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Someone had to start this; might as well be me!

As someone who flies to fest and (not surprisingly) doesn't want to pay $30 for a beach chair carry-on, I'm on the hunt for something I can pack. I saw this on the Dick's Sporting Goods site http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/produ ... d=11062726 and it looked pretty good. Anyone have one? Do you like it?


Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:09 pm
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For comfort I would look for one like similar but with higher back. I use to use one that had a pocket on the back. Also the sides would zipup so you could use it to carry stuff when not sitting. I found it at target for around $15.


Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:14 pm
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Went to Dick's in KC this weekend and Red picked up a perfect little chair for playing guitar. The back is high and padded and the seat is triangular, it has a strap for carrying. It is too high for night stage but perfect for the site and playing with friends. She even flirted with the check out girl and got ten bucks knocked off!!


Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:55 pm
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Way to go Red!


Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:59 pm
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She is a Dawg. The best kind.


Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:00 pm
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This one looks a little higher and it's tie dyed!!!

http://tinyurl.com/4rjdbll

And this one has a really high back:

http://tinyurl.com/46uv67x

I do have a question though, so at night stage no high chairs, meaning like the folding ones. But what about where you eat? I thought you brought your own chair but is there tables or just picnic style? If so, then you really wouldn't need anything more than one of these compact ones, right?


Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:15 am
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Karie wrote:
This one looks a little higher and it's tie dyed!!!

http://tinyurl.com/4rjdbll

And this one has a really high back:

http://tinyurl.com/46uv67x

I do have a question though, so at night stage no high chairs, meaning like the folding ones. But what about where you eat? I thought you brought your own chair but is there tables or just picnic style (sitting on the ground)? If so, then you really wouldn't need anything more than one of these compact ones, right?


The only place with tables for eating at is at the DART tent, so yeah picnic style (sitting on the ground) is it. There are a few bales of hay around for sitting but not many.

You found the style of chair I was talking about. I like that they form to your body, give back support and you can rock back n forth in them. The one I have even zips on the sides and has a pocket in the back so you can use as a backpack. I find them more comfortable than the sandchairs plus you can unhook the sides and use as a mat if you nap attack.

This is what I've been using the last 2 years. http://www.amazon.com/WearEver-LR-4-Mes ... B000ETPG1U


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Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:47 pm
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This is the one I'm gonna try this year in the quest for the perfect chair.
http://www.rei.com/product/765270

this was nice but arm ripped out early in the 2nd year of use.
http://www.kelsyus.com/backpack-chair-p-133.aspx

this one was really comfortable but got tired of rolling on the ground to get out of it
http://www.rei.com/webservices/rei/Disp ... erralID=NA

The first year I bought a regular sand chair at the concession but it was trash by the end of the week.

Karie - I think the high chair refers to seat height off ground. I think I read once around 6". for meals I stash a standard height chair with someone who camps closer to the kitchen than I do.


Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:29 pm
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AK- I like the Everywhere Chair too, but don't like having to get up and out of it. However, it remains my favorite.


Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:55 pm
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I think the 6 inch height limit refers to the height off the ground. As some one who uses a CrazyCreek chair ( http://www.rei.com/product/812634), I get REALLLY cranky about the womyn who bring chairs that have low seats but really high backs. Such chairs go against the spirit of "everyone has low chairs so everyone can see at concerts."

Happy chair testing and Fest dreaming. . .
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Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:39 pm
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If you sit in back of the concert area's you can use a full sized chair. If you are a DART camper you can use a full sized chair in the DART seating area.

This has been a PSA.


Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:42 pm
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I'm with you, seakayakwitchdyke. There's no buzz-kill like settling in at Night Stage, on the tarp you stood line for HOURS to put down right in front, and have a bunch of people with tall-back chairs park themselves in front of you...


Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:43 pm
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I have one of these little fabric camp chairs... only the one I bought had a reinforcing structure inside too:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_deta ... 4302701547

The reinforcement is nice for back support (such as it can be in these chairs), but kind of defeated my original purpose of having something extremely portable and compactable (I like to be able to compact all michfest gear to a hiking pack and side attachments).

In general, I'd say this style of chair is conveniently light and packable, but don't expect to be comfortable in it for long durations.... they really are hard on the back (and I'm only 31, so I shouldn't be complaining too much about back pain yet!!). Nonetheless, they'll get you through night stage and keep you off the damp ground as long as you plan to do a little dancing to stretch too!


Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:38 am
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aktidal,

The REI stowaway chair is very popular at fest -- for good reason. It's wonderful! I adore that chair!

I hope you do too!


Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:57 am
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Now this looks more like it...

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_deta ... 4442618207

only problem is, my thermarest is extra-wide since I'm a sleeps-on-her-stomach-with-one-knee-up kinda gal. Let's go see if they make one for me... I'll be back shortly. Don't wait up!


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