“ Elite Seatstick, Elite PackAway Seatstick, Folding Walking Sticks, Supaseat, etc. Linden Leisure was formed in 1969 and the manufacturing premises are currently located in the Cotswold village of Winchcombe, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. Linden Leisure manufacture seats and walking sticks which are great for viewing all sports, i.e. Motor Racing, Golf, Horse Racing, Football, Tennis, all other outdoor pursuits and of course walking. „
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The idea of a walking stick that doubles as a seat is a great one for me. I have used my linden seat stick to watch sporting events when there have been standing only spaces and it works well. I think you can use this in many situations and find it useful to have.
The linden seat sticks are easy to use and when you are taking them from one place to another they double as a supporting walking stick. I think they are very handy and would recommend them or at least a similar type of product because they are such a good idea.
I was given my linden seat stick as a present and couldn't pick a colour but they come in green, brown or black. I cant say what the brown or green are like but the black is fine. No worries about clashing your outfit with the colour of the stick as black goes with most colours.
My stick is not one that you can move the height of but you can get sticks from the range that are fully adjustable. I think an adjustable one would have been a bit better maybe but I am not complaining. My non adjustable seat stick works for me but can be a bit tall for shorter people to use to sit on.
My linden seat stick is the stroller model with a fixed seat height of about 28 cms and a fixed walking height of 2 cms higher. This works fine for me and I think the seat stick is easy to use when I want to seat myself on it. I think an adjustable seat height would be more use for many people.
My seat stick has a non slip rubber foot. There is a point and plate foot as well and that is good for me because it means I can use the seat stick on many surfaces without slipping off it.
The stick is very light when I need to carry it and weighs about 1lb in weight making it very light for most users. It may be light but its strong as well and can take a person up to 275lbs safely. I have not tested it it with such a heavy weight but the makers say its safe with that kind of weight.
I would recommend the linden seat sticks because they are very handy to have and work fine if you use them safely. I keep mine stored away in a dry place and so far its still in good shape.
Many years ago when I was a child I saw these 'seat sticks' used by walkers and at local football matches where seating wasn't provided. I rediscovered them last year and bought one for when I go walking and it is always kept in my car boot. Linden Leisure manufacture 3 types of seat sticks, the Stroller, Walker and the Tracker. The first model, the Stroller, is a fixed height model with an anti-slip foot and is the base model. The Walker has the ability to adjust height and other than that is the same as the Stroller. The Tracker is an adjustable height model but comes with a point at the base for poking into the ground and has a plate foot for extra stability. I bought the Walker model as it gives me the choice to lend it to other people as I am quite tall it is ideal. The Stroller has a sitting height of 28.5in, the Tracker has an adjustable 31-33.5in sitting height, and the Walker has the same adjustable heights.
Each model weighs approximately 500grams, which means they are lightweight enough to be able to carry and because the folding seat has handles on the top edge, it doubles up as a walking stick when not being sat on. My seat stick is plain black with some yellow detailing around the collar of the seat, but other than that it is a simple design. The seat is easy to construct, as a simple hinge is attached from the stick to the seat and you just use your balance to stay sat down. The adjustable aspect to the seat is similar to that of a pair of crutches, there is a number of holes up the side of the stick which allows for easy adjustment of height.
Linden Leisure also sell a range of foldable seats, which would be useful for either carrying over your shoulder in the pouch, or kept discreetly in a bag. Overall, I would say the seat stick is very useful for a variety of occassions, including sporting events and long walks where seating could be an issue and the stick seat allows you to choose your spot to rest, be it at a beauty spot or in a convenient place.
Last year I was in Amsterdam with the local art club, we had lots of guided tours, i.e., a guide would explain a picture and we would all stand around him or her and listen, all with the exception of an elderly man who would rest his behind on a kind of tripod, three sticks connected in the middle, spread out on the ground to stand firm and spread out at the top to hold a piece of leather to sit on.
I was envious, I always have probs standing for some time, I wanted such a thingy, too! I asked him where he had got it, but he couldnt help me, he had got it from a friend who had ordered it from a catalogue for hunters but he didnt know any details. Before the next excursion of the art club I tried my luck in a shop for umbrellas and walking sticks and found something, although not the tripod I had seen, I found a simple stick with a seat at one end and a rubber, anti-slip foot at the other. It turned out to come from the UK, from the firm LINDEN LEISURE LTD from WINCHCOMBE so that I can write on it and tell you my experience.
