a little smaller, but is a good height for my frame.
As well as being handy for my occasional fishing trips, I have also used this stool for picnics and keep it in the back of the car most of the time if I go for a walk and need a sit down. There's no back support, obviously, but it's very good for sitting for shortish periods so long as you get up every half hour or so and stretch your legs, though if you don't suffer from sciatica you'll probably be fine for longer periods.
Overall I'm really pleased with my purchase and thoroughly recommend it.
I adore fishing and often go on little adventures to lakes and rivers for a few nights. When on these trips it is vital to bring the right necessities such as food, water, equipment (but mainly beer). Whilst sat there for hours on end you need a stool so when I saw the Gelert Neptune Fishing Creel/Stool combo for around 16 pounds I thought it would be ideal for me.
The stool itself is small so I do not sit on it for hours on end. But it is great to leave by a rod ready for any action. It folds away and is very compact so I can easily take it anywhere. It is made of metal poles with black canvass in the middle to sit on. It can be attached and detached from the creel.
Moving on to the creel. This has numerous pouches and pockets to hold all kinds of floats, weights and essentials. There are obvious pockets on the outside but also some additional compartments inside as well. On its own it is extremely light made up of polyester canvass. Together with the stool there is a minute weight of just 1.8 kg. The creel is not a thing of beauty with a dark grey and black colour it appears quite dull (but to be honest I am not try to impress anyone).
It is a very practical combination and perfect for fishing trips for a reasonable price.
In the Summer months I often accompany my nephew fishing, whilst being far from an expert at it, I find it very relaxing, and there's nothing relaxing about sitting on a wet, cold and muddy river bank! So a good seat is essential. I must admit I wasn't expecting all that much from the Gelert Neptune Fishing Creel and Stool, purely because I picked it up from Amazon for £10 with free next day delivery on my Prime account. But I thought it would be OK for occasional use.
I have to say - I'm pleasantly surprised. The Neptune is a dark green Oxford rucksack, which is very easy to carry. It looks quite good (suitable for men or women) and weighs in at a very carryable 1.8kg. It features padded shoulder straps with quick release cords, which make it very versatile, you can carry it on both shoulders (recommended, for better weight distribution), on one shoulder or by hand (there is a black carry strap on the top).
It is styled in polyester meaning it is fully waterproof and can be washed in the washing machine (but line not tumble dried) - essential, as fishing equipment can smell! Once you get to your fishing spot, the rucksack converts to a tubular steel X frame seat, with a padded cover. There have been reviews on here questioning it's comfort, but for me it's perfectly comfortable, for spells of an hour or so, and longer with a short break to stretch the legs. OK there is nothing to rest against and you can certainly buy more substantial deckchair like fishing chairs but they are a lot more cumbersome, expensive and not something the casual fisherman or woman may need. I don't think you can argue with the quality for £10. Once seated, the bag provides a handy creel for fish (if you fish for dinner, that is, and not sport). Or you can keep your essentials in there.
Once up, the seat sits at a 44cm height which for me is ideal. It can of course also be used on camping and hiking trips, picnics, in the back of the car for emergencies where you must leave your car (ie, breakdowns) and even in the garden or beach. So it's a pretty versatile little chair and so well made I can see mine lasting me a good while, despite my initial misgivings based on the low cost.
Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase indeed and can see that this seat will be very useful to me in the future. I will certainly be buying another as a gift for a family member into fishing, and it would make a great present for any fisher, hiker or camper. Certainly I think £10 is excellent value for money - I would even have said £20 was fair, so at half that it is a steal. I'd have liked to see a variation of colours but that's a minor issue - the green is very versatile.
I will award the Gelert Neptune Fishing Creel and Stool a very well deserved 5 stars out of 5 - it does what it does very well, simply, and for a low cost. Exactly what you need.
Right then, i am going to open this review in a way that i am sure that none of you will have expected. As much as i like the idea, and would like to do it in the future, i have never previously been fishing in my life! Why do you own the stool then? I hear you cry. Well, my parents are keen walkers, and occasionally on a nice summers day i go along too, and this stool is a key piece of their inventory. It's multipurpose, allowing you to carry lots of belongings, whilst also allowing you a nice seat while your sitting and admiring the countryside, perhaps having a nice picnic!
