OWNER REVIEW - Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair 20
- Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair 20
Date of Review: 15-Dec-2006
Name: Larry Kirschner
Height: 5� 9� (1.75 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg) and falling (I hope)
Email address: asklarry98@...
City, State, Country: Columbus, OH USA
I�ve been an intermittent camper/paddler since my teens, but now that my
kids are avid Boy Scouts, I�ve caught the backpacking bug. I typically do a
few weekend hikes per year, and have recently spent 2 weeks backpacking at
the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmarron, New Mexico. I like to travel �in
comfort�, so I often pack a little heavier than needed, but I�m trying to
cut down. With all of my investment into this trip, I expect my wife and I
will continue to trek long after the kids are gone�
Manufacturer: Therm-A-Rest (www.thermarest.com)
Model: Trekker Chair 20
Size: 20 inch (51) cm wide
MSRP: US$29.95 (US$34.95 for the 25 inch (64 cm) version)
Year of manufacture: 2006
Listed weight: 10.5 oz (298 g)
Weight as delivered: 11 oz
Dimensions: 20 x 42 in (51 x 107 cm)
The Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair is a sleeve that enables you to convert a 20
in (51 cm) wide sleeping pad into a camp chair. It has a pocket on both
ends and an array of straps that, when connected, give you a nice support
for your back. It has rigid rods along each side edge of the top and
bottom, so that it carries on the trail as a 18.5-inch (47 cm) rod. I carry
mine in the outer side pocket of my pack, in the space used for trekking (or
other) poles. It has a cutout in the corner of the pocket so that the valve
for the self-inflating pad doesn�t get caught poking into the fabric.
The chair is designed to work with 20 inch-wide Therm-a-Rest pads, which
include all Pro-lite Women�s pads and regular Men�s pads (the Men�s large
pad is 25 inch (64 cm) wide, and will require the large version of the
Trekker Chair). Other sleeping pads would also fit, providing they are of
the same width.
Although the chair is 42 inches long, I use mine with a full length (72
inch, 183 cm) sleeping pad. There is adequate room in the sleeves to fold
the pad to fit the length of the Trekker Chair.
I have used the Trekker Chair for most of my excursions over the past year.
It weighs less than a pound, and is probably worth the small weight for the
seated comfort it provides, especially when there are no convenient tree
stumps or logs on which to sit. It is nice to be able to sit on the ground
and relax, although the chair doesn�t provide enough support to sit and play
I have a few issues with the Trekker Chair, though, which probably limit how
many times I break it out on the trail. First, it has no clips for the
straps�only sliding buckles which are threaded with the straps. Because the
strap/buckle arrangement works on friction, there is a tight fit, and I have
found it to be troublesome on occasion to assemble the chair, particularly
after a long day on the trail. I have never used the chair in very cold
weather, but I doubt I could put it together if I was wearing gloves.
Second, I use a full-length sleeping pad, which means that I need to take
the sleeping pad out of the Chair frame in order to use it for sleeping. On
the other hand, every time I want to use the chair, I need to put it
together from scratch (which, as I said, can take at least a few minutes). I
know that the same chair can be used with a shorter pad, in which case the
sleeves could theoretically be left on. Although this arrangement might
work, it would prevent the sleeping pad from being rolled for packing.
Third, I have to confess to a potentially irrational fear that using my
sleeping pad in this way will cause it to get a hole. When I am out on long
hikes, I am a little worried about getting caught with a flat pad (although
I do carry a repair kit, I would prefer not to have to try it out on the
trail). I would rather have a good sleeping pad than a chair to sit on.
Having said this, I have never had a problem with a punctured self-inflating
pad (knock on wood), and the Trekker Chair obviously provides coverage to
prevent this while in use.
The Therm-a-Rest Trekker chair provides nice comfort on the trail for the
times when there are no convenient tree stumps, logs, or flat rocks on which
to sit. It weighs very little and works very well with Therm-a-Rest
self-inflating pads. It is a little balky to use, but this may be the price
to pay for keeping the weight down.
Overall, I still carry it with me whenever I am out on the trail, but I
don�t use it every night, and it might be one of the first items to go if I
ever decide to go ultralight.
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***City, State, Country: Columbus, OH USA
EDIT: need to spell out Ohio
***Manufacturer: Therm-A-Rest (www.thermarest.com)
***MSRP: US$29.95 (US$34.95 for the 25 inch (64 cm) version)
EDIT: we don't need the MSRP of the 25" model
***Dimensions: 20 x 42 in (51 x 107 cm)
EDIT: verified demensions?
***The Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair is a sleeve that enables you to
convert a 20
in (51 cm) wide sleeping pad into a camp chair. It has a pocket on
ends and an array of straps that, when connected, give you a nice
for your back.
EDIT: you need to take all of the "you"s out of your review as it is
projecting. The review must be in the first person. So it allows "me"
to convert a pad into a chair
***(the Men's large pad is 25 inch (64 cm) wide, and will require the
large version of the Trekker Chair).
EDIT: again this is not wanted as you are reviewing the 20"
EDIT: can you give us some field data? Where it was used, what kind
of weather, surfaces used on, etc?