The stick in question is called Elite SeatStick, the model I bought is the Walker (Adjustable Height Model). The walking height can be adjusted by pressing in the two spring buttons, sliding the inner tube to the desired length and making the two buttons spring out into the required pair of holes, the stick can be between 83 and 90 cm (32 1/2 and 35 1/2 ins) long, the sitting height can be between 78 and 85 cm (31 -33 ½ ins).
When the shop-assistant showed me the Walker SeatStick, I knew that I had found what I was looking for, in fact I liked it even more than the tripod I had seen used by my arty mate. I asked her if she had a foldable model as I wanted to use the stick only for excursions with the art club meaning I would have to take it with me on bus and train tours, she said no, they didnt have foldable models as they were no good, not firm enough to sit on and might break. Damn her!, truth is that the stick she could offer me was the only one they had in the shop so it was either sell me this one or nothing at all. When I came home and clicked on the homepage of LINDEN LEISURE, I found a foldable version with the Maximum User Weight of 125 kg (275 lbs); even if I made a fattening diet, I wouldnt reach this weight!
The good thing about the foldable model is that it is stored away in a bag which can be carried round the shoulder, I had to carry my stick with me in its full length, a bit awkward when getting in and out of trains or trams (as we had to do repeatedly), I was afraid I might forget it somewhere because I couldnt attach it to my body. I brought it home in the end but am still convinced that the foldable version is the one which would serve me best.
The SeatStick isnt a burden to carry weight-wise, though, the stem is made of aluminium, the firm offers the colours black, brown and green, Ive got a green one which looks quite nice actually, the seat is made of hard plastic in the same colour as the stick, the whole thingy weighs only 500g, it looks heavier than it is. To open the seat I grasp the black locking sleeve and pull it down firmly, then I tip up the seat into a horizontal position and thats it.
When I met the art club members at the train station for our last excursion, I was greeted with quizzical looks, one woman was clearly envious, she suffers from arthritis in the knee. When we were waiting at the gate of an exhibition hall for our handbags to be examined (for size, not explosives), the young woman who was doing it, looked at me and my SeatStick in an odd way, I couldnt interpret her look, I was afraid she wouldnt let me get in with it and so I said, This is a piece of furniture to rest your behind on. She laughed and said, Can I have it, please? She had been on her feet for hours already.
Now, how did I sit? The instruction advises you to place the seat behind you with the base approximately 45cm (18) away, to lean the seat towards you and bend the body to meet it, to place your feet approximately 45 cm apart to make a triangle with your stick. I find this very funny, should I take a measuring tape with me? I think everyone does it right instinctively and finds out for themselves which position is best. For example, I mostly didnt sit with outstretched legs but with one leg straight and one leg bent. I used my SeatStick a lot and I know that because of it I enjoyed the exhibitions more than I would have done without it. There were many visitors and some rooms were quite dark in order to preserve valuable artefacts, I was a bit afraid someone would look at the exhibits and not at me and maybe knock off my third leg sending me to the floor so I mostly stood/sat near the wall.
The seat has two integrated handles (as can be seen in the piccie at the top of the site) and can also be used as a walking stick, not for long distances, though, as it doesnt lie as well in the hand as the handle of a proper walking stick. Outside the exhibition I either used it this way or just carried it in my hand seat down, end up.
To come to a conclusion: the SeatStick is a fine invention for people who love outdoor activities but cant stand for too long on their own two feet, Id recommend the non foldable model for someone who starts their activity right from home or goes by car to the starting point of whatever sportive activity they want to pursue, the foldable model is more for people who use public transport or have a long distance to cover on foot before using it.
Now I should tell you how much I paid, well, I paid 54,50 (~ 36,50 GBP). Last week I sent an email to LINDEN LEISURE asking for the price in the UK, it must be cheaper in the land of its origin, but the LINDEN people have preferred not to answer. So I can only advise you to go to an umbrella shop or a sports shop dealing with hunting and fishing equipment and ask. Of course, you could also try firstname.lastname@example.org, maybe theyll answer someone living in their country.
Apologies to the LINDEN people, today (25th July) I got this email: We were unable to get back to you due to being flooded out 4 weeks ago and again last Friday so everything is in disarray.
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