The Creel, or bag, as us none fishing types would probably call it, allows you to store the stool while wandering around the countryside. It is made of polyester and is nice and light, meaning that you aren't lugging around half the world with you, which is always a bonus. I should know, as i am always made to carry the heavy stuff, and it is never this item! It also has a number of very handy little pockets on, perfect for a walk or a camping holiday, perhaps, where you can keep items such as torches, first aid bits and pieces, and other things that you would usually not have room to bring with you on your walk or your trip. I'm quite sure this is also very relevant for fishing, as you will obviously have lots of bits and bobs that you need to carry with you.
The stool is easy to get out, and is incredibly simple, being just two simple bits of steel with a piece of polyester across to sit down on. It has been mentioned before but i think i need to restress that this is not all that comfy, particularly if you are of the bigger disposition, as there is not a great deal of room to stick your backside on too! However, me and my family have no issues with this, so it is not a downside for us, but worth considering if you are thinking of buying the product. I have to mention that it is not the sturdiest thing in the world, particularly if you are parked on a hill, so it is probably best to keep your wits about you whilst sat on it!
Price and durability
I believe we bought ours from a local outdoorsy shop, for about £15 but it is also available widely on the net for a similar price. We have used it a few times and have not noticed any problems with durability, so its a big thumbs up for that. However, you can probably get similar alternatives on the market for a cheaper price, so it is worth shopping about.
A good stool and bag for all your outdoor needs.
Having been a keen fisherman for many years I have learned that the key to enjoying a good fishing trip is to ensure you are comfortable and adequately provisioned with food and equipment. The key to comfort is having something comfortable to sit on. You could sit on the ground but after 8 hours you will regret not taking that lovely foldable chair that sits in the shed waiting for summer. The Neptune stool is in my opinion only a short step from sitting on the ground. It is rather compact and not at all sturdy. It may be a sign that I should lose a few pounds but I would still expect a little more comfort than I encountered.
Storage wise it is more than adequate and will hold everything you need for a days fishing. Aditional storage pockets will allow you to store commonly usd items that are readily accesible when in need. At 1.8kg it is light enough that you will not feel like you are lugging a mountain round with you and the stool is detachable which will save you a little more weight (considering the inadequacies of the seat this isnt such a bad thing)
This is not at all suitable for my needs and I shall continue to use my collapsable chair and backpack but it may be ideal for a young fisherman eager to carry his own equipment. At £17.99 I would describe it as poor value for money and I will not be using it any time soonl.
In the past I used to go fishing with my father on quite a regular basis - this was some years ago though. I don't go fishing anymore, but don't have anything against the sport. I do, however, own the Gelert Neptune Fishing Stool. The stool itself is extremely simply designed and is literally two sections of steel tubing with a piece of polyester to park your bum onto. The stool doesn't appear to be very sturdy and in a way this is true, though I find it reasonable for my needs. As I am quite a slim and therefore light person I don't have any problems with the 'delicate' construction, but i think that those with a large derriere. may struggle to get comfortable on it. Also included with the stool is the gelert creel, which acts not only as a carrying case for the stool, but it allows you to store other fishing accessories whilst on the move. I usually store a magazine or other forms of entertainment in it as I use it for long walks, and I may use the pockets for some light snacks or lunch.
The creel does have a number of handy pockets for storing what you please, and due to its polyester construction it is also very lightweight. The total weight of the stool and creel is just 1.8kg, if you wish to just carry the stool around in your boot, or on a walk, it weighs even less. The two-tone green on the creel isn't exactly the most interesting of finishes, but really this wasn't intended to win any beauty contests as it is a practical more than fashioanble product.
Due to my slender frame I have no issues with build quality or sturdiness of the stool, but if you are 'big boned' you may wish to look elsewhere for a camping or fishing stool as there are more robust alternatives around. Priced at £17.99 direct from Gelert you can't argue with the value for money of this